Topic: Safety

OPALCO Employees On Lopez Test Positive For COVID

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

From OPALCO Three OPALCO employ­ees have test­ed pos­i­tive for COVID-19 on Lopez and oth­ers are under quar­an­tine, fol­low­ing the San Juan Coun­ty pro­to­col. At this time, the employ­ees who test­ed pos­i­tive appear to have mild to no symp­toms and are rest­ing at home. As their quar­an­tine peri­ods are up over the next week or so, we  Con­tin­ue Reading

County Apologizes For February 10 Vaccine Registration Errors

Written on February 11, 2021 at 4:33 pm, by

From San Juan Coun­ty When COVID vac­cine reg­is­tra­tion opened at 5 p.m. on Wednes­day, Feb. 10, many hun­dreds of islanders logged on and searched by their zip code for avail­able clin­ics, just as they were advised to do in our instruc­tion­al video. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the zip code search fea­ture was not work­ing. While most appli­cants were able  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juans Has 12 New COVID Cases

Written on February 8, 2021 at 6:51 pm, by

From San Juan Coun­ty Giv­en the recent spike in cas­es, this update is being pro­vid­ed ahead of the stan­dard report­ing sched­ule. The reg­u­lar report will be released on Fri­day, Feb. 12 as usu­al. Since the last update on Fri­day, Feb. 5, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have increased from 111 to 123. Four new cas­es  Con­tin­ue Reading

Fire Chief Declines COLA Increase During COVID

Written on February 7, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Bob Jar­man, Chair of the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, San Juan Coun­ty Fire Dis­trict 3 At our last San Juan Coun­ty Fire Dis­trict 3 meet­ing, San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue Chief Norvin Collins told the board he was not going to take his con­tract­ed cost of liv­ing increase. In the course of his report to  Con­tin­ue Reading

County Asks Residents To Not Travel, Host To Protect From COVID

Written on February 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Coun­ty As was seen in the islands over the hol­i­days and through­out this cri­sis, island res­i­dents trav­el­ing off-island or host­ing guests from off-island is far and away from the most like­ly source of COVID trans­mis­sion in San Juan Coun­ty. As most are aware, sev­er­al new vari­ants of COVID are spread­ing rapid­ly across  Con­tin­ue Reading

Update: COVID Vaccine Appointments Not Available This Week

Written on February 5, 2021 at 9:56 pm, by

Update: San Juan Coun­ty Health and Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices has received con­fir­ma­tion that San Juan Coun­ty will not receive the first dos­es this week. This is due to a state-wide dis­rup­tion to the sup­ply chain. Reser­va­tions will NOT be avail­able at 9 a.m., today, Feb. 8.  From San Juan Coun­ty The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Health has  Con­tin­ue Reading

Health Officer Recommends K‑6 Return To School

Written on February 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Frank James MD, health offi­cer for San Juan Coun­ty, sent this open let­ter to coun­ty schools on Jan. 30. I am rec­om­mend­ing that schools con­sid­er open­ing grades K to 6 for in-per­­son edu­ca­tion. The Wash­ing­ton state met­ric for open­ing in-per­­son edu­ca­tion has not been met due to high rates of infec­tion in our four-coun­­ty region, how­ev­er,  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Health Department, Lopez Pharmacy Offer COVID Vaccine

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Coun­ty With the governor’s recent autho­riza­tion to deliv­er vac­cines to those in the Phase 1b Tier 1 eli­gi­bil­i­ty group, the lev­el of ques­tions and con­cerns from the com­mu­ni­ty has under­stand­ably increased.  This sit­u­a­tion is inher­ent­ly unsat­is­fy­ing and chal­leng­ing. There is no per­fect approach to many of the deci­sions being made, and the  Con­tin­ue Reading