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Posted on: February 21, 2024

The Community Health Assessment Report Is Here!

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 14, 2023 (español) – The Community Health Assessment (CHA) is now available after months of work to better understand San Juan County residents’ health needs. San Juan County (SJC) partnered wit...

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

¡El informe de evaluación de salud comunitaria ya está aquí!

Health and Community Services

CONDADO DE SAN JUAN, WA. 14 de febrero de 2023 – La evaluación de salud comunitaria (CHA) ya está disponible después de meses de trabajo para comprender mejor las necesidades de salud de los residentes d...

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Posted on: February 16, 2024

Community Health Assessment Presentation at Upcoming Board of Health Meeting

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 16, 2024 – San Juan County Health & Community Services will present on the 2023 Community Health Assessment (CHA) findings to the Board of Health in anticipation of the report’s publication next week. ...

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

SJC Awarded $190,000 to Support Affordable Housing Project on Orcas Island

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 6, 2024 (español) – San Juan County (SJC) is excited to announce that $190,000 has been awarded to provide affordable housing utility infrastructure to the Kidder Way Project on Orcas Island. SJC...

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

SJC recibió $190,000 para apoyar un proyecto de vivienda accesible en la isla de Orcas

Health and Community Services

EL CONDADO DE SAN JUAN, WA. 6 de febrero de 2024 – El condado de San Juan (SJC) se complace en anunciar que se donarán $190,000 que han sido adjudicados para proporcionar infraestructura de servicios públicos de vivienda as...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Lopez Families, We Want to Hear from You!

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 1, 2024 (español) – San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) wants to hear from Lopez Island families to understand their childcare needs. The Lopez Island Child Care Needs Assessment survey ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Familias López, ¡queremos escuchar su opinión!

Health and Community Services

CONDADO DE SAN JUAN, WA. 1 de febrero de 2024 – Salud y servicios del condado de San Juan. departamento de servicios comunitarios (HCS) quiere escuchar a las familias de la isla de López para comprender sus necesidades de cuidado infantil en la i...

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Posted on: January 5, 2024

San Juan County Publishes 2023 Year-In-Review

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 5, 2024 – San Juan County is proud to present the organization’s 2023 Year-In-Review, highlighting accomplishments, notable projects, and the breadth of programs and services provided to island communities....

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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Stay Safe from Respiratory Illness This Winter

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 4, 2024 – Winter is here, and that means respiratory illness season is here too. Health & Community Services (HCS) wants to remind everyone of five simple ways that can help protect you and your loved ones from g...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Free Course for Caregivers in 2024

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 21, 2023 – San Juan County and Northwest Regional Council are offering a free six-week course for unpaid family caregivers of San Juan County. This course, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is an evidenced-based, self-...

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Posted on: November 29, 2023

San Juan County Health & Community Services Launches New Program, Growing Families

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 29, 2023 – Growing Families San Juan Islands (“Growing Families”) is San Juan County Health & Community Services’ (HCS) local, public health home- and community-visiting service off...

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

Last Chance to Take the Community Health Survey

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 28, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services wants to hear from you! The Community Health Survey is collecting responses through Friday, Dec. 1 to include in the Community Health Assessment Report, whi...

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Posted on: November 9, 2023

We Want To Hear From You: Take the Community Health Survey

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 9, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) wants to hear from all County residents in its Community Health Survey. The anonymous survey takes only eight to ten minutes and will help HCS better u...

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Posted on: November 1, 2023

San Juan County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 1, 2023 – A bat collected in San Juan County was recently sent for testing to the Washington State Public Health Lab and was determined to be positive for rabies. Treatment to prevent rabies was recommended for two ...

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

It’s Time to Schedule Your Child’s Flu Shot!

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 26, 2023 – Registration is now open for San Juan County’s school-based flu vaccine clinics. These clinics will be available on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands in November and will provide free influenza ...

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Posted on: October 11, 2023

Make Your Voice Heard: Community Health Survey Postcards on Their Way to You

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 11, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services wants to hear from as many people as possible in the Community Health Survey. We are sending a postcard to all San Juan County residents inviting everyone to...

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Posted on: October 5, 2023

San Juan County Adopts 1/10th of 1% Sales Tax for Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 5, 2023. The San Juan County Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance to adopt a new 1/10th of 1% sales and use tax for affordable housing and related services. This vote followed a public hearing at their Oc...

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Posted on: October 4, 2023

Registration Opens for Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 4, 2023 – Registration for the new pediatric 23-24 COVID-19 vaccine is now open, with limited availability for children under 19 years of age. Our first clinics will be held Oct. 18 on Orcas Island and Oct. 19 on San Juan Isla...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available Again for Online Ordering

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 27, 2023 – On Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, the federal government opened online orders for every U.S. household to place an order for four free COVID-19 rapid tests. Go online to covid.gov/tests to place your order or y...

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Posted on: September 13, 2023

Fall COVID-19 Booster Vaccines: What We Know Now

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 13, 2023 – When the public health emergency declaration ended on May 11, 2023, that marked the shift in the COVID-19 response from a public health response effort to a privatized medical management model. The 2023-...

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Posted on: September 6, 2023

Dangers of Digging When Beaches Are Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 6, 2023 – San Juan County beaches remain closed to recreational shellfish harvesting due to unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP). This closure includes all species of molluscan shellfish including clam...

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Posted on: August 23, 2023

San Juan County Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 23, 2023 – As of August 22, 2023, the Washington State Department of Health has closed recreational shellfish harvesting in San Juan County due to unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP). This closure includ...

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Posted on: August 18, 2023

Wildfire Smoke Forecasted in San Juan County

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 18, 2023 – Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Eastern Washington is predicted to make its way to Western Washington this weekend, based on forecasted overnight shifts in wind patterns. San Juan County’s Health & C...

