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Four cases in the islands and more restrictions added

There are now four cases confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the San…

Health insurers ordered to expand telehealth, testing coverage and extend premium grace periods

Submitted by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s office Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued…

  • Apr 1st, 2020

Message from Representative Alex Ramel

From WA State Representative Alex Ramel, our 40th Legislative District Rep. March…

  • Apr 1st, 2020

Washington Campgrounds to Close Through April 30

Submitted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission While day-use areas…

  • Apr 1st, 2020

Message from Representative Alex Ramel

From WA State Representative Alex Ramel, our 40th Legislative District Rep. March…

  • Mar 31st, 2020

Public Health 101: Contact Tracing

By Mark Tompkins, SJC Health and Community Services Director, and Dr. Frank…

  • Mar 31st, 2020
Pipe blockage. (Contributed photo.)

Special purpose district water and sewer operations during Covid-19

Submitted by Water and sewer districts throughout the state are taking all…

  • Mar 31st, 2020
Pipe blockage. (Contributed photo.)

Stolen saw, charging canines, screaming citizens | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. March…

  • Mar 31st, 2020

Washington scrambles to boost supply of life-saving protective items for healthcare workers

Millions of N-95 masks and other types of personal protective equipment are…

What the land bank is doing to curb COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County Land Bank Your conservation land bank is…

  • Mar 31st, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment Distribution Guidelines

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health With the COVID-19 pandemic…

  • Mar 30th, 2020

Stay at home orders – What does that mean for the San Juan Islands?

Submitted by San Juan County On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued…

  • Mar 30th, 2020

CARES Act delivers relief to Washington’s workers, families and small businesses

Submitted by the Office of Rick Larsen Friday, March 27, Rep. Rick…

  • Mar 30th, 2020

County cancels April election

Submitted by San Juan County On March 17, Washington Secretary of State…

  • Mar 30th, 2020

Coronavirus Is not fair

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health If you have kids,…

  • Mar 30th, 2020

State ferries to remain on winter sailing schedules through April 25 due to lower demand

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. As part of the state’s response to…

  • Mar 29th, 2020

Fourth confirmed COVID case is on San Juan

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Mar 29th, 2020

DOH: Getting your questions answered

Submitted by Washington Department of Health So much has changed in the…

  • Mar 28th, 2020

Diseased deer; boat battle; water catchment wreckage | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. March…

  • Mar 28th, 2020

Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Never before have so many readers thanked us for providing critical information…

Public hospital district provides COVID update

Submitted by Pamela Hutchins Superintendent for San Juan County Public Hospital District…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Third positive COVID-19 test result is on Lopez

Submitted by San Juan County The third confirmed positive COVID-19 test result…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Coping with COVID-19 anxiety and stress

Submitted by San Juan County COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Shoreline Master Program ordinance official comment period

Submitted by San Juan County The Washington Department of Ecology and San…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

San Juan County Health Officer issues order to prevent spread of COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Local resident tests negative for novel coronavirus

Editor’s note: The original version of this article said that the 1…

EDC urges commercial and residential property owners to extend extraordinary leniency to tenants

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

First county resident diagnosed and other COVID-19 updates

Though the first case of COVID-19 wasn’t reported in San Juan County…

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certifies record high-turnout for presidential primary

Submitted by the Secretary of the State of Washington More voters participated…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Second confirmed case and an update from the county

Submitted by San Juan County Second confirmed positive case on Orcas Island:…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

Stay home to conserve health care resources

Submitted by Washington Department of Health We have a worldwide shortage of…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

Washington State Parks and wildlife areas to close

Submitted by Washington State Parks The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

School board to host Zoom meeting

Submitted by San Juan Island School District During this time of national…

Major Disaster Declaration Makes Critical Federal Aid Available for Washingtonians

Submitted by the Office of Rick Larsen Today, President Donald Trump approved…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

San Juan County requests closures of overnight lodging

Editor’s note: The county council has requested the Board of Health close…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

New orders for San Juan County courts

Submitted by San Juan County Courts On Friday, March 20, the Washington…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020
(photo credit: Gov. Jay Inslee’s office)

Inslee announces ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020
(photo credit: Gov. Jay Inslee’s office)

Washington State Parks camp host tests positive for COVID-19

Submitted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission The Washington State…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020

Orcas resident first person diagnosed with COVID-19 in San Juan County

Editor’s note: While we initially had “man” in the headline, patient’s gender…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020

AG and Secretary of State warn donors to be wary of charity scams during COVID-19

Submitted by the Washington State Office of Attorney General Attorney General Bob…

  • Mar 22nd, 2020