Topic: Health & Wellness

Video Q&A With County Health Director Tompkins

Written on February 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Watch a Q&A by San Juan Health and Community Services Director Mark Tompkins, below.   

County Updates Online Vaccine Registration System

Written on February 4, 2021 at 8:20 pm, by

From San Juan County As San Juan County Health & Community Services continues to provide vaccines to the islands (many other local providers are also now delivering vaccines!) the registration process has been frustrating for many. While those who can secure an appointment have had a smooth experience, those who have not are left wishing  Continue Reading

Health Officer Recommends K-6 Return To School

Written on February 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Frank James MD, health officer for San Juan County, sent this open letter to county schools on Jan. 30. I am recommending that schools consider opening grades K to 6 for in-person education. The Washington state metric for opening in-person education has not been met due to high rates of infection in our four-county region,  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Schedules Vaccines in San Juans

Written on February 3, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From PeaceHealth Although the state of Washington recently expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, the demand for vaccines continues to exceed the number of doses the state has made available for eligible groups. As we receive the vaccine, PeaceHealth is reaching out to patients whose health record indicates they are eligible to schedule vaccine appointments, including those  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Getting the Vaccine, Be Patient, Be Kind

Written on February 2, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. By now you probably know a few islanders who have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine. Once Tier 1b opened up to those over 65, there was a rush to get the shot. Because 5,000 or so county residents now  Continue Reading

San Juan Health Department, Lopez Pharmacy Offer COVID Vaccine

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County With the governor’s recent authorization to deliver vaccines to those in the Phase 1b Tier 1 eligibility group, the level of questions and concerns from the community has understandably increased.  This situation is inherently unsatisfying and challenging. There is no perfect approach to many of the decisions being made, and the  Continue Reading

County Says Most COVID Cases In Last Two Months From Travel, Hosting Guests

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Jan. 22, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 97 to 102. Three new cases are on San Juan Island, and two on Orcas. Approximately 53 individuals who are close contacts of positive cases are currently in quarantine. Orcas Island There are two  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District Meets Today

Written on January 27, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be held remotely due to COVID-19. Call 509-473-0276 and enter 637 502 786#. The draft agenda includes discussions on the integration of EMS and  Continue Reading

Where Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Written on January 26, 2021 at 7:33 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update UPDATE: On Jan. 29, San Juan County officials said some can also get the vaccine at the Lopez Island Pharmacy. Learn more on the pharmacy’s website and Facebook page. In San Juan County, the only COVID-19 vaccine supplier as of Jan. 26 is the San Juan County Health and  Continue Reading

Mass Vaccination Sites In Washington Open This Week

Written on January 26, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health, with assistance from the Washington National Guard and local and private sector partners, will launch four mass vaccination sites throughout the state this week. Announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Jan. 18, the sites are located in Kennewick, Ridgefield, Spokane and Wenatchee.  Continue Reading

Island Rec Adds New Online Fitness Classes

Written on January 25, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Island Rec Adult online fitness classes are open for registration. Sign up for the whole month of February, or choose one of our drop-in options. To register, visit www.islandrec.org. Gentle Yoga and Destress Live & On-Demand Combo NEW! Join yoga teacher, Katerina Wen and learn ways to deal with stress and anxiety. A great  Continue Reading

State Launches Dashboard To Measure Re-opening Dates

Written on January 24, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Washington State Department of Health On Jan. 22, the Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. DOH, in partnership with Microsoft AI for Health, has launched  Continue Reading

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PeaceHealth Q&A On COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Sign-up For Vaccine Updates From PeaceHealth From PeaceHealth We’re proud to play a pivotal role in helping end this pandemic. Following federal and state guidance, we’ve provided a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 12,000 health care workers. We are eager to begin offering the vaccine to others in our communities as more vaccine becomes available  Continue Reading

Eventide Orders COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 22, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By William F. House, MD, Eventide We have approval for the COVID-19 vaccination. We will be placing our order this week and will notify on eventidehealth.com and via local news both online and in print once we are ready to begin scheduling. Like all clinics, hospitals and health departments we’re being inundated with calls with  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Caring For Your Brain

Written on January 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Neurosurgeon and well-known CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, MD. was recently featured in the Blue Zones online newsletter regarding his new book, Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age.  The Blue Zones is a concept based on  Continue Reading

County Explains Expanded Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 18, 2021 at 8:18 pm, by

From San Juan County On Monday, Jan. 18, Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health have opened vaccine eligibility to Phase 1b Tier 1. San Juan County will begin delivering Phase 1b Tier 1 immunization on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Q: Who is Eligible for 1b – Tier 1? Anyone over the age of  Continue Reading

Compass Health Joins Regional Health Coalition

Written on January 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Fourfront Contributor On Jan. 14, four of the largest community behavioral health providers in Washington State, including Compass Health, announced a new partnership called Fourfront Contributor, an advocacy and leadership coalition that utilizes their collective size and expertise to improve the health of individuals, communities and the systems that serve them. “This is an  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Q&A With County

Written on January 16, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County This Q&A will focus on the San Juan County response to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. There are a number of local organizations working hard to get approval from the Washington State Department of Health so they can receive supplies and begin administering doses. However, even the members of the vaccine team  Continue Reading

State Says All Regions Remain In Phase 1

Written on January 16, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From the Washington State Department Of Health On Jan. 15, the Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, Jan. 25. As outlined in the governor’s COVID-19 plan, regions must  Continue Reading

Grab A Fish Taco Today At San Juan Theater

Written on January 15, 2021 at 6:33 am, by

By Matt Marinkovich, Fish For Teeth Fish For Teeth fish tacos will be served at the San Juan Island Community Theatre, today, Friday, Jan.15, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., or until we run out. An $8 suggested donation lands you a full-on burrito-sized “taco,” filled with sustainably-harvested Washington coastal rockfish, fresh organic salsa, Tillamook  Continue Reading

Grant Helps Fish For Teeth Maintain Services

Written on January 10, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Dental Appointments Available, Fish Tacos On Friday From Fish For Teeth Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission by bringing the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van to Friday Harbor from Wednesday, Jan. 13-Saturday, Jan. 16. There are still a few appointments available on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16. Apply at fishforteeth.com  Continue Reading

Nine New COVID Cases In San Juans

Written on January 8, 2021 at 7:49 pm, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Thursday, Dec. 31, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 79 to 88. Eight of the new cases are on San Juan Island, and one is on Orcas Island. Approximately 28 individuals who are close contacts of positive cases are currently in active quarantine.  Continue Reading