Topic: Health & Wellness

HOT TOPIC #18: April 23 How to Access Mental Health Resources

Written on April 23, 2020 at 8:42 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders It is a time of so much stress and worry. Now more than ever, in this time of social distancing and with so many unknowns – please know this: You are NOT alone   Stress about COVID-19, the economy, families living in  Continue Reading

A Note From Dr. House

Written on April 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm, by

Antibody testing – this is the phrase on everyone’s mind right now. We’re getting high numbers of requests daily regarding this as these types of new tests are becoming available. We are in the middle stages of evaluating these tests and have been looking at United Biomedical (who initially reserved a large number of tests  Continue Reading

Our Islands Together Posters

Written on April 22, 2020 at 7:25 am, by

Celebrate those in the islands working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response with these posters. Anyone in community who wants to print and hang one can feel free to do so.  Click here or on the image above to see the posters available online and then click any one you like to download  Continue Reading

Virtual Sewing Bee Stitches Beautiful Protection for San Juan Islanders

Written on April 21, 2020 at 2:13 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., April 21, 2020 – It started with a simple request for support. In late March, Beth Williams-Gieger, director of administration at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, emailed Peggy Cregor, chair of the Peace Island Volunteers (PIVs) asking if they would be interested in sewing masks for medical providers at PeaceHealth Peace Island.  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #17: April 21st – Helping Islanders in Need

Written on April 21, 2020 at 2:11 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Neighbors caring for neighbors is a fundamental part of life in the islands. This has become even more true during the COVID-19 pandemic where community support, especially of our most vulnerable residents, is a core part of the local response. It has  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association Postpones May 16 Firewise Cleanup, and Cancels May 30 Spring Picnic

Written on April 19, 2020 at 4:27 pm, by

Some of the news about COVID-19 is improving, but the latest update from the San Juan County Department of Health is still very cautious: Please understand that one small gathering around a campfire or one low key potluck with just a few friends can cause a major ripple of impacts through our communities. There’s no group of  Continue Reading

There’s Still Help

Written on April 19, 2020 at 9:11 am, by

By Louise Dustrude – These are challenging times for everyone, and for some individuals and families the challenges are made worse by alcohol or other drugs. Alcoholics Anonymous has long been a resource for those who acknowledge that they are “powerless over alcohol”; Al-Anon is a well-established resource for those impacted by another person’s drinking;  Continue Reading

Thank You San Juan Island!

Written on April 19, 2020 at 8:48 am, by

The pig at Brickworks says “Thank You” to San Juan Island for all of your exemplary self-distancing and your selfless response to this Covid-19 crisis. And please remember to wear your mask when out and about where you’re likely to be near others (but not nearer than 6 feet!) Photo by Kathleen Nelson.

An Update from the Land Bank

Written on April 17, 2020 at 9:14 am, by

Land Bank Preserves continue to remain open despite other federal and state public land closures because we believe people need access to nature close to home, especially when nothing else in life seems normal. We islanders are fortunate enough to live in a place where we can get outside and take in fresh air while  Continue Reading

Farmers Markets Are Essential Food Providers and May Operate Following State and County COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Written on April 17, 2020 at 6:55 am, by

Farmers markets in San Juan County are essential providers of locally grown, healthy foods. Our farmers markets have an important role in sustaining the local food chain, and have been working with San Juan County Health & Community Services to ensure safety precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Decisions around  Continue Reading

Testing for COVID-19

Written on April 17, 2020 at 6:52 am, by

By Louise Dustrude Testing for COVID-19 in the county is stepping up a bit, as tests slowly become available and as testing labs begin to have more capacity. As of yesterday the county had reported 14 positive cases and reported that 459 people had been tested. PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center reported on April 14  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Two

Written on April 17, 2020 at 6:51 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people peoviding key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel at  San Juan County COVID-19 Response. Or click on the videos below: Norvin Collins, Chief of San Juan Island Fire  Continue Reading

This negative is a positive for island and community health

Written on April 16, 2020 at 11:04 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., April 16, 2020 – With shared purpose, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center and San Juan County Health and Community Services continue to work together to control the spread of novel coronavirus and ensure the health of island communities. On Tuesday, April 14, both organizations were informed of COVID-19 test results performed for  Continue Reading

SJI Community Foundation Raises $145k for COVID-19 Response

Written on April 16, 2020 at 10:56 am, by

In the last three weeks, SJICF has raised $145k for the newly established SJICF Community Emergency Response Fund. The fund was created to meet the increasing community needs as a result of COVID-19 response. In March, a goal was set to raise $100k in the first few weeks and an additional $150k to continue to  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #16: April 15th An Insider’s Look at the San Juan County COVID Response Team

Written on April 16, 2020 at 9:18 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders The first thing you need to know is that there are abbreviations for everything. From EOC (Emergency Operations Center) to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to IC (Incident Commander), everything this team does is designed to make the most of every resource, down  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank April Commission Meeting Cancelled

Written on April 16, 2020 at 9:14 am, by

Due to concern for public safety, as well as the extended orders from Governor Inslee and guidelines from the federal government, the April 17, 2020 Land Bank Commission meeting on Lopez Island is cancelled. The next scheduled Land Bank Commission meeting is Friday, May 15, 2020 on San Juan Island at the San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Remaining Rooted: A Sense of Place

Written on April 15, 2020 at 11:38 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we have this letter from Brandon Cadwell and Erin Wygant… When we’re faced with uncertainty, we seek a sense of rootedness. How do we ground ourselves? We might ask, “What is it that gives me a sense of place?” For some, it’s the sweeping views of the Olympic  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #15: April 13th Testing: The Current Situation

Written on April 13, 2020 at 8:21 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. It has been nearly a month since the release of Hot Topic #1, which also focused on testing. Since then, a lot has changed, but some things remain the same. This article is going to give an update on testing, and take  Continue Reading

Recap of Hospital District (Remote) Board Meeting from Last Week

Written on April 13, 2020 at 8:14 am, by

In Appreciation to our Partners in Healthcare and the Public This is a demanding time for healthcare in all of our communities as we work to help ensure the safety of the public. It’s a time of worry and anxiety for everyone. We are grateful to Chief Administrative Officer Merry-Ann Keane for representing PeaceHealth Peace  Continue Reading

A Note from Dr. House

Written on April 12, 2020 at 3:19 pm, by

Eventide Health will begin voluntary testing for Essential employees and volunteers, who provide essential functions in our community, as defined by the Governor of the State of Washington beginning tomorrow, Monday, April 13. We have developed a list of volunteers already for a diverse group of essential services providers from around the community. We have  Continue Reading

A Message From the Sheriff

Written on April 10, 2020 at 4:27 pm, by

Over the last few days, we have been getting a lot of calls and complaints regarding the vacation rentals in San Juan County advertising their rentals. Everyone is concerned about a huge influx of visitors during this time of crisis, and rightfully so. We have looked into nearly all of the complaints to date on  Continue Reading

Curbside Pickup at the Drug Store

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:55 am, by

As of today, April 10, 2020, Friday Harbor Drug is operating as a closed door pharmacy. We will be utilizing curbside pickup completely. We will gladly do personal shopping for everyday items. Call us at 360-378-4421 and use option 4 (Retail Department) if you are only picking up retail items. We ask that you give  Continue Reading