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Jan. 28: San Juan County Weekly COVID-19 cases report: 986 in January

MEDIA RELEASE San Juan County Weekly Case Update was released Saturday, January 29, 2022. Since the last update on Friday January 21, there have been 130 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count since the first case was reported in the county in March 2020 is now 986.

The total for the month, as of January 28, is 456, more than four times the 98 cases reported for the month of December. 

There have been 22 hospitalizations and one death according to the state Department of Health

LOPEZ ISLAND: There are 22 new cases on Lopez Island since the last update.

ORCAS ISLAND: There are 22 new cases on Orcas Island since the last update.

SAN JUAN ISLAND: There are 87 new cases on San Juan Island since the last update.

CRITICAL INFO:

-Registration for February vaccination clinics is currently open. The links are at the end of this article. This is your opportunity for your or your child to get a first shot, second shot, or booster. Note that due to reduced demand, clinics on Lopez have been scaled back, but local providers on Lopez are making vaccinations readily available.

Islanders are understandably curious about case trends during this ongoing surge. Are the cases in kids? Older folks? Those who travelled? The clear answer is yes to all.

Recent cases are popping up in students, those who have been out of WA or out of the country, and plenty of islanders who haven’t left the islands and haven’t clearly engaged in high-risk behavior. Reality of Omicron is that transmission rates are high and the disease spreads easily.

As case numbers continue to be high, a common refrain is “well, let’s just get this over with and all get it”. A few quick thoughts on that:

-Being able to think like that is a luxury born from an incredibly successful vaccine and (in the islands anyway) a very successful vaccination roll-out. Without vaccinations, this current wave would be truly catastrophic and many, many more islanders would be severely ill and hospitalized.

-It is also important to keep in mind that there are islanders who have literally had to fight for their lives during this latest surge, and some of those who have ended up in the hospital were relatively young and healthy. Being vaccinated remains far and away your best move to ensure you stay out of the hospital. While any one person’s odds of being killed by COVID are relatively low, it does happen, and if getting vaccinated nearly guarantees that it won’t happen to you, isn’t it worth it?

Islanders might be interested to know that the County Health Vaccination Team has given 7,071 COVID vaccine shots since November 1. Of these: 646 were first doses (thank you!), 907 were second doses, and 5,518 were boosters. While these are encouraging numbers, the reality is that there are a number of islanders who are missing their boosters. Again, please take advantage of upcoming February clinics to get your third shot.

Active cases are those involving confirmed positive individuals who are still in the infectious period of their illness, are required to remain in isolation, and are being carefully monitored by San Juan County public health staff. An individual can have ongoing long-term symptoms of COVID and no longer be infectious.

Number of Active Cases:

Lopez Island 16

Orcas Island 20

San Juan Island 73

Shaw Island 0

Outer Islands 0 

Vaccination clinics are being held in February. 

PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING FOR A BOOSTER APPOINTMENT:

You will need to bring a copy of your vaccination record showing your previous COVID-19 vaccinations to this clinic in order for staff to verify your eligibility.

If you have lost your vaccination card you can get a copy of your vaccination record through WADOH using their MyIR system. Click here for more information. If you have difficulty accessing MyIR please call WADOH at 833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357).

Please ensure you are eligible for the booster dose. Check eligibility requirements HERE.

REGARDING BOOSTERS FOR 16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS:

Pediatric booster vaccinations are available at our Pfizer pediatric clinics. Please indicate that this is your child's third dose. It must be at least six months since your child's completing dose. Please bring a copy of their vaccination record to their appointment to verify eligibility.

Registration for clinics closes at 4 PM the day before the clinic. We are not accepting walk-up registrations at this time.


 LOPEZ ISLAND

February 17, 2022
Pfizer (Ages 5+)
Priority is given to patients under 18 as this is the only vaccine available for children
1st, 2nd and Booster (16+ ONLY) doses available
Registration open soon!
Parental consent is REQUIRED.


SAN JUAN ISLAND 

February 7, 2022
Pfizer (Ages 5+)
Priority is given to patients under 18 as this is the only vaccine available for children
1st, 2nd and Booster (Pfizer boosters for 16+ ONLY) doses available
CLICK HERE
Parental consent is REQUIRED.
Your child is eligible for a booster at this clinic if they had their second dose of Pfizer on/before August 7, 2021. You must bring a copy of your vaccination record to ensure booster eligibility. See note above on accessing MyIR.


February 13, 2022

Pfizer (Ages 5+)
Moderna (Ages 18+)
1st, 2nd and Booster (Pfizer boosters for 12+ ONLY) doses available
CLICK HERE
Parental consent is REQUIRED for all children under 18. 
You are eligible for a booster at this clinic if you series completing dose of Pfizer or Moderna was on/before September 13, 2021 or if your dose of J&J (Janssen) was on/before December 13, 2021. You must bring a copy of your vaccination record to ensure booster eligibility. See note above on accessing MyIR. 


February 21, 2022
Pfizer (Ages 5+)
Priority is given to patients under 18 as this is the only vaccine available for children
1st, 2nd and Booster (Pfizer boosters for 16+ ONLY) doses available
CLICK HERE
Parental consent is REQUIRED.
Your child is eligible for a booster at this clinic if they had their second dose of Pfizer on/before August 21, 2021. You must bring a copy of your vaccination record to ensure booster eligibility. See note above on accessing MyIR.


ORCAS ISLAND 

February 12, 2022
Pfizer (Ages 5+)
Moderna (Ages 18+)
1st, 2nd and Booster (Pfizer boosters for 12+ ONLY) doses available
CLICK HERE
Parental consent is REQUIRED for all children under 18. 
You are eligible for a booster at this clinic if you series completing dose of Pfizer or Moderna was on/before September 12, 2021 or if your dose of J&J (Janssen) was on/before December 12, 2021. You must bring a copy of your vaccination record to ensure booster eligibility. See note above on accessing MyIR. 


February 16, 2022
Pfizer (Ages 5+)
Priority is given to patients under 18 as this is the only vaccine available for children
1st, 2nd and Booster (16+ ONLY) doses available
Registration open soon!
Parental consent is REQUIRED.

Last modified onSunday, 30 January 2022 03:01

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