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Skagit County Press Releases 2022

The latest news from Skagit County government.

Press release archives:

September 16, 2022
Sue Krienen and Flora Perez-Lucatero honored with Skagit Change Maker Award
For their significant contributions to the Skagit community and their action-oriented, boundary-crossing, solution-focused community work and “do it now” ethic.

September 14, 2022
Skagit County Preparing for Possible Temporary Solid Waste Facility Closures
Due to the looming possibility of a railroad strike.

September 9, 2022
The Intersection of Farm To Market Road at Josh Wilson Road is Now Open To Traffic
While the project is largely complete, the contractor will be performing some minor finish work over the next few weeks.

September 9, 2022
Wildfire smoke prompts air quality burn ban in Whatcom, Skagit, Island counties
Outdoor burning prohibited until further notice

September 7, 2022
Skagit County Permanently Protects 190th Farmland Property—Bringing Total to More than 14,000 Acres Protected
57 Acres of Prime Farmland Added to County Farmland Preservation Program

August 31, 2022
Skagit County Public Health expands vaccine services for children and adolescents
Skagit County Public Health is excited to offer routine childhood and adolescent vaccinations beginning on September 14, 2022.

August 30, 2022
Skagit County Public Health partners with Bright by Text to deliver free, timely tips, and local information to parents and caregivers by text message
In partnership with Help Me Grow Skagit

August 24, 2022
Skagit County Expands Access to Behavioral Health Treatment at North Sound Evaluation & Treatment Center
Operations of the facility are set to begin September 1, 2022.

August 16, 2022
County Transfer Site to Fully Reopen to Public
The Skagit County Transfer & Recycling Station on Ovenell Road will reopen to all customers tomorrow morning, August 17, 2022, at 8:30AM 

August 4, 2022
Skagit County Transfer Station Closure Notice
The Skagit County Transfer & Recycling Station at 14104 Ovenell Road will close to garbage drop-off by self-haulers on Friday, August 12, with plans to reopen to self-haulers on Monday, August 15, 2022.

August 4, 2022
August Proclaimed Breastfeeding Month in Skagit County
Breastfeeding has many known health benefits for infants, children, and birthing parents and is a key strategy to improve public health.

August 2, 2022
Now Seeking Nominations for the 2022 Skagit Change Maker Award
Inspired by Terry Belcoe’s action-oriented, boundary-crossing, solution-focused community work.

July 26, 2022
Skagit County North Star Project Call to Action Signed by Local Elected Officials
A multi-phased whole-of government effort to address behavioral health and homelessness in Skagit County

July 26, 2022
Very Warm Weather Expected This Week in Skagit County
This morning, July 25, the National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory indicating that a prolonged period of hot weather is expected across Western Washington

July 18, 2022
Skagit County Adopts Moratorium Prohibiting Offsite Compensatory Mitigation Projects on Local Farmland County Commissioners Move to Protect Agricultural Land Base and Economy
The Board anticipates adopting a permanent ordinance after hearing from the public and interested stakeholders.

July 12, 2022
Skagit County Burn Ban Takes Effect July 16, 2022
Residential and Land Clearing Fires Banned

June 29, 2022
Health Department issues Recreational Shellfish Harvest Closure for northern beaches in Skagit County
A shellfish sample from Samish Bay this week had dangerous levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) toxin.

June 27, 2022
Guemes Island Public Open House Scheduled for July 28
Skagit County will be hosting a Guemes Island Public Open House on Thursday, July 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

June 24, 2022
Skagit County Heat Advisory in Effect Through Monday, June 27
The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory for Skagit County and the surrounding region from 12:00 PM (noon) on Saturday, June 25 through Monday, June 27 at 11:00 PM.

June 23, 2022
Skagit County Coronavirus Rental Assistance Program to Close to Most Applicants Beginning June 28
Beginning June 28, Skagit County will prioritize its remaining Coronavirus rental assistance funds to assist households that are imminently at risk of an eviction.

June 22, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Beginning in July, Skagit County Public Health will be providing these COVID-19 updates bi-monthly, as opposed to weekly. Frequency may be adjusted at a later date.

June 21, 2022
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 Months and Older Now Available
Parents and caregivers can now get their children 6 months and older vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to better protect them from COVID-19.

June 17, 2022
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 Months to 4 Years to Be Available Soon
Today, the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months of age and older.

June 15, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has decreased by 4 percent since last week and our 7-day hospitalization rate has remained unchanged since last week at 11.5 per 100k.

June 14, 2022
Avian Influenza Detected in Skagit County
The Washington State Department of Health has confirmed that a red-tailed hawk collected from Skagit County on May 11, 2022, has tested positive for HPAI H5N1, a strain of avian influenza.

June 14, 2022
WSDOT to Begin Nighttime Construction on July 1 in Parts of East County
Construction is scheduled to take place at night between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

June 10, 2022
Rain Forecast Downgraded to Below Flood Levels
No flood watch or warning is anticipated at this time.

