Topic: Health & Wellness

Third Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case in County, First on Lopez Island

Written on March 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm, by

Thursday March 26, 2020 – The third confirmed positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County was reported to San Juan County public health staff today. This result is the first confirmed positive case on Lopez Island. As with previous positive results, public health staff have conducted contact tracing to identify close contacts of the  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands and Washington State Stay at Home Orders: Frequently Asked Questions

Written on March 26, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Frequently Asked Questions: What do these orders mean for the San Juan Islands? On Monday, March 23, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay at home” proclamation, an order for all of us to limit our daily exposure due to COVID-19. On March 25th, the San Juan County Health Officer issued an order restricting  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer: Issues Order to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Written on March 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm, by

Today, Wednesday March 25, 2020, San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, MD, issued an immediate order to restrict non-essential travel to San Juan County, control contact with playgrounds and playground equipment, and limit transient accommodations and camping. Travel and lodging for individuals engaged in essential activities or providing essential services may continue. The  Continue Reading

Telemedicine: Eventide Health Switches to Zoom

Written on March 25, 2020 at 5:38 am, by

A message from Dr. House… Our initial selection of VSee as a client to host our telemedicine proved to be the wrong choice as they couldn’t keep up with our demand or needs. As such we’ve switched our Telemedicine service to Zoom. Please download the Zoom client onto your phone or tablet. It’s also available  Continue Reading

Islanders Find Creative Solutions

Written on March 25, 2020 at 5:37 am, by

A message from Dr. House… Huge thank you to patients that have reached out to request telemedicine. Out of my 18 visits Tuesday 6 of those were via telemedicine. We’re scheduling more every day and we’re working with other providers both in our office and outside our walls to expand this service. We had planned  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Updates from San Juan County

Written on March 24, 2020 at 6:18 pm, by

A message from the county with more to come… Second confirmed positive case on Orcas Island: A close household contact of the first positive case has also tested positive for COVID-19. This positive result was anticipated by San Juan County Public Health Staff and close contact tracing was completed over the weekend to ensure the individuals  Continue Reading

Hunkering Down: From the Desk of Jay Inslee

Written on March 24, 2020 at 11:57 am, by

To defeat COVID-19, we’re hunkering down. Last night, I issued an order to every Washingtonian: “Stay home, stay healthy” for at least the next two weeks. Let me take a moment to explain to you why and what it means. Washingtonians are required to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity. All  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic #5: Coping with Anxiety and Stress

Written on March 24, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders… Our community has a strong history of neighbors helping neighbors – a quick scroll through our online news and local Facebook pages exemplifies that spirit with posts centered around getting supplies to those in need; supporting local businesses; caring for our most  Continue Reading

A Message From PeaceHealth

Written on March 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm, by

Dear friends and neighbors of San Juan County, The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the world around us. It’s disrupted our way of life and created new realities for each of us. It’s understandable to find it all unsettling and concerning. On behalf of PeaceHealth, I want to assure you that we are working purposefully  Continue Reading

Kings Market Offers Online Grocery Shopping

Written on March 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

We are taking credit card payments over the phone once your order is received, assembled, and ready for pick up. As soon as your order is put together and ready for pickup, we will contact you to take payment by credit card over the phone. Please be patient as this service is growing in popularity.  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic #4: Creativity and Art in Difficult Times

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. Note: in an effort to diversity and strengthen San Juan County’s COVID-19 response, we’ve added some people to the team from the broader community. The article below is from Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, the Executive Artistic Director at the San Juan Community Theater. Thanks  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center prepares for COVID-19

Written on March 20, 2020 at 6:27 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., March 20, 2020–While no positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in San Juan County to date, (Correction: Since receiving this 1 resident of Orcas has tested positive with COVID-19), officials leading response efforts expect to see this change as these numbers increase across western Washington.   Leaders with PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center  Continue Reading

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in San Juan County

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:24 pm, by

First San Juan County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus An Orcas Island resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. “The patient is in stable condition and is being treated at home,” said Dr. Frank James, San Juan County Health Officer. “The patient was seen by their physician after experiencing COVID-like symptoms. The COVID-19  Continue Reading

Siri Thorson, Letter From An Islander In France

Written on March 20, 2020 at 12:40 pm, by

I am a resident of San Juan County. I grew up on one of the small non-ferry islands, and members of my family including my parents still live there. Currently I am in a small town about 40 miles southeast of Paris. I was here visiting my boyfriend who is French when the COVID-19 outbreak  Continue Reading

Eventide Health COVID-19 Testing Update

Written on March 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm, by

We’re getting questions daily about testing. Because of a severe shortage of testing supplies, CDC has some new guidance on ending self isolation after symptoms resolve without a test and whom should be tested. We need to be testing far more patients but simply can’t currently. Dr. House has been doing all testing personally in  Continue Reading

Recording of March 19 COVID-19 Community Video Update Q&A Now Available

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm, by

From the county, an informative update of our local coronavirus situation…  In order to help directly answer community concerns, San Juan County released a new COVID-19 video community update to the public on Thursday, March 19. Our latest question and answer session was recorded rather than broadcast live as our previous livestream (on March 9)  Continue Reading

A Message From Dr. Fishaut, Eventide Health Pediatrician

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

To the families and children for whom I provide care:   While there are still no proven cases of COVID-19 infection on San Juan Island, it is prudent for me to step away from seeing patients at this time. So, in an abundance of caution for myself as a higher risk individual, my family, and  Continue Reading

Food Bank Will Be Open

Written on March 18, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor Food Bank will continue to be open every Wednesday and Saturday 1130AM to 2PM to all residents of San Juan Island. We have instituted some new procedures designed to minimize contact between volunteer staff and citizens wishing to access our food supplies.  Citizens are asked to maintain 6 feet of space between  Continue Reading

Café Demeter Now Open For Take-Out and Delivery

Written on March 18, 2020 at 10:19 am, by

Café Demeter will be open Tuesday-Saturday: 7 AM – 3 PM for in-store take-out, for pick-up of telephone orders (360.370.5443) and for home and business deliveries (for a small fee). Please feel free to call ahead with your order and we’ll have it ready for you. We make soup, sandwiches, salads and sweet and savory pastries. We will still have coffee, espresso drinks,  Continue Reading

San Juan Island School District Food Service during Teleschooling

Written on March 18, 2020 at 9:50 am, by

The San Juan Island School District recognizes that the pandemic related school closure for teleschooling will impact some of our families and their access to nutrition.  To help support our families, the School District’s food service will resume Friday March 20, 2020 in the form of grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches.  Beginning Friday, the San Juan  Continue Reading

Eventide Health Introduces A New Telemedicine Option

Written on March 17, 2020 at 5:48 pm, by

Eventide Health, formerly San Juan Healthcare, is pleased to announce our new Telemedicine option available immediately for all established patients. This will allow you to connect to one of our providers from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. We offer this service through VSee which is a HIPPA compliant  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic #3 Volunteering: Islanders Unite

Written on March 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER We are greatly heartened, though not at all surprised, by the outpouring of islanders looking to be of service to their communities. As we all know, the islands are home to an extremely resilient group with a tremendous  Continue Reading