Coronavirus Skagit

COVID-19 cases in Skagit County have fallen to the lowest rate in 13 weeks, while vaccination rates continue a slow, but steady, climb.

As of Wednesday, the county was reporting a case rate of 92 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period. Hospitalizations have fallen to 4.6 per 100,000 residents.

County spokesperson Laura Han said the increasing vaccination rates are contributing to this drop in cases, though ease of access continues to be a barrier to faster progress.

“Vaccines are definitely having an impact,” she said in an email.

According to state data posted Monday, 52.7% of county residents have been given at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or 63.6% of residents 16 and older.

Public Health has a number of mobile, walk-up clinics scheduled throughout the county each week through July, and Han said the department is scheduling more depending on community need.

On Saturday, staff are offering vaccines from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mount Baker Presbyterian Church in Concrete, and from 5 to 8 p.m. at a concert at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon.

More information on upcoming clinics is available at skagitcounty.net/coronavirus and facebook.com/SkagitPublicHealth.

Gov. Jay Inslee is set to remove COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and gatherings on June 30, with the goal of reaching 70% of residents 16 and older initiating vaccination. The statewide number as of Monday was 65%.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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