Coronavirus News

  • For Seniors, COVID-19 Sets Off A Pandemic Of Despair

    The guidance to stay sheltered as society slowly reopens wears on older Americans, who have a growing sense of isolation and depression.
  • Nearly Half Of Americans Delayed Medical Care Due To Pandemic

    Of those who went without seeing a doctor or other medical provider, 11% experienced a worsened medical condition, according to the poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In addition, nearly 40% said stress related to the coronavirus crisis has negatively impacted their mental health.
  • What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps

    You never planned on raising kids during a pandemic, and there are no easy decisions. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues facing parents.
  • Skagit Health Board Asks Governor for Early Phase 2 Opening

    Skagit County Board of Health, Unified Command Ask Governor Inslee to reevaluate eligibility requirements and consider Phase 2 variance for Skagit County
  • Mayor Gere’s COVID-19 Briefing - May 20, 2020

    The situation continues to be fluid and we are learning as we go, we have been adapting to changing circumstancing and are building more resilient processes and procedures to accomplish the City’s business.

  • States Are Reopening: See How Coronavirus Cases Rise or Fall

    ProPublica has launched a special project watching as many states lift stay-at-home orders and how closely they match federal guidelines for reopening. Check their daily state-by-state report here

  • Reopening Dental Offices For Routine Care Amid Pandemic Touches A Nerve

    Most states ordered dental offices to close except for emergency patient care when the coronavirus hit the U.S. But the shutdown drilled deep into dentists’ finances, and they have been eager to reopen as states have relaxed their closures.
  • Drugmakers Tout COVID-19 Vaccines To Refurbish Their Public Image

    Vaccines and antivirals have long been an afterthought but Johnson & Johnson and other firms are widely publicizing how they might stop COVID 19.
  • “Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread

    Conspiratorial videos and websites about COVID-19 are going viral. Here’s how one of the authors of “The Conspiracy Theory Handbook” says you can fight back. One big takeaway: Focus your efforts on people who can hear evidence and think rationally.
  • Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California

    California’s governor and San Francisco’s mayor worked together to act early in confronting the COVID threat. For Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, it was a different story, and 27,000 New Yorkers have died so far.
  • Chasing The Elusive Dream Of A COVID Cure

    Thousands of researchers worldwide are looking for a treatment that will go beyond what remdesivir can do for COVID patients.
  • Mayor Gere's COVID-19 Video Briefing - May 13, 2020

    Now is the time to stay strong. Our lives have been turned upside down, but now - we can slowly start to build our new normal by following the Governor’s Safe Start plan. Video & full text here.
  • ‘No Intubation’: Seniors Fearful Of COVID-19 Are Changing Their Living Wills

    Still, medical experts say, it’s not a black-and-white decision of either go on a ventilator or die.
  • Public Health study on Skagit Chorale Outbreak Available

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    Skagit County Public Health says that its study on the Skagit Chorale COVID-19 outbreak has been published by the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control. The study emphasizes the high-transmissibility of COVID-19 and explains new findings about the outbreak event.  

  • Summer 2020 Events Sponsored by the City of Anacortes are Cancelled

    The City of Anacortes has decided to cancel a number of public events this summer following the recommendation of the county Public Health Officer.
  • The Bailout Is Working — for the Rich

    The economy is in free fall but Wall Street is thriving, and stocks of big private equity firms are soaring dramatically higher. That tells you who investors think is the real beneficiary of the federal government’s massive rescue efforts.
  • Reopening In The COVID Era: How To Adapt To A New Normal

    States and the federal government are experimenting with steps that will allow people to start working again and returning to more typical lifestyles. But public health experts offer their thoughts on the related risk-benefit calculations.
  • Skagit County COVID-19 Update - May 7, 2020

    You’ve probably read in the news over the past few weeks that Public Health officials are hoping to expand antibody (also called serology) testing, and probably have some questions about what antibody testing could mean for you and Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

  • County Recommends Cancelling Summer Events

    Skagit County Health Dept. recommends cancelling or postponing large scale events, including fairs, parades, festivals, overnight residential camps, fireworks displays or any other large group gatherings through the summer.
  • The TSA Hoarded 1.3 Million N95 Masks Even Though Airports Are Empty and It Doesn’t Need Them

    TSA officials stockpiled a huge shipment of N95 masks they knew they didn’t need even after two agency officials asked to donate them.
  • Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off

    Nothing in this viral meme is accurate. And there are other places to place blame.
  • Northwest Washington Regional Virtual Town Hall Monday

    Join Sen. Liz Lovelett, Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Rep. Alex Ramel, Rep. Dave Paul and Rep. Sharon Shewmake for a Virtual Community Conversation on Monday, May 4th at 6pm on Facebook Live.

  • As COVID-19 Lurks, Families Are Locked Out Of Nursing Homes. Is It Safe Inside?

  • Fear Of Coronavirus Propels Some Smokers To Quit

    Increasing evidence suggests people who smoke are more likely to become severely ill and die from COVID-19 than nonsmokers. Some people are using that as inspiration to quit.

