NEWS

Farmers Market vouchers available beginning June 1 for eligible seniors

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Skagit County Senior Nutrition Program will have a limited number of Farmers Market Vouchers available for Skagit County seniors, age 60 years or older (55+ if Native American/Alaska Native), who meet certain income requirements, according to a news release from the county. A monthly income requirement of $2,096 or less for individuals, and $2,823 or less for couples, must be met to be eligible. Each eligible person will receive up to 80 dollars in vouchers to be used at any approved Skagit County Farmers Market or Farm Store. Vouchers will be given on a first-come/first-served basis,     (read more)

Local COVID-19 numbers continue to go up

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County has moved to a “Substantial” disease transmission level for COVID-19, up from “Moderate” last week. Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 111 percent since last week, and the 7-day hospitalization rate has increased by 50 percent, according to a news release from the counthy. No new COVID-19 related deaths were reported again this week. A significant increase in COVID-19 cases has been reported in Skagit County. The state has indicated that BA.2 is now the dominant strain in Washington State, a highly contagious subvariant of the Omicron variant. Preliminary data suggest that BA.2 may     (read more)

COVID-19 cases are up in Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County remains at a “Moderate” disease transmission level OF COVID-19. Skagit County’s 7-day case rate has increased by 50 percent since last week, and the 7-day hospitalization rate has increased by 100 percent, according to a news release from the county. This week, no new COVID-19 related deaths were reported. As expected, following the holiday weekend, Skagit County is seeing a slight uptick in cases this week. While the case and hospitalization numbers are still quite small compared to what they were during the Omicron surge this winter, it is still important to revisit the prevention toolkit:     (read more)

Skagit County launches North Star Project to address behavioral health and homelessness

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County has recently launched the North Star Project, a multi-phased whole-of-government effort to address behavioral health and homelessness challenges in our community, according to a news release from the county. Homelessness and behavioral health have been important issues in Skagit County for many years. As most know, they are also incredibly complex issues to tackle. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has only added to local housing challenges, creating, and exacerbating mental health issues and substance use disorders in the community. The overarching mission of the North Star project is to make addressing homelessness and behavioral     (read more)

Secretary of State addresses concerns regarding third-party canvassers in Washington counties

(OLYMPIA)— The Office of the Secretary of State has received multiple reports of third-party canvassers presenting themselves as elections officials and going door-to-door across Washington asking residents about their voter information and other election-related questions. These canvassers are not affiliated with and do not represent the Office of the Secretary of State, its Elections division, or any of Washington’s 39 county elections offices, according to a news release from the office. “I want to assure Washington voters that you are under no obligation to answer any questions from, or disclose information to, an individual or organization you are not comfortable     (read more)