Coronavirus

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) has released an updated COVID-19 resources guide to help businesses and workers cope with forced closures, layoffs, canceled events, illnesses and more.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of a half-marathon in Lake Stevens, Grace Visker wondered how she was going to meet her goal of running a half-marathon every month.

Tulip Town will not open as planned Friday for driving tours of its tulips fields as it follows Gov. Jay Inslee’s two-week “stay home, stay heathy” order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The state Department of Commerce granted Skagit County about $77,000 in emergency relief funding Thursday as part of a $1.8 million package for rural counties.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The Sedro-Woolley City Council convened online only Wednesday, barring the public and nonessential staff from entering City Hall in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay safe” order.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — COVID-19 and Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order have had an effect on several of Sedro-Woolley’s bigger events.

Skagit County Public Health updated the community Tuesday on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts locally to fight it.

The city of Sedro-Woolley on Tuesday canceled its regularly scheduled City Council meeting and will instead hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday using an online program, GoToMeeting, due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home mandate.

With cases of COVID-19 predicted to double this week and possibly skyrocket over the next month, hospitals are gearing up for a multifaceted problem: A steep influx of patients, stressed staff with limited resources and a severe decline in revenue.

Note: In the two days since this story was written, some state and federal recreational lands have closed. The state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the North Cascades National Park Service Complex closed such facilities as campgrounds, boat ramps, access roads and wildlife areas effec…

MOUNT VERNON — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with thousands of children out of school in Skagit County, the Skagit Valley Family YMCA is offering emergency child care services for the children of those whose jobs are deemed essential.

Note: In the two days since this story was written, some state and federal recreational lands have closed. The state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the North Cascades National Park Service Complex closed such facilities as campgrounds, boat ramps, access roads and wildlife areas effec…

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — On the first morning distributing food away from their facility, Helping Hands Solution Center staff served twice the number of clients as they do most Mondays.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered non-essential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain resources, the Guemes Island ferry will likely begin making fewer trips, according to a news release from Skagit County.

ANACORTES — One resident of Chandler’s Square Retirement Community has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second resident is being evaluated, according to a news release Sunday from the Anacortes Mayor’s Office.

MOUNT VERNON — As brick-and-mortar shops see declining foot traffic and some close their doors in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, some are turning to online sales to help stay afloat.

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