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COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the San Juan Islands; 221 this month compared to 60 in April

Another 25 COVID-19 cases were reported in the San Juan Islands on Wednesday, May 18 bringing the total for May to 221. San Juan County Health and Community Services notes that these numbers do not include suspect cases (e.g., positive over-the-counter tests). Because of this, the actual number of cases in the community is likely significantly higher. Case rates are continuing to increase locally, regionally, and statewide.

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. An individual can have ongoing long-term symptoms of COVID and no longer be infectious. As of May 16, 2022, there are: 

Lopez Island 22

Orcas Island 24

San Juan Island 40

Shaw Island 0

Outer islands 1

What can we do?

Covid restrictions have largely been lifted. Given the current setting, where there are no broad community control measures in place to prevent spread it is up to each of us to manage our own risk and be thoughtful of those around us.

The following are some ways to protect limit our personal risk and prevent community spread at the same time:

If you are sick, stay home and test yourself for COVID. Test kits come with two tests for a reason. If the first test is negative, please use the second test at least 24 hours later to accurately determine your status. You may use the following resources if you are symptomatic, test positive, or are a close contact of a positive individual:

1) COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree

2) What to Do If You Test Positive

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.

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. Additional appointments at County mass vaccination sites were opened this week. For information on COVID vaccine appointments visit sjccovid.com.

Individuals that are high-risk and test positive for COVID are encouraged to contact their medical home or Primary Care Provider (PCP) regarding treatment options. Preventative therapies are also available before you get infected.

Last modified onThursday, 19 May 2022 02:58

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