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Senior Council Districts: Separation Update

Since February 2022, The Senior Services Council (SSCSJC) has been working to move management of its three senior centers to separate nonprofits on Lopez, Orcas and San Jan Islands. Directors and staff have been busy itemizing the assets that need to be transferred and revising agreements with business partners including San Juan County and WCOA. Orcas Senior Center anticipates its transition will be complete 1/1/2023. These changes will allow each center to be nimbler and more responsive to senior needs in its community. Donations will continue to go to centers designated to receive them. More information is posted on your senior center website.


On April 21, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Senior Services Council of San Juan County (SSCSJC) voted to transfer the operational functions of its three District Committees to three stand-alone nonprofit organizations. The purpose of this decision is to better and more efficiently serve seniors and people living with disabilities on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. We expect the transition to occur with minimal disruption to client services and business partners. Read the rest of this message here and here. Read the resolutions of the SSCSJC Board of Directors, go here. Read the press release here. For Frequently Asked Questions, go here.

COVID-19: Be in the Know

To see the latest information about San Juan County’s COVID vaccination effort, including eligibility and announcements of vaccination dates, and to schedule a vaccine appointment, go here.

Could you use a QR code to quickly scan or a link for a digital copy of your COVID verification record? Go to WAverify here.

Do you know a community member who needs extra assistance with signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine? If so, help is available through a collaboration between San Juan County Health and Community Services, Orcas Senior Center, and Orcas Community Resource Center.

Please contact San Juan County Senior Services Specialist Jami Mitchell at (360) 376-7926 or Jana Webb from Orcas Community Resource Center at (360) 376-3184 for details regarding this assistance. 

Keep up to date with the latest information about COVID-19 locally, statewide, and globally:

San Juan County
Washington State Department of Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

Real Time Air Quality Measurements @ OSC

As part of its Air Quality Monitoring Project, San Juan County has installed a PM2.5 monitor on the Orcas Senior Center building. 

What are PM2.5? PM2.5, which stands for “Particulate Matter 2.5, are microscopic particles that are only a tiny percentage of the diameter of a human hair in size (2.5 micrometers or smaller, to be exact). Their microscopic size allows them to bypass the protective areas of the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs, potentially causing health problems. On Orcas Island, the most common sources of PM2.5 are motor vehicles, residential wood burning, and seasonal forest fires. 

The box below shows up-to-date readings from the PM2.5 air quality monitor installed at the Orcas Senior Center. Any number less than 50 is considered to be generally safe. Click on the “Purple Air Map” text at the bottom to get even more information from the sensor and to see readings in other locations.

For public health guidance from San Juan County Health & Human Services for PM2.5 concentrations, go here.

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