Since the last update on Friday, Nov. 12, there have been 28 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. The current case count is now 404.
Of these 28 new cases, initial investigations indicate that at least 10 appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately eight unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine in the islands.
LOPEZ ISLAND: There are 16 cases on Lopez Island since the last update. There are eighteen positive cases under active monitoring on Lopez Island.
ORCAS ISLAND: There are three new cases on Orcas Island since the last update. There are three positive cases under active monitoring on Orcas Island.
SAN JUAN ISLAND: There are eight new cases on San Juan Island since the last update. There are 15 positive cases under active monitoring on San Juan Island.
OUTBREAK ALERTS: There are two major outbreaks actively underway in the islands. One is on San Juan Island and involves 12 cases (including four of this week’s new cases) tied to a social event sponsored by a local service organization. The other is on Lopez Island and involves 13 cases (including 12 of this week’s new cases) tied to a local pre-school community. Note that both organizations involved followed all of the current guidelines and requirements and these outbreaks reflect the realities of delta variant spread and not a disregard of precautions. Both organizations have taken active steps to inform their communities and minimize future spread.
KEY POINTS FOR RIGHT NOW: We’re seeing as many cases as at any other point in the pandemic. Things to know:
Cases counts are very high in Skagit County right now and are at worrisome levels in Whatcom County as well. Islanders traveling to the mainland need to remember that the risk of COVID infection is currently as high as any other point in the pandemic. If you are in a public location where people are unmasked, you are at risk.
If you are interacting with others indoors unmasked, your level of risk is considerably higher. That level of risk increases much more if any of those people are unvaccinated.
Holiday travel and gathering are a significant risk, especially given the current case numbers. Islanders should strongly consider the use of at-home rapid testing to help minimize risk.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: If you are symptomatic, stay home. A number of recent local cases came about from people who were symptomatic and who chose to socialize, attend cultural events, or go to work while symptomatic. Please stay home if you’re sick.