UPDATE April 17: No new cases; Positive results in about 3 percent of tests

Update: April 17, 2020 - No new positive COVID-19 tests were reported by San Juan County's Emergency Operations Center on Friday, April 17, 2020. There are still eight positive test results on Orcas Island, five on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island.

The number of tests conducted is 515 which equals  a little more than three percent of 17,128 - the 2018 population figure for the county.  14 cases equals .08 percent of 17,128. The number of tests pending are unknown so the percent of tests that are positive is an estimate. 14 positive cases equals 2.7 percent of 515 tests or 3 percent of 459 (the number of tests conducted as of April 16 when the 14th case was reported). 

If you extrapolate out, if all 17,128 of the population were tested and the 3 percent positive results held up, there would be 514 positive cases.  Of course this is an estimate since we don't know the number of tests that are complete. 

As of April 3, the percentage of positive tests was 3.4 percent of the 175 tests that had been completed. 

Update: April 16, 2020 - A new case of COVID-19 was reported by San Juan County's Emergency Operations Center on Thursday, April 16. 459 people have been tested. There are now eight positive test results on Orcas Island, five on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. The number of tests conducted is 459. 

Update: April 15, 2020 - No new cases of COVID-19 were reported by San Juan County's Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, April 15. 438 people have been tested. There were eight positive test results on Orcas Island, four on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. 

Update: April 14, 2020 - No new cases of COVID-19 were reported by San Juan County's Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, April 14. There are eight on Orcas Island, four on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. The number of tests conducted is 400.

Update: April 13, 2020 - No new cases of COVID-19 were reported by San Juan County's Emergency Operations Center on Monday, April 13. There are eight on Orcas Island, four on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. The number of tests conducted is 358.  

Update: April 10, 2020 -  Another new positive case on Orcas Island was reported by San Juan County's Emergency Operations Center on Friday, April 10.   The county total is now 13 - four on San Juan Island, eight on Orcas Island and one on Lopez Island. There have been 328 tests conducted. As explained in the previous update,county the pending number of cases is no longer being provided. A list of cases by island is posted at the end of this article.

Update: April 9, 2020 - There were no news positive test results reported on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The total is still 12 - four on San Juan Island, seven on Orcas Island and one on Lopez Island. There have been 319 tests conducted. As explained in the previous update, the pending number of cases is no longer being provided. A list of cases by island is posted at the end of this article.

Update: April 8, 2020 - San Juan County did not have any new positive tests for COVID-19 recorded on April 8. The total is still 12 - four on San Juan Island, seven on Orcas Island and one on Lopez Island. There have been 310 tests conducted. As explained in the previous update, the pending number of cases is no longer being provided. A list of cases by island is posted at the end of this article.

Update: April 7, 2020 - San Juan County now has a dozen people who have tested positive for COVID-19. The total is now four on San Juan Island, seven on Orcas Island and one on Lopez Island. There have been 303 tests conducted. As explained in the previous update, the pending number of cases is no longer being provided. A list of cases by island is posted at the end of this article.

Previous update: 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. The county's website states: "WA State Department of Health had been providing the pending/negative test data, but as of April 5 will no longer be providing that information. Gathering that information direct from providers would put an undue strain on provider offices. Focus will be on total tests and confirmed positives. Note that test result turn around time from labs has been steadily improving and we expect that trend to continue." 

As of April  3, there had been 212 tests  conducted in the county, results were pending for 37,  six had tested positive, 169 were negative.  


Here is a list of the cases so far

[EDITOR's NOTE: Links to information that cases #4, #9 and #10 have generously and thoughtfully shared with the community are posted. Sharing the info is very brave on their part as there have been reports in other locales of harrassment and worse. If that type of problem arises in the San Juan Islands, we'll stop reporting such details. Thanks for your cooperation.] 

The dates shown are the dates the information was released. 

MARCH 20 - MORE INFORMATION

 1. Orcas Island - Person 

MARCH 24 - MORE INFORMATION

 2. Orcas Island - Person who was close contact of first case

MARCH 26 - MORE INFORMATION

 3. Lopez Island - Person

March 28 - MORE INFORMATION

 4. San Juan Island - Resident who was exposed at Seattle fire station where he works. He was called while on traveling home to the islands on the ferry. Stayed in car, contacted Peace Island Medical Center, was tested by a healthcare worker while in his car. Stayed home for 14 days.  MORE INFORMATION

APRIL 1 - MORE INFORMATION

 5. Orcas Island resident - 

 6. Peace Island Medical Center staff member. Ordinarily, the county Health Department does contact tracing. PIMC is doing its own contact tracing with advice from San Juan County Medical Officer Dr. Frank James. 

APRIL 4 - MORE INFORMATION

 7. San Juan Island - A San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services person. 

 8. Orcas Island - Person who is a close household member of one of the earlier Orcas Island cases. 

 9. Orcas Island -A man - half of a couple who run a farm on Orcas Island  

10. Orcas Island - A woman - half of a couple who run a farm on Orcas Island MORE INFORMATION

APRIL 7:

11. San Juan Island

12. Orcas Island

APRIL 10:

13: Orcas Island

APRIL 16:

14: San Juan Island


COVID 19 INFORMATION LINKS

Microsoft Interactive Global Map of COVID 19

Centers for Disease Control

Washington State Coronavirus Response

Governor Jay Inslee

Washington State Dept. of Health


San Juan County Dept. of Health

San Juan County's Hot Topic: Contact Tracing

San Juan County Case Numbers

San Juan County COVID 19 Hot Topics

San Juan County Departments' Service Status during COVID-19 Crisis

FAQs about San Juan County's Stay at Home Order


King County/Seattle Dept. of Health

Whatcom County Dept. of Health

Skagit County Dept. of Health

 

 

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1 comment

  • martin Tate
    martin Tate Friday, 17 April 2020 22:29 Comment Link

    Hi Sharon. Thank you for you doing your page with the updates but come on, you can do better than the above.

    Firstly the testing that has been done (515) is heavily weighted , firstly to those that think they have the virus. Therefore it is likely that tested population is at high risk of being positive.

    Secondly out of the 515 tested, some 90 plus are presmably PIMC staff who ALL tested negative.

    Thirdly the first positive case on SJI was a very responsible emt who self quaranteed on the incoming ferry and reasonably could not have passed the virus to anyone else on the island.

    Fourthly the latest SJI positive resident (April 16th) 5th on the island is identified as being positive 9 days after the 4th SJI resident positive. The 4th patient would have been in quarantine from the 7th April having had symptoms dating way back to end March. I have to surmise , with a 14 day infection delay, the fifth person infected did not get the virus from the 4th person. If the two, 4th and 5th,people had been in contact they would have shown symptoms very close to each other in terms of days.
    Thus the obvious conclusion with the 4 th and 5 th patients is that the 5th infected brought the infection onto the island through a visit to SJI from outside. Whether by coming onto the island as a one off or going on a Costco run and coming back.

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