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San Juan County number 1 in COVID case rate in WA

San Juan County currently has the highest COVID-19  case rate in the the state, infection rates in the islands are almost double those in neighboring counties. Current case count is now 1583. There have been 92 active confirmed or probable cases in the past week. Note that these numbers do not include suspect cases - positive over-the-counter tests. Those suspect cases provide a more complete picture of infection rates in the county. There are almost as many suspect cases - that the health department knows about - as confirmed or probable cases.

LOPEZ ISLAND: There are 10 active cases.

ORCAS ISLAND: There are 18 active cases.

SAN JUAN ISLAND: There are 82 active cases.

The health department is working on several outbreaks on San Juan Island currently. Early information from the investigations have revealed that known cases have spent time in local businesses and other volunteer organizations while infectious.

This is a time to be cautious when thinking about interacting with anyone outside your household. People are urged to use the best practices outlined below to limit your personal risk and prevent community spread:

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.

Know your Status. You can still order free COVID test kits through the Washington State Department of Health at the Yes to Test website. 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

 

Last modified onSaturday, 21 May 2022 05:05

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