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SJC COVID cases rise to 213 | An update on the Orcas case cluster

Submitted by San Juan County.

Note: Current positive case numbers are available online on the County Case Data Dashboard,

San Juan County has aggressively investigated a recent COVID outbreak on Orcas Island. Since the source case was identified, San Juan County has identified nine other linked positive cases. Of the 10 outbreak cases, five are confirmed as unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, the vaccination status of one is unknown and four are possible cases of a breakthrough.

The initial source of the outbreak is unknown. However, all subsequent cases were close contact with a confirmed positive case. There are two additional cases on Orcas, apparently unrelated to this cluster outbreak, also under investigation.

Thank you to county staff for their quick work in investigating this outbreak. And to county providers and pharmacies for testing the close contact around recently confirmed cases to minimize the spread and protect our community.

Weekly update of the case

Starting August 5, case updates on the county’s case data dashboard will include positive COVID cases that have been confirmed by PCR testing methods, as well as some probable positive test results on sale. free that are not confirmed by PCR testing. This is to align our county case reports with recent changes to the Washington State Department of Health’s reporting criteria.

Since the last update on Friday, July 30, the total number of cases in San Juan County has increased from 197 to 213. There are currently about twelve residents in quarantine.

López Island

There have been no new cases on Lopez Island since the last update.

There are currently no confirmed positive cases under active surveillance on Lopez Island.

Orc Island

There are 12 new cases on Orcas Island since the last update. Ten of them are part of a cluster of cases, described above. Two are family contacts whose source of transmission is unknown.

There are currently ten confirmed positive cases under active surveillance on Orcas Island.

San Juan Island

There are three new cases on San Juan Island since the last update. The source of two cases is recent international travel and subsequent close contact with the household. One is a family contact from a previous case.

There are currently three confirmed positive cases under active surveillance on San Juan Island.


COVID activity in San Juan County has increased exponentially in recent weeks, but the best ways to protect yourself remain unchanged. If you missed our Hot Topic last week, here’s a list of ways to protect yourself: Get fully immunized, hide indoors, travel smart, socialize, stay home when sick. , avoid high-risk activities and go outdoors. Science and experience have shown that these strategies work.

San Juan County is awaiting genetic testing results from the first breakthrough cases to see if the Delta variant has reached the county. With our high vaccination rates, San Juan County can expect to see a higher percentage of rupture cases than other counties; and can also expect those with a breakthrough infection to have fewer symptoms and less severe symptoms.

For more information on the San Juan County providers administering the COVID-19 vaccines, which remain our best protection against COVID and the way through this current wave, visit

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