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July 14, 2021

COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County

Case Counts in Skagit County

Skagit currently has a case rate of 46.8 per 100k over the last 14 days and a hospitalization rate of 1.5 COVID patients per 100k over the last seven days.

Vaccines in Skagit County

As of July 10th, 151,499 vaccine doses have been administered in Skagit County, and roughly 64% of all Skagitonians 12 years and older are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. This week Skagit County officially reached 50% of all Skagitonians fully vaccinated! That means that 1 out of every 2 people in our County are now fully protected.

If you’re looking for a vaccine provider near you, the best place to start is your local pharmacy! Nearly all chain and neighborhood pharmacies carry the COVID-19 vaccine at this point, and many accept walk-ups! For a full list, go to: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.

Upcoming Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics in Skagit County

Our pop-up vaccine clinics are available to anyone 12+ (when Pfizer available) or 18+ (when J&J available); no appointment needed! Visit our website for a full list: www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine.

Getting vaccinated is quick, easy, and convenient! Getting the vaccine takes 15-20 minutes tops, then folks can be on their way. Getting vaccinated is the best way to ensure you, your family, and friends are protected this summer.

Upcoming pop-up dates include:

  • TODAY! Wed, July 14: Skagit Transit Station, Downtown Mount Vernon from 5-9pm
  • Tues, July 20: Skagit Valley Softball Fields from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wed, July 21: Skagit Transit Station, Downtown Mount Vernon from 5-9pm
  • Wed, July 21: Skagit Valley Softball Fields from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Thur, July 22: Concrete Youth Activity Day from 3-5pm
  • Fri, July 23: Skagit Valley Softball Fields from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Sat, July 24: Clear Lake Fire Department from 10am-2pm
  • Sat, July 24: Gran Jaripeo Baile, Mount Vernon from 1-10:30pm

Thanks to a partnership with the North Sound ACH, Public Health is now offering $25 gift cards to all people accessing their first dose at Public Health pop-up clinics (while supplies last)!

Vibriosis Risk: Shellfish Safety Notice

Please be very careful when consuming shellfish right now! Recent extreme temperatures have made consuming raw shellfish extremely dangerous. Public Health is requesting that individuals do not consume raw or undercooked shellfish due to the high risk of Vibriosis from warm water temperatures.

When cooking shellfish, always be sure that it reaches at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. For more safety information about safely harvesting and consumer shellfish, visit our blog: https://skagitcounty.blog/2021/07/02/shellfish-harvesting-consumption-what-you-know-to-know/

Extreme Heat Preparedness

Speaking of extreme temperatures—please be sure to prepare yourself and your loved ones for future extreme heat events. Extreme heat impacts everyone’s health and well being. Some people in our communities are more vulnerable to the impacts of extreme heat than others, including:

  • Children, elderly people, economically disadvantaged groups, and people who live or work outside
  • Those with chronic health conditions like high blood pressure, respiratory disease, and diabetes.

Extreme heat events are already occurring more often than they used to. The good news is that we can prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths during heat waves if we take steps to adapt and prepare:

For some tips, go to: https://medium.com/wadepthealth/act-now-to-reduce-health-impacts-of-future-heat-waves-447c2591953.