Coronavirus

Skagit County’s drive-thru COVID-19 test site will reopen Thursday under limited hours, after being closed for nearly a week because of poor air quality.

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

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.

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.

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners gave approval Monday for $809,000 in grants to help local businesses and nonprofits survive as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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.

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.

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.

In response to rising cases of COVID-19 in Skagit County, Burlington will once again close several of its parks facilities, Mayor Steve Sexton announced in a July 16 letter.

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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Snohomish County isn’t ready yet to apply for Phase 3 of the state’s “Safe Start” reopening plan. In addition, health officials said they urge the 70 people who attended a party in Stanwood where one was positive with the coronavirus to get tested.

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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.

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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. 

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The state Department of Ecology is taking comment on emerging plans to clean up legacy contamination left beneath Sedro-Woolley’s Hammer Heritage Square from decades of underground petroleum storage including during operation as a gas station.

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

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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.

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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.

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Island County is officially in Phase 3 of the state’s COVID-19 Safe Start plan recovery plan. State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved Island County’s application Friday morning, three days after the county submitted its application. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Stanwood area businesses — including barbershops, retail shops and restaurants — could reopen as early as this week, according to a new coronavirus recovery plan Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday. 

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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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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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