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July 15, 2021
Two confirmed cases of delta variant in Skagit County
Two COVID-19 cases attributed to the delta variant have been identified in Skagit County so far, though it can be assumed that the variant has spread more widely given that sequencing is not done on all tests.
The delta variant has been credited for dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country and globally due to its increased transmissibility (meaning it spreads more easily). As of June 19, the CDC estimated the delta variant accounted for more than 30% of COVID-19 cases in the US. Two weeks earlier, 10% of cases were attributed to the delta variant.
In Washington, the delta variant accounts for about 28% of sequenced cases – that’s up from about 12% the prior two-week period. Not all cases are sequenced in Washington, so that may not represent the actual statewide proportion of cases due to the delta variant.
“While Skagit County continues to see a downward trend in new COVID-19 cases, it is vital that people continue to use precautions,” said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director. “The detection of these COVID-19 variants in our state proves that this pandemic isn’t over just yet.”
New variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on health care resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths.
The good news is the COVID-19 vaccines are providing protection against the delta variant, particularly against severe illness leading to hospitalization and death. Some precautions to take to decrease the spread of the delta variant—and all currently known COVID-19 variants include:
If you are not yet vaccinated, it’s not too late! Visit your nearby pharmacy or medical clinic to get vaccinated against COVID-19; many locations now offer walk-up appointments! Public Health also provides mobile clinics around Skagit County to ensure convenience for people seeking vaccination. Pop-up dates can be found here.
Need assistance? Call our vaccine hotline at (360) 416-1500 or text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX) to find locations near you.
You can see the state Department of Health’s variant report, updated every Wednesday, here: https://bit.ly/3ehLzo7