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April 13, 2022

COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County

Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data

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. No new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported since last week. At this time, Skagit County remains at a “Moderate” disease transmission level.

Cases and hospitalizations are once again on the rise both locally and in parts of our state, although this increase is not nearly as dramatic as what we experienced at the onset of Omicron. To put the data into perspective, at the height of the Omicron surge, we were seeing an average of 260 new cases reported weekly. At our low point in mid-March, we were seeing an average of 7.6 new cases per week. As of this week, 8.1 new cases have been reported.

Getting vaccinated (whether it’s your prime, booster, or 2nd booster) is the best way to prevent further increases in our community. And as always, stay home when you’re not feeling well and get tested if you suspect you’ve been exposed.

COVID-19 Vaccines at the Hunger & Wellness Resource Fair

Public Health will be at the Hunger & Wellness Resource Fair on Saturday, April 23 from 12pm-3pm, located at Skagit Valley College at 2405 E College Way in Mount Vernon.  

Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available to any individual five years of age and older; boosters for those 12 years and older. If possible, please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card if you’re getting a second dose or booster. Eligible individuals who get their first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose will get a free $25 Safeway gift card, provided by Molina Healthcare of Washington.

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. The clinic is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, go to www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine or call (360) 416-1500. Walk-ins are also available.

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.
For those who are homebound, please contact Public Health to schedule a home visit. Call (360) 416-1500 during regular business hours.

COVID-19 Testing Site at Cascade Mall

Free antigen COVID-19 testing is available at our Cascade Mall location at 150 Cascade Mall Drive in Burlington. Please come to the east side of the mall parking lot near the old Johnny Carino’s restaurant. Services are available on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 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 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.

COVID-19 Treatment Options

Thousands of doses of a potentially lifesaving COVID-19 drug are available in the state of Washington and could potentially benefit those at highest risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody treatment that can provide protection against COVID-19. Provided via injection, it can be given to adults and children 12 years and older before infection with COVID-19. At present, those eligible to receive Evusheld include people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised or have had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals interested in this treatment should talk to their health care provider to determine if they are eligible for Evusheld.
If they are, they can work with their providers to find a facility where they can receive the injection. 

People at high risk for severe disease from COVID-19 who are not eligible for Evusheld should ask their health care provider about other antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 that are available by prescription only and must be given within the first few days of COVID-19 symptoms to be effective.

Visit the Test to Treat locator or call  1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages.

More information on COVID-19 therapeutics can also be found at Washington State Department of Health’s website here.