Topic: Health & Wellness

COVID Vaccine Appointments Open February 10

Written on February 9, 2021 at 3:47 pm, by

From San Juan County In the good news department, a joint effort between San Juan County, the Washington National Guard, and the Washington Department of Health is planning to deliver 1,900 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Feb. 15–19. The team will return 28 days later to deliver the second dose. Registration for these  Continue Reading

San Juans Has 12 New COVID Cases

Written on February 8, 2021 at 6:51 pm, by

From San Juan County Given the recent spike in cases, this update is being provided ahead of the standard reporting schedule. The regular report will be released on Friday, Feb. 12 as usual. Since the last update on Friday, Feb. 5, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 111 to 123. Four new  Continue Reading

Update: COVID Vaccine Appointments Not Available This Week

Written on February 8, 2021 at 8:16 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services has received confirmation that San Juan County will not receive the first doses for the COVID-19 vaccine this week. This is due to a state-wide disruption to the supply chain. Reservations will NOT be available at 9 a.m., today, Feb. 8.  Read the first  Continue Reading

County Asks Residents To Not Travel, Host To Protect From COVID

Written on February 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County As was seen in the islands over the holidays and throughout this crisis, island residents traveling off-island or hosting guests from off-island is far and away from the most likely source of COVID transmission in San Juan County. As most are aware, several new variants of COVID are spreading rapidly across  Continue Reading

Update: COVID Vaccine Appointments Not Available This Week

Written on February 5, 2021 at 9:56 pm, by

Update: San Juan County Health and Community Services has received confirmation that San Juan County will not receive the first doses this week. This is due to a state-wide disruption to the supply chain. Reservations will NOT be available at 9 a.m., today, Feb. 8.  From San Juan County The Washington State Department of Health  Continue Reading

Nine New COVID Cases In San Juans

Written on February 5, 2021 at 9:47 pm, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Jan. 29, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 102 to 111. Three new cases are on Lopez Island, four on Orcas, and two on San Juan Island. Approximately 44 close contacts of positive cases are currently in active quarantine. Orcas Island There  Continue Reading

Video Q&A With County Health Director Tompkins

Written on February 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Watch a Q&A by San Juan Health and Community Services Director Mark Tompkins, below.   

County Updates Online Vaccine Registration System

Written on February 4, 2021 at 8:20 pm, by

From San Juan County As San Juan County Health & Community Services continues to provide vaccines to the islands (many other local providers are also now delivering vaccines!) the registration process has been frustrating for many. While those who can secure an appointment have had a smooth experience, those who have not are left wishing  Continue Reading

Health Officer Recommends K-6 Return To School

Written on February 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Frank James MD, health officer for San Juan County, sent this open letter to county schools on Jan. 30. I am recommending that schools consider opening grades K to 6 for in-person education. The Washington state metric for opening in-person education has not been met due to high rates of infection in our four-county region,  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Schedules Vaccines in San Juans

Written on February 3, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From PeaceHealth Although the state of Washington recently expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, the demand for vaccines continues to exceed the number of doses the state has made available for eligible groups. As we receive the vaccine, PeaceHealth is reaching out to patients whose health record indicates they are eligible to schedule vaccine appointments, including those  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Getting the Vaccine, Be Patient, Be Kind

Written on February 2, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. By now you probably know a few islanders who have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine. Once Tier 1b opened up to those over 65, there was a rush to get the shot. Because 5,000 or so county residents now  Continue Reading

San Juan Health Department, Lopez Pharmacy Offer COVID Vaccine

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County With the governor’s recent authorization to deliver vaccines to those in the Phase 1b Tier 1 eligibility group, the level of questions and concerns from the community has understandably increased.  This situation is inherently unsatisfying and challenging. There is no perfect approach to many of the decisions being made, and the  Continue Reading

County Says Most COVID Cases In Last Two Months From Travel, Hosting Guests

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Jan. 22, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 97 to 102. Three new cases are on San Juan Island, and two on Orcas. Approximately 53 individuals who are close contacts of positive cases are currently in quarantine. Orcas Island There are two  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District Meets Today

Written on January 27, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be held remotely due to COVID-19. Call 509-473-0276 and enter 637 502 786#. The draft agenda includes discussions on the integration of EMS and  Continue Reading

Where Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Written on January 26, 2021 at 7:33 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update UPDATE: On Jan. 29, San Juan County officials said some can also get the vaccine at the Lopez Island Pharmacy. Learn more on the pharmacy’s website and Facebook page. In San Juan County, the only COVID-19 vaccine supplier as of Jan. 26 is the San Juan County Health and  Continue Reading

Mass Vaccination Sites In Washington Open This Week

Written on January 26, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health, with assistance from the Washington National Guard and local and private sector partners, will launch four mass vaccination sites throughout the state this week. Announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Jan. 18, the sites are located in Kennewick, Ridgefield, Spokane and Wenatchee.  Continue Reading

Island Rec Adds New Online Fitness Classes

Written on January 25, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Island Rec Adult online fitness classes are open for registration. Sign up for the whole month of February, or choose one of our drop-in options. To register, visit www.islandrec.org. Gentle Yoga and Destress Live & On-Demand Combo NEW! Join yoga teacher, Katerina Wen and learn ways to deal with stress and anxiety. A great  Continue Reading

State Launches Dashboard To Measure Re-opening Dates

Written on January 24, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Washington State Department of Health On Jan. 22, the Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. DOH, in partnership with Microsoft AI for Health, has launched  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

PeaceHealth Q&A On COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Sign-up For Vaccine Updates From PeaceHealth From PeaceHealth We’re proud to play a pivotal role in helping end this pandemic. Following federal and state guidance, we’ve provided a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 12,000 health care workers. We are eager to begin offering the vaccine to others in our communities as more vaccine becomes available  Continue Reading

Eventide Orders COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 22, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By William F. House, MD, Eventide We have approval for the COVID-19 vaccination. We will be placing our order this week and will notify on eventidehealth.com and via local news both online and in print once we are ready to begin scheduling. Like all clinics, hospitals and health departments we’re being inundated with calls with  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Caring For Your Brain

Written on January 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Neurosurgeon and well-known CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, MD. was recently featured in the Blue Zones online newsletter regarding his new book, Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age.  The Blue Zones is a concept based on  Continue Reading

County Explains Expanded Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 18, 2021 at 8:18 pm, by

From San Juan County On Monday, Jan. 18, Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health have opened vaccine eligibility to Phase 1b Tier 1. San Juan County will begin delivering Phase 1b Tier 1 immunization on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Q: Who is Eligible for 1b – Tier 1? Anyone over the age of  Continue Reading