Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 567 positive COVID-19 cases (nine new cases) in the county, with 59 hospitalizations, 16 deaths, and 454 have recovered.     (read more)

State launches Washington Listens program to support people affected by the stress of COVID-19

(OLYMPIA)- In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic. People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get connected to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous. “Washington Listens helps people cope and strengthen their resiliency in these uncertain times,” said Sue Birch, director of the Washington State Health Care Authority, the agency managing the program. “It complements the state’s behavioral health response services by providing an outlet for people     (read more)

Secretary of State responds to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on faithless electors

(OLYMPIA)— On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Washington state’s “faithless elector” laws. The Office of the Secretary of State won the lower-court rulings in both the state Superior and Supreme courts, and these decisions were supported today by the U.S. Supreme Court. Secretary of State Kim Wyman was confident that Washington state’s laws would be reaffirmed. “I am pleased to see that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld our role to ensure the popular vote of the people is represented in the electoral votes cast,” she said. The case, Chiafalo et. al.     (read more)

Skagit County remains in Phase 2

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Skagit County Board of Health met with Skagit Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson and Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand on Friday for an update on Skagit’s COVID-19 response, case counts and trends. 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. “Of course, this is disappointing,” said Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson, “but unfortunately we’ve seen an uptick in positive cases over the past several weeks that have prevented us from being able to move forward per the     (read more)

Inslee releases plan to restart higher education in the fall

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee was joined today by presidents of Washington colleges and universities to unveil the guidance for reopening in-person instruction at higher education institutions in the fall. Today’s announcement comes with a proclamation providing specific health guidance for four-year public and private institutions, as well as two-year community and technical colleges, apprenticeships and private career schools. “Each campus is different — varying in size, location, mission, and academic programs. But everywhere, students and educators are clearly ready to get back to campus both to learn and to enjoy this unique period in their lives,” Inslee said during     (read more)

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