News and Updates
What’s the Latest?
- Skagit County Public Health’s COVID-19 FAQ’s, Myths and Rumors: Answered, Public Health Video Series.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
- Stay up to date on the Governor’s Proclamations and direct news from the Governor’s Office
- Washington State’s COVID-19 Website.
- Washington State Department of Health
- Island Hospital
- CDC information and resources
- An interactive visualization of the exponential spread of COVID-19
- Coronavirus tracker (Washington State Hospital Association)
Skagit County to Remain in Phase 2
Skagit County has not met the metrics necessary to move to phase 3 and will not be applying to move forward to Phase 3 until further notice. Read the Skagit County Health Department Press Release.
October 6, 2020 - Governor Inslee announced new and updated industry guidance.
View the changes to the Washington’s Safe Start reopening plan. These changes are effective immediately and allow for more activity in some of the Safe Start phases. You can find additional information, including a link to each of the new and updated guidelines below and online here.
June 26, 2020 - Face Mask Mandate Goes into Effect
Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering
June 5, 2020 - Skagit County Moves to Phase 2 of Safe Start plan
Phase 2 is not a total lifting of Stay Home, Stay Healthy restrictions. Skagit County residents and visitors should continue to:
- Wear a mask in public, as long they are medically able.
- Avoid large group gatherings, which are still not allowed.
- Use physical distancing, staying six feet apart from anyone they come in contact with outside their immediate household members.
- Continue to telecommute, if possible.
- For those who are higher risk, continue to stay home as much as possible.
Phase 2 allows for the reopening of some in-person retail, professional services, personal services and restaurants with up to fifty percent capacity. Businesses must be able to comply with issued guidelines on physical distancing and hygiene. Additionally, you are now allowed to gather with five or fewer people from outside of your immediate household per week. Gatherings with more people are still prohibited and considered unsafe. For more information and complete guidance on requirements for businesses to reopen, please visit www.governor.wa.gov or www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus