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​COVID-19 in Island County​ ​
​Whidbey
​Camano
​Total
Positive
(confirmed​)​
92
​27
​119
​Deaths
​4
​0
​4
​WA State Positive*
 (confirmed)


​5984, including 247 deaths
Last Updated: April 2, 2020 3:00pm
 
Island County counts on this page may differ from WA State Department of Health publicized counts due to  direct access to the reporting system at the county level.
* Please Note: WA State Dept of Health updates state numbers at 11:59 pm. Currently, the  state system is experiencing delays. Current case counts are accurate as of 3/31/20 at 11:59 pm

Updated Community Announcement: April 2, 2020

The Governor's 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Order has been extended until May 4th, 2020. Additional information will be forthcoming. 

Updated Community Guidance: April 1, 2020

'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Order

Island County Public Health wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding novel coronavirus and our response within the county. On March 30, Governor Jay Inslee announced guidance for state and local enforcement of the 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order.  In alignment with this announcement, Island County Public Health provides the following updated guidance: 


Mental Health Awareness:

While social distancing is critical to the physical health of individuals and to protect our community as whole, mental health professionals emphasize the importance of continuing safe social connections at this time. Safe connections could include regular phone calls, texts, video chats, walks with household members, and more.  Island County Behavioral Health offers the following tips for managing stress and anxiety:

  1.  Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise, and take breaks from social media and news reports.

  2. Talk to others: Feelings of anxiety are normal in a situation like this. Reach out and talk to people in your community who can provide support. 

  3. Avoid rumors and inaccurate information. Rely on official sources for information, such as Island County Public Health, WA State Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  4. Do what you can- there are always things that we as individuals and communities can control: Wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with people who are sick, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue, stay home when you are sick. Prepare for possible illness with a plan and emergency contact list.

  5. Ask for help. Island County Human Services offers an on-call mental health line at 1.360.678.2346 geared specifically toward COVID-19 response. The call line will be fully staffed Monday-Friday from 10am-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm. Additional crisis support services include:
    1. VOA (Local) Crisis Line: 1.800.584.3578 (24 hours)
    2. Crisis Text Line: 741741
    3. National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255

Press Release March 30, 2020:

Island County Public Health has received notice that two of the positive coronavirus cases associated with the Careage of Whidbey COVID-19 outbreak have sadly passed away. We offer our condolences to the families and friends as they grieve this loss.

There are currently 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Island County. 44 of these cases are associated with the outbreak at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville, in both residents and staff. Public Health is not investigating any other outbreaks associated with long-term care facilities or specific locations at this time.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are now spread widely throughout Island County. All residents must take urgent action to help minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. The Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order applies to our entire community, in all locations, on both Camano and Whidbey Islands. 

Press Release March 27, 2020:

Island County Public Health is continuing to investigate a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville. 42 cases have been confirmed by the WA State Department of Health. Test results are pending for other residents and employees. This is the only known outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a long-term care facility in Island County.  

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are now spread widely throughout Island County. There are 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Island County. All residents must take urgent action to help minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. The Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order applies to our entire community, in all locations, on both Camano and Whidbey Islands. 

Press Release March 25, 2020:

Island County Public Health is continuing to investigate a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville. 24 cases have been confirmed by the WA State Department of Health. Test results are pending for other residents and employees. This is the only known outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a long-term care facility in Island County.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are now spread widely throughout Island County. All residents must take urgent action to help minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. The Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order applies to our entire community, in all locations, on both Camano and Whidbey Islands.  This order goes into effect tonight at midnight.

Press Release March 24, 2020:

In response to the economic impact COVID-19 is having on food establishments, the Island County Board of Health, voted to suspend the collection of food service fees for the second half of 2020.  Any food service business (restaurants, groceries, and mini marts) that have food service license and have paid the year in full, will receive a partial refund. Refunds are estimated to be issued no later than June 30, 2020.

During the discussion, the Board of Health addressed their concerns pertaining to the financial impact of the decision.  However, they determined the local economy and its workforce were a higher priority.

While local government has very few tools to aid in economic stabilization; the Board of Health's action demonstrates a commitment to provide economic relief in support of our small business community.

