Topic: Community

San Juan Islands’ Firefighter Association Hosts A Special Social Distancing Edition of the Annual Easter Decoration Hunt

Written on April 8, 2020 at 8:03 am, by

The San Juan Islands’ Firefighter Association will host a special, safe, social distancing edition of the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 12. This year the association is offering a family scavenger hunt. Your Firefighter Association, in cooperation with the Easter Bunny, will have six special Easter decorations viewable at each of our  Continue Reading

A Note from the Library

Written on April 8, 2020 at 7:59 am, by

Dear Valued but Socially Distanced Patrons, San Juan Island Library is excited to announce the creation of a new eCard, available to all Island residents who don’t already have a regular library card with us. In this difficult time of social distancing and quarantine, access to online resources such as streaming video, ebooks, magazines and  Continue Reading

Island Rec Programs Cancelled

Written on April 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm, by

An update from the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District board of commissioners: All Island Rec in-person programs for April and May remain cancelled in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Have you tried one of our adult fitness LIVE Zoom classes with Jacquelyn Reiff or Katerina Wen? It is a great way  Continue Reading

Several New Positive Test Results Reported in San Juan County

Written on April 5, 2020 at 9:06 am, by

April 4, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of four new positive COVID-19 test results in San Juan County, including one on San Juan Island and three on Orcas Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to ten. The County data reporting page will  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #12: April 3rd What If Empathy Went Viral

Written on April 4, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve had friends sick. Some were able to get tested, others not so much. All of them felt the burden, like a weight on the chest, of having a potentially life-threatening illness, and the fear that  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #11: April 1st An Interview with SJC Patient #4

Written on April 3, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders We had the opportunity to talk with the fourth San Juan County resident who tested positive and is currently recovering at home from COVID-19. The patient has worked as a firefighter/ EMT for 25 years and has called San Juan Island home  Continue Reading

SJICF Committed to Community Relief

Written on April 2, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

At an emergency board meeting last week, the San Juan Island Community Foundation solidified its commitment to providing additional emergency funding and nonprofit support for the duration of COVID-19 response. Specifically, SJICF staff and board members will: Provide grant funding to SJI nonprofits Offer SJI nonprofit support, such as project planning and execution Help nonprofits  Continue Reading

A Message From San Juan Airlines

Written on April 1, 2020 at 5:58 am, by

From San Juan Airlines – Hello fellow islanders, if you need supplies but don’t want to leave the islands we provide regular freight services to and from the islands and are now offering fresh grocery delivery. To find out more, visit sanjuanairlines.com/groceries or call us at (800) 874-4434. If you’re concerned about safety but need  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus II, Staying Home, Staying Healthy

Written on April 1, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… How is everybody doing? As an introvert who already works at home having to stay home has not changed my lifestyle very much. Yet, it is different. I am aware now that I touch my face way too much  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #10: Medical Surge Planning: Hoping for the Best, Planning for the Worst

Written on April 1, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Many in the islands are wondering how San Juan County is preparing in case access to mainland medical care becomes limited. This is known as medical surge, which the CDC defines  as, “…the ability to provide adequate medical evaluation and care during  Continue Reading

From Stephanie Prima: Free Mindfulness and Qigong Training for COVID-19

Written on March 31, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

In this time of COVID-19 we’ve all received tons of emails from businesses offering ‘tips’ to manage the crisis that are sales pitches in disguise. But there is very little on how to deal with the anxiety that comes with daily changes and restrictions. As a gift to our beloved community, I have put together  Continue Reading

San Juan County Departments Service Status is Now Online

Written on March 31, 2020 at 5:27 am, by

A list of San Juan County Government Departments, their status during the COVID-19 crisis, and info on how to access services has been posted online at:  https://www.sanjuanco.com/Department-Service-Status   This resource will be updated going forward, and is intended to help citizens utilize vital San Juan County functions in a safe and accessible way. If you have  Continue Reading

A Positive Test For COVID-19 On San Juan Island

Written on March 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a positive COVID-19 test result on San Juan Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 4. The County data reporting page will be updated on Monday, once all of the test results and numbers from all local  Continue Reading

A Letter To Customers From Market Place and King’s Market

Written on March 29, 2020 at 5:35 am, by

Dear Customers, Thank you for your support and patience during this time of COVID-19. We continue to work hard to ensure that you and our employees stay safe and well stocked during this period. We have already discussed many of the measures we’ve implemented in this regard but will be initiating more – and could  Continue Reading

Compass Health Shares COVID-19 Safety Resources with Community

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:29 am, by

Behavioral health leader announces free, downloadable templates and protocols as part of COVID-19 response… EVERETT – Today, behavioral health organization Compass Health announced it is sharing COVID-19 communications resources on its website to support widespread safety and well-being efforts.   Recognizing the unprecedented scale and impact of COVID-19, Compass Health’s behavioral health professionals created these materials  Continue Reading

EDC Launches Islands Strong Gift Card Website Initiative

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will launch a gift card website for local businesses, which will be fully live on March 31st. The website will include gift card links to businesses, resources for businesses, and more. Businesses are urged to submit their information as soon as possible using this form: ISLANDS STRONG Gift  Continue Reading

Letter from the EDC Director

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:03 am, by

These are challenging times.  We know that you are facing extraordinary difficulties right now and we want to help. Local non-profits such as ourselves, and government agencies at all levels, are working to create programs to help businesses, employees, and the community as a whole.  Right now, we wanted to let you know that we  Continue Reading

EDC Launches Weekly Business Recovery Call for Local Businesses

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:02 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) has launched a weekly Business Recovery Call for business owners affected by COVID-19 implications.  The first meeting will be held via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 1st, from 10-11a, and subsequent meetings will be held at the same time and day of the week. To join business owners  Continue Reading

Rumor Control: Check Your Sources

Written on March 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm, by

FRIDAY MARCH 27: The San Juan County COVID-19 Response Team has been notified by Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor that an email is being forwarded within the San Juan Island Community that makes reference to “…six confirmed cases of the COVID 19 virus here in Friday Harbor. The info I have is from an  Continue Reading

Testing For COVID-19 at Eventide Health

Written on March 27, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

A message from Dr. House at Eventide Health… Testing. We’re doing as much as we can. We’re trying to ramp up and get massive supplies in for wider testing. I think this is key. Working with the health department daily and calling labs and suppliers from literally all over the world. We offered to help  Continue Reading

From The County, HOT TOPIC #6: Not From but For: Part II

Written on March 27, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. This is the second in a series of articles by Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey that aim to take the abstract concept of social distancing and make it real and hopefully more meaningful for islanders. His first column is HERE. In my guest column on  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #8: Construction Guidance under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation

Written on March 27, 2020 at 5:33 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders… We are hearing a lot of questions about which construction activities are allowed under the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25) issued March 23, 2020 and his subsequent memorandum on Construction Guidance –Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25).    There  Continue Reading