May 18, 2022
COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County
Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data
Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 1 percent since last week. Our 7-day hospitalization rate has remained at 3.8. For the 5th week in a row, no new COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Skagit County. Our County remains at a “High” disease transmission level, a trend we’re seeing across most counties on the Western side of the state.
This week, Skagit County finally surpassed 70 percent fully vaccinated amongst our eligible residents age 5 years and older!
On Tuesday, the FDA expanded eligible for the Pfizer vaccine booster to children 5 through 11 years of age. A single booster dose may be administered to this population at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer vaccine.
Please note: Before these boosters can be made available in Washington State, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must first weigh in, as well as the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. It is anticipated that a decision will be made by early to mid-next week.
For the full announcement: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-expands-eligibility-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-booster-dose
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 medications are now available through your doctor, local pharmacies, and health clinics. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and test positive, do not wait to get treated. Early intervention with COVID-19 therapeutics can reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization for people with COVID-19 who are at high risk of developing more serious illness.
If you think you might qualify, please speak to your healthcare provider first and get a referral and/or prescription for treatment.
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 are now available at Public Health’s Testing Site at Cascade Mall, as well as 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.