Topic: Health & Wellness

Letters on the Upcoming Election

Written on October 20, 2021 at 5:35 am, by

Below are links to letters regarding various items on the upcoming election. Letters are shown in the order received and this page will continue to be updated as more letters come in. Letters for and against SJC Public Hospital District No. 1 Proposition No. 1 Authorizing Regular Property Tax Levy: Alison Longley Lee Sturdivant Warren  Continue Reading

World Polio Day –  October 24

Written on October 19, 2021 at 9:55 am, by

Since its formation in 2003, The Rotary Club of San Juans Islands has donated over $75,000 to ending polio. We contribute $2,000 annually through Concours d’Elegance and Rotary GolfFund. In 30 years, we’ve gone from 124 polio-endemic countries to two (Afghanistan and Pakistan). Yet, without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on October 15, 2021 at 10:58 am, by

Since the last update on Friday October 8th, there have been 20 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 332. Of these 20 new cases, initial investigations indicate that 3 appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately 9 unvaccinated close contacts of positive  Continue Reading

It’s Time to get Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment

Written on October 14, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Medicare beneficiaries have an opportunity each year between October 15th and December 7th to review their insurance coverage and make sure that their current plans will be the right ones for them in the coming year. Why should you do this? Because your health may have changed or your plan may be different for next  Continue Reading

Pfizer Booster Clinics Next Week

Written on October 13, 2021 at 9:02 am, by

Islanders who are eligible for COVID vaccine boosters (review this FAQ for details) and who are vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine are encouraged to receive their third dose boosters beginning next week at free vaccine clinics throughout San Juan County. Please register in advance at: https://www.sanjuanco.com/1737/COVID-Vaccine-Info. San Juan County is also offering flu vaccine clinics  Continue Reading

Long Term Care and the Hospital District

Written on October 12, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

We all felt the shock when the Life Care center in Friday Harbor closed in 2017. Since then, various approaches have been investigated to solve the problem. The hospital district placed a lid lift to its primary levy from approximately $0.34 to $0.70 per $1,000 in assessed value on the ballot this fall to implement  Continue Reading

EMS and Fire Integration

Written on October 10, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

The following is a press release from SJC Public Hospital District and SJI EMS… In July 2021 the elected Board of the hospital district voted to move forward with the integration of EMS under San Juan Island Fire and Rescue. This requires a new EMS levy under the Fire District to replace ours. There have  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on October 9, 2021 at 5:23 am, by

Since the last update on Friday October 1st, there have been 3 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 312. Of these 3 new cases, initial investigations indicate that 2 appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. Lopez Island There are 0 new cases on Lopez  Continue Reading

Update on Sean Morrison

Written on October 7, 2021 at 5:38 am, by

The trials and fears in life that bring us to our knees also fine tune our senses to recognize each miracle, big or small, and let our hearts embrace each act of kindness, devotion and generosity that selfless, loving people give so freely. We are so humbled by those who have helped our family navigate  Continue Reading

Flu Shot Clinics Coming Soon

Written on October 6, 2021 at 5:33 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services will be hosting a series of influenza vaccine clinics across the islands. For full schedule and to register, go to: www.sanjuanco.com/flu Occurring between October 20th and November 12th, these clinics will help ensure as many islanders as possible get their flu vaccine this winter. In addition to these  Continue Reading

Medicare Open Enrollment is Coming, be Prepared

Written on October 5, 2021 at 10:11 am, by

Medicare enrollees have an opportunity every year between October 15 and December 7th to review their Medicare Part D drug plans and their Medicare Advantage plans to see if they want to make changes that will be effective in the new year.  Medicare beneficiaries can change from one Medigap plan to another at any time  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on October 2, 2021 at 9:35 am, by

Since the last update on Friday September 24th, there have been nine new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 309. Of these nine new cases, initial investigations indicate that six appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. Please note that if the vaccination rates in San  Continue Reading

Communities of Hope

Written on September 30, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

Compass Health Celebrates Building Communities of Hope Gala Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Delaney Ruston Non-profit behavioral health provider invites community members to join the virtual Gala on October 16, 2021, to support child, youth and family services EVERETT, Wash., – Compass Health is proud to present keynote speaker, Delaney Ruston, MD, at its fifth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser on October 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. Ruston will speak about the importance of families finding their voices in sharing challenges and experiences with  Continue Reading

Fish Taco Fundraiser CANCELLED

Written on September 29, 2021 at 4:33 pm, by

This letter has just come in from Fish For Teeth founders Matt and Maureen Marinkovich… Friday’s Fish for Teeth fish taco fundraiser —CANCELLED— We started Fish for Teeth as an impulsive action in 2007 after a nine-year old girl showed me her mouth full of cavities. Now, after well over a decade of Fish Tacos  Continue Reading

Vaccine Clinics Coming Soon

Written on September 29, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan County will be hosting another round of COVID-19 vaccine clinics October 5th through 7th. Both first and second doses of Pfizer will be available as well as the one-shot Johnson & Johnson series.  Registration is required.  More information can be found on the county’s website at this link.

Letter from Susan Grout

Written on September 29, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Susan Grout… Editor: A number of us are very concerned about a serious problem on our island. There is a critical shortage of trained home health caregivers. In order to remedy this situation, which could affect all of us at some point, we urge  Continue Reading

Fundraiser for Maleka Morrison

Written on September 27, 2021 at 9:13 pm, by

Hello everyone… My grandson Sean recently suffered 2 gran mal seizures, urgently needs brain neurosurgery, and their insurance is not contracted with the hospital, nor the surgeon with the most experience to perform it. An account has been set up to assist with what will no doubt be a very expensive and delicate operation. Details  Continue Reading

Rock Solid support with Suicide Prevention and Escape the Vape Resources on the back of each Student ID Card

Written on September 27, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

Rock Solid is the youth prevention team with the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, helping promote health and wellness in our community. Three years ago, Rock Solid reached out to then school principal, Fred Woods, and asked if they could get valuable free resources for Suicide Prevention and Escape the Vape printed on the back  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth Fish Taco Fundraiser

Written on September 27, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

Friday, October 1, 11-1:30 is your opportunity to enjoy a legendary Fish Taco from Fish for Teeth. They’re actually burritos, and they’re delicious—made with flakey white rockfish sustainably harvested off the Washington coast, Pablito’s salsa, Tillamook cheese, fresh greens, and a squeeze of lime, all assembled with love from a Fish for Teeth volunteer (which  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #55: September 25, 2021

Written on September 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders FAQ on Booster Doses  The CDC and FDA recently granted approval for the delivery of booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to certain fully vaccinated individuals. This Hot Topic will attempt to answer some of the most common questions about this new  Continue Reading

CMS Will Pay for COVID-19 Booster Shots, Eligible Consumers Can Receive at No Cost

Written on September 25, 2021 at 7:36 am, by

Coverage without cost-sharing available for eligible people with Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and Most Commercial Health Insurance Coverage Following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent action that authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk populations and a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on September 24, 2021 at 12:25 pm, by

Since the last update on Friday September 17th, there have been eight new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 300. Of these eight new cases, initial investigations indicate that three appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately nine unvaccinated close contacts of positive  Continue Reading