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Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 2,111 positive COVID-19 cases (52 new cases) in the county, with 142 hospitalizations, and 27 deaths.     (read more)

Stage 2 air quality burn ban called for Columbia Valley in Whatcom County

(WHATCOM COUNTY)- The Northwest Clean Air Agency is calling a Stage 2 air quality burn ban in the Columbia Valley urban growth area (including the Peaceful Valley and Paradise Lakes developments) in Whatcom County because cold, calm air is preventing harmful wood smoke from clearing out. Fine particles in wood smoke are harmful because they can be inhaled deeply into lungs and damage delicate tissues. During a Stage 2 burn ban, all burning is prohibited unless you qualify for an exemption from NWCAA. (See https://nwcleanairwa.gov/wood-heating-exemption-forms/ for information.) During a Stage 2 burn ban: · No burning is allowed in any     (read more)

Skagit Public Health encourages residents to enable WA Notify on their smart phones

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit Public Health on Tuesday encouraged Skagitonians to enable the Washington Exposure Notifications (also known as WA notify) on their smart phones. WA Notify is a new tool that works using the Bluetooth function in your smartphone to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The system does not store or share personal information. “We’ve always had a gap in tracking transmission in public spaces. This system will help fill that gap,” said Skagit Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand. “By tracking other users you’ve come into close contact with, WA Notify will     (read more)

Secretary of State’s Office certifies 2020 General Election

(OLYMPIA)— More Washingtonians voted in the 2020 General Election than in any election in the state’s history. According to vote totals certified today by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, 4,116,894, or 84.14%, of Washington’s 4,892,871 registered voters made their voices heard Nov. 3. The 84.14% turnout rate is less than half a percent shy of the all-time record (84.61%, set in the 2008 General Election). “Throughout this election season, voters were energized, engaged, and eager to make their voices heard,” said Wyman. “The nearly 4.2 million people who cast their ballots felt empowered to exercise their right to vote, and have a say in their future and     (read more)

WSDOT seeks input on Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan

(OLYMPIA)– Every day, people across the state rely on human-services transportation as their sole source of access to jobs, medical appointments, and much more. For three weeks in December, the Washington State Department of Transportation is asking the public to share personal experiences about access to mobility that will help determine future investments in communities across the state. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, WSDOT will host an online open house to gather public input on the Human Services Transportation Plan, including confirming unmet needs and strategies to address those needs. Materials are available in English, Spanish and Russian. WSDOT will accept feedback     (read more)

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