Press Release March 24, 2020:

In response to Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation, the Board of Island County Commissioners adopted a resolution closing public access to County office buildings from March 25 through April 6. Citizens who need access to public services will be required to contact departments via e-mail or telephone as a means of communication. Citizens can find contact information for departments and offices at their respective department homepages on the website.

Island County's solid waste transfer stations will remain open and available for citizen use as normal during this two-week period.

Please click on the link below to view the adopted resolution: 

Adopted Resolution C-29-20

Thank you for your understanding.

Updated : March 24, 2020

Governor Jay Inslee announced the new "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in a press conference Monday evening. In alignment with this announcement, Island County Public Health will now be following the Governor's mandates:

New Statewide Mandates (effective until midnight on April 6th, 2020, unless extended)

1. All Washingtonians will stay home unless to pursue an essential activity.

2. All social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings are prohibited throughout the state.

3. Effective midnight, March 25th, 2020 all businesses will close, except for essential business.

Please Remember... 

1. Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others to practice safe social distancing.

2. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.

3. Do not hoard essential resources such as food or masks.

Community Support Opportunities

1. Both the Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation (SCAF) and Whidbey Community Foundation (WCF) have launched community funds to support our local non-profit organizations in response to COVID-19. If you'd like to contribute, click the links provided to learn more.

2. If you are a health care worker or have available personal protective equipment (PPE), please consider donating to our local healthcare facilities. Donation offers should be directed to logistics@islandcountywa.gov.

Press Release: March 24, 2020

Island County Public Health is continuing to investigate a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville. 10 cases have been confirmed by the WA State Department of Health. Test results are pending for other residents and employees. This is the first confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a long-term care facility in Island County. 

Updated Press Release: March 23, 2020

Island County Public Health is investigating multiple COVID-19 cases at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville. Two cases have been confirmed and test results are pending for other residents and employees.  At this time, test results are expected back in approximately 3-5 days. These cases are the first confirmed cases associated within a long-term care facility in Island County. 

Press Release: March 23, 2020

Island County Public Health is investigating a potential cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with a long-term care facility on Whidbey Island. Two cases have been confirmed and test results are pending for other residents and employees. These cases are the first confirmed cases associated with a long-term care facility in Island County. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are now spread widely throughout Island County. All residents must take urgent action to help minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. Mandates and public health recommendations apply to our entire community, in all locations, on both Camano and Whidbey Islands.

Everyone should assume that anyone they come into contact with could have COVID-19. Limit movement outside the home to essential activities only. All citizens should take appropriate cautions to limit public contact. Everyone's cooperation on social distancing is needed in order to preserve critical healthcare resources. If too many people are sick all at once, there will not be enough medical resources to go around. The healthcare system is planning for surge capacity, but that plan is dependent on us staying home now.

Anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed case should quarantine themselves at home for 14 days. People experiencing symptoms need to stay at home for at least 3 days after their symptoms resolve or at a minimum 7 days, whichever is longer.


Press Release: March 19, 2020

Island County has received notice that one of the positive coronavirus cases recently reported has sadly passed away. The COVID-19 related death was an individual in her early 90’s. She had underlying health conditions and passed away at home. Island County Public Health currently has 17 confirmed positive cases.

Press Release: March 18, 2020

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is now wide-spread in Island County. All residents must take urgent action to help minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. Mandates and public health recommendations apply to our entire community, in all locations, on both Camano and Whidbey Islands. These include:

  • Events with 50 people or more are prohibited.
  • Events with fewer than 50 people are prohibited unless event organizers observe
  • the COVID-19 prevention measures outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Mandated temporary closure of restaurants (except take-out and delivery
  • services), bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities.
  • Close contact with others should be limited as much as possible.
  • Individuals at-risk for severe illness should stay at home.

These mandates and recommendations are needed to support the most vulnerable in our community, and are a protection for everyone. The more united we can be in preventing the spread, the greater the benefit for the whole community.

Update March 16, 2020:

Mandated Closures

Island County Public Health wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding novel coronavirus and our response within the county. Governor Jay Inslee announced today in an emergency proclamation additional mandates to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In alignment with this proclamation, Island County Public Health will now be following the mandates listed below.

