Topic: Health & Wellness

County Warns Unvaccinated are at Highest Risk of Contracting Delta COVID Variant

Written on July 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Delta Variant is 225% More Infectious, Says County From San Juan County In the past week, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 191 to 195. Each of the recent cases is a breakthrough case, meaning the infected person is fully vaccinated. There are eight close contacts of positive cases. Five are currently  Continue Reading

Three Fully Vaccinated People in the San Juan Islands Contract COVID-19

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

From San Juan County After more than a month of no new cases locally, San Juan County has three new breakthrough cases of COVID-19. This means that each person is fully vaccinated and it has been more than two weeks since the vaccine series was completed. There is one case each on Lopez, Orcas and  Continue Reading

Heat Triggers Statewide Spike in Shellfish Infections

Written on July 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Health An outbreak of vibriosis in Washington has already surpassed the highest number of cases ever recorded by the state for the month of July. Recent high temperatures and low tides in Washington state are likely to blame for the increased rate of illness, which is associated with eating  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Are We There Yet? The Mullis Center Cautiously Reopens

Written on July 18, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae.  UPDATE – We are monitoring developments with Delta and other COVID variants that may affect our Mullis Center onsite community meal re-opening. Everyone’s health safety is our top priority. Please stay tuned for more information via our newsletter, website, Facebook page  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

Apply for Affordable Health Care by August 15

Written on July 17, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From PeaceHealth In an effort to expand access to affordable health care, the federal government has established a special enrollment period for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, now through Aug. 15. Those seeking health insurance coverage, or looking to change their plans, may be able to achieve significant savings and lower costs on coverage  Continue Reading

First San Juan Drug Court Graduate Leaves with ‘Tools to Maintain Sobriety’

Written on July 14, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Adult Drug Court The San Juan County Adult Drug Court awarded its first certificate of graduation to Jordan Lynn-Jefferson of Orcas Island July 7. After 697 days or almost 24 months in the county’s therapeutic program, Jordan emerges a more self-confident and mature young man with goals for his life and  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Cardiology Moves to Bigger Space in Anacortes

Written on July 12, 2021 at 10:16 am, by

From PeaceHealth Two months into the re-opening of the PeaceHealth Medical Group Cardiology Clinic, Leah Bosman, clinic manager, is tracking final details related to the move as staff adjust to their new environment. “We’re still waiting for our new signage,” Bosman said, “and we have a few other minor details to settle, but we are  Continue Reading

No New COVID Cases in San Juans for 30 Days

Written on July 3, 2021 at 9:47 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, June 25, total cases in San Juan County have not increased, and remain at 191. There are no close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine in San Juan County, and no confirmed positive cases in San Juan County at this time. There have  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Requests Residents Conserve Water with Shorter Showers, Limited Garden Watering

Written on June 28, 2021 at 8:40 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is requesting its residents and businesses to curtail their water usage over the next several weeks as the weather reports predict continued hot weather ahead. The town’s water comes from Trout Lake on the western portion of the island and high usage has been  Continue Reading

Weather Service Places Excessive Heat Warning in San Juans through Monday Night

Written on June 27, 2021 at 12:57 pm, by

San Juan Islands Sunrise – Aaron Shepard photo By Hayley Day, San Juan Update The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the San Juan Islands through 9 p.m. Monday. Meteorologists call for “dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures in the 90s, especially areas inland and away from the water.” The weather service  Continue Reading

Masks No Longer Required on Sun Decks, Car Decks of Washington State Ferries

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

From Washington State Ferries Face masks are now required only in indoor areas of our terminals and vessels for all riders and employees in compliance with the latest CDC guidelines. All customers inside terminals or vessels should continue to wear face coverings. However, passengers can remove their masks while outdoors on the sun deck, car  Continue Reading

County Mask Mandate Lifts Sunday, but State Rules for the Unvaccinated Remain

Written on June 26, 2021 at 12:08 pm, by

From San Juan County As of June 27, the San Juan County Health Officer Order requiring all customers — regardless of vaccination status — to wear masks inside businesses will end. However, the state requires all unvaccinated individuals to wear masks inside businesses and other public spaces. There are some exceptions for children under 5  Continue Reading

Zero New COVID Cases this Week and Last Week in San Juans

Written on June 26, 2021 at 11:53 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, June 18, total cases in San Juan County have not increased, and remain at 191. The last update reported an increase of one case; however, after further investigation, it was discovered to be a misreported diagnosis. There are no close contacts of positive cases currently  Continue Reading

Washington State Health Department Tips to Stay Cool During Heat Wave

Written on June 26, 2021 at 11:48 am, by

Westside sunset, Contributed Editor’s Note: According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature in Friday Harbor is expected to reach 86 degrees Saturday, 88 degrees Sunday and 91 degrees Monday.  From the Washinton State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health is urging people to take precautions, stay cool, and protect themselves  Continue Reading

High Turnout for San Juan County COVID Vaccinations

Written on June 25, 2021 at 7:24 am, by

From San Juan County Health & Community Services The vaccination rates per island for those age 16 and older are above. There has been a tremendous turnout across San Juan County.

One New COVID Case on San Juan Island This Week

Written on June 19, 2021 at 8:06 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, June 11, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 191 to 192. There is one new case on San Juan Island since the last update. The exposure is unknown. The best remaining opportunities for COVID vaccination will be next week. The final clinics  Continue Reading

San Juan County Mask Requirement Ends June 27

Written on June 18, 2021 at 7:09 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Health Officer Order requiring the wearing of masks by customers indoors in businesses and other public spaces will end on June 27. “Thanks to the high vaccination rates in the islands, including in island kids 12 and older, I feel comfortable with lifting the masking order on  Continue Reading

Learn to ‘Process the Pandemic’ with Holistic Life Coach Online

Written on June 12, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Deb Langhans, holistic life coach, Journeys to Healing Journeys to Healings presents “Processing the Pandemic” Inner Journey Collage© Workshop from 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 27 online for $50.  The scourge of COVID-19 has upended our lives as the most horrific pandemic since 1918. While vaccines provide hope for eventually defeating the  Continue Reading

Zero New COVID-19 Cases in San Juan Islands this Week

Written on June 11, 2021 at 10:49 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, June 4, total cases in San Juan County have not increased, and remain at 191. There are no close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine in San Juan County, and no confirmed positive cases in San Juan County at this time. The best  Continue Reading

San Juan County Outlines COVID-19 Outlook in Months Ahead

Written on June 8, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County As we move into a new phase of the pandemic, now is a good time to look at the current COVID situation, and where things are likely headed. While there is no confirmation of the governor’s plans, it is anticipated that a near full reopening will be announced by the end  Continue Reading

One New COVID Case on San Juan, One on Orcas

Written on June 5, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, May 28, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 189 to 191. There are no close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine. The best remaining opportunities for COVID vaccination will be occurring periodically in June. Visit www.sanjuanco.com/1737/COVID-Vaccine-Info for more information. San  Continue Reading

Join Adult Tap Dancing Class at Studio JAMM

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

From Studio JAMM We have a beginner’s tap dance class starting 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 5-26 at Studio JAMM. The class is for ages 12 and up. Rachelle Radonski is our teacher and you won’t want to miss it!  If tap dancing is something you want to try, now is the time. The session will  Continue Reading