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September 15, 2021

COVID-19 Updates from Skagit County

Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccination Data

Skagit has a total of 8,528 total cases; an increase of 393 new cases since last Wednesday; Hospitalizations are at 501 total (increased by 23 since Wednesday), and 92 deaths (increased by 4).

Skagit currently has a case rate of 545.8 per 100k over the last 14 days and a hospitalization rate of 16.1 COVID patients per 100k over the last seven days (the highest rate to date).

The recent surge in COVID-19 patients is stretching thin hospital resources from beds to staff and putting local and regional health care systems in a precarious position. To learn more about our local hospitals’ current capacity, read the following article: https://bit.ly/3EjleBt.

Skagit County reaches over 70 percent partially vaccinated

A total of 165,694 vaccine doses have been administered in Skagit County so far. We are finally at over 70% of all Skagitonians 12 years and older partially vaccinated against COVID-19. Between September 1 and September 11, we saw 1,362 more Skagitonians get their first dose of vaccine.

Testing & Vaccination Options in Skagit County

Skagit County is once again operating a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. Both testing and vaccination is available to the public free of cost.

Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
South Gate Entrance of the Fairgrounds: 501 Taylor St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
No insurance or appointment required!

Antigen testing is also now limited to those 5+ who are symptomatic or have been recently exposed to COVID-19. This is due to a nationally supply chain issue.
    For a list of other testing providers, go to our website at www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus.
  • First and second doses of vaccine are available to people 12 years and older; 3rd doses are available to certain immunocompromised individuals. At this time, people who live, work, or go to school in Skagit County are being prioritized at this site.
      For a list of other vaccine providers, please go to: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/

    Mental Health During COVID-19

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and this year, it is more important than ever to talk openly and candidly about mental health.

    Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

    If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.

    If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255). Uncomfortable talking on the phone? No problem. You can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

    Some other resources:

  • Crisis line 24-hour hotline: 800-584-3578 (Island, Skagit, Snohomish & Whatcom Counties)
  • Veteran Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 press 1, text 838255, or chat online
  • LGBTQ+ Suicide Hotline (Trevor Project): 866-488-7386 or Text START to 678-678
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • For more information, go to: https://www.nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/suicide-prevention-awareness-month.

    Extended public comment period – Local Sales & Use Tax

    The Skagit County Board of Commissioners has chosen to extend public comment on the Proposed Ordinance Relating to Local Sales & Use Tax Authorized Under State House Bill 1590 until September 30, 2021. The public hearing will take place virtually on September 30, 2021 from 3:30 – 4:40 p.m. Individuals can access the meeting and participate using the link below:

    Or to call in: 1-253-215-8782
    Meeting ID: 871 8000 1980
    Passcode: 143573

    Needing more data?

    Our historic case, hospitalization, and death counts can be found listed on our webpage here: https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/HealthDiseases/coronavirusDATA.htm. For case and hospital rates, please go to: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard.