Submitted by San Juan County.
Since the last update on Friday, March 4, there have been 23 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. The current case count is now 1,247.
LOPEZ ISLAND: There are no new cases on Lopez Island since the last update.
ORCAS ISLAND: There are no new cases on Orcas Island since the last update.
SAN JUAN ISLAND: There are 23 new cases on San Juan Island since the last update.
Reminders on masking
• As of Saturday morning, March 12, masks will no longer be required in public settings, including schools, but please note that some locations, including healthcare and long-term care facilities, will still have masking requirements in place. There are also federal requirements for transportation systems, including ferries and air travel that will continue to require masking.
• There will still be families, individuals and businesses that choose to keep masks on. That’s a perfectly reasonable approach and should be met with understanding.
• Please be patient as businesses, individuals, and organizations work to adjust to the lifting of masking requirements.
• While many of us will be excited to take our masks off, we should remember that the masks we wore dramatically reduced disease spread by protecting both ourselves and those around us. With masks off, there will likely be a resurgence of flu and other respiratory illness and possibly a bump in COVID cases as well. Let’s all wear masks if we’re sick and in a public setting, including school.
• Testing will be an important part of minimizing COVID risk going forward. Tests are available free online (www.COVIDtests.gov or www.sayyescovidhometest.org) and are readily available at many pharmacies and supermarkets. Make sure you have a supply on hand and use them before spending time with anyone high risk or after engaging in higher-risk activities. As always, if you do test positive, please report it here to help local health authorities track disease trends: https://www.sanjuanco.com/FormCenter/Health-Community-Services-15/Covid19-Positive-OvertheCounter-Test-Rep-77.
• If you are unvaccinated or otherwise high-risk due to age or medical conditions, testing is even more important. And if you do test positive, contact your healthcare provider immediately to discuss readily available treatments.
• Assuming you are vaccinated and boosted, it still makes sense to mask up if you’re going to interact closely with someone who is high risk or are in a higher-risk setting.