Skagit County Public Health administered 226 COVID-19 tests and 34 doses of the vaccine Monday on the first day of the newly reopened testing and vaccination site at the Skagit County Fairgrounds.

MOUNT VERNON — Firefighters, a school district employee and an elected official were among those who took the stage Thursday afternoon at a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates recently announced by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Two cases of a new, highly-contagious variant of COVID-19 have been identified in Skagit County, Skagit County Public Health said in a news release Thursday.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is on track to fully reopen its economy by June 30, and a full reopening could happen even sooner if 70% or more of residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine by then, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.

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