Topic: Health & Wellness

Griffin Bay Bookstore Update

Written on May 3, 2020 at 9:39 am, by

To our loyal customers: Your outpouring of support, along with your heartfelt messages of encouragement, has given us the steam to keep on as booksellers during this fraught time of the pandemic and consequent shutdown of community and economic life. Our doors may be closed, but we are still open for business, albeit only through  Continue Reading

San Juan County State Parks to Open for Day Use on May 5th

Written on May 3, 2020 at 8:24 am, by

On April 27th, Governor Inslee announced a May 5th partial opening of some outdoor recreation activities. Included in his action was a opening of many State Parks across Washington for day use activities. However, he held off on announcing any opening of San Juan County State Parks, pending support from San Juan County decision makers.  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer Order Extended to MAY 31st

Written on May 3, 2020 at 8:21 am, by

Concurring with an April 29, 2020 decision by the San Juan County Board of Health, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James has extended his order limiting transient accommodations, camping, and access to playgrounds from May 4th until May 31st. This decision is intended to align with Governor Inslee’s May 1st announcement that as  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Studio Tour Cancelled

Written on May 3, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The Organizers of the San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour regretfully wish to inform patrons and visitors that the June 6th & 7th event is cancelled. This decision was made with significant concern for the safety of both visitors and artists during this time of the CoV19 pandemic. We remain hopeful for a positive outcome  Continue Reading

New Releases: COVID-19 Community Conversations Round 4

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:59 am, by

The “COVID-19 Community Conversations” series continues this week with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people providing key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at Jennifer Armstrong: Armstrong is the Director of the Joyce L. Sobel  Continue Reading

Compass Health Bridge

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:55 am, by

Compass Health debuts revolutionary mobile telehealth system to provide vital mental health and substance abuse treatment during COVID-19 social distancing, and for future care Cloud-based Compass Health Bridge platform virtually connects front-line behavioral health providers with clients in community or home settings EVERETT – Compass Health has announced the organization-wide launch of its mobile telehealth system, Compass  Continue Reading

Stay at Home Order Extended

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:23 am, by

Here’s a note from Brendan Cowan at SJ Dept. of Emergency Management… On Friday Governor Inslee extended his Stay at Home Order through at least May 31st. Below is a chart highlighting the basics of his phased plan for reopening. The devil is in the details of course, and the next few days will provide  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire And Rescue Report To The Community

Written on April 30, 2020 at 10:48 am, by

Update on our COVID-19 response and post pandemic response and service lessons learned By Bob Jarman, Chair of Fire District #3 Timing is everything. More than one year ago, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) and San Juan Island EMS began working through recommendations from the citizens to join emergency services together into one  Continue Reading

Medicare 101

Written on April 30, 2020 at 8:58 am, by

Do you find Medicare a mystery? Are you unsure which Medicare plan is best for you? Join SHIBA online for a virtual Medicare 101 class where we will cover the “A, B, C, Ds” of Medicare. Our certified SHIBA volunteers will be available to answer all of your questions. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors)  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #20: April 25th Touching Bases with San Juan County EMS and Healthcare Providers

Written on April 29, 2020 at 8:03 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders For being one of the smallest counties in Washington, San Juan County has a remarkably robust community healthcare network. Whether it be Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders, or the clinics, hospital, and provider practices across the islands, a resilient and responsive group  Continue Reading

A Note from PIMC

Written on April 29, 2020 at 8:00 am, by

Don’t Delay Necessary Care As the island communities continue to focus on social distancing, hand-washing and masking to flatten the curve, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is beginning to plan for the future with a focus on safely returning to care and reopening services. While the medical center and clinics are not easing current practices  Continue Reading

How to Drop Off Documents at San Juan County Courthouse

Written on April 28, 2020 at 11:10 am, by

If you have business at the San Juan County Courthouse, please STOP before you go inside the building! Many county departments now have drop boxes just outside the courthouse doors. Because of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the county courthouse is only open for essential business, and several county departments have closed their physical doors  Continue Reading

Community Response Hub

Written on April 27, 2020 at 11:21 am, by

SJICF Launches Community Response Hub, Distributes $70k in Grants The SJI Community Foundation continues to work closely with nonprofits and other county services to ensure a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis. To create a publicly accessible resource for both residents and nonprofit services, SJICF has launched the San Juan Island Community Response Hub website:  Continue Reading

Governor Allows Some Low-Risk Construction to Resume

Written on April 25, 2020 at 12:58 pm, by

Governor Inslee Allows Some Low-Risk Construction to Resume As of Friday April 24, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has allowed some construction activities to resume across the state, including in San Juan County. The Governor’s announcement of the decision is available HERE. Specific requirements established to ensure the safety of both workers and the community  Continue Reading

Island Rec – May Fitness via ZOOM

Written on April 25, 2020 at 5:56 am, by

  Are you missing your morning fitness class routine? Island Rec is continuing to carry classes with Jacquelyn Reiff and Katerina Wen through the end of May 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,  Continue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion

Written on April 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm, by

$10 million now available to address some of estimated 25,000 applications from businesses up to 10 employees OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. The program launched April 7 with $5 million from  Continue Reading

Unemployment Benefits Information

Written on April 24, 2020 at 11:46 am, by

Minnie Knych from the NW Workforce Career Center shares this information with you about Unemployment Insurance… The Career Center is open for business.  However in order to protect your health and limit the spread of the virus, we are conducting business by phone and email.  If you have questions about employment or if you are  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #19: April 24 Why Covering our Faces Matters So Much

Written on April 24, 2020 at 10:44 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders On April 5th, following guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health, we asked islanders to cover their faces when in close proximity to people from outside their household. San Juan County residents listened and for  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Three

Written on April 24, 2020 at 8:43 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people providing key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council Member (Lopez and Shaw): Stephens takes a  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #18: April 23 How to Access Mental Health Resources

Written on April 23, 2020 at 8:42 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders It is a time of so much stress and worry. Now more than ever, in this time of social distancing and with so many unknowns – please know this: You are NOT alone   Stress about COVID-19, the economy, families living in  Continue Reading

A Note From Dr. House

Written on April 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm, by

Antibody testing – this is the phrase on everyone’s mind right now. We’re getting high numbers of requests daily regarding this as these types of new tests are becoming available. We are in the middle stages of evaluating these tests and have been looking at United Biomedical (who initially reserved a large number of tests  Continue Reading

Our Islands Together Posters

Written on April 22, 2020 at 7:25 am, by

Celebrate those in the islands working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response with these posters. Anyone in community who wants to print and hang one can feel free to do so.  Click here or on the image above to see the posters available online and then click any one you like to download  Continue Reading