Coronavirus

Skagit County Public Health reported only 206 new cases of COVID-19 for the seven-day period running Nov. 21 to Nov. 27, though the week included only three reporting days instead of five because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

With federal approval having been given Thursday for booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, the county-run vaccination and testing site at the Skagit County Fairgrounds is preparing to administer the shots starting Monday.

COVID-19 continues to inflict pain and death in Skagit County.As of Monday, Skagit recorded its third-highest number of cases in a month, its second-highest number of deaths in a month, and its highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic reached here in March 2020.Eleven people hav…

Skagit County Public Health administered 226 COVID-19 tests and 34 doses of the vaccine Monday on the first day of the newly reopened testing and vaccination site at the Skagit County Fairgrounds.

MOUNT VERNON — Firefighters, a school district employee and an elected official were among those who took the stage Thursday afternoon at a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates recently announced by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Two cases of a new, highly-contagious variant of COVID-19 have been identified in Skagit County, Skagit County Public Health said in a news release Thursday.

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Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen recieved the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from Skagit County Public Health, shortly after the pause was lifted.

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Island Hospital and Skagit County Public Health report lighter demand for COVID-19 vaccine in the past week, but expect that will change on March 31, when more people become eligible under state guidelines.

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Island Hospital received 800 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second week in a row the hospital received an allotment after four weeks without any.“We’re very thankful to all those who have advocated for us,” Charles Hall, Island Hospital CEO, told the American on Monday.…

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One year after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Skagit County, prompting safety measures never before seen, vaccines are arriving, albeit slowly, showing a glimpse of hope toward easing the pandemic’s hold on the world.

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Continuing to wear a mask in public, avoiding gatherings and getting the vaccine is the most effective means of preventing spread of COVID-19.

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Island Hospital was denied any first doses of vaccine for the fourth week in a row, even as Skagit County Public Health received 600 first doses and Skagit Regional Health received a combination of 2,340 first and second doses in allotments from the state.

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The state has again skipped Skagit County, Island Hospital and Skagit Regional Health in its allotment of COVID-19 first-dose vaccine this week, making it two straight weeks that requests have gone unfilled. All three did receive a second dose supply to ensure those got the first will get th…

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Vaccine supply remains the largest hurdle in getting needles in arms. Last week, Snohomish County received about 15,000 doses — 9,000 for first shots and 6,000 for second ones. However, the county’s 93 vaccine providers are capable of administering more than 50,000 doses a week.

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Island Hospital and Skagit County Public Health report lighter demand for COVID-19 vaccine in the past week, but expect that will change on March 31, when more people become eligible under state guidelines.

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Island Hospital received 800 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second week in a row the hospital received an allotment after four weeks without any.“We’re very thankful to all those who have advocated for us,” Charles Hall, Island Hospital CEO, told the American on Monday.…