County recommends 14-day quarantine when returning from the mainland

As Washington State approaches the anticipated peak of COVID-19 medical surge cases, San Juan County urges everyone to take more aggressive precautions to protect their families and neighbors when coming to the islands from the mainland.

"As cases multiply throughout the state, including Skagit, Island, and Whatcom Counties, islanders traveling back to the islands from the mainland are risking becoming a source of disease spread," said San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, MD.

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Ability to test patients expanding

UPDATE FROM DR. HOUSE: Expanding testing strategies - we're excited to say that Dr. Mandy Gulla and Dr. Mike Horn have both agreed to help us expand our ability to test more patients at an increased rate. We've been testing more and more each day with a steadily increasing trend. We're happy to say that LabCorp is helping us to increase volume as supplies are slowly starting to be available at greater numbers in many areas.

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Governor's Stay Home - Stay Healthy order extended to May 4; More guidance issued

Governor Jay Inslee has extended the Stay Home - Stay Healthy order until May 4, 2020. The order was set to expire April 6. He said the order has so far reduced contact by 80 percent.  He said that means people will be alive on July 4th who would not have been if the Stay Home - Stay Healthy hadn't been followed by Washingtonians. 

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OPALCO Update: payment assistance programs; COVID-19 relief form

On March 20, 2020 the Board approved waiving late fees and has added funding to our payment assistance programs to support our membership. Through May 20, no one will be disconnected for an unpaid balance, but members are still responsible for paying their bills, eventually. For those in danger of unpaid bill balances building up, or businesses that have temporarily closed, please fill out a COVID-19 relief form and call us at 360-376-3500 to set up a payment plan.

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