Topic: Health & Wellness

Updated Health Officer Order on Transient Lodging

Written on June 3, 2020 at 1:47 pm, by

On Wednesday June 3rd, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James signed a new order (June 3rd, Order 2020-7) that modifies the previous limits on transient lodging in San Juan County. What are the Details? All transient lodging operators are allowed to operate at 50% capacity, provided they adhere to specific safety guidelines released  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay Bookstore Is Open Again

Written on June 3, 2020 at 11:30 am, by

Shop Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Ordering & Curbside Pickup Still Available  Laura Norris and Griffin Bay Bookstore staff are excited to welcome the community back to the bookstore. Thanks to an outpouring of support, continual messages of encouragement, and steady customer orders, thanks to our community’s spirit of goodwill and recognition  Continue Reading

We’ve been here before: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Written on June 3, 2020 at 5:53 am, by

SJI Historical Museum is back with their History Column for June… Although it’s now been a little over 100 years since the outbreak of the Spanish Flu, many of us grew up hearing a grandparent’s stories of family experiences with the double punch of world war and an influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu.  Continue Reading

An Update from Eventide Health

Written on June 1, 2020 at 7:28 am, by

June 1 marks a milestone for Eventide Health. It’s the beginning of our 6 month mark, but it’s also the actual start of our organization. It’s taken us far longer than anticipated to get all of the extensive governmental and insurance processes done to be a fully separate entity from San Juan Healthcare (which now  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus – Phase 2

Written on May 31, 2020 at 10:14 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is summer in the San Juans and San Juan County has moved into Phase 2 of our state’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. What does this mean for island seniors as local businesses slowly begin to open up,  Continue Reading

Positive COVID-19 Case with Ties to San Juan Island

Written on May 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm, by

The San Juan County Health & Community Services surveillance and contact tracing team is actively investigating a positive COVID-19 case with ties to San Juan Island. The case technically belongs to another county due to both the patient’s residence and the testing location being on the mainland, however the patient had recently worked in San  Continue Reading

San Juan County Courts Offer New Process for Reducing Court-Ordered Debts

Written on May 29, 2020 at 5:07 pm, by

For those who have court-ordered fines and fees, San Juan County District Court and Superior Court are offering a new, easier way to ask the courts to reduce or forgive your debts – and many people qualify for relief. Over the past few years, the Washington Supreme Court and our state legislature have greatly changed  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Seven

Written on May 29, 2020 at 1:47 pm, by

After taking a week off, “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another set of videos highlighting specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. This week  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #24: Three Critical Medical Updates – May 28, 2020

Written on May 28, 2020 at 4:46 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders San Juan County Health & Community Services wants to share three simple but incredibly important pieces of information about healthcare in our community. If You’re Experiencing Covid Symptoms, Talk to Your Medical Provider About Getting Tested Medical providers in the islands are  Continue Reading

Island Rec – June & July Adult Fitness via ZOOM

Written on May 28, 2020 at 2:22 pm, by

Island Rec is continuing to carry classes with Jacquelyn Reiff and Katerina Wen through the end of July via Zoom. All classes will be accessed through a live Zoom video link that is sent to you each morning of class. Sign up for the whole month, or a drop-in option is also available. To register,  Continue Reading

San Juan County Granted Variance to Move to Phase 2

Written on May 23, 2020 at 4:53 pm, by

This story has been updated since it was first published… The variance application submitted Friday afternoon was approved by the Secretary of Health mid-day on Saturday, allowing San Juan County to proceed to Phase 2 of the Governor’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan effective immediately. San Juan County Council Chair Rick Hughes highlights the importance  Continue Reading

San Juan County to Apply for Variance to Move to Phase 2

Written on May 22, 2020 at 12:09 pm, by

At the request of San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James (link to recommendation letter), and with the support of both the San Juan County Board of Health and the County Council, public health staff are preparing a variance request that, if approved by the Secretary of Health, would allow the County to move  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer Extends Ban on Transient Lodging

Written on May 22, 2020 at 9:10 am, by

On May 22nd, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James extended his order limiting non-essential transient lodging operations. The order was previously set to expire on May 31st. In his extension (Order 2020-5), Dr. James ties the future ending of the order to the lifting of Governor’s Inslee’s ban on non-essential travel, currently scheduled  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #23: May 21, 2020: The 2020 Memorial Day Weekend in the San Juan Islands

Written on May 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders With roots dating back to the Civil War, Memorial Day is a time for our nation to remember and honor military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In addition, Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kick-off to  Continue Reading

Helping Kids Get Used to Masks -Dr. Mark Fishaut and Dr. Frank James

Written on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm, by

In many places, people are wearing masks when they’re in public because of coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s an important way to help slow the spread of the virus. At first, it was mostly doctors, nurses, and others in health care settings who wore masks. But now, as other people wear them, more and more kids are  Continue Reading

Ayudar a los niños a acostumbrarse a las mascarillas

Written on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm, by

-Dr. Mark Fishaut and Dr. Frank James En muchos lugares, la gente está llevando mascarilla en los lugares públicos debido al coronavirus (COVID-19). Es una forma importante de ayudar a reducir la velocidad de propagación del virus. Al principio, quienes llevaban mascarillas eran, sobre todo, los médicos, los enfermeros y otro tipo de personal que  Continue Reading

Build an Asian Hornet Bottle Trap

Written on May 19, 2020 at 10:22 am, by

As you may have heard, asian hornets (a.k.a: Murder Hornets) have found their way to the United States and have been detected in Washington. They are an invasive species and will decimate honey bee hives. If you would like to help the State of Washington, here is a project you can do on your property  Continue Reading

Release of San Juan County Health Officer Order on Face Coverings

Written on May 18, 2020 at 12:01 pm, by

Supported by the San Juan County Council, the Board of Health, and the Department of Health and Community Services, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James issued a Health Officer order over the weekend regarding the public use of face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 illness. A Frequently Asked Questions addressing all aspects of the order,  Continue Reading

An American Red Cross Update for Islanders

Written on May 18, 2020 at 5:54 am, by

We have all had to adapt to the COVID-19 virus. It has changed how we interact with each other. Here in San Juan County the American Red Cross maintains an active local unit. We want to let our fellow residents know that if any of you face displacement from your home because of a personal  Continue Reading

Delta Dental of Washington to Provide Financial Relief to Policyholders

Written on May 18, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Delta Dental of Washington announced today it will be offering four months of financial relief in the form of a 25-percent premium reduction* to its policyholders, totaling $30 million. With dental offices having been closed for all non-emergency procedures, Delta Dental is focused on providing value back to its customers during this unprecedented pandemic. “With  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Still Coping With Coronavirus

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:23 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Island Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its been a few months now of staying home and staying healthy, of wearing masks and gloves to the grocery store, of staying six feet apart from friends we’d really like to hug, of meetings on Zoom. How  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Six

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another set of videos highlighting specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. This week we have two  Continue Reading