New Mandates
 
1. Immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities starting mid-night Monday March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open. Take-out, delivery and drive-thru food and beverage services are not banned under the proclamation. The ban includes, but is not limited to: 
a. Restaurants, food courts, bars and taverns
b. Wine, beer and spirits tasting venues
c. Coffee shops, doughnut shops and ice cream parlors
d. Sit down airport restaurants and bars
e. Theaters
f. Bowling alleys
g. Gyms and fitness centers
h. Non-tribal card rooms
i. Museums and art galleries
j. Barbers, tattoo parlors, hair salons and nail salons
 
2. Events or gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
 
3. All gatherings with under 50 participants are prohibited unless criteria from the CDC for public health and social distancing are met. 
 
4. It is recommended that all people over 60 home isolate and limited exposure to public settings as much as possible.

Update: March 15, 2020

Public Health staff are fielding many calls and emails requesting more detailed information on the location of the cases in our county. We have cases throughout our county - on both Whidbey Island and Camano Island. Everyone in Island County needs to be taking the same recommended precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Update: March 13, 2020

Island County Public Health wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding novel coronavirus and our response within the county. Governor Jay Inslee announced new community strategies to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in a press conference this afternoon. In alignment with this announcement, Island County Public Health will now be following the Governor’s mandates:

New Statewide Mandates

  • All social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited throughout the state.

  • All schools in the state will be closed (K-12, plus 2-year, 4-year, community and technical schools) no later than Tuesday March 17th through April 24th (unless extended).

  • Adult family homes are now under the same directive as nursing/assisted living homes.

Should I get tested? Maybe not. We know many people are wondering, if they have fever and a cough, do they need to get tested for COVID-19? Commercial testing is more available and providers can now decide to test patients as needed. BUT…Right now, care providers still have limited supplies and capacity to test, and we want to prioritize the tests for people in the priority groups. Additionally, please do not go to the hospital or ER for testing unless your symptoms require emergency medical care. As a community, we want our hospitals available for medical emergencies.

For now, if you have mild symptoms, you need to stay home, stay away from other people, and take good care of yourself. A test, whether it’s positive or negative, won’t change that advice


Press Release: March 12, 2020

Island County Public Health (ICPH) was notified of a positive test result for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an Island County resident. The individual is a man in his seventies and is in isolation and care at a location outside of Island County. Island County Public Health is working with local response partners to identify and contact all those who may have come in close contact with this case.  These individuals will be guided to monitor themselves for fever and respiratory symptoms for 14 days following their last exposure.   

This is the third known case of novel coronavirus in Island County.  

Health care providers, medical examiners/coroners, local health departments or others may publicly announce cases before they are included in the statewide county. Island County will continue tracing close contacts of new cases as part of their case investigation process. 

Update: March 12, 2020

Community Recommendations

Island County Public Health wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding novel coronavirus and our response within the county. Governor Jay Inslee announced new community strategies and social distancing plans to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in a press conference on March 11th.  In concert with this announcement, Island County Public Health has updated their recommendations on events and gatherings.  

Recommendations for Events and Gatherings 

  1.  Essential versus Non-essential: Consider if the event or gathering is essential. Non-essential events are discouraged. Some examples of non-essential events include, but are not limited to: parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers and similar activities. 
  2.  Size: It is recommended to cancel events involving more than 250 people. 
  3.  Indoor versus Outdoor: It is not recommended to cancel outdoor activities of less than 250 people, provided that people can maintain six feet of distance between each other (i.e., social distancing).            

Additional Recommendations 

  • Schools: It is recommended that school districts start to make contingency plans around how they could provide services to families in need if schools closed for several weeks. Potential issues to address include free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch, students completing school work at home, and child care options. 
  •  High-Risk Groups: It is recommended that people over 60, those with underlying health conditions, and women who are pregnant, avoid contact with others, including attendance at large events. 
  •  Workplaces: Implement changes to the workplace such as maximizing telecommuting options for as many employees as possible, and implementing social distancing in the workplace within reason. 

Press Release: March 12, 2020

Island County Public Health was notified of a positive test result for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an Island County resident. The individual is a woman in her fifties and is in isolation and care at a location outside of Island County. Island County Public Health is working with local response partners to identify and contact all those who may have come in close contact with this case. These individuals will be guided to monitor themselves for fever and respiratory symptoms for 14 days following their last exposure. This is the second known case of novel coronavirus in Island County.

