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Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 5,507 positive COVID-19 cases (eight new cases) in the county, with 373 hospitalizations, and 79 deaths.     (read more)

NWCAA penalizes Shell for 2020 odor incident

(ANACORTES)- According to a news release, the Northwest Clean Air Agency is issuing a $60,000 penalty to Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes because of incidents in fall 2020 that impacted the community around the March Point facility. In April, NWCAA issued a Notice of Violation to Shell stemming from two refinery flaring events of regulated materials that exceeded allowable visible emissions. The first event was on Aug. 19, 2020. The second event on Sept. 29 also released odors near the refinery, La Conner, and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. NWCAA received numerous complaints directly and passed along by the Swinomish Tribal Community.     (read more)

Two confirmed cases of delta variant in Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to a news release from the county, two COVID-19 cases attributed to the delta variant have been identified in Skagit County so far, though it can be assumed that the variant has spread more widely given that sequencing is not done on all tests. The delta variant has been credited for dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country and globally due to its increased transmissibility (meaning it spreads more easily). As of June 19, the CDC estimated the delta variant accounted for more than 30% of COVID-19 cases in the US. Two weeks earlier, 10%     (read more)

Complete Burn Ban in effect July 16, 2021 for all of Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to a news release from the county, due to the elevated fire risk conditions and low moisture levels within Skagit County, Skagit County is issuing a complete burn ban beginning Friday, July 16, 2021. This ban will remain in effect until further notice and aligns with bans already issued by the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources, Island County, and Whatcom County. Effective July 16, 2021 and until further notice, outdoor burning is banned in unincorporated Skagit County with the exception of permitted agricultural burning. Skagit County is asking residents to refrain from any outdoor burning at this time.     (read more)

Ballots are on the way for the Aug. 3 Primary Election

(OLYMPIA)— Registered voters across Washington will soon receive ballots for the upcoming Primary Election, Tuesday, Aug. 3. The Primary Election’s 18-day voting period begins Friday, July 16, and lasts through election day. Ballots include a prepaid-postage return envelope, so people who return their ballots via U.S. mail do not have to pay for a stamp. Voters who place their ballots in an official drop box must do so by 8 p.m. on election day. Drop box locations may be found at VoteWA.gov. Secretary of State Kim Wyman encourages voters to mail their completed ballots well before election day to     (read more)

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