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Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 1,063 positive COVID-19 cases (one new case) in the county, with 95 hospitalizations, 22 deaths, and 864 recoveries.     (read more)

Drive Through Testing Site closed on Monday, September 14 due to unhealthy air quality

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Due to air quality concerns, Skagit County Unified Command extended the closure of the drive through testing site through Monday, September 14. This decision was made to protect the health of test site employees and volunteers. Unified Command plans to reopen the site on Tuesday, September 15 but that decision may be affected by air quality. A super-massive smoke plume from west coast wildfires has been affecting Skagit County since Friday afternoon. The Washington State Department of Ecology predicts that conditions will remain at “unhealthy” or worse levels in the region until at least Monday afternoon. You can get     (read more)

Inslee issues proclamation providing assistance to families impacted by wildfires

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation today in response to damage from several wildfires across the state. The proclamation will help families and individuals impacted by wildfires with cash assistance for immediate needs. The assistance will be provided through DSHS’ Family Emergency Assistance Program, which has been expanded to also serve individuals and waive the one-time distribution limitation. "For families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the devastating wildfires ravaging our state, funding from the Family Emergency Assistance Program can be, quite literally, a lifesaver," Inslee said. "The state will continue to look for ways to support     (read more)

Skagit Drive Through Testing Site closed due to air quality concerns

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Unified Command on Thursday made the difficult decision to close the drive through testing site due to unhealthy air quality. The site will be closed as of 1:00 p.m. today, September 10, and will remain closed through tomorrow, September 11, 2020. The site will reopen once air quality reaches healthier levels. This was a difficult decision, and was made to protect the health of the dedicated volunteers and staff who operate the testing site. Skagit Public Health currently plans to reopen the site on Monday, September 14. Air quality in Skagit County is predicted to worsen over the next 24     (read more)

Wildfire smoke prompts air quality burn ban in Island, Skagit, Whatcom counties

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Northwest Clean Air Agency is calling a Stage 2 air quality burn ban for Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties because high levels of harmful wildfire smoke continue to impair local air quality. The ban will remain in effect until further notice. Conditions may improve at times but then worsen again. Current forecasts call for improved air quality by the weekend. This air quality burn ban is separate from, and in addition to, fire safety burn bans already in effect because of increased fire danger in the three counties. “The Northwest Clean Air Agency is calling an air     (read more)

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