Topic: Health & Wellness

San Juan County Health Officer Extends Ban on Transient Lodging

Written on May 22, 2020 at 9:10 am, by

On May 22nd, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James extended his order limiting non-essential transient lodging operations. The order was previously set to expire on May 31st. In his extension (Order 2020-5), Dr. James ties the future ending of the order to the lifting of Governor’s Inslee’s ban on non-essential travel, currently scheduled  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #23: May 21, 2020: The 2020 Memorial Day Weekend in the San Juan Islands

Written on May 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders With roots dating back to the Civil War, Memorial Day is a time for our nation to remember and honor military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In addition, Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kick-off to  Continue Reading

Helping Kids Get Used to Masks -Dr. Mark Fishaut and Dr. Frank James

Written on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm, by

In many places, people are wearing masks when they’re in public because of coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s an important way to help slow the spread of the virus. At first, it was mostly doctors, nurses, and others in health care settings who wore masks. But now, as other people wear them, more and more kids are  Continue Reading

Ayudar a los niños a acostumbrarse a las mascarillas

Written on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm, by

-Dr. Mark Fishaut and Dr. Frank James En muchos lugares, la gente está llevando mascarilla en los lugares públicos debido al coronavirus (COVID-19). Es una forma importante de ayudar a reducir la velocidad de propagación del virus. Al principio, quienes llevaban mascarillas eran, sobre todo, los médicos, los enfermeros y otro tipo de personal que  Continue Reading

Build an Asian Hornet Bottle Trap

Written on May 19, 2020 at 10:22 am, by

As you may have heard, asian hornets (a.k.a: Murder Hornets) have found their way to the United States and have been detected in Washington. They are an invasive species and will decimate honey bee hives. If you would like to help the State of Washington, here is a project you can do on your property  Continue Reading

Release of San Juan County Health Officer Order on Face Coverings

Written on May 18, 2020 at 12:01 pm, by

Supported by the San Juan County Council, the Board of Health, and the Department of Health and Community Services, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James issued a Health Officer order over the weekend regarding the public use of face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 illness. A Frequently Asked Questions addressing all aspects of the order,  Continue Reading

An American Red Cross Update for Islanders

Written on May 18, 2020 at 5:54 am, by

We have all had to adapt to the COVID-19 virus. It has changed how we interact with each other. Here in San Juan County the American Red Cross maintains an active local unit. We want to let our fellow residents know that if any of you face displacement from your home because of a personal  Continue Reading

Delta Dental of Washington to Provide Financial Relief to Policyholders

Written on May 18, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Delta Dental of Washington announced today it will be offering four months of financial relief in the form of a 25-percent premium reduction* to its policyholders, totaling $30 million. With dental offices having been closed for all non-emergency procedures, Delta Dental is focused on providing value back to its customers during this unprecedented pandemic. “With  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Still Coping With Coronavirus

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:23 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Island Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its been a few months now of staying home and staying healthy, of wearing masks and gloves to the grocery store, of staying six feet apart from friends we’d really like to hug, of meetings on Zoom. How  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Six

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another set of videos highlighting specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. This week we have two  Continue Reading

Emergency Fund and Grant Updates from SJICF

Written on May 13, 2020 at 7:46 pm, by

Understanding both the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 in our community is critical for making a sustainable plan. For more than 2 months, SJICF has continued to stay vigilant. San Juan County is experiencing a 27% unemployment rate and is expected to reach 30% very soon. This is twice the national and WA state  Continue Reading

Face Covering Signage For Businesses And Other Organizations

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

In order to help San Juan County businesses and other organizations protect their employees and customers, the County COVID response team has produced printable posters to support their effort. Two versions are available, one that is 8.5” x 11” (available HERE), and the other is 11” x 17” (available HERE). As the world moves into  Continue Reading

A Note from Eventide Health

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

Pediatric care is still vitally important during this pandemic. We have continued to accept visits for immunizations and other recommended care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics. We’re happy to announce that Dr. Mark Fishaut will begin telemedicine this week utilizing the same Zoom method we’ve been using for the past month. As he  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Five

Written on May 8, 2020 at 6:53 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another three videos that highlight specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and provide crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. We now have fifteen  Continue Reading

Integration of EMS and Fire Suspended

Written on May 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm, by

This week in a Special Board Meeting the hospital district, in a unanimous vote, suspended the integration of San Juan Island EMS and San Juan Island Fire and Rescue. This project was initiated in 2018 with a Citizen’s Advisory Group, making this action a significant change for the district.  All interagency discussion, planning, or steering  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Continues Planning Post Pandemic Response

Written on May 6, 2020 at 5:29 pm, by

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue’s (SJIF&R) Commission Chairman Jarman and commissioners are disappointed by the actions taken last night by Public Hospital District’s (PHD) to cease the creation of a single all hazard emergency services agency. The timing and actions of the PHD Board’s unilateral decision in the middle of a global health pandemic  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on May 6, 2020 at 2:26 pm, by

In the SJI Update Mailbag this afternoon there’s a letter from Richard Grout… Dear Editor: Tuesday evening the San Juan Public Hospital District (PHD) Commissioners took an action we should all applaud. They voted unanimously to withdraw the agreement concerning integration of the San Juan Island Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Fire District #3 and  Continue Reading

State of the Theatre

Written on May 6, 2020 at 8:40 am, by

Here is a Special Update from SJCT’s Executive Artistic Director… Dear SJCT Family, We’ve had numerous inquiries as to how COVID-19 has affected San Juan Community Theatre. While we don’t know everything that the future holds, we have an update about the State of the Theatre today. Please take a few minutes to watch the  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on San Juan Island

Written on May 5, 2020 at 7:29 pm, by

May 5, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of one 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 fifteen. The County Health Department’s Surveillance Team is actively contact tracing this new case,  Continue Reading

Island Rec Cancellations

Written on May 5, 2020 at 8:56 am, by

The San Juan Island Park and Recreation District commissioners have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person programs and events for summer 2020 based on Governor Jay Inslee’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order and his four phases of reopening, in addition to Washington State Department of Health guidelines. The health and safety of our  Continue Reading

Hospital District Meeting

Written on May 5, 2020 at 6:51 am, by

In person meeting or call in?? Read on… San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 is giving public notice of a Special Meeting to be held on Tuesday May 5, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at the Hospital District Offices ( 849 Spring Street Unit B-5). Call-in information for the public follows: Call-In Number: 509-824-1884 Conference  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #21: May 4, 2020 Checking In On Our Current Situation

Written on May 4, 2020 at 12:35 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Antibody Testing: There Are No Shortcuts to Success There is nothing anyone of us wants more right now than to put the COVID-19 crisis behind us and get down to the work of reopening and restoring our communities. There is an inclination  Continue Reading