Anacortes round-about on schedule

WSDOT PRESS RELEASE: To date, all of the major underground work has been completed on the city of Anacortes’ roundabout project on SR 20 Spur. Starting today (Thursday, April 2) crews will be pouring concrete for the splitter islands (the little island dividers as you approach the roundabout) as well as the curb of the main roundabout.

Image of how it will look when finished. 

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Island Rec cancels May events

An update from the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District board of commissioners: All Island Rec in-person programs for April and May remain cancelled in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Have you tried one of our adult fitness LIVE Zoom classes with Jacquelyn Reiff or Katerina Wen? It is a great way to stay moving while staying at home. The following special events are also cancelled for May:

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New MS/HS Principal starts in July in Friday Harbor

PRESS RELEASE: San Juan Island School District is pleased to announce the selection of the new middle school/high school principal to begin in July in time for next school year. Principal Martin Yablonovsky and his family will be moving to the island from Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Yablonovsky has served for the past fourteen years as an administrator in Salt Lake City School District. Of his nine years teaching, his favorite years were teaching in rural Alaska.

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WIAA told no sports for the rest of this school year

PRESS RELEASE: The WIAA has received clarification that the April 6 order issued by Governor Jay Inslee's that schools would be closed for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year, includes the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities through the end of the school year.

This will include all regular season contests and practices as well as all postseason tournaments and championship events.

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April 6: Total cases in San Juan County is 10; List of cases by island posted

San Juan County has 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of April 6, 2020. The state Department of Health still has 9 listed as the total for the islands. The county's number combines information from DOH and local providers. 

There have been 294 tests performed. 10 were positive. The number of tests pending will not be reported anymore.

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Delivering soon? PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Island Hospital Childbirth Centers offer assurance

To ensure a safe delivery and provide mothers and their families with the best birth experience possible, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Childbirth Center in Bellingham and the Birth Center at Island Hospital in Anacortes are balancing new visitor restrictions and social distancing in the wake of COVID-19. Both childbirth centers made the difficult decision to minimize visitors and limit primary support persons in the delivery room to one. This practice reduces the opportunity of exposure to COVID-19 for both mom and baby as well as the clinicians providing care.

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April 7: Larsen to host COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall

EVERETT, WA - On Tuesday, April 7, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will host a live telephone town hall to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak with Second District residents. Suzan “Suzi” LeVine, Commissioner of the Washington Employment Security Department, and Duane Fladland, Director of the Washington Small Business Development Center, will join Larsen to hear residents’ concerns and help answer questions about benefits available to workers and small businesses suffering from the virus’ impacts.

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Updated April 6: How many cases of COVID-19 are there in the San Juan Islands?

On April 3, the reported number of positive test results for people in San Juan County was six. The number  in the San Juan Islands as of April 4, 2020 was 10 according to the San Juan County Emergency Operations Center website. On April 4, the state's COVID-19 website was listing the total for the county as seven. On Sunday, April 5, the DOH website showed the number as nine. 

On April 6, San Juan County's website confirmed there are 10 positive cases in the San Juan Islands. A statement from the EOC explained: "This data come from the most reliable sources we have at the time of reporting. These numbers may differ from Washington State’s reported numbers or data from other organizations tracking this situation. Differences can occur if, for example, a patient is flown to the mainland and reports of their status are not returned to their county of residence in a timely way or if other offices are slow to attribute data properly to San Juan County. Health providers and labs are sometimes slow to report data to us on weekends or during periods of heavy volume. Members of the general public may learn of the status of certain cases before we do and before we confirm them on this page. We will try our best to keep this page current and accurate. We assure you that our data will be accurate and reliable even if we are sometimes slower than other sources of island information. We intend to provide accurate information while also respecting the privacy of those who become ill with COVID-19."

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San Juan Islands Sheriff's Log March 18-24, 2020: Death investigation, dogs at large, theft, trespassing and more

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 155 calls from March 18-24, 2020 including: A Lopez Island deputy was called regarding a suspicious vehicle seen at a residence. It was a worker there at the request of a family member. San Juan Island deputies were advised of a citizen assist request. After a lengthy conversation regarding a four-year-old incident, no crime was reported.

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