Topic: Health & Wellness

SJI Community Foundation Raises $145k for COVID-19 Response

Written on April 16, 2020 at 10:56 am, by

In the last three weeks, SJICF has raised $145k for the newly established SJICF Community Emergency Response Fund. The fund was created to meet the increasing community needs as a result of COVID-19 response. In March, a goal was set to raise $100k in the first few weeks and an additional $150k to continue to  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #16: April 15th An Insider’s Look at the San Juan County COVID Response Team

Written on April 16, 2020 at 9:18 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders The first thing you need to know is that there are abbreviations for everything. From EOC (Emergency Operations Center) to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to IC (Incident Commander), everything this team does is designed to make the most of every resource, down  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank April Commission Meeting Cancelled

Written on April 16, 2020 at 9:14 am, by

Due to concern for public safety, as well as the extended orders from Governor Inslee and guidelines from the federal government, the April 17, 2020 Land Bank Commission meeting on Lopez Island is cancelled. The next scheduled Land Bank Commission meeting is Friday, May 15, 2020 on San Juan Island at the San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Remaining Rooted: A Sense of Place

Written on April 15, 2020 at 11:38 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we have this letter from Brandon Cadwell and Erin Wygant… When we’re faced with uncertainty, we seek a sense of rootedness. How do we ground ourselves? We might ask, “What is it that gives me a sense of place?” For some, it’s the sweeping views of the Olympic  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #15: April 13th Testing: The Current Situation

Written on April 13, 2020 at 8:21 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. It has been nearly a month since the release of Hot Topic #1, which also focused on testing. Since then, a lot has changed, but some things remain the same. This article is going to give an update on testing, and take  Continue Reading

Recap of Hospital District (Remote) Board Meeting from Last Week

Written on April 13, 2020 at 8:14 am, by

In Appreciation to our Partners in Healthcare and the Public This is a demanding time for healthcare in all of our communities as we work to help ensure the safety of the public. It’s a time of worry and anxiety for everyone. We are grateful to Chief Administrative Officer Merry-Ann Keane for representing PeaceHealth Peace  Continue Reading

A Note from Dr. House

Written on April 12, 2020 at 3:19 pm, by

Eventide Health will begin voluntary testing for Essential employees and volunteers, who provide essential functions in our community, as defined by the Governor of the State of Washington beginning tomorrow, Monday, April 13. We have developed a list of volunteers already for a diverse group of essential services providers from around the community. We have  Continue Reading

A Message From the Sheriff

Written on April 10, 2020 at 4:27 pm, by

Over the last few days, we have been getting a lot of calls and complaints regarding the vacation rentals in San Juan County advertising their rentals. Everyone is concerned about a huge influx of visitors during this time of crisis, and rightfully so. We have looked into nearly all of the complaints to date on  Continue Reading

Curbside Pickup at the Drug Store

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:55 am, by

As of today, April 10, 2020, Friday Harbor Drug is operating as a closed door pharmacy. We will be utilizing curbside pickup completely. We will gladly do personal shopping for everyday items. Call us at 360-378-4421 and use option 4 (Retail Department) if you are only picking up retail items. We ask that you give  Continue Reading

Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney on Order Enforcement

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:49 am, by

While a majority of San Juan County residents have been doing all they can to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, there are  reports of individuals or businesses choosing to ignore the recent orders from the Governor and the San Juan County Health Officer. In an effort to improve the County’s ability to  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Crisis Increases Gratitude for Greenspace and Highlights Need to Leash Dogs

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

Land Bank Preserves remain open despite other public land closures because we believe people need access to nature close to home, especially when nothing else in life seems normal. Early evidence suggests that dogs don’t spread COVID-19. However, current social distancing rules apply to both people and their pets. To that end, we want to  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #14: April 9th A Light-Hearted Look at Caring for your Introvert/Extrovert Significant Other While Staying Home

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:19 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Disclaimer: Authors Courtney and Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey are in no way relationship experts. They are not therapists. They have BEEN to a lot of therapy. (They find it’s an essential part of maintaining a healthy relationship. You’ll probably understand why when you finish  Continue Reading

Announcing “COVID-19 Community Conversations” for San Juan County

Written on April 9, 2020 at 7:45 am, by

During the COVID-19 crisis the San Juan County COVID Response Team have made a real effort to keep the public informed through our website (, via local media, through Facebook (@sjcpublichealth), Twitter (@SanJuanCountyWA), through several video updates, and in both Spanish and English, in a unified effort to speak with one voice to as many  Continue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Grants

Written on April 9, 2020 at 7:37 am, by

The Washington State Department of Commerce is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses which qualify for the grant program and are located within San Juan County must go to the Commerce site at, download the application, fill it out  Continue Reading

Also, Grief

Written on April 9, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Deb Langhans shares some thoughts with you on grief… Last April 3rd, the San Juan Update posted an “invitation” for me about an online “ITM (In This Moment) Circle” I hope to start soon as another way fellow islanders can “come together” and co-create a “glass half full” virtual gathering each week during this COVID-19  Continue Reading

How’s THIS for Island Commitment to Keeping Germs Contained?!

Written on April 8, 2020 at 12:33 pm, by

The following notice was submitted by a San Juan Update reader who wishes to remain anonymous… KUDOS to (symptom-free) Sheilah Mezzo who created the mask for this rooster and is making more for any interested islanders. Her contact number is: (541) 575-5612. The masks are quality cotton with a layer of tighter-weave flannel next to  Continue Reading

Best of the Fest Cancelled

Written on April 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm, by

Due to the closure of all but essential businesses the Friday Harbor Film Festival has cancelled the Best of the Fest series for the remainder of the year.

HOT TOPIC #13: April 7th Checking In On Our Current Situation

Written on April 8, 2020 at 8:09 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders We want to check in with the islands, share thoughts, and help with general expectation setting. Obviously this has been an incredibly challenging time, and clearly there’s more sacrifice to come. What is the current situation? There is some good news. If  Continue Reading

A Note from Friday Harbor Drug

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

Friends and neighbors, the hours here at the pharmacy will be changing effective Wednesday, April 8th. The pharmacy hours will be: Monday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday- 9:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Thursday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Friday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday – 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday- CLOSED This is in  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

Hospital District Meeting

Written on April 6, 2020 at 3:04 pm, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Board Meeting on April 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be entirely remote, in accordance with the governor’s emergency proclamation and revised Open Public Meetings Act guidelines (explanation by MRSC here). This meeting is intended to fill in for our  Continue Reading

BLM Spokane District temporarily closes additional recreation sites

Written on April 6, 2020 at 3:01 pm, by

Spokane, Wash. – The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the first priority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our local partners and the state of Washington, the BLM is temporarily closing the following recreation sites, effective today, to help limit  Continue Reading