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June 16, 2020

Safe Start, Stay Smart Updates From Skagit County

Public Health reported one new laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 today. Daily updates and total case counts are available at http://www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus. Case counts are updated at 4:30 p.m.

Increase in COVID-19 Cases
In Skagit County and around the state we are currently seeing an increase in the spread of COVID-19.

The uptick in cases reminds us how critically important social distancing, good hygiene and following the Safe Start- Reopening Washington guidelines continues to be. As a reminder:

  • When in public, stay six feet apart from anyone who is not part of your immediate household. Respect others’ boundaries.
  • Everyone who is medically able should wear a mask at all times in public and when visiting with friends and family from outside of their immediate household. This applies when outdoors as well.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands as frequently as possible, and avoid touching your face or mask with unclean hands.

These practices will continue to be important until a vaccine or treatment is developed for COVID-19. COVID-19 spreads asymptomatically, so even when you’re feeling well, it’s important that you follow these guidelines.

Finally, those who are high-risk should continue to stay home as much as possible and only leave home for essential trips. Please support your family and friends who are high risk in doing so.

We are all in this together, and as excited as we are to move forward in the Safe Start—Reopening Washington plan, we can’t forget that we can move backwards as well. Please, continue to follow the guidelines listed above and stay smart, stay safe and stay healthy.

Additional Resources

  • School is out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that your students need to go hungry. To find a summer meal site near you, visit https://www.nokidhungry.org/find-free-meals or text “food” or “comida” to 877-877. You can also contact the Child Nutrition Service Department at the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction at 360-725-6200 for further information.
  • Our Public Health team has put together some helpful flyers on “What to Do in Phase 2.” Please feel free to print them, and display at your business or home. You can find the English language version here, and the Spanish language version here
  • Skagit Health Connection has a new blog post: Recovering from Disasters. You can read it here.