Coronavirus Skagit

A staffing shortage caused by COVID-19 infections and exposures forced Skagit County Public Health on Thursday to temporarily shut down its COVID-19 testing and vaccination site at the county fairgrounds in Mount Vernon.

The site was not open Thursday and was to remain closed until at least Tuesday afternoon.

“Operating the site requires a minimum of 15 staff and volunteers each evening, including traffic personnel, administrative staff, and registered nurses,” Jennifer Johnson, director of county Public Health, said in a news release. “Without the necessary staffing, it just isn’t feasible to operate.”

The testing and vaccination site’s hours are 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

In addition to the regular schedule, next week Public Heath will also offer vaccinations and testing on Wednesday.

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