Topic: Health & Wellness

Governor Inslee Puts Hold on All Phase Advancing

Written on July 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm, by

July 2, 2020: Today Governor Inslee announced that a minimum of a two week hold will be placed on all current applications to advance through the Governor’s four phase plan. This decision applies to San Juan County’s application to Phase 3 submitted to the State on June 25th, in addition to current applications from a  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus, How Is Your Mental Health?

Written on June 30, 2020 at 11:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With the pressure and stress of opening up our destination vacation island only to then slow the opening back down, the arrival of visitors with and without masks, spiking COVID numbers across the nation, not to mention prolonged isolation,  Continue Reading

Keep your child safe by staying up to date on vaccinations during COVID-19

Written on June 29, 2020 at 8:34 am, by

While there isn’t a vaccine against COVID-19 yet, the good news is that vaccines can protect children from 14 other serious diseases. Delaying or missing vaccines could put your child, your family and your community at risk for these diseases. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them. Talk with your child’s  Continue Reading

Business Assistance Deadline June 30th, 2020

Written on June 26, 2020 at 10:29 am, by

The last day to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is June 30th, 2020. As of today, June 26th, there is plenty of money in the program, and restrictions which may have deterred some businesses have been loosened. To apply for this program, contact your banker. If your bank is no longer offering these  Continue Reading

Keeping the San Juans Safe: A Partner Pledge & Visitor Guidelines Checklist

Written on June 26, 2020 at 8:05 am, by

A note from the Visitors Bureau… Friday Harbor, WA – Summer is here, and that normally means an increase in visitors to our Islands. While 2020 is redefining what ‘normal’ is, there are steps the tourism industry is taking to safely welcome visitors back to the Islands. One of our most important goals is to  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs closed on the 4th of July

Written on June 26, 2020 at 7:45 am, by

For many islanders, it is a long-standing tradition to come to UW Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) on the 4th of July to sit on the breakwater or bluffs to watch the fireworks in the harbor – it’s one of the best viewing sites!  So we are saddened to announce that this year, access to the FHL  Continue Reading

San Juan County Requests Phase 3 Approval

Written on June 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm, by

June 24, 2020: Following a recommendation from San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James, both the County Board of Health and the San Juan County Council approved submitting an application to the WA State Secretary of Health to enter a modified version of Phase 3 of the Governor’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. The timing  Continue Reading

Update on Recent San Juan County Cases

Written on June 24, 2020 at 9:13 am, by

June 24, 2020: Over the past week, San Juan County reported three new COVID-19 cases. Two were on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. The County Health & Community Service Department’s surveillance team has performed initial investigation, contact tracing, and testing for each of these cases. It is important to know that monitoring  Continue Reading

Merry-Ann Keane to leave PeaceHealth

Written on June 23, 2020 at 2:14 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 23, 2020–Charles Prosper, chief executive of PeaceHealth, Northwest, announced today that Merry-Ann Keane, chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, had informed him of her decision to leave PeaceHealth to be closer to family abroad. Keane’s last day will be July 17, 2020. In a statement that was sent  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center thanks community for overwhelming support

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 22, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC) wants to express its gratitude and appreciation to the San Juan County community. Over the past several months since COVID-19 began impacting our region, this community has never wavered in expressing its support to PeaceHealth healthcare workers. To date, nearly 15 businesses, organizations  Continue Reading

Be a Virtual Vendor at the San Juan County Fair

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm, by

A call to action for all San Juan County businesses, restaurants, non-profits, organizations, service groups, cottage industries, artist and more.  Become a virtual San Juan County Fair vendor and join the “2020: A Fair Odyssey”.  This is a new opportunity for local organizations and businesses as the San Juan County Fair transitions into a virtual  Continue Reading

A Letter From Roche Harbor Resort

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm, by

In the mailbag this afternoon we have this letter from Brent Snow, General Manager of Roche Harbor Resort… Dear Friends, Neighbors and Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has put a terrible monkey wrench in all our plans. These are not easy times for any hospitality operation and Roche Harbor is founded and based on hospitality.  We are  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on Lopez Island

Written on June 22, 2020 at 7:16 am, by

June 21, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, from a resident of Lopez Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 18. This is the first confirmed case on Lopez Island since April  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on San Juan Island

Written on June 20, 2020 at 12:44 pm, by

June 20, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, on San Juan Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 17. This is the second positive case of COVID-19 on San Juan Island in  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #25: June 18, 2020 – Helping Businesses, their Employees, and their Customers Stay Safe

Written on June 20, 2020 at 6:59 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders There are some relatively simple best practices that our local businesses and community organizations should be following to ensure the safety of employees and volunteers, the safety of customers, and the ability to remain open and providing service. These are unusual times  Continue Reading

Library Reopening Expands Service

Written on June 19, 2020 at 8:14 am, by

Dear Friends, Great news from the Library!! What many of you have been eagerly waiting for is finally here! Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd, library staff will deliver curbside holds to your vehicles. Service hours will be from 11am – 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Your returns of library materials starting on June 16th  Continue Reading

Affordable Peace of Mind Covid-19 Testing

Written on June 18, 2020 at 1:56 pm, by

As we move forward through the re-opening phases and begin to welcome back neighbors, friends and visitors to our beautiful islands, we know that the presence of the COVID-19 virus in our communities is a real concern. Living Medical Arts would like to extend you and your business some peace of mind. Dr. Gulla is  Continue Reading

Department of Health situation report shows increased virus activity

Written on June 18, 2020 at 11:45 am, by

Significant increases seen in Eastern Washington, some milder spikes noted in Western Washington. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released its latest statewide COVID-19 situation report. The report shows a significant increase in viral activity in Eastern Washington with concentrated spikes in Yakima, Spokane, Benton and Franklin counties. A rising positive test rate means  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on San Juan Island

Written on June 15, 2020 at 6:17 pm, by

June 15, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, on San Juan Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 16. This is the first positive case of COVID-19 in nearly six weeks and  Continue Reading

“Back with a Twist: Inner Journey Collage© Online”

Written on June 12, 2020 at 4:20 pm, by

Collage isn’t just a fun activity or a way of cleverly recycling old magazines and greeting cards. Collage can be one form of art therapy that heals! That research-based assertion inspired me to create Inner Journey Collage© (IJC) for women in 2012. Since then, IJC workshops have been held at island venues like XYZ Movement  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center adjusts visitor policy to allow for limited visitor access

Written on June 11, 2020 at 2:10 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 11, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center has adjusted its visitor policy to allow for limited visitor access until COVID-19 is no longer a public health threat. Patients who are not COVID-19 suspect or positive are allowed one designated visitor during their stay. Two visitors are allowed on a case-by-case basis  Continue Reading

The Power to Change

Written on June 10, 2020 at 6:15 am, by

If you are suffering from the effects of domestic violence or sexual abuse, you are invited to take part in a women’s group which will lead you towards the love and care you desire for yourself and others. This 8 week course begins on June 23rd, 2020 and runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The  Continue Reading