Weekly Covid Case Update

Posted November 18, 2021 at 4:15 pm by

Since the last update on Fri­day Novem­ber 12th, there have been 28 new con­firmed or prob­a­ble cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty. Cur­rent case count is now 404.

Of these twen­ty-eight new cas­es, ini­tial inves­ti­ga­tions indi­cate that at least ten appear to have occurred in ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als. There are approx­i­mate­ly eight unvac­ci­nat­ed close con­tacts of pos­i­tive cas­es cur­rent­ly in quar­an­tine in the islands.

  • Lopez Island: There are six­teen cas­es on Lopez Island since the last update. There are eigh­teen pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Lopez Island.
  • Orcas Island: There are three new cas­es on Orcas Island since the last update. There are three pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on Orcas Island.
  • San Juan Island: There are eight new cas­es on San Juan Island since the last update. There are fif­teen pos­i­tive cas­es under active mon­i­tor­ing on San Juan Island.

Out­break Alerts:

There are two major out­breaks active­ly under­way in the islands. One is on San Juan Island and involves twelve cas­es (includ­ing four of this week’s new cas­es) tied to a social event spon­sored by a local ser­vice orga­ni­za­tion. The oth­er is on Lopez Island and involves thir­teen cas­es (includ­ing twelve of this week’s new cas­es) tied to a local pre-school com­mu­ni­ty. Note that both orga­ni­za­tions involved fol­lowed all of the cur­rent guide­lines and require­ments and these out­breaks reflect the real­i­ties of delta vari­ant spread and not dis­re­gard of pre­cau­tions. Both orga­ni­za­tions have tak­en active steps to inform their com­mu­ni­ties and min­i­mize future spread.

Key Points for Right Now:
We’re see­ing as many cas­es as at any oth­er point in the pan­dem­ic. Things to know:

  1. Cas­es counts are very high in Skag­it Coun­ty right now and are at wor­ri­some lev­els in What­com Coun­ty as well. Islanders trav­el­ing to the main­land need to remem­ber that the risk of COVID infec­tion is cur­rent­ly as high as any oth­er point in the pan­dem­ic. If you are in a pub­lic loca­tion where peo­ple are unmasked, you are at risk.
  2. If you are inter­act­ing with oth­ers indoors unmasked, your lev­el of risk is con­sid­er­ably high­er. That lev­el of risk increas­es much more if any of those peo­ple are unvaccinated.
  3. Hol­i­day trav­el and gath­er­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant risk, espe­cial­ly giv­en the cur­rent case num­bers. Islanders should strong­ly con­sid­er the use of at-home rapid test­ing to help min­i­mize risk.
  4. MOST IMPORTANTLY: If you are symp­to­matic, stay home. A num­ber of recent local cas­es came about from peo­ple who were symp­to­matic choos­ing to social­ize, attend cul­tur­al events, or going to work while symp­to­matic. Please stay home if you’re sick.

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