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.
- 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)
April 6, 2020 Mayor Gere Hosts COVID-19: Community Briefing April 8, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Mayor Gere will be hosting a Community Briefing April 8th at 4 p.m. on Channel 10. Governor Inslee has extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order until May 4th and new guidelines from the CDC recommend that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
Research has identified a percentage of our population may not have symptoms and may still be carriers of the COVID-19 virus. These individuals could unknowingly transmit the virus to other people. Wearing facial protection at all times while in public is another tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
If you would like to submit a question please call 360-299-1950 and leave your question in a voicemail, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, you can submit questions electronically through the new eComment feature before 9 a.m. Wednesday.
This meeting will be accessible the same way City Council meetings are: live on Channel 10, via the web live on the City of Anacortes website, and available to stream on the website the day after. Future dates and times of Mayor Gere’s Community Briefings will be announced on the City’s COVID-19 Information page on the City’s website.
April 2, 2020 Inslee extends ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ through May 4
The "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, which bans all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4, 2020.
Public gatherings remain banned and non-essential businesses may reopen May 5. If gatherings are held in violation of the order, individuals are encouraged to notify their local police department. Do not call 911. Residents or workers concerned about non-essential businesses remaining open may file complaints at this link.
March 26, 2020 City of Anacortes Building Department Update
The City of Anacortes Building Department has ceased to perform non-emergency inspections on commercial and residential construction until the Governor’s order is lifted. All construction sites shall be secured and made safe prior to vacating. Inspections for emergency repairs identified in the Governor’s order may be performed using Facetime.
In response to COVID-19, the Governor has issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order suspending most construction activity. We will only provide inspections for those projects deemed essential per the Governor’s Order. Please visit this State website (Essential Business Inquiry Form) if you need clarity on whether you qualify as an essential construction site.
March 23, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Healthy
The Governor’s Proclamation require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity and close all businesses except essential businesses. For clarity on what is open and what is closed you can also review the State’s Coronavirus webpage. The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.
March 22, 2020 Resident of an Anacortes Retirement Community Tests Positive for COVID-19.
The individual is hospitalized at Island Hospital and is expected to be released to stay with a family member, where they will remain in isolation. One additional resident is hospitalized and being evaluated. Press Release Link.
March 19, 2020 Municipal Court Update
Court operations are substantially curtailed to help keep the public and our employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 16, 2020 Mayor Laurie Gere signed a proclamation declaring an emergency and has issued a letter to the Anacortes community.
The City of Anacortes is closely monitoring information, actions, and guidance regarding the COVID-19 disease.
March 15, 2020 New Developments from Governor Inslee
The Governor is ordering the temporarily shut down of restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.
On-site consumption of food or beverage services are temporarily prohibited, including but not limited to:
- Food courts
- Bars and taverns
- Wine, beer and spirits tasting venues
- Doughnut shops and ice cream parlors
- Coffee shops
- Sit-down airport restaurants and bars
- Take-out, delivery and drive-thru food and beverage services are not banned under the proclamation.
- On-site food service and other related activities are permitted for childcare services and school-based food programs for K-12 schools.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
Certain recreation, entertainment, and leisure services are temporarily prohibited, included by not limited to:
- Bowling alleys
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Non-tribal card rooms
- Art galleries
- Tattoo parlors
- Barbers, hair salons and nail salons
All other retail businesses must ensure adequate environmental cleaning of stores and must designate an employee or officer to implement a social distancing plan.
For a complete list of effected establishment types please see the Governor’s Announcement and the Governor’s COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers.