Case of 2019 novel coronavirus confirmed in Washington state resident

OLYMPIA – Today, January 21, 2020  the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed a case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a Snohomish County resident. While the risk to the general public is low, DOH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Snohomish Health District to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the infected traveler. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

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Local Severe Weather Shelter in Friday Harbor is prepared for upcoming freezing temperatures

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA - The United Way of San Juan County's Severe Weather Shelter Team is prepared to be open for upcoming forecasted freezing temperatures starting next week. Volunteer hosts have been notified, and the team is going to do everything possible to ensure the criteria for this temporary shelter opening occurs.

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Flu Activity Increasing; not too late for flu shots

Flu activity and hospital visits for flu-like symptoms are rapidly increasing in Washington. “While flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, it is still not too late to vaccinate,” says Dr. Frank James, Health Officer for San Juan County. “The influenza vaccine this year appears to be effective, especially against the most common circulating virus and we encourage individuals to get a flu shot to protect against infection - especially for those with an elevated risk of complications, hospitalization and death.”

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Jan. 6: Learn about Hospice in Friday Harbor

Hospice 101 will be presented from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, January 6 at the Mullis Center in Friday Harbor. Kathryn Clary, RN,  a San Juan Island Nurse Case Manager for Hospice of the Northwest, is the guest speaker. She is also a volunteer for San Juan Island Volunteer Hospice. She moved to the island in 1976 and passionate about helping her community learn how to ‘age in place’ and use the resources available. 

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