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Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 8,728 positive COVID-19 cases (69 new cases) in the county, with 508 hospitalizations, and 90 deaths.     (read more)

Health Department issues warning for toxic blue green algae at Lake Campbell

(SKAGIT COUNTY)— According to a news release from the county, a water sample taken from the east side of Campbell Lake on September 7, 2021 has shown significant levels of the blue green algae toxin Microcystin. The result from the King County Environmental Lab is 21.9 micrograms per liter of Microcystin per liter. According to the Washington State Department of Health, the level of public health concern for microcystin is 8 micrograms microcystin per liter. The level of microcystin toxin in Lake Campbell has triggered the posting of Warning Signs around the lake. Microcystin is a chronic liver toxin and can cause rash and     (read more)

New operational changes for the Skagit County Fairgrounds Testing and Vaccination Site

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to a news release from the county, beginning on Monday, September 13, the Skagit County Fairgrounds Testing and Vaccination Site will be changing its operations, limiting testing and vaccination services to individuals who live, work, or go to school in Skagit County. This change is due to high demand and supply chain issues with testing supplies. Also beginning on September 13, testing will be limited to individuals 5 and older who are actively exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or who have had a known COVID-19 exposure. Limiting to these two groups will allow us to ensure access to testing for disease     (read more)

Statewide mask mandate expanded to include large outdoor events with 500 or more attendees

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to a news release from the county, Governor Inslee announced Thursday that the current mask mandate will be expanding effective Monday, September 13 to include large outdoor events with 500 or more attendees. This new mask mandate will apply to all people five years and older in Washington State, and will be required regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. The current statewide indoor mask mandate has been in effect since August 23, requiring that all people over the age of 5 wear a mask in indoor public settings, including places like restaurants, grocery stores, and malls. The state has     (read more)

Health Department issues recreational shellfish harvest closure for South Skagit Bay, Similk Bay, and Deception Pass

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to a news release from the county, due to recent samples of shellfish containing elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins, the following areas have been closed to all shellfish species for recreational shellfish harvesting: South Skagit Bay, Similk Bay, and Deception Pass. Samples of blue mussels from Utsaladay Bay on September 5, 2021 contained 90 micrograms PSP/100 grams of shellfish tissue. Samples of blue mussels from Penn Cove collected on September 6, 2021 contained 860 ug/100g. The Washington State action level for closures is any sample in exceedance of 80 micrograms/100 g. Molluscan shellfish include clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops.     (read more)

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