Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, October 4 to Saturday, October 6, 2018. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community Senior Center on San Juan.
San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 voted unanimously at a special meeting September 11, 2018 to accept a sales agreement with HWV Property LLC of Friday Harbor, WA, to sell the Inter Island Medical Center (IIMC) building on Spring Street.
SJCPHD #1 has received another offer on the former Inter Island Medical Center building. The PHD board will hold a special meeting to discuss and potentially take action on it at 4 p.m. September 11, 018 at the SJCPHD #1 business offices (NOT the EMS building).
San Juan County Health & Community Services will be providing FREE immunizations for Orcas Island School students at the Orcas Island School District’s Back to School Kickoff/BBQ on Tuesday September 4, 2018. Immunizations will be provided to Orcas School District K-12 students in the modular building next to the District Office on a first come, first served basis. No appointment is necessary.
San Juan County deputies, Lopez Island Fire and Rescue, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue and Orcas Island Fire and Rescue personnel have all been issued doses of Naloxene purchased by a grant obtained by San Juan County Health and Community Services Department. The medication is used to rescue people who have overdosed on opoids. The first responders carry the medication with them so that it is readily available when needed.
Beth Geiger, Peace Island Medical Center Director of Administrative Services delivered the semi-annual report to the San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners at its August 22, 2018 meeting. The subsidy, the PHD provides to PIMC was $511,294 for the first six months of the year.
People are advised to limit their consumption of Rockfish, Dungeness crab hepatopancreas (digestive gland), and Chinook salmon caught in Marine Area 7 to four meals per month. Marine Area 7 includes the San Juan Islands. The Washington State Department of Health Department of Health's advisories can be viewed on its website.
The two air quality monitoring sites closest to the San Juan Islands are in Anacortes and Victoria, B.C. The Washington State Smoke Blog explains a way of estimating air qualilty by using the 5-3-1 Index. Smoke from the hundreds of wildfires burning in British Columbia is affecting the air quality in the San Juan Islands.
The air quality results on the Anacortes and Victoria, B.C. monitors at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 19. Red indicates Unhealthy, orange Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, yellow Moderate and green Good.
Determine the limit of your visual range by looking for distant targets or familiar landmarks such as mountains, mesas, hills, or buildings at known distances (miles). The visual range is that point at which these targets are no longer visible. Ideally, the viewing of any distance targets should be made with the sun behind you. Looking into the sun or at an angle increases the ability of sunlight to reflect off of the smoke, and thus making the visibility estimate less reliable.
Once distance has been determined, follow this simple guide:
If over 15 miles: The air quality is generally good.
Between 5-15 miles: Air quality is moderate and beginning to deteriorate, and is generally healthy, except possibly for smoke sensitive persons. The general public should avoid prolonged exposure if conditions are smoky to the point where visibility is closer to the 5 mile range.
If under 5 miles: The air quality is unhealthy for young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness. These people should minimize outdoor activity.
If under 3 miles: The air quality is unhealthy for everyone. Young children, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and people with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness should avoid all outdoor activities.
If under 1 mile: The air quality is very unhealthy, and in some cases may be hazardous. Everyone should avoid all outdoor activities.
It's hard enough to find a long-term rental in the San Juan Islands. So imagine if after you move in you find out the place is likely contaminated because it appears to have been used as a meth lab. What can you do, what are the responsibilities of the landlord and how is the mess cleaned up?
Air monitors in our region today are reporting ‘unhealthy’ levels of particulate matter in the air due to wildfire smoke, largely from fires burning in British Columbia. San Juan County Health & Community Services is advising the public to limit time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activities outdoors.
OLYMPIA –Washington State Department of Health urges recreational shellfish harvesters to take extra precaution during this week’s predicted high temperatures and extremely low tides. When midday low tides coincide with warm weather, Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria can grow quickly, increasing risk of illness among people who eat raw or undercooked oysters.
Proposed rule will severely diminish women’s access to family planning services
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson, joined by three other attorneys general, today urged the Trump Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that would reduce women’s family planning options, interfere in doctor-patient relationships and potentially leave many vulnerable women with no healthcare access at all.