  • What Antibody Studies Can Tell You — and More Importantly, What They Can’t

    Coronavirus antibody studies and what they allegedly show have triggered fierce debates, further confusing public understanding. ProPublica’s health reporter Caroline Chen is here to offer some clarity around these crucial surveys.
  • No Evidence That Flu Shot Increases Risk of COVID-19

    A claim being pushed on social media and by an organization skeptical of vaccines is using a military study to falsely suggest that the flu vaccine increases someone’s risk of contracting COVID-19. The study does not say that, and the Military Health System advises people to get the flu shot.

  • Consumer Beware: Coronavirus Antibody Tests Are Still A Work In Progress

    Public officials are putting high hopes on new blood tests as a means of determining who has developed antibodies to COVID-19, and with those antibodies, presumed immunity. But experts caution the tests are largely unreliable and the science is still catching up.

  • Telehealth Will Be Free, No Copays, They Said. But Angry Patients Are Getting Billed

    Politicians pledged to stop providers from charging for video appointments or telephone calls, but some patients are being charged $70 or $80 per virtual visit.
  • Nursing Homes Violated Basic Health Standards, Allowing the Coronavirus to Explode

    One by one, toward the end of March, residents of Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center outside of Seattle started coming down with symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Skagit County to Begin Coronavirus Drive-Through Testing

    Starting Monday, symptomatic individuals – and any healthcare workers or first responders – will be able to get tested for the presence of Coronavirus. That’s the goal of Skagit County’s new drive-through testing site in the east parking lot of Skagit Valley College, near McIntyre Hall.

  • Seniors With COVID-19 Show Unusual Symptoms, Doctors Say

    Older bodies respond to infection in different ways. Seniors may sleep more or stop eating. They may be confused or dizzy. They might simply collapse.

  • The Other COVID Risks: How Race, Income, ZIP Code Influence Who Lives Or Dies

    Federal officials have known for nearly a decade which counties are most likely to suffer devastation ― both in loss of lives and jobs ― in a pandemic.

  • Amid Pandemic, FDA Seizes Cheaper Drugs From Canada

    Many Americans order drugs from Canada and other countries because they are cheaper, but U.S. authorities appear to be cracking down on the practice.

  • State recalls 12,000 COVID-19 test kits due to possible contamination 

    The state is recalling about 12,000 COVID-19 test kits sent to local health jurisdictions, tribal nations and state agency partners across the state.

  • Health Officials Recommended Canceling Events with 10-50 People. Then 33,000 Fans Attended Seattle Sounders Game

    As COVID-19 fears grew, public officials and sports execs contemplated health risks — and debated a PR message — but let 33,000 fans into a Seattle Sounders soccer match, emails show.

  • Internal Documents Show Federal Agencies Supported the WHO Before Trump Was Against It

    In a battle between China and the U.S. over global leadership, American diplomats and aid officials cited U.S. funding of the World Health Organization as key and relied heavily on the agency for help. When Trump cut its funding, he upended all that.

  • Big Brother Wants To Track Your Location And Health Data. And That’s Not All Bad

    Big data plays a critical role in the success of current public health efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. Privacy advocates, though, are watching closely.

  • How Do We Exit The Shutdown? Hire An Army Of Public Health Workers

    The pandemic has exposed massive cracks in the foundations of the U.S. public health system. Getting the country back to normal, experts say, will require a major investment in Public Health 101: training a corps of workers who can track people with the virus and prevent them from passing it to others.

  • Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes About COVID-19 Shift As Cases Among Young Adults Rise

    Twenty- and 30-somethings were initially told the coronavirus was more likely to strike older people. But then people in younger age groups started getting seriously sick.

  • We Still Don’t Know How Many People Are in the Hospital With COVID-19

    Many states report coronavirus cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations differently, and the federal government is way behind on data tracking. Without consistent information, the U.S. won’t be able to properly respond as new coronavirus hot spots emerge.

  • What’s Missing In The Coronavirus Response

    Public health researchers offered a range of ideas — from high-tech to tried-and-true public health interventions ― that could aid the U.S. response to COVID-19.

  • April 8, 2020: Update from Skagit County

    News about COVID-19 changes often. We want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information so you can make the best choices for yourself and your family.

  • Postcard From The Edge: L.A. Street Vendors Who Can’t Stop Working

    Foot traffic in L.A. has fallen off a cliff amid the COVID-19 crisis, driving many street vendors away. But some are still on the streets, peddling their wares out of economic necessity. Many are undocumented immigrants who won’t get any help from the recently approved $2 trillion federal assistance package.

  • To Curb Coronavirus, What’s Behind The Wearing Of A Mask?

    The CDC recommends that Americans wear facial masks when they go to public places, such as the grocery store. But this is only one part of a multipronged effort to stop the virus’s spread.

  • Monday Skagit Coronavirus Update

    Skagit County Public Health reported on Monday five more positive cases of COVID-19 to 166 in the county. Meanwhile, Governor Inslee ordered schools to remain closed for the school year. I haven't seen any word on high school graduation ceremonies yet.

  