Topic: Health & Wellness

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on August 27, 2021 at 4:31 pm, by

Important Note: A total of 17 previous cases have been removed from the list of confirmed cases in San Juan County. These are cases that occurred after June 1, 2021 and were first identified by a positive over-the-counter COVID test result, but were not confirmed in a subsequent PCR lab test. This adjustment brings San  Continue Reading

Free COVID vaccine clinics this week

Written on August 23, 2021 at 9:21 am, by

  Sign-ups are looking good, but there are still spaces available. Walk-ups also welcome. For anyone waiting for full FDA approval of the vaccine before receiving their shot, that approval has now been granted for the Pfizer vaccine being administered this week. Thanks to everyone who is signed up- we really appreciate the renewed interest.  Continue Reading

Weekly Case Update

Written on August 22, 2021 at 8:46 pm, by

Weekly Case Update – Friday, Aug 20, 2021 Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case Data Dashboard. Since the last update on Friday August 8th, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 237 to 264. Of these twenty-seven new cases, initial investigations indicate that at least seven appear  Continue Reading

Resiliency Fair is Postponed

Written on August 19, 2021 at 5:36 am, by

We really thought we were through with Covid-19 on San Juan Island, however it has spiked here worse than ever. Resiliency is all about staying healthy, and we want to help the community fight this so we are going to reschedule this event to when things improve. So, we hope this attempt has sparked ideas  Continue Reading


Written on August 18, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning we have this letter from Dr. Mark Fishout… The summer of 1940 saw the Battle of Britain, the aerial conflict between the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe, reach its apex. When in this speech Churchill stated ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much  Continue Reading

County to Host COVID Vaccine Clinics Next Week

Written on August 18, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

As COVID case numbers continue their dramatic increase in the islands and beyond, there is an upcoming easy no-cost opportunity for those not yet vaccinated to get their shots. San Juan County Health & Community Services will be hosting Pfizer vaccine clinics on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands. Any unvaccinated individual age 12 or  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College announces fall quarter COVID-19 safety requirements for in-person courses and activities

Written on August 16, 2021 at 5:35 am, by

Skagit Valley College will require employees and students that attend courses or other activities in-person to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request an exemption based on medical, religious, or philosophical reasons prior to the start of Fall Quarter 2021. The college will continue to require everyone to wear face coverings inside all college buildings at each of its campuses and centers regardless of vaccination status.     Continue Reading

Weekly Case Update

Written on August 14, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case Data Dashboard. Since the last update on Thursday August 5th, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 213 to 237. Of these 24 new cases, nine appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals- a number that is expected given the  Continue Reading

County expected to be impacted by wildfire smoke through the weekend

Written on August 14, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

Wildfire smoke from fires in British Columbia and Eastern Washington has settled over the County and is expected to be here through the weekend.   Limit your time and activity level outdoors to limit your exposure to harmful particulate matter.  Some air quality monitors in the County are currently detecting levels that are both unhealthy,  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer Reinstates Masking Requirements

Written on August 13, 2021 at 10:15 am, by

As per a recent Health Officer order, all customers entering businesses in San Juan County will be required to mask up beginning at 5pm on Friday August 13th. San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James highlights his thinking, “First off, I want to say that I truly hoped that vaccination rates in our nation  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #54: August 12, 2021

Written on August 13, 2021 at 10:15 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Surging Cases: The Islands’ New Reality Fourteen new COVID cases were reported in San Juan County on August 10th. While 11 of these cases were tied to two household clusters, this is still an alarming number. The number of hospital beds devoted  Continue Reading

SJICF to Repeat Virtual County Fair Matching Grant Program

Written on August 12, 2021 at 5:53 am, by

In 2020, the San Juan Island Community Foundation quickly adapted to a “virtual” San Juan County Fair by taking their popular annual matching grant event online. Nearly $140k was donated by hundreds of generous community members during the 4 days of the fair. After matching grants by SJICF were added, more than $170k was granted  Continue Reading

Anonymous Donor to Match the Match for PADs during the SJI Virtual County Fair

Written on August 12, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Between August 18 and August 22, the San Juan Island Community Foundation has pledged to match up to a thousand dollars given to PADs, the first program in North America to train dogs to detect an odor associated with Parkinson’s Disease. This great news was followed by a good-hearted anonymous donor who pledged to match  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Bring Live Music to the Virtual County Fair

Written on August 9, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

Summer Sounds of the San Juans Three local bands will perform on Saturday, August 21st at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, from 6-10 pm, to raise money for the Soroptimist Cancer Treatment Transportation Fund. Tommy Dale and the Dangerfields, Desolation Sound, and the Rocky Bay Band will have you moving to the beat. Refreshments will  Continue Reading

San Juan Island EMS Signs Agreement with Fire District Regarding Integration

Written on August 8, 2021 at 5:58 am, by

The hospital district is happy to announce that it has reached agreement with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue to take over Emergency Medical Services on our behalf in 2023, pending voter approval. “It’s been a long process, but we’re ready to support the Fire District taking this to the public,” said hospital district commissioner  Continue Reading

Doe Bay Water Users Association Joins Forces with Eastsound Water to Operate and Maintain the Doe Bay Water System in 2022

Written on August 8, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On August 6, 2021, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) and the Doe Bay Water Users Association (DBWUA) signed an agreement to work in partnership to manage the Doe Bay Water system. Eastsound Water will take over operations in Q2 of 2022 and perform all daily tasks including testing, monitoring and maintaining the Doe Bay Water  Continue Reading

Save the Date!

Written on August 6, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Get rrrrready. This is Shugga and Mia here at PADs for Parkinson’s giving you a nosey nudge to mark your calendar for August 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. These are the dates that you can easily double your efforts to help us and our 14 furry friends at PADs to keep sniffing for Parkinson’s  Continue Reading

County Covid-19 Update

Written on August 6, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

Orcas Case Cluster Update San Juan County has been aggressively investigating a recent COVID outbreak on Orcas Island. Since the source case was identified, San Juan County has identified nine additional linked positive cases. Of the ten outbreak cases, five are confirmed to be unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, one’s vaccination status is unknown and  Continue Reading

Update for School Year 2021-2022 from SJISD Superintendent Fred Woods

Written on August 5, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

At the beginning of June, our school staff was able to celebrate the graduation of seniors from both Friday Harbor School and Griffin Bay School outside on the football field. Seeing the faces of those students and sharing in their joy was priceless.  The 2020-2021 school year seemed to last forever as we all navigated  Continue Reading

Health & Community Services Office Closed Friday

Written on August 5, 2021 at 5:36 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services staff will be unavailable on Friday August 6th, as we will be attending an All Staff Meeting. Staff will be available again on Monday August 9th. The Department drop box outside the Courthouse is available for document drop-off. Thank you for your understanding.

PeaceHealth Requires COVID-19 Vaccination 

Written on August 4, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Unvaccinated Caregivers With Qualifying Medical Exemptions Subject to Heightened Masking, Distancing, and Regular Testing Protocols August 3, 2021– VANCOUVER, Wash. – PeaceHealth announced that starting August 31, 2021, all caregivers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a qualifying medical exemption. Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, as well  Continue Reading

Covid Case Cluster Investigation Underway

Written on August 4, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

Since Friday’s Weekly Case Update, San Juan County has confirmed four new positive COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 201. Three of these new cases are on Orcas Island. San Juan County is currently investigating this case cluster to determine the source and scope of disease transmission.  Continue Reading