June 9, 2022
Potential Flooding in Skagit County; Be Prepared. Stay Connected.
At this time, no flood warning has been issued.

June 8, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 3 percent since last week and our 7-day hospitalization rate has increased by 15 percent.

June 8, 2022
Skagit County Seeking Feedback on Draft Strategic Plan Beginning June 8
All Public Comments must be submitted by close of business on June 15, 2022.

June 8, 2022
Pressentin County Park Ribbon Cutting Celebration Scheduled for June 10
The Skagit County Commissioners will host a ribbon cutting celebration at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Pressentin County Park in Marblemount.

June 6, 2022
Summer Slow Downs Expected Due to WSDOT Road Construction on HWY 20
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is set to begin emergency repairs along Highway 20 east of Sedro-Woolley this month...

June 2, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has decreased by 8 percent since last week and our 7-day hospitalization rate has increased by 61 percent.

May 25, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 13 percent since last week and our 7-day hospitalization rate has increased by 63 percent.

May 18, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 1 percent since last week.

May 18, 2022
Annual Call for Applications for the County Planning Commission
More information about the Planning Commission is available at www.skagitcounty.net/planningcommission.

May 16, 2022
Skagit County Strategic Plan Meeting Scheduled for May 26
The public is invited to attend the community meeting and provide thoughts on the five key strategies outlined in the plan.

May 13, 2022
Skagit County Public Health Publishes 2021 COVID-19 Summary Report
The report focuses specifically on Skagit County Public Health’s role in the ongoing pandemic during 2021.

May 11, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
It appears that cases may be stabilizing after an uptick in mid-April.

May 10, 2022
New Solid Waste rates in effect starting June 1
Under the approved rate structure, per-ton rates rise incrementally each year, ending in 2023.

May 5, 2022
Farmers Market Vouchers Available Beginning June 1 for Eligible Seniors
Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Skagit County Senior Nutrition Program will have a limited number of Farmers Market Vouchers available for Skagit County seniors...

May 4, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County has moved to a “Substantial” disease transmission level, up from “Moderate” last week.

May 3, 2022
May 6th Proclaimed Child Care Professional Appreciation Day
On Tuesday, May 3, Skagit County Commissioners signed a proclamation officially recognizing May 6, 2022, as Child Care Professional Appreciation Day.

May 3, 2022
Skagit Shellfish Harvesting: A Seasonal Reminder from Skagit County Public Health
The Department of Health has updated the Shellfish Safety Map to reflect the seasonal Vibrio Bacteria Advisory for recreational shellfish harvesting in Samish Bay from May 1- September 30, 2022.

May 2, 2022
Skagit County seeking input on draft Stormwater Management Program Plan
Today, Skagit County opened its draft 2022 Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) Plan for public comment.

April 27, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County remains at a “Moderate” disease transmission level.

April 26, 2022
Skagit County Launches North Star Project to Address Behavioral Health and Homelessness
Skagit County has recently launched the North Star Project, a multi-phased whole-of-government effort to address behavioral health and homelessness challenges in our community.

April 25, 2022
Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is taking place this Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations across Skagit County.

April 21, 2022
Bow Hill Road Open to Traffic
Bow Hill Road between Darrk Lane and Old Highway 99 North now open to traffic as of April 21, 2022.

April 20, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has decreased by 3 percent since last week, and our 7-day hospitalization rate has decreased by 25 percent.

April 19, 2022
Farm to Market and Josh Wilson Road Intersection Construction to Begin First Week of May
Skagit County will close the intersection at Farm To Market & Josh Wilson Roads to traffic beginning the week of May 2nd, weather permitting.

April 13, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 24 percent since last week, and our 7-day hospitalization rate has increased by 35 percent.

April 6, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increase by 10 percent since last week.

April 6, 2022
Family Resource Center connecting parents & caregivers to critical resources
Skagit County’s Help Me Grow – Family Resource Center is busier than ever providing reliable information, referrals to services, and application assistance for public programs to local parents and caregivers.

March 25, 2022
2022 COVID Recovery Plan released by the Population Health Trust: A call to action to improve community health
The Population Health Trust (“Trust”), Skagit County’s Community Advisory Board to the Board of Health, has just released its 2022 COVID Recovery Plan.

March 23, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has decreased by 32 percent since last week; our 7-day hospitalization rate did not change.

March 18, 2022
Public Health to host a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 26
Skagit County Public Health will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

March 16, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 14-day case rate has decreased by 27 percent since last week, and our hospitalization rate has decreased by 24 percent.