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Health & Community Services News
Posted on: August 17, 2023

No Appointment Needed for Back-to-School Immunization Clinics

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 17, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services is offering routine vaccinations for children on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Islands as the new school year approaches. No appointment is needed! Don&rsquo...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

COVID Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 11, 2023 – The San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) Department wants you to make the most out of this summer, and part of that is continuing to keep you safe from COVID-19. The CDC has reported an inc...

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Posted on: August 7, 2023

Fun In the Sun for Families: ‘Seed to Sprout’ Classes Offered This Summer

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 7, 2023 - San Juan County’s Department of Health & Community is proud to offer hands-on learning opportunities in the garden this summer! Families are welcome to join the fun and learn about vegetable gardening th...

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Posted on: August 1, 2023

Health & Community Services Launches County-wide Survey About Community Health

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 1, 2023 – On Monday, July 31, 2023, San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) launched its county-wide survey as a part of the Community Health Assessment process which is underway. This survey is...

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Posted on: August 1, 2023

Planting the Seeds with ‘Grow Your Own Food’ and ‘Seed to Sprout’

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 1, 2023 – This Spring San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) and WSU Extension Master Gardeners hosted a free four-week program for families with preschool-age children to learn about vegetable gardenin...

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Posted on: June 9, 2023

County Celebrates HolliWalk Neighborhood, the Latest Affordable Housing Project

General Housing

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 9, 2023 – San Juan County is celebrating the completion of the HolliWalk Neighborhood in Friday Harbor – a project that received over $1.5 million of County funding. This is the County's second larges...

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

Public Health Clinic Fees Resume on June 1

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 12, 2023 – On June 1, 2023, San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) will begin collecting fees for some public health services again. HCS will also be rolling out their new sliding fee scale. This ...

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Posted on: May 10, 2023

The Public Health Emergency Declaration Ends on May 11 – What Does This Mean?

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 10, 2023 – On May 11, 2023, the public health emergency (PHE) declaration will end. What does that mean for folks in San Juan County? Let’s take a look.

Is COVID-19 gone? No. The virus is still present in Washin...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Council Takes Next Step in Argyle Lots Housing Project by Selecting San Juan Community Home Trust

Affordable Housing News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 18, 2023 – During the April 18 meeting, Council members voted to accept the Housing Advisory Committee’s recommendation of selecting the San Juan Community Home Trust as the chosen applicant from the...

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Posted on: April 15, 2023

Hannah Heights Water System Tests Positive for PFAS

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 15, 2023 – San Juan County Health and Community Services (HCS) received confirmed test results on Friday April 14th indicating that a well belonging to the Hannah Heights Water System on San Juan Island tested positive...

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Posted on: April 4, 2023

Concern For San Juan County’s Most Vulnerable Prompts Latest Health Officer Order

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 4, 2023 – On Apr. 3, 2023, San Juan County Health Officer Order 2023-1 went into effect which continues the masking requirements in patient-facing healthcare facilities. The order excludes dental offices, optometry off...

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

San Juan County Publishes 'Point in Time Homeless Count' Results

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 10, 2023 – The 2023 San Juan County “Point-In Time” (PIT) Homeless Count identified 148 people who have no stable place to live, nearly matching the 2022 count of 146. 

Of the 148 people identified as having no stable pl...

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

San Juan County Honors Lucinda Elizabeth Stewart Boyce’s Legacy of Care with Community Health Van

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 10, 2023 – Lucinda Elizabeth Stewart Boyce lived on San Juan Island in the late 1800s and, through radical acts of public service, cultivated a legacy of care. She was known to travel by horseback, buggy, and canoe to ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2023

You’re Invited: Luci B Community Wellness Van Launch Party on March 15

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 2, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) is hosting a launch party for the new Luci B Community Wellness Van at the San Juan County Fairgrounds main building from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Light refreshm...

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Washington State Department of Health Approves Use of Expired COVID-19 Tests

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. Jan. 26, 2023 – If you have a stockpile of expired at-home COVID-19 tests, don’t throw them out. You can still use them! The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) approved the use of expired at-home COVID-19 tests.

At-home COVID-...

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Posted on: January 11, 2023

San Juan County Launches New Oral Health Program for School-age Children

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 11, 2023 – San Juan County Health and Community Services will be providing “Smile Checks” as part of an oral health prevention program. Healthy teeth are part of overall health and wellness. In pa...

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Posted on: December 7, 2022

San Juan County Seeks San Juan Island Member for Housing Advisory Committee

Committee Vacancy

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 7, 2022 – Are you a San Juan Island resident who is passionate and knowledgeable about affordable housing in San Juan County? The County is seeking a new member for the Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) to fill the S...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

Hot Topic 63: Changes to COVID-19 Data Reporting

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 5, 2022 – Key changes in COVID-19 data reporting that everyone should be aware of.

As of December 1, 2022, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has decommissioned the Washington State Coronavirus Response (COV...

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Hot Topic 62: Influenza Treatments

Health Hot Topic

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 30, 2022 – With influenza spreading rapidly throughout Washington and our own community, it is important to be aware of treatment options.

Rates of influenza in our community and throughout Washington state are very high, with...

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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Sharing is caring—except when it comes to viruses

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 23, 2022 – Washington state is seeing an increase in cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). RSV is a common respiratory virus that causes cold and COVID-like symptoms, including runny nose, coughing, sneezing, ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Affordable Housing: The Future of Affordability

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The need for affordable housing is a widespread and growing issue – not just in the Islands, but throughout the region and nation. The San Juan Islands are home to multiple organizations working to create long-term affordable housing opportuniti...

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