February 9, 2022
COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County
Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data
Skagit County is continuing to see a decline in new cases, though our hospitalization rates are still quite high.
Skagit has a total of 21,028 cases, which increased by 673 since last Wednesday. Skagit reports 1,022 total hospitalizations, which increased by 51 this week, and 174 deaths, which increased by 7.
Our current case rate is 2,280.6 per 100k over the last 14 days, and our hospitalization rate is now 32.2 per 100k over the last seven days.
Skagit County is now 74.7% partially vaccinated amongst residents 5+, and 68.1% fully vaccinated amongst this same group.
For more data like this, go to: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard
Other important data
Based on recent data from the state, we can see that those who are unvaccinated are still at an increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, even with the Omicron variant. From the state’s COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths by Vaccination Status Report:
Unvaccinated 12-34 year-olds are:
- 3 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 12-34 year-olds.
- 5 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 12-34 year-olds.
Unvaccinated 35-64 year-olds are:
- 4 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 35-64 year-olds.
- 7 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 35-64 year-olds.
Unvaccinated 65+ year-olds are:
- 5 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds.
- 8 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds.
- 9 times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated 65+ year-olds.
Vaccine at the Public Health Office
COVID-19 prime, pediatric, and booster vaccinations are available at the Public Health office in downtown Mount Vernon at 700 S 2nd Street. To make an appointment, go to www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine or call (360) 416-1500. Walk-ins are also available, though appointments are preferred.
Available appointments include:
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 hours at the Fairgrounds are now Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 4pm. Testing is free and 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 information about our site or for a full list of testing providers in Skagit County: https://inside.skagit.local/Departments/HealthDiseases/coronavirusTESTsites.htm
At-home COVID-19 Testing
The state’s Say Yes! COVID Test ordering portal has reopened. If you have not yet ordered your free kits through Say Yes, now is the time to do so! Go to https://sayyescovidhometest.org/ to order. Limited to one order per household.
If you have not yet ordered through the federal program, please go to www.covidtests.gov to place your order for 4 free at-home tests. Limited to one order per household.
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.