Submitted by San Juan County.
NOTE: the situation is changing quickly and cases are increasing. This will be a long update, but please read the entire document. There are a number of critical details that it is important the community be aware of. Thank you!
Since the last update on Friday, Dec. 24, there have been 54 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. The current case count is now 533.
There are approximately seven unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine in the islands.
LOPEZ ISLAND: There is one new case on Lopez Island since the last update. There are four positive cases under active monitoring on Lopez Island at this time.
ORCAS ISLAND: There are forty-six new cases on Orcas Island since the last update. There are forty-four positive cases under active monitoring on Orcas Island. Approximately thirty-one of these new cases are tied in some way to the ongoing outbreak, including some suspected tertiary contacts (people infected by people who were infected by people who were at the original event).
SAN JUAN ISLAND: There are seven new cases on San Juan Island since the last update. There are eight positive cases under active monitoring on San Juan Island at this time.
Clearly, there has been a surge in the number of infections. The expectation is that this increase will accelerate rapidly over the next couple of weeks across all islands. Case numbers nationally, and for Washington state overall, are spiking dramatically. A number of Washington Counties are seeing their largest case numbers to date.