Health care providers, medical examiners/coroners, local health departments or others may publicly announce cases before they are included in the statewide county. Island County will continue tracing close contacts of new cases as part of their case investigation process.

At this time Public Health encourages practicing social distancing as a means to reduce the risk of exposure. Stay at least 6 feet away from each other, especially if someone may be sick. Coughs and sneezes can travel this distance, and their droplets may contain a virus. This may include rescheduling events or limiting the number or participants.

Press Release: March 10, 2020

Island County Public Health was notified of a positive test result for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an Island County resident. The individual is a man in his fifties. He is currently in care at a location outside of Island County. Island County Public Health is working with local response partners to identify and contact all those who may have come in close contact with this case. These individuals will be guided to monitor themselves for fever and respiratory symptoms for 14 days following their last exposure.

This is the first known case of novel coronavirus in Island County.

Health care providers, medical examiners/coroners, local health departments or others may publicly announce cases before they are included in the statewide count.

Island County will continue tracing close contacts of new cases as part of their case investigation process.

At this time Public Health encourages practicing social distancing as a means to reduce the risk of exposure. Stay at least 6 feet away from each other, especially if someone may be sick. Coughs and sneezes can travel this distance, and their droplets may contain a virus. This may include rescheduling events or limiting the number or participants.

More details on the latest coronavirus cases in Washington State can be found at:

Update: March 6, 2020

WA State Department of Health has opened a much expanded call center today so they can answer more of your coronavirus questions quicker! It was turned on at 2:00pm and the phones started ringing right away! In the first 2 hours, they had already answered more calls than they were able to answer all day yesterday! The call center will be available from 6am-10pm 7 days a week at 1-800-525-0127.

Updated Community Guidance

Please see the new helpful resources below to help answer common questions.

I have symptoms but don't meet the other criteria for coronavirus 

I think I have been exposed to coronavirus

What about Events and Gatherings?

We know many of you have questions about your upcoming events. We are aware that other counties have issued recommendations regarding large events and gatherings. Island County does not have a confirmed case of coronavirus, therefore we are not recommending cancelling events at this time. We do, though, strongly encourage those over 60, those who have underlying health conditions, and those who are pregnant to consider avoiding large gatherings/events. And…please stay home if you are sick!

Update: March 5, 2020

Island County will have a Public Health Weekend Call Center to respond to questions regarding the Coronavirus.

The Call Center will be open on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and
Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The phone number to call for information is 360.678.2301

Update: March 3, 2020
On March 2, 2020, the Board of Island County Commissioners formally declared a state of emergency for all of Island County relative to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
By this declaration Island County activates its local emergency management plans and grants emergency use of local resources and authorizes use of emergency expenditures.  This will allow for a more rapid response time in order to assist affected individuals to recover from the outbreak.


As a result of the widespread global transmission of COVID-19, we expect to see more cases locally and across Washington State.

Island County Public Health is actively monitoring the situation and is working closely with the Washington State Department of Health and our regional partners. Our staff investigate any suspect cases and are working with travelers returning from affected international locations to ensure home isolation protocol is followed. Staff is also communicating with local medical providers to assess response needs and to provide timely guidance to our community.

Many people are understandably anxious. It is important to remember that most coronavirus illnesses are mild with fever and cough and often resemble the symptoms of flu and colds; the majority of cases do not require hospital care.

There are a number of steps that individuals can take to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. Public Health recommends that organizations and individuals prepare now in order to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our community. General guidance and additional resources are provided below.

General Guidance

Personal Hygiene

  • More hand washing; less face touching. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer covering all surfaces of the hands and rubbing them together until dry will decrease risk that the virus is transmitted to you or other people. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.  
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.  

Be Prepared at Home

  • Have a plan to care for family members should they get sick or schools/offices be closed.
  • Know your workplace telecommute options and school/daycare policies.
  • Stock up on food supplies and prescription medications now, so you don't have to leave your home if you or someone in your household becomes infected.

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Additional Resources

For the General Public

For Schools

For Workplaces and Employers

For Health Care Professionals

For Senior Centers

For Travelers

 

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington State, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

 

Additional Updates are available from the Federal CDC and Washington Dept. of Health


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