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Snohomish County isn’t moving onto Phase 3 anytime soon, local and state officials announced recently. And if new COVID-19 cases continue to increase, local health officials said it’s possible the county could drop back into Phase 1.

Skagit County has not controlled the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be eligible to advance to Phase 3 of the governor’s Safe Start plan.

OLYMPIA — Washington state will require people to wear facial coverings in public settings, under a statewide public health order announced by Gov. Jay Inslee in response to ongoing COVID-related health concerns.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers is offering free COVID-19 testing two days a week at its Mount Vernon medical clinic on LaVenture Road.

Libraries throughout Skagit County recently began offering curbside service after months of being unable to check out books, movies and other materials to patrons because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Class of 2020 has had to endure some of the most unprecedented obstacles imaginable, and yet, perseverance and persistence are finally being rewarded.

n The Anacortes City Council will meet by telephone at 6 p.m. Monday, June 22. Call 1-312-757-3121, access code 373-576-877.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all school districts are holding their school board meetings electronically. Therefore, all districts ask that public comment be delivered electronically or dropped off at district offices. For information, visit district websites.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are climbing again in Skagit County, causing county Public Health staff to express concern that moving to the next phase of reopening may be delayed.

Local food banks seeing more demand because of COVID-19 will receive more staples such as pasta, stews and soups thanks to a donation by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Island County had no active COVID-19 cases as of Friday, and officials planned to consider applying for Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Stanwood is offering businesses up to $10,000 in grant money to help them reopen.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — While first-quarter revenue for the city of Sedro-Woolley came in about normal despite the impacts of COVID-19 beginning in March, city staff and officials are projecting a possible $1.6 million loss by the end of 2020.

With Skagit County now in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan to reopen the economy, some local churches are planning to welcome worshipers back to in-person services.

MOUNT VERNON — Although schools remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many districts still have buses out on the roads to make sure students have food and schoolwork.

CONWAY — One after another they came down Dike Road on Thursday afternoon: fire engines with their horns whooping, tractors with green bodies and bright yellow wheels, trucks of nearly every size imaginable.

On Friday afternoon in Skagit County, restaurants hosted sit-down diners, barbers offered haircuts, and many retail stores opened to customers — all for the first time in more than two months.

Just hours after Skagit County was approved Friday to move to Phase 2 of the state's Safe Start plan to reopen the economy, county health officials urged residents to continue to exercise caution.

Stanwood area businesses — including barbershops, retail shops and restaurants — can reopen. On Friday morning, the state Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved Snohomish County's request to enter Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Skagit County was approved Friday morning to move into  Phase 2 of the state's Safe Start plan.

Skagit County leaders are planning to move the county to Phase 2 of the governor’s Safe Start plan Friday, with or without approval from the state.

Skagit County manufacturing company Ferris Robin is making a piece of equipment that will help the U.S. armed forces safely bring home service members who have contracted COVID-19.

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Because of newly issued guidelines sent out this weekend by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office and the state Department of Health, Skagit County had to re-apply Monday for approval to advance to Phase 2 of reopening.

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Skagit County’s unemployment rate soared to 19.1% in April — the third-highest in the state, according to new figures released by the state Employment Security Department this week.

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Skagit County residents have filed more than 20,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits since March, with job losses in the thousands in food service, retail, construction, manufacturing, and personal care and services, according to data from the state Employment Security Department (ESD).

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of most Memorial Day ceremonies, one cemetery plans to post a video of a small event being held to remember military veterans.

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The message on Friday to Gov. Jay Inslee was clear: Skagit County is more than ready to safely move to Phase 2 of reopening, and prolonging closures will cause additional harm to the county’s businesses and residents.

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A dramatic rise in the filing of fraudulent unemployment claims is hampering the state’s efforts to pay out benefits to an unprecedented number of Washingtonians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With more time on their hands because of the COVID-19 pandemic, three Mount Vernon housemates used the opportunity to grow a garden they hope does more than provide food and flowers. They hope it inspires others, too.

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A member of the lobbying firm that represents Skagit County told the county commissioners Friday to expect the COVID-19 pandemic to severely affect state spending, and require local governments to fight for every dollar they receive.

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Emergency rules adopted by the state Wednesday will require farms to implement physical distancing in temporary farmworker housing, increase sanitation and isolate workers who have COVID-19 or are suspected to have it.

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Funding for motel vouchers for the homeless to use during the COVID-19 pandemic has run out, forcing Skagit County officials to look for an alternative source.

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MOUNT VERNON — With summer approaching, Valley Shine co-owner Ben Lazowski knows which of his distillery’s spirits will be especially popular: limoncello, gin and — as usual — its signature bourbon.

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Small brick-and-mortar stores — from clothing retailers to shoe stores to yarn shops — were ordered six weeks ago to shut their doors, as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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With the sun shining and possibly because some restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted by Gov. Jay Inslee, many areas of Skagit County were busy with activity over the weekend.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the cancellation of more local events, including Burlington’s Berry Dairy Days, which had recently been moved from June to August.

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The pandemic caused a predictable drop-off in sales and home listings in April, but there were still plenty of buyers in Skagit County competing for a limited supply of homes, area real estate agents said this week.

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When Mount Vernon Christian School Superintendent Jeff Droog stood in his school’s empty parking lot recently, he was filled with emotions.

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A farm advocacy group has raised concerns that proposed state rules to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in temporary worker housing would negatively impact farmers’ ability to harvest their crops, yet labor unions contend the state is not doing enough to protect farmworkers whose work has been …

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MOUNT VERNON — With summer approaching, Valley Shine co-owner Ben Lazowski knows which of his distillery’s spirits will be especially popular: limoncello, gin and — as usual — its signature bourbon.

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Small brick-and-mortar stores — from clothing retailers to shoe stores to yarn shops — were ordered six weeks ago to shut their doors, as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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With the sun shining and possibly because some restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted by Gov. Jay Inslee, many areas of Skagit County were busy with activity over the weekend.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the cancellation of more local events, including Burlington’s Berry Dairy Days, which had recently been moved from June to August.

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The pandemic caused a predictable drop-off in sales and home listings in April, but there were still plenty of buyers in Skagit County competing for a limited supply of homes, area real estate agents said this week.

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When Mount Vernon Christian School Superintendent Jeff Droog stood in his school’s empty parking lot recently, he was filled with emotions.

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A farm advocacy group has raised concerns that proposed state rules to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in temporary worker housing would negatively impact farmers’ ability to harvest their crops, yet labor unions contend the state is not doing enough to protect farmworkers whose work has been …

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