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CONCRETE — The East County Resource Center that serves the town of Concrete and surrounding areas is seeing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has changed some of its operations in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.

Chinook Enterprises and Eddyline Kayaks have answered the call to switch from manufacturing their usual products to making personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses across the country have temporarily shut their doors amid the economic freefall from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most are eligible to apply for relief measures such as emergency loans to help cover things like payroll, debt and rent. But the path to apply for relief is proving to be long and complicated.

MOUNT VERNON — Shelter Bay resident Carolyn Patterson is pleased that veterinary clinics have been deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will offer residents a one-month extension on their use and occupancy tax payments, giving short-term relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weekly unemployment claims in Skagit County surged the final two weeks of March, almost in lockstep with the shutdown of restaurants and bars, the closure of nonessential businesses, and other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

MOUNT VERNON — Despite there being no students in schools statewide, the food service workers at the Mount Vernon School District’s Cascade Commons — which serves Mount Baker Middle School and Little Mountain Elementary School — are as busy as ever.

More than 2,000 tulip bouquets have been donated to area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, fire departments, hospitals and others in the community, through Tulip Town’s “Colors for Courage” campaign.

MOUNT VERNON — While Skagit Regional Health is expecting to suffer significant financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, administrators for the health care provider say there are no plans for layoffs.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an early end to an annual program hosted by the state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group at area schools.

March 10 was the day Skagit County confirmed its first COVID-19 case. It was also the day a singing group would meet and soon become what health officials call a “cluster” of disease.

Marathon Petroleum donated 28,600 N95 masks Friday to Skagit County, bolstering the county’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a time when nonprofits are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skagit Community Foundation has created a fund specifically to support them.

The Sedro-Woolley School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County have partnered to provide child care for children whose parents work in fields deemed essential during the state’s “stay home, stay healthy” order meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) has released an updated COVID-19 resources guide to help businesses and workers cope with forced closures, layoffs, canceled events, illnesses and more.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of a half-marathon in Lake Stevens, Grace Visker wondered how she was going to meet her goal of running a half-marathon every month.

Tulip Town will not open as planned Friday for driving tours of its tulips fields as it follows Gov. Jay Inslee’s two-week “stay home, stay heathy” order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The state Department of Commerce granted Skagit County about $77,000 in emergency relief funding Thursday as part of a $1.8 million package for rural counties.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The Sedro-Woolley City Council convened online only Wednesday, barring the public and nonessential staff from entering City Hall in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay safe” order.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — COVID-19 and Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order have had an effect on several of Sedro-Woolley’s bigger events.

Skagit County Public Health updated the community Tuesday on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts locally to fight it.

The city of Sedro-Woolley on Tuesday canceled its regularly scheduled City Council meeting and will instead hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday using an online program, GoToMeeting, due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home mandate.

With cases of COVID-19 predicted to double this week and possibly skyrocket over the next month, hospitals are gearing up for a multifaceted problem: A steep influx of patients, stressed staff with limited resources and a severe decline in revenue.

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Note: In the two days since this story was written, some state and federal recreational lands have closed. The state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the North Cascades National Park Service Complex closed such facilities as campgrounds, boat ramps, access roads and wildlife areas effec…

MOUNT VERNON — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with thousands of children out of school in Skagit County, the Skagit Valley Family YMCA is offering emergency child care services for the children of those whose jobs are deemed essential.

Note: In the two days since this story was written, some state and federal recreational lands have closed. The state Department of Fish & Wildlife and the North Cascades National Park Service Complex closed such facilities as campgrounds, boat ramps, access roads and wildlife areas effec…

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered non-essential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — On the first morning distributing food away from their facility, Helping Hands Solution Center staff served twice the number of clients as they do most Mondays.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered non-essential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain resources, the Guemes Island ferry will likely begin making fewer trips, according to a news release from Skagit County.

ANACORTES — One resident of Chandler’s Square Retirement Community has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second resident is being evaluated, according to a news release Sunday from the Anacortes Mayor’s Office.

MOUNT VERNON — As brick-and-mortar shops see declining foot traffic and some close their doors in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, some are turning to online sales to help stay afloat.

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Some local public officials are increasingly concerned about whether the state is moving fast enough or the public is taking seriously the advice to reduce their normal activities and stay home when possible.

Skagit County received $526,000 in emergency grant funding Thursday from the state Department of Commerce to provide housing for vulnerable populations during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran of the Western District of Washington urged the public Friday to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address disaster@leo.gov.

