Topic: Health & Wellness

San Juan County Granted Variance to Move to Phase 2

Written on May 23, 2020 at 4:53 pm, by

This sto­ry has been updat­ed since it was first pub­lished… The vari­ance appli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted Fri­day after­noon was approved by the Sec­re­tary of Health mid-day on Sat­ur­day, allow­ing San Juan Coun­ty to pro­ceed to Phase 2 of the Governor’s four-phased Safe Start Wash­ing­ton plan effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly. San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil Chair Rick Hugh­es high­lights the impor­tance  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County to Apply for Variance to Move to Phase 2

Written on May 22, 2020 at 12:09 pm, by

At the request of San Juan Coun­ty Health Offi­cer Dr. Frank James (link to rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter), and with the sup­port of both the San Juan Coun­ty Board of Health and the Coun­ty Coun­cil, pub­lic health staff are prepar­ing a vari­ance request that, if approved by the Sec­re­tary of Health, would allow the Coun­ty to move  Con­tin­ue Reading

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 see­ing  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 tra­ba­ja­ba  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