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May 19, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Healthy Updates from Skagit County

Today, Public Health reported one new laboratory confirmed case. Daily updates and total case counts are available at http://www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus. Case counts are updated at 4 p.m.

Drive-through testing site updates  
In late April, we opened up our drive-through testing site to the public. Since then we have tested over two thousand people and helped numerous close contacts to quarantine or isolate. It has been a huge success, and a big step forward in our ability to control the devastation of this pandemic.

Further, last week we updated guidance. Anyone who feels they need to be tested can be tested.  Public Health strongly encourages you to get tested if you are:  

  • an essential worker
  • experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Anyone whose physician recommended they be tested
  • Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting
  • Pregnant 
  • a close contact or have known exposure to COVID-19

You also no longer need to make an appointment. The site is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (though we will be closed on May 25 in observance of Memorial Day). You can show up any time during open hours to be tested.

We ask that anyone who comes to get tested bring a photo I.D. and their insurance information, but you can still get tested without either. Just come prepared to provide your name, date of birth, address and phone number (a cell phone with texting capability preferred). If you don’t have insurance you can still get tested- someone at the registration tent will ask for your social security number so that your test can be reimbursed by the State. If you do not have a social security number, you can still get tested. There is no cost to get tested if you do not have insurance.  

Skagit County is also looking for volunteers to help staff the drive-through testing site. Volunteers are needed to help with tasks such as directing traffic, registering people and helping with testing. Shifts are available Monday through Friday either all day (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), 8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. or 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Snacks, beverages and lunch are provided. If you’re interested, contact Tina Bobbitt with the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-415-1853 or tinab@co.skagit.wa.us.

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