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March 2, 2022

COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County

Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data

Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data
Skagit County’s 14-day case rate has decreased by 44 percent since last week, and our hospitalization rate has decreased by 17 percent. Our county has seen 4 new COVID-related deaths this week.

This week, Skagit County moved from ‘High’ to ‘Substantial’ for our transmission levels.

Please note: This graphic uses the CDC COVID-19 transmission level maps, found here: https://bit.ly/3C6sWhF. This map only looks at the new COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 persons over the past 7 days.

Another new tool, the CDC Community Levels by County map, is found here: https://bit.ly/3ICCoLV. This map was introduced last Friday and looks at the following metrics to arrive at the status by county:

  • New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 persons over the past 7 days
  • Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • Total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons over the past 7 days

Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate Lifting March 12th

Governor Inslee announced yesterday the statewide mask mandate will be lifted a bit earlier than previously stated. The mandate will now lift at midnight on Saturday, March 12th. At this time, masks will no longer be required in indoor locations such as restaurants, grocery stores, malls, public-facing offices, K-12 schools, and childcare locations throughout the state.

The lifting of the mask mandate will not include certain indoor settings considered to be at high-risk for disease spread including healthcare settings, long-term care facilities, and correctional facilities.

Following the lifting of the mandate, Washingtonians can continue to wear a mask if they so choose. This goes for businesses, as well, who will retain the right to choose stricter masking requirements if desired.

Please note that state policies do not change federal requirements, which still include masks on public transit.

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.
Beginning next week, the clinic will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Testing Site to Relocate After March 4th

The Skagit County Fairgrounds COVID-19 Testing Site will be relocating after Friday, March 4th, with a new location scheduled to open in mid-March. More information will be available on this relocation by next week.

Antigen Testing at the Fairgrounds

The Fairgrounds will be open this Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/HealthDiseases/coronavirusTESTsites.htm

At-home COVID-19 Testing

Free at-home test kits can now be ordered online through the following sites:

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 have tested positive for COVID-19, are symptomatic, or have been recently exposed, please refer to the CDC's Isolation and Quarantine Guidance found here: https://bit.ly/3JQLIwF.