March 11, 2022
State Transportation Package passes; Guemes Ferry Replacement Project fully funded
The Washington State Legislature has finalized the Move Ahead WA Transportation Package

March 10, 2022
Skagit County Commissioners thank Rep. Debra Lekanoff for culvert funding in State Capital Budget
The Washington State Legislature finalized SB 5651

March 9, 2022
Public Health COVID Testing Site to Open at Cascade Mall on March 14
Skagit County Public Health will be opening a COVID-19 testing site at Cascade Mall, located at 150 Cascade Mall Drive in Burlington.

March 9, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 14-day case rate has decreased by 31 percent since last week, and our hospitalization rate has decreased by 58 percent.

March 2, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 14-day case rate has decreased by 44 percent since last week, and our hospitalization rate has decreased by 17 percent.

March 1, 2022
Fairgrounds COVID-19 Testing Site Relocating After March 4
The Skagit County Fairgrounds COVID-19 Testing Site will be relocating after Friday, March 4, 2022, with a new location scheduled to open in mid-March.

February 28, 2022
Flood forecast downgraded; minimal adverse impacts expected
This afternoon, the National Weather Service and Northwest River Forecast Center downgraded tomorrow’s predicted flood crest.

February 28, 2022
Flood watch issued, crest expected at around 29 feet
National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Wednesday, March 2, for Skagit County.

February 25, 2022
Public Health to Change Vaccination Clinic Operating Schedule
Beginning the week of March 7, Skagit County Public Health will be changing its COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic’s operating schedule to Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

February 23, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County’s 14-day case rate has decreased by 44 percent since last week, and our hospitalization rate has decreased by 21 percent.

February 17, 2022
Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate Lifting on March 21
Includes indoor locations such as restaurants, grocery stores, malls, and public-facing offices, as well as K-12 schools and childcare locations throughout the state.

February 16, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
To help folks better understand our local data and to highlight key indicators that best represent our current risk status, we are changing the way that we provide our data updates each week.

February 9, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit County is continuing to see a decline in new cases, though our hospitalization rates are still quite high.

February 3, 2022
Testing Hours to Change at the Skagit Fairgrounds
Beginning Monday, February 7, the hours of operation at the Skagit County Fairgrounds COVID-19 Testing Site will be changing to 12pm - 4pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

February 2, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit has a total of 20,355 cases, which increased by 1,238 since last Wednesday.

January 26, 2022
FEMA Amends Disaster Declaration
Flood assistance now available for those impacted by flooding between November 5 and December 2, 2021

January 26, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit has a total of 19,009 cases, which increased by 1,488 since last Wednesday.

January 24, 2022
COVID-19 Vaccination Services Expanding at the Skagit County Public Health Office
Beginning Monday, January 31, COVID-19 vaccination services will be expanding at the Skagit County Public Health vaccination clinic.

January 21, 2022
Free COVID-19 At-home Test Kits Now Available Online
Today, the Washington State Department of Health launched an online ordering portal for free COVID-19 test kits in partnership with the Say Yes COVID Test Program.

January 19, 2022
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opens Disaster Recovery Center in Sedro-Woolley in response to November 13-15, 2021 flood events
Located at the old Sedro-Woolley Library, 802 Ball Street, Sedro-Woolley.

January 19, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit has a total of 17,521 cases, which increased by 1,597 since last Wednesday.

January 18, 2022
Extended Testing Hours at the Fairgrounds Beginning Today
Skagit County Public Health is pleased to announce that beginning today—Tuesday, January 18—hours of operation for COVID-19 testing at the Skagit County Fairgrounds will be extended!

January 13, 2022
Joint Statement on Local Healthcare Capacity & COVID-19 Transmission Rates
Skagit Health Officer Dr. Leibrand and all three Skagit Hospitals recomend that people postpone all large indoor gatherings, regardless of the vaccination status of those gathering.

January 13, 2022
Fairgrounds Testing & Vaccination Site to Close Until January 18
Due to staffing shortages. Testing demands are still far exceeding availability at this time.

January 12, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit has a total of 15,924 cases, which increased by 1,402 since our update last Wednesday. This is more than double what we saw last week when we reported 635 new cases.

January 6, 2022
NOTICE: Individuals impacted by November Flood events can now apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance (FEMA)| En Español
Individuals impacted by the November 13-15, 2021 flooding events can go to disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply. 1-800-462-7585 is also available for those who need TTY assistance.

January 5, 2022
Skagit County Fairgrounds to Reopen Testing Services on Thursday, January 6
The Fairgrounds will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, January 6 from 3pm-7pm for testing services only. Vaccination services will resume on Monday, January 10, 2022. The Fairgrounds is located at 501 Taylor Street in Mount Vernon.

January 5, 2022
Skagit County COVID-19 Updates
Skagit has reported a total of 14,522 COVID-19 cases, which increased by 702 since our update last Wednesday.

January 3, 2022
Public Health encourages Skagitonians to use the State Data Dashboard for COVID-19 data tracking in new year
Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, Skagit County Public Health will no longer be updating ongoing COVID-19 case, hospitalization, death, and demographic data on its website.