Coronavirus

CONCRETE — The East County Resource Center that serves the town of Concrete and surrounding areas is seeing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has changed some of its operations in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.

Chinook Enterprises and Eddyline Kayaks have answered the call to switch from manufacturing their usual products to making personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses across the country have temporarily shut their doors amid the economic freefall from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most are eligible to apply for relief measures such as emergency loans to help cover things like payroll, debt and rent. But the path to apply for relief is proving to be long and complicated.

MOUNT VERNON — Shelter Bay resident Carolyn Patterson is pleased that veterinary clinics have been deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will offer residents a one-month extension on their use and occupancy tax payments, giving short-term relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weekly unemployment claims in Skagit County surged the final two weeks of March, almost in lockstep with the shutdown of restaurants and bars, the closure of nonessential businesses, and other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

MOUNT VERNON — Despite there being no students in schools statewide, the food service workers at the Mount Vernon School District’s Cascade Commons — which serves Mount Baker Middle School and Little Mountain Elementary School — are as busy as ever.

More than 2,000 tulip bouquets have been donated to area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, fire departments, hospitals and others in the community, through Tulip Town’s “Colors for Courage” campaign.

MOUNT VERNON — While Skagit Regional Health is expecting to suffer significant financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators for the health care provider say there are no plans for layoffs.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an early end to an annual program hosted by the state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group at area schools.

March 10 was the day Skagit County confirmed its first COVID-19 case. It was also the day a singing group would meet and soon become what health officials call a “cluster” of disease.

Marathon Petroleum donated 28,600 N95 masks Friday to Skagit County, bolstering the county’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a time when nonprofits are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skagit Community Foundation has created a fund specifically to support them.

The Sedro-Woolley School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County have partnered to provide child care for children whose parents work in fields deemed essential during the state’s “stay home, stay healthy” order meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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