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January 26, 2022

COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County

Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data

Skagit has a total of 19,009 cases, which increased by 1,488 since last Wednesday. This is nearly double what was reported last week between 1/12-1/19. Skagit reports 928 total hospitalizations, which increased by 35 this week, and 160 deaths, which increased by 1.

Our current case rate is 2,196.2 per 100k over the last 14 days, and our hospitalization rate is now 26.1 per 100k over the last seven days. We saw a record hospitalization rate earlier this week at 35.3.

In Skagit, 232,317 vaccine doses have been administered. We’re at 72.6% fully vaccinated amongst our population 12 years and older.

Data Dashboard Updates

All of the data above can be found by accessing the state’s Data Dashboard: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard. Please note that as of last Friday, the state Department of Health has made several changes to the dashboard. Data will now be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

For more information about the changes, please read their press release here: http://spr.ly/6185K19pF

Vaccine at the Public Health Office

Beginning Monday, January 31st, the Skagit County Fairgrounds Clinic will be reserved for COVID-19 antigen testing services. Instead, COVID-19 vaccination services will be expanding at the Skagit County Public Health vaccination clinic.

Services at the downtown location will now include COVID-19 prime and pediatric vaccinations, as well as booster doses. Those seeking a vaccine will need to make an appointment by going to www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine or by calling Public Health at (360) 416-1500.

The Public Health Vaccination Clinic will operate Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The clinic is located at 700 S 2nd Street in downtown Mount Vernon. Please enter through the 1st floor elevator lobby and come up to the 3rd floor to check in.

Available booster appointments this week include:

Available pediatric vaccine appointments this week include:

Available appointments at the Public Health office next week can be found below. Please note that these appointments are for prime, booster, or pediatric vaccinations.

For a full list of vaccination providers available in Skagit County, go to Vaccine Locator or call the Hotline at 1-800-525-0127.

Antigen Testing at the Fairgrounds

Antigen testing is available at the Skagit Fairgrounds every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm (or until supplies run out). Testing is provided for free and is available to anyone 5 years and older who lives, works, or goes to school in Skagit County. Individuals must be symptomatic or have had recent exposure to COVID-19 to qualify for service at the site.

For testing, please come to the South Gate entrance at 501 Taylor Street in Mount Vernon. The gates open at 11:30 am, with services starting at noon. Please expect long wait times. Please do not block public or private driveways and be mindful of pedestrians.

If you are able, please print and fill out the testing registration form in advance. This is a helpful way to streamline the testing process. The registration form can be found on our website by going to https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/HealthDiseases/coronavirusTESTsites.htm.

For a full list of other testing providers in the region, go to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/TestingforCOVID19/TestingLocations.

At-home COVID-19 Testing Options

Looking for a COVID test? You've got a few options. And while supplies are limited right now and demand is high, we encourage folks to use all the resources available to them.

  • To order 4 free at-home tests through the federal program: covidtests.gov. (Limit of one order per household)
  • CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK! To order 5 free at-home tests through the state program: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/. (Limit of one order per household)

For other testing options, go to our website at https://bit.ly/3ueMbAl or check out the blog: https://bit.ly/3Aj2osw.

If testing at home and you receive a positive test result, please call the state’s COVID-19 Hotline as soon as possible at 1–800–525–0127 or the Skagit County Public Health office at (360) 416-1500.

If you cannot get access to testing, please refer to the CDC's Isolation and Quarantine Guidance found here: https://bit.ly/3JQLIwF

  • IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS but do not need medical care and can't get a test, you might have COVID-19 and you should isolate for at least 5 days to keep from spreading the virus to others. Monitor your symptoms.
  • IF YOU WERE EXPOSED to someone with COVID-19 and need to quarantine and are unable to get a test 5 days after your last close contact, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have not had symptoms; wear a mask for 10 days after last contact.