Topic: Safety

County Courts Suspends Jury Trials Due to COVID-19

Written on November 26, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan County Courts On Friday, Nov. 20, San Juan County Superior and District Courts entered emergency orders postponing all jury trials until after Jan. 15, 2021, due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. San Juan County has experienced a resurgence of COVID-19 cases since late October when COVID transmission rates began dramatically increasing across  Continue Reading

Four New COVID Cases In San Juans

Written on November 25, 2020 at 10:37 pm, by

By San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Nov. 20, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 59 to 63. Two of these new cases are on San Juan Island, the other two are on Orcas Island. Current positive case numbers are available online at the San Juan County Case Count  Continue Reading

Online Learning Resumes For All Grades At San Juan Island School District

Written on November 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Fred Woods, Superintendent, San Juan Island School District It is with sadness and frustration that I must announce the return to teleschool for all grades in the San Juan Island School District. As a community, San Juan Island is beginning to experience increased levels of the COVID-19 virus, and though we have maintained a  Continue Reading

Rep. Larsen Assures Safety of Ungrounded Boeing 737 MAX

Written on November 21, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Rep. Larsen’s Office Rep. Rick Larsen, Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, released the below statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to unground the Boeing 737 MAX: “The FAA’s decision to unground the 737 MAX is good news for us in the Pacific Northwest. The decision provides some certainty to the aerospace jobs  Continue Reading

Two New COVID Cases In San Juans

Written on November 20, 2020 at 9:47 am, by

By San Juan County Since the last update on Monday, Nov. 16, the total cases in San Juan County have increased from 56 to 59. Two of these new cases are on Orcas Island and the other is on San Juan Island. Orcas Island There are a total of three positive cases being actively monitored  Continue Reading

Vaccine Expectations: Availability, Safety and Prioritization

Written on November 20, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan County From the beginning of the COVD-19 crisis, an effective and safe vaccine has been seen as the ultimate solution for ending the disruption and impacts of the pandemic. As we head into our ninth month, numerous vaccine development efforts are underway, with many giving us reason for optimism. The intent of  Continue Reading

Larsen Leads Resolution On Drone Safety

Written on November 18, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Garret Graves (LA-06), the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member, and Sharice Davids (KS-03), the Subcommittee’s Vice Chair, introduced a bipartisan resolution designating the week of Nov. 16 – 22, 2020, as National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Founded by the Federal Aviation Administration  Continue Reading

San Juans COVID-19 Case Updates

Written on November 17, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Seven New Cases On Orcas, No New Hospitalization in County By San Juan County Orcas Island Since the last update, seven new cases have been identified on Orcas Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 56. All of these new cases are tied to a nine-case cluster on Orcas  Continue Reading

Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions Last Four Weeks

Written on November 15, 2020 at 3:53 pm, by

Most Restrictions Start Nov. 16; For Restaurants, Nov. 18 By Washington’s Governor’s Office On Sunday, Nov. 15, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. The new restrictions come as Washington sees consistent increasing daily case  Continue Reading

Letter: Island Leaders Say Stay Home For Holidays

Written on November 15, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

As cases spike dramatically in San Juan County, Washington, and the United States, we would like to urge islanders to scale back their holiday plans. Over recent months, we’ve been able to enjoy a slow reopening of our islands. Restaurants, gatherings, shops, gyms, and most recently schools have all made slow progress towards returning to  Continue Reading

Stark-Wickman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Written on November 15, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Prevention Coalition The 2020 Washington State Prevention Summit’s Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement goes to San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s own dedicated and caring Executive Coordinator Cynthia Stark-Wickman. Cynthia has cultivated an uplifting and inclusive environment so our community can grow in hope, science, and positive outcomes.

Two more COVID Cases on Orcas, San Juan

Written on November 13, 2020 at 8:09 pm, by

By San Juan County Two new positive COVID-19 test results have been reported for San Juan County. One each was found on Orcas and San Juan. The total case count for the islands is now 49. Both cases are close contacts of previous cases. If we change our behavior, we can stop this recent surge  Continue Reading

How To Play Youth Sports During COVID

Written on November 12, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan County As anyone who has interacted with island kids of late can tell you, COVID-19 is taking a toll on the mental and physical health of our children. While that’s true for all of us, many younger islanders are really struggling. Opportunities for our youth to engage in physical activities can be  Continue Reading

Four New COVID-19 Cases in San Juans

Written on November 9, 2020 at 6:00 am, by

By San Juan County Four new positive COVID-19 test results have been reported for San Juan County, as of Nov. 9. Three of these cases are on San Juan Island, and one is on Lopez. Though investigations are ongoing, early results suggest that these cases are not related.

Friday Harbor Elementary School Reopens

Written on November 4, 2020 at 2:58 pm, by

By Fred Woods, Superintendent, San Juan Island School District On Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday Harbor Elementary School begins in-person instruction for kindergarten students. One week later, the first-grade students will join them. Then on Nov. 19, the second grade will begin. We are excited and look forward to seeing the faces of young children in  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Cases Increase Across State

Written on November 4, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington. Report findings include:

Forum to Cover County COVID-19 School Responses

Written on November 3, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Islands Community Network Join San Juan County school leaders to discuss responses to the COVID-19 crisis and address questions about students, staff and community safety at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, online via Zoom and YouTube. Register at www.SJICN.org. Submit your questions via email to info@sjicn.org. The forum is capped at 100  Continue Reading

Contact Tracing Finds Another COVID-19 Case On Orcas

Written on November 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm, by

By San Juan County One new positive COVID-19 test result has been reported in San Juan County, for an Orcas Island resident. This is the 37th case reported in San Juan County. Based on comprehensive interviews, it appears there is a connection between this test result and a previously confirmed case. Testing and monitoring are  Continue Reading

Community Fund COVID Donations In Action

Written on October 31, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Island Community Fund As we enter the eighth month of helping to measure and offset the impact of COVID-19 in our community, the San Juan Island Community Foundation remains focused on bringing ideas and funding together to meet the needs of San Juan islanders. Looking ahead to the fall, SJICF is anticipating  Continue Reading

Providers Enroll To Dispense COVID Vaccine

Written on October 31, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. This week, DOH is encouraging healthcare providers to prepare to enroll as approved COVID-19 vaccine providers, and we sent an official letter to them with information on how to enroll. Provider enrollment is  Continue Reading

San Juan Hospital District Updates

Written on October 30, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

New Grant, Response Committee, COVID-19 Restrictions, Volunteer Resignations By San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 The San Juan Community Based Long Term Care Network was recently awarded a one-year $100,000 grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Rural Network Planning Grant Program in October of 2020. The district was passed over for this  Continue Reading

Purple Lights Honor Domestic Violence Victims

Written on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By SAFE San Juans For the month of October, SAFE San Juans hopes to make the islands glow purple in honor of the victims of domestic violence. The tradition of using Purple Night Lights to honor those who have (or are) suffering from domestic violence began in Covington, Washington in 2006. Since purple is the  Continue Reading