Coronavirus

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.

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. 

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.

With the rate of new COVID-19 cases increasing in the county, two Skagit County public school districts have pulled back on plans for in-person learning.

The Stanwood-Camano School District is continuing to pause efforts to bring back more students into buildings until multiple weeks of decreasing infection rates are recorded in both Island and Snohomish counties, according to a statement Wednesday evening from the district.  

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Skagit County has continued to climb, furthering a spike observed in early October.

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.

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.

After beginning the school year in a mostly online fashion, two Skagit County school districts announced Tuesday they intend to shift to a hybrid model, bringing back their youngest students to campuses.

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.

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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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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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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.

  • 0

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. 

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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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