Governor Jay Inslee has issued a public health state of emergency based on 31 confirmed cases in the Vancouver area of Clark County, and one confirmed case in Seattle & King County. There have been multiple exposure locations in the Portland, Oregon; Vancouver and Seattle-King County area. The Washington State Department of Health Measles 2019 website is being updated daily with details on the current status of the outbreak, which includes an extensive list of exposure locations based in the Portland, Vancouver and Seattle-King County regions.
Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will hold its annual free Life Skills Seminar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at San Juan Island Grange #966, 152 First Street North. This year’s topic is FOOD: Eat Healthy for Less $$.
San Juan County’s 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated by the State of Washington in 2005 (RCW43.185C.030), is conducted annually at the end of January.
A complaint regarding the San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services Chief Jerry Martin's training documentation has been filed with the state Department of Health. Instead of telling Martin to produce the documentation, three San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 commissioners - Dr. Michael Edwards, Dr. Mark Schwinge and Rebecca Smith - voted to have taxpayers pay the cost of an attorney to defend Martin in the investigation.
In an unanimous vote, the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Board of Commissioners chose Karl Kuetzing to be the interim EMS Chief. The current chief, Jerry Martin, has not announced his resignation but is expected to retire sometime in 2019. Martin will receive a severance of six months salary when he leaves.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced on January 8, 2019 that he and Democratic lawmakers will introduce legislation that would provide a public health care option in Washington through the state’s Health Benefit Exchange. Inslee was joined by Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Eileen Cody, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and King County Executive Dow Constantine. He made the announcement at King County Public Health Center in Seattle, saying Washington has always been a leader in health care.
San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday January 10, 2019 in the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building, 1079 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. Part of the meeting will be in executive session “To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee… final action hiring, setting the salary of an individual employee… shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.”
Two complaints against San Juan Emergency Medical Services (SJ EMS) Chief Jerry Martin are under investigation by the state Department of Health. One is "failure to comply with the continuing education requirements in accordance with WAC 246-12-190 and 246-12-200" and the other "complaint alleges incompetence, negligence, or malpractice."
Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Thursday, January 10; Friday, January 11; and Saturday, January 12. A mobile dental van will be parked in the Mullis Street parking lot shared by the Orca Inn and Heritage Bank.
During the public comment period at the December 19 San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 meeting, a citizen said the state Department of Health has opened two investigations into complaints filed against San Juan Island EMS Chief Jerry Martin. This came as a surprise to three of the PHD commissioners - Dr. Warren Appleton, Dr. Mark Schwinge and Anna Lisa Lindstrum. They had not been informed of the investigations.
Chief Jerry Martin has refused to provide documentation showing his training in intubations to the state and to the San Juan County Hospital District #1 commission. While Martin's paramedic credentials were recertified in 2017, his refusal to show documentation confirming his training in intubations deeply concerns two of the five commissioners. The other three say there is no legal requirement for him to do so.