MOUNT VERNON — A group of teens roamed the aisles Thursday of their local Safeway, looking for items such as bananas, honey roasted peanuts and the now-elusive toilet paper.

Many area businesses are adjusting schedules to limit people’s exposure to viruses, but there are plenty of opportunities to utilize the library systems in Skagit County to stay entertained while isolating.

Many support groups have postponed their meetings in lieu of the COVID-19 outbreak in the area.

Bean N Brew on 532 owner Shay Bennett carries a load of vanilla lattes to her car to deliver to Josephine Caring Community staff on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

A load of vanilla lattes waits to be delivered to Josephine Caring Community staff on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Bean N Brew on 532 employee Alycia Mills carries a load of vanilla lattes to deliver to Josephine Caring Community staff on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

To protect our valued customers and our staff at the Skagit Valley Herald, Anacortes American and Stanwood Camano News, we have closed our buildings to customer traffic for the time being. However, customer service needs for all three publications can be handled by email and by phone.

Helping Hands Solution Center, Skagit County's largest food bank, has suspended food distribution as center leadership considers how to serve its clients without risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 As the COVID-19 crisis progresses and we find more infected people in our community, Island Hospital is taking steps to be prepared to do all we can to care for our patients. Current patient-infection modeling predicts a surge in the number of serious COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases that will …

Island Hospital is temporarily shutting down most elective procedures and appointments and preparing for an increase in respiratory patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Businesses in Anacortes have been scrambling to figure out their next steps after Gov. Jay Inslee’s order Sunday closing restaurants, bars and entertainment/recreational facilities statewide until March 31 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID19.

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Thrive Community Fitness and the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center are both shut down for at least the next two weeks under Gov. Jay Inslee’s temporary shutdown on restaurants, bars and entertainment/recreational facilities announced Sunday.

Washington State Ferries is delaying the start of its international service to Sidney, B.C. because of concerns around COVID-19. At this time, service between Anacortes and B.C. is suspended until April 28. Please note that this does not affect domestic service. WSF will continue to make its…

As I write this, community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in Skagit County. We are all seeing breaking news on our TV screens, hearing it on the radio, on our phones and from our fellow community members. 

Skagit County received $526,000 in emergency grant funding Thursday from the state Department of Commerce to provide housing for vulnerable populations during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran of the Western District of Washington urged the public Friday to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address disaster@leo.gov.

MOUNT VERNON — A group of teens roamed the aisles Thursday of their local Safeway, looking for items such as bananas, honey roasted peanuts and the now-elusive toilet paper.

Many area businesses are adjusting schedules to limit people’s exposure to viruses, but there are plenty of opportunities to utilize the library systems in Skagit County to stay entertained while isolating.

Many support groups have postponed their meetings in lieu of the COVID-19 outbreak in the area.

Bean N Brew on 532 owner Shay Bennett carries a load of vanilla lattes to her car to deliver to Josephine Caring Community staff on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

A load of vanilla lattes waits to be delivered to Josephine Caring Community staff on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Bean N Brew on 532 employee Alycia Mills carries a load of vanilla lattes to deliver to Josephine Caring Community staff on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

To protect our valued customers and our staff at the Skagit Valley Herald, Anacortes American and Stanwood Camano News, we have closed our buildings to customer traffic for the time being. However, customer service needs for all three publications can be handled by email and by phone.

Helping Hands Solution Center, Skagit County's largest food bank, has suspended food distribution as center leadership considers how to serve its clients without risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 As the COVID-19 crisis progresses and we find more infected people in our community, Island Hospital is taking steps to be prepared to do all we can to care for our patients. Current patient-infection modeling predicts a surge in the number of serious COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases that will …

Island Hospital is temporarily shutting down most elective procedures and appointments and preparing for an increase in respiratory patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Businesses in Anacortes have been scrambling to figure out their next steps after Gov. Jay Inslee’s order Sunday closing restaurants, bars and entertainment/recreational facilities statewide until March 31 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID19.

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Thrive Community Fitness and the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center are both shut down for at least the next two weeks under Gov. Jay Inslee’s temporary shutdown on restaurants, bars and entertainment/recreational facilities announced Sunday.

Washington State Ferries is delaying the start of its international service to Sidney, B.C. because of concerns around COVID-19. At this time, service between Anacortes and B.C. is suspended until April 28. Please note that this does not affect domestic service. WSF will continue to make its…

As I write this, community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in Skagit County. We are all seeing breaking news on our TV screens, hearing it on the radio, on our phones and from our fellow community members. 

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