The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Skagit County dropped slightly last week, but still remains high.
County Public Health reported 426 new cases for the seven-day period running Oct. 31 through Nov. 6.
Though it was the third consecutive Sunday-through-Saturday period with 400-plus cases — and the 13th consecutive with 300 or more — it was a drop from the previous two weeks.
Public Health reported 459 cases from Oct. 17-23 and 463 from Oct. 24-30.
The most recent 426 new cases include both positive PCR tests and positive antigen tests. Prior to Aug. 11, Public Health reported only positive PCR tests among its COVID-19 totals.
Among the new cases reported, 286 were from positive PCR tests and 140 from positive antigen tests.
The seven-day Sunday-through-Saturday period running Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 included five new deaths and 26 new hospitalizations.
Through Nov. 6, the county has had 115 COVID-19 deaths and 658 hospitalizations throughout the pandemic.