Topic: Health & Wellness

A “Hot Topic” From The County: Testing and Rumor Control

Written on March 15, 2020 at 11:15 am, by

HOT TOPIC #1: March 15th Testing and Rumor Control COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. TESTING A lot of people have questions about testing.  We want to highlight a few key things: First off, if you’re on Orcas or Lopez, read this excellent article from Anne Presson of the Lopez  Continue Reading

A Message From The Mullis Community Senior Center

Written on March 15, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that we take seriously. The San Juan County Health Department recommends that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay at home and away from large groups of people. People at higher risk include those: Over 60 years of age With underlying  Continue Reading

Letter to the Community From the San Juan Island School District Board

Written on March 14, 2020 at 3:44 pm, by

Much has been done in the very short time that our school district first learned about the coronavirus pandemic. The Superintendent and staff have been working tirelessly to develop a plan to serve our students in a tele-schooling model for at least the next six weeks. Most districts are expecting an extended loss of learning  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Stations Temporarily Close To Public

Written on March 14, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – As a precaution during the COVID-19 outbreak, all San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Stations, including the main fire station at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor are temporarily closed to the public. All public meetings in our facilities, including use of the main station by the Department of Licensing, are  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library To Close

Written on March 13, 2020 at 4:06 pm, by

Dear Patrons, We want to express our gratitude for your support and patience during the COVID-19 outbreak. In response to Governor Inslee’s announcement today that all Washington State schools were to close, the San Juan Island Library has made the difficult decision to also close the Library, effective Sunday, March 15th. This closure is in accordance with our Epidemic and Pandemic Response policy and will  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre Updates Cancellations

Written on March 13, 2020 at 3:37 pm, by

Dear SJCT Community, As of Governor Inslee’s announcement this afternoon, Washington State schools will be closed March 17-April 24. All performances and events at SJCT will also be cancelled during this time as we do our part to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the performances already cancelled on our website, the following  Continue Reading

San Juan County To Declare an Emergency Responding to COVID-19

Written on March 13, 2020 at 1:50 pm, by

The San Juan County Council will be meting Friday, March 13 to declare an emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. By declaring an emergency, San Juan County can fully employ all emergency response plans, utilize county resources and authorize emergency expenditures for the response throughout San Juan County. There will be no restrictions or  Continue Reading

Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19: Information and Cancellations

Written on March 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm, by

Basic precautions encouraged at this time include; wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and if you are sick stay home. Our county health officials have put together some good information. See the links below. If you are cancelling or postponing an event let us know and we will post it here. Stay safe. Be  Continue Reading

OPALCO Offices Close For Safety – Business Remains Open

Written on March 13, 2020 at 5:20 am, by

Contact OPALCO by telephone or email to prevent viral spread. OPALCO is closing its offices to the public on Monday, March 16 in order to help keep co-op staff healthy and our system running smoothly. All business services are available by telephone and online. “We are open for business,” said General Manger Foster Hildreth. “We  Continue Reading

At the Update: Cancellations and Information

Written on March 12, 2020 at 10:18 am, by

In these unusual times here at the San Juan Island Update we are doing our best to keep up with important information regarding Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19 and how it relates to our community as well as posting local cancellations as they come in. We are keeping a running list of cancellations posted just below the  Continue Reading

Help Needed to Maintain Blood Supply

Written on March 12, 2020 at 9:45 am, by

The next blood drive at the Mullis Center (589 Nash Street in Friday Harbor) is scheduled for Thursday March 19 between 10am and 4pm. Please come and give blood… An important message from Bloodworks Northwest… COVID-19 has incited much uncertainty and concern about what is next for our community’s health. While we see the grocery store shelves  Continue Reading

A Letter From San Juan Community Theatre

Written on March 12, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

A message from San Juan Community Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director, Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey… Dear SJCT Community,   I hope this finds all of you well during this difficult season! Like many performing arts organizations around our country, SJCT is keeping a watchful eye on public health concerns, and we are in communication with the San Juan  Continue Reading

Library Event, Great Decisions, Cancelled

Written on March 12, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

The library event Great Decisions: Red Sea Security that was to be held on March 23 has been cancelled.

Islanders Bank: We Care About Your Health

Written on March 11, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

At Islanders Bank, we value the health and safety of our communities, customers and employees. In light of recent concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are monitoring and following all CDC and health department prevention recommendations. Customers are encouraged to stay home if you’re ill. Islanders Bank offers 24/7 online & mobile banking tools enabling  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Saint Patrick’s Day Extravaganza Canceled

Written on March 9, 2020 at 6:55 pm, by

With an abundance of caution and respect for the health of our island community, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, has canceled our Saint Patrick’s Day Extravaganza annual fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. We have come to this difficult decision in light of the San Juan County Public Health Department’s recommendation that gatherings of  Continue Reading

Live Stream Update on the Status of COVID-19 Today, March 9 at 3:00 pm

Written on March 9, 2020 at 11:16 am, by

Live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response TODAY at 3pm San Juan County will host a live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response TODAY at 3pm.  The link for the live stream is:,5838. The broadcast update will include staff from San  Continue Reading

Coronavirus Update From San Juan Island School District

Written on March 9, 2020 at 9:42 am, by

I wanted to give you all a more detailed update on our School District planning if our island experiences the Coronavirus.  Please know that currently WE HAVE NO KNOWN CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN SAN JUAN ISLAND. Our County Department of Health is not suggesting that schools should be closed down now…but they are advising  Continue Reading

Frequently Asked Questions for the Islands about COVID-19

Written on March 8, 2020 at 11:04 pm, by

By Dr. Frank James, Health Officer, San Juan County Health and Community Services  Mark Tompkins, Director, San Juan County Health and Community Services Brendan Cowan, Director, San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management COVID-19, and the coronavirus that causes it, are dominating the news, our conversations and likely, our imaginations. Information regarding COVID-19 is  Continue Reading

San Juan County To Host Live Stream Update on Coronavirus COVID-19

Written on March 6, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan County will be hosting a live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response on Monday March 9th at 3pm The update will be provided by staff from the County Health and Community Services and Emergency Management Departments. Islanders are asked to submit questions in advance by using THIS FORM.  Continue Reading

OPALCO Cancels Annual Member Meetings; Election Continues As Planned

Written on March 4, 2020 at 12:57 pm, by

The OPALCO Board of Directors announced today that the upcoming annual member meeting and all OPALCO gatherings are canceled until further notice in order to err on the side of caution in the face of tremendous uncertainty with the current outbreak of Covid-19 in the state of Washington. The announcement follows Governor Inslee’s proclamation of  Continue Reading

San Juan County Drug Court Celebrates First Anniversary

Written on March 4, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan County Superior Court launched a pilot Drug Court in January 2019 with the support of the local law and justice community.  According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, approximately one in ten American adults has a substance use disorder. Approximately one in five has a mental health problem. Many suffer from  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Sleep Awareness Week

Written on March 1, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… One of my favorite quotes about sleep comes from former Secretary of State Colin Powell who said, “I’m sleeping like a baby… Every two hours I wake up screaming.” Hopefully your sleep is more restful!  As we get older  Continue Reading