Update May 15: 972 tests performed, positive count remains at 15

MAY 15 Update: There have now been 972 COVID-19 tests conducted in the San Juan Islands. The positive result count remains at 15.

MAY 14 Update: There have now been 944 COVID-19 tests conducted in the San Juan Islands. The positive result count remains at 15.

MAY 13 Update: There have now been 937 COVID-19 tests conducted in the San Juan Islands. The positive result count remains at 15.

MAY 12 Update: There have now been 907 COVID-19 tests conducted in the San Juan Islands. The positive result count remains at 15.

San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James confirmed to the county Board of Health during a May 11, 2020 meeting that there hasn't been any community spread in the islands. There has been spread within families. Otherwise positive tests have been the result of situations such as people from elsewhere unknowingly bringing the infection with them when they visited locals.

The most recent positive result was posted on the county's Case Number webpage on May 5. This appeared like it would reset the clock in respect to the three weeks of no positive tests that is a prereuisite of applying for a waiver to skip ahead to Phase 2.

However Dr. James told the BOH, the onset date for the 15th case was actually April 1. No change in the total number of positive COVID-19 tests. An additonal 10 people were tested bringing the total tested to 860. The count of positive cases is eight on Orcas Island, six on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. 860 tests have been conducted.

MAY 7 Update: No change in the total number of positive COVID-19 tests. An additonal 10 people were tested bringing the total tested to 860. The count of positive cases  is eight on Orcas Island, six on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. 860 tests have been conducted.

MAY 6 Update: No change in the total number of positive COVID-19 tests or in the number of people tested. The count is eight on Orcas Island, six on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. 850 tests have been conducted.

MAY 5 UPDATE: The count of COVID-19 cases in San Juan County increased to 15 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with a new case on San Juan Island.  According to the county Emergency Operations Center PIO Brendan Cowan, the County Health Department’s Surveillance Team is actively investigating this new case, but so far have found no reason to anticipate a high risk for local transmission associated with this case.

The count is now eight on Orcas Island, six on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island.

Despite a long string of days with no positive test results, including a very encouraging completed effort to test essential workers, residents of all islands need to remain vigilant and should still be working off the assumption that the illness is present in their community. Aggressive efforts to ensure hygiene, to limit social contact, and to remove any opportunity for disease transmission are essential. 

County Health Officer Dr. Frank James told the county council at their May 5, 2020 meeting that besides investigating the new case he is also  contacting the state Department of Health about a six-week-old case that was recently discovered. If DOH says to add it to the count, that would bring the total number of cases to 16. 

He told the council the older case was found through anti-body testing. A spouse of a confirmed case turned out to have had the virus. That case would have been six weeks ago.  

UPDATE May 1:   Still no new cases of COVID-19 reported in San Juan County. The number of tests conducted is 772. The count remains at 14 positive results -  eight on Orcas Island, five on San Juan Island, and one on Lopez Island. 

There are a lot of statistics posted on the state Dept of Health website including the number of people hospitalized state-wide and the number of tests conducted.

UPDATE April 30:   There were 10 positive tests for COVID-19 reported from April 1 to 16, 2020 in the San Juan Islands. For the last two weeks of April no more positive cases have been reported. The number of tests conducted is 750. The count remains at 14 positive results -  eight on Orcas Island, five on San Juan Island, and one on Lopez Island. 

UPDATE April 29: 744  tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the San Juan Islands. While we don't know exactly how many are pending results, we do know that there hasn't been a positive result reported since April 16. The count remains at 14 positive results -  eight on Orcas Island, five on San Juan Island, and one on Lopez Island. 

UPDATE April 28: San Juan County has not had a positive COVID-19 test result since April 16. The count remains at 14 with eight on Orcas Island, five on San Juan Island, and one on Lopez Island. The number of people tested is now 726. 

UPDATE April 27: San Juan County has not had a positive COVID-19 test result since April 16. The count remains at 14 with eight on Orcas Island, five on San Juan Island, and one on Lopez Island. The number of people tested is now 709. The count for positive tests in San Juan County remains at 14.

 

The DOH has a comprehensive list of results by county on its website. Also included are the statistics for results by race, gender, age and number of hospitalizations. 

The county has a case number web page which is updated about 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  As of Monday, April 20, 564 tests had been conducted. 


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

MAY 5, 2020 - ACTUAL ONSET DATE APRIL 1

15. 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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