Coronavirus

Anacortesans will now be back to pumping iron and breaking a sweat in their local fitness centers – with stipulations. Thrive Community Fitness, Soar Fitness and the gym at Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center can now be partially open with Gov. Jay Inslee’s new COVID-19 safe reopening phase sy…

The Skagit County Board of Health canceled plans Thursday to consider civil penalties for violating county health orders, including those related to COVID-19, as the Public Health department shifts its focus to vaccinations.

ANACORTES — Northwest Educational Service District 189 is preparing to distribute thousands of items of personal protective equipment to local school districts.

Severe cases of COVID-19 are placing additional strain on Skagit County hospitals, but health care leaders say their facilities have the capacity to care for an even greater surge in patients.

A Washington State University survey has found that 30% of households in the state have experienced food insecurity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

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A Washington State University survey has found that 30% of households in the state have experienced food insecurity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

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MOUNT VERNON — Staff at Skagit County’s COVID-19 testing site ran tests on 250 people Wednesday, the first day since the site was moved to the Skagit County Fairgrounds. 

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With COVID-19 cases rising in counties throughout the state — including Skagit — state health officials urged the public Tuesday to follow health guidelines before COVID-19 deaths rise and hospitals are overwhelmed with patients.

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COVID-19 cases in Snohomish and Island counties — and much of the state — are on the upswing. However, cases in the Stanwood-Camano area have remained relatively low, according to county health data.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Friday. The positive test comes a month until the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus.

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Using federal CARES Act dollars, the state Department of Commerce developed an Economic Recovery Dashboard that provides data on employment, consumer behavior, food assistance and other economic indicators to track the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Skagit County’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will remain closed at least through Wednesday, amid continued concerns over poor air quality.

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BURLINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought plenty of changes — and more than enough challenges — to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, but the organization is continuing to place cats, dogs and other small animals to those who want a furry friend.

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Bowling alleys may reopen to league bowlers only and participants are required to wear face coverings and not share equipment, Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Thursday.

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A handful of Skagit County farms are offering U-pick berries this season with COVID-19 modifications in place, while others are not opening their fields to the public but are providing other ways to buy berries.

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The deadline is approaching for small businesses in Skagit County to apply for a COVID-19 relief program aimed at protecting jobs and supporting struggling companies.

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LA CONNER — Nine businesses in La Conner — including two restaurants, an art gallery, and multiple retail shops — have permanently closed or are closing, all but one citing COVID-19 as the reason for their closures.

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About 1,800 Skagit County businesses and nonprofits received federal loans to help them cover expenses and pay employees during the pandemic, with a majority of funds reaching smaller to medium-size businesses, according to data released by the Small Business Administration this month.

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BURLINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought plenty of changes — and more than enough challenges — to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, but the organization is continuing to place cats, dogs and other small animals to those who want a furry friend.

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Bowling alleys may reopen to league bowlers only and participants are required to wear face coverings and not share equipment, Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Thursday.

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A handful of Skagit County farms are offering U-pick berries this season with COVID-19 modifications in place, while others are not opening their fields to the public but are providing other ways to buy berries.

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The deadline is approaching for small businesses in Skagit County to apply for a COVID-19 relief program aimed at protecting jobs and supporting struggling companies.

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LA CONNER — Nine businesses in La Conner — including two restaurants, an art gallery, and multiple retail shops — have permanently closed or are closing, all but one citing COVID-19 as the reason for their closures.

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About 1,800 Skagit County businesses and nonprofits received federal loans to help them cover expenses and pay employees during the pandemic, with a majority of funds reaching smaller to medium-size businesses, according to data released by the Small Business Administration this month.