A sign informs incoming shoppers at Costco in Burlington about the state mask mandate.

With the state COVID-19 indoor mask mandate ending Saturday, Skagit County residents are ready to throw off this symbol of the pandemic.

Though masks will no longer be required in schools, grocery stores or in gatherings with friends, county Health Officer Howard Leibrand said masks should still be a tool for protection in potentially risky situations.

— Reporter Brandon Stone:, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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