Topic: Safety

County Health Officer Updates School Reopening Guidelines

Written on February 12, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James recently released expanded guidance to local school district leaders regarding the opening of schools, in particular, grades 7-12. The only modifications to the existing guidance are: -Dr. James supports school district leadership in their effort to develop plans that expand their reopening strategies  Continue Reading

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,  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  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  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  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  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,  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

County Says Most COVID Cases In Last Two Months From Travel, Hosting Guests

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Jan. 22, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 97 to 102. Three new cases are on San Juan Island, and two on Orcas. Approximately 53 individuals who are close contacts of positive cases are currently in quarantine. Orcas Island There are two  Continue Reading

Order a Reflective Address Marker To Help EMS Find You

Written on January 31, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Island EMS If you called 911, could San Juan Island EMS find you quickly? San Juan Island EMS needs your help. When responders must search for missing address labels on houses it can make a difference, and a single minute can mean the difference between life and death. We want to get  Continue Reading

Where Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Written on January 26, 2021 at 7:33 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update UPDATE: On Jan. 29, San Juan County officials said some can also get the vaccine at the Lopez Island Pharmacy. Learn more on the pharmacy’s website and Facebook page. In San Juan County, the only COVID-19 vaccine supplier as of Jan. 26 is the San Juan County Health and  Continue Reading

Mass Vaccination Sites In Washington Open This Week

Written on January 26, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health, with assistance from the Washington National Guard and local and private sector partners, will launch four mass vaccination sites throughout the state this week. Announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Jan. 18, the sites are located in Kennewick, Ridgefield, Spokane and Wenatchee.  Continue Reading

State Launches Dashboard To Measure Re-opening Dates

Written on January 24, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Washington State Department of Health On Jan. 22, the Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. DOH, in partnership with Microsoft AI for Health, has launched  Continue Reading

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PeaceHealth Q&A On COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Sign-up For Vaccine Updates From PeaceHealth From PeaceHealth We’re proud to play a pivotal role in helping end this pandemic. Following federal and state guidance, we’ve provided a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 12,000 health care workers. We are eager to begin offering the vaccine to others in our communities as more vaccine becomes available  Continue Reading

County Explains Expanded Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 18, 2021 at 8:18 pm, by

From San Juan County On Monday, Jan. 18, Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health have opened vaccine eligibility to Phase 1b Tier 1. San Juan County will begin delivering Phase 1b Tier 1 immunization on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Q: Who is Eligible for 1b – Tier 1? Anyone over the age of  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Q&A With County

Written on January 16, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County This Q&A will focus on the San Juan County response to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. There are a number of local organizations working hard to get approval from the Washington State Department of Health so they can receive supplies and begin administering doses. However, even the members of the vaccine team  Continue Reading

OPALCO Restores Power After 18-Hour Outage

Written on January 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 13, a big storm hit the Northwest region of Washington state with wind gusts of 50-65 mph in the San Juan Island area. By 1 a.m., all of San Juan County was without power after large trees fell onto the Puget Sound Energy lines feeding  Continue Reading

State Says All Regions Remain In Phase 1

Written on January 16, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From the Washington State Department Of Health On Jan. 15, the Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, Jan. 25. As outlined in the governor’s COVID-19 plan, regions must  Continue Reading

Nine New COVID Cases In San Juans

Written on January 8, 2021 at 7:49 pm, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Thursday, Dec. 31, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 79 to 88. Eight of the new cases are on San Juan Island, and one is on Orcas Island. Approximately 28 individuals who are close contacts of positive cases are currently in active quarantine.  Continue Reading

State Says All Regions To Remain In Phase 1

Written on January 8, 2021 at 7:12 pm, by

From the Washington State Department of Health On Jan. 8, the Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan released earlier this week, that all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, Jan. 18. As outlined in the Governor’s  Continue Reading

San Juan County Vaccine Q&A

Written on January 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Who Is Eligible Now, Who Is Next In Line and Where Can You Get Vaccinated? From San Juan County This week, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee released details on a new two-phase plan for the limited reopening of some businesses and a return of some activities. The details are found here.  All counties begin in  Continue Reading