Since yesterday, May 9, another 28 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the San Juan Islands, according to San Juan County Health and Community Development Department. The total since the pandemic begans is 1,447 cases. There have been 113 cases reported so far in May. In the month of April 60 cases were reported.
The 28 most recent cases are eight on Lopez Island, 13 on Orcas Island, and 7 on San Juan Island.
Since the first case was reported in March 2020, there have been 743 cases on San Juan Island, 458 on Orcas Island, 227 on Lopez Island, nine cases on Shaw Island, and 10 cases on outer islands.
Actively monitored cases are those cases 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. As of May 9 there are:
LOPEZ ISLAND: 24 active cases.
ORCAS ISLAND: 54 active cases.
SAN JUAN ISLAND: 33 active cases.
Advice from the Health Department:
Case rates are rising locally, regionally, and statewide. The recent uptick in cases was expected with most COVID restrictions being lifted. The actual number of cases is estimated to be significantly higher, with many cases going unreported as individuals utilize Over-the-Counter test kits (OTC). The number of cases that are reported and tracked is estimated to account for only approximately 20% of cases actually present in the community.
As we begin to shift from a public health response to a personal health response, we want to remind islanders of some ways to protect themselves and our community:
It is NEVER too late to vaccinate.
COVID vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of hospitalization and death if infected.
Booster shots significantly reduce risks even further.
For information on COVID vaccine appointments visit sjccovid.com.
Those who are high-risk or who are interacting closely with others who are high-risk, should continue to be thoughtful and work to minimize exposure. Minimizing exposure includes wearing masks, limiting gatherings, and testing prior to gatherings.
Individuals that are high-risk and test positive for COVID are encouraged to contact their medical home or Primary Care Provider (PCP) regarding potential treatment options.
If you are sick, stay home and test yourself for COVID. You may use the following resources if you are symptomatic, test positive, or are a close contact of a positive individual:
You can still order free COVID test kits through the Washington State Department of Health at the Yes to Test website here. Currently, you may place an order for two test kits once a month (this is subject to change).
Those who wish to keep up with case numbers may do so at the SJC COVID Data Dashboard. We will continue written updates as necessary to share critical information.