Topic: Community

Third Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case in County, First on Lopez Island

Written on March 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm, by

Thursday March 26, 2020 – The third confirmed positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County was reported to San Juan County public health staff today. This result is the first confirmed positive case on Lopez Island. As with previous positive results, public health staff have conducted contact tracing to identify close contacts of the  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands and Washington State Stay at Home Orders: Frequently Asked Questions

Written on March 26, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Frequently Asked Questions: What do these orders mean for the San Juan Islands? On Monday, March 23, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay at home” proclamation, an order for all of us to limit our daily exposure due to COVID-19. On March 25th, the San Juan County Health Officer issued an order restricting  Continue Reading

Food Bank Hours Remain Same

Written on March 26, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

We hear from the Food Bank… We have had a few patrons tell us they’ve seen our hours posted online as 10:30-2:00 so I’m emailing today to let you know that our hours HAVE NOT changed… We are open Wednesday and Saturday from 11:30 to 2pm and are offering pre-packaged bags according to household size.  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer: Issues Order to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Written on March 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm, by

Today, Wednesday March 25, 2020, San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, MD, issued an immediate order to restrict non-essential travel to San Juan County, control contact with playgrounds and playground equipment, and limit transient accommodations and camping. Travel and lodging for individuals engaged in essential activities or providing essential services may continue. The  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Updates from San Juan County

Written on March 24, 2020 at 6:18 pm, by

A message from the county with more to come… Second confirmed positive case on Orcas Island: A close household contact of the first positive case has also tested positive for COVID-19. This positive result was anticipated by San Juan County Public Health Staff and close contact tracing was completed over the weekend to ensure the individuals  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic #5: Coping with Anxiety and Stress

Written on March 24, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders… Our community has a strong history of neighbors helping neighbors – a quick scroll through our online news and local Facebook pages exemplifies that spirit with posts centered around getting supplies to those in need; supporting local businesses; caring for our most  Continue Reading

Census and Impact to San Juan County

Written on March 24, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

A reminder from Merri Ann Simonson to be sure to fill out your census form. It only takes a few minutes, you can do it online, and it brings critically needed funds into our county… It is imperative that you complete the 2020 census report as it aids in improving the quality of life in  Continue Reading

A Message From PeaceHealth

Written on March 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm, by

Dear friends and neighbors of San Juan County, The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the world around us. It’s disrupted our way of life and created new realities for each of us. It’s understandable to find it all unsettling and concerning. On behalf of PeaceHealth, I want to assure you that we are working purposefully  Continue Reading

A Letter From OPALCO’s General Manager

Written on March 23, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Dear OPALCO members, I wanted to reach out and let you know that your Co-op is doing all we can to help our members during these challenging times.  OPALCO’s Board of Directors decided yesterday to suspend all late fees and disconnects during the Covid-19 crisis. This is effective immediately and for the next 60 days.  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic #4: Creativity and Art in Difficult Times

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. Note: in an effort to diversity and strengthen San Juan County’s COVID-19 response, we’ve added some people to the team from the broader community. The article below is from Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, the Executive Artistic Director at the San Juan Community Theater. Thanks  Continue Reading

OPALCO Suspends Late Fees and Disconnects During COVID-19

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Co-op Committed to Keeping Islanders Energized The OPALCO Board of Directors suspended late fees on member bills and service disconnects to support members affected by COVID-19 effective immediately and for the next 60 days. A full COVID-19 program is quickly being developed to ensure reliable power delivery in the islands as disruptions and human impacts multiply and  Continue Reading

Grafting Fruit Trees: Workshop & Exchange

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:07 am, by

Please join us Outside for Grafting Fruit Trees: Workshop & Exchange  Limit of 10; first come, first served. Saturday, April 11. Workshop (1-2 pm), Scion and seed exchange (2-4 pm). Please do not attend if you are sick in any way or there’s a chance you’ve been exposed! Join Greg Meyer of Dancing Seeds Farm and friends to  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center prepares for COVID-19

Written on March 20, 2020 at 6:27 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., March 20, 2020–While no positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in San Juan County to date, (Correction: Since receiving this 1 resident of Orcas has tested positive with COVID-19), officials leading response efforts expect to see this change as these numbers increase across western Washington.   Leaders with PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center  Continue Reading

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in San Juan County

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:24 pm, by

First San Juan County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus An Orcas Island resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. “The patient is in stable condition and is being treated at home,” said Dr. Frank James, San Juan County Health Officer. “The patient was seen by their physician after experiencing COVID-like symptoms. The COVID-19  Continue Reading

Eventide Health COVID-19 Testing Update

Written on March 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm, by

We’re getting questions daily about testing. Because of a severe shortage of testing supplies, CDC has some new guidance on ending self isolation after symptoms resolve without a test and whom should be tested. We need to be testing far more patients but simply can’t currently. Dr. House has been doing all testing personally in  Continue Reading

An Announcement From The Little Store

Written on March 20, 2020 at 11:47 am, by

The Little Store announces COVID-19 options for our customers… First: @Christi Napier with You Buy I’ll Fly is delivering for The Little Store. She charges 15% for deliveries AND she will be placing us on her website. To get a delivery through You Buy We’ll Fly, contact @Christi Napier. Second: From 6am to 2pm only  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Restaurants Have New Facebook Page

Written on March 20, 2020 at 11:30 am, by

A new Facebook page features local restaurants with up to date information. Link to: San Juan Island Restaurants From Vinny’s, “It’s a great day for a Vinny’s Meatball Sandwich. Give us a call at 360.378.1934. Open from 12:00-7:00 for take out. Other menu options are available to.

Cynthia’s Now Open For Take-Out And Delivery

Written on March 20, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

Cynthia’s now open for take out and delivery. Please stop by – call in 360-298-8130 or email us at

Town Accepting Proposals For Blair Avenue Mural Project

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:35 am, by

A message from Diane Martindale… The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for artwork to be displayed on or against a 235-foot wall along Blair Avenue. Proposals will be accepted until April 30. All proposals will be considered with preference going to those from local artists. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission will review and  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art To Close Until Further Notice

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art will be closed until further notice per the direction of public health officials as we come together to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay well and we’ll see you soon.  Thank you for your continued support in this emergency.

Census and Impact to San Juan County

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

An important message from Merri Ann Simonson… It is imperative that you complete the 2020 census report as it aids in improving the quality of life in San Juan County.   Our County needs federal funding.  Do your part, be counted! The request for information will be either mailed as a letter or post card on  Continue Reading

Recording of March 19 COVID-19 Community Video Update Q&A Now Available

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm, by

From the county, an informative update of our local coronavirus situation…  In order to help directly answer community concerns, San Juan County released a new COVID-19 video community update to the public on Thursday, March 19. Our latest question and answer session was recorded rather than broadcast live as our previous livestream (on March 9)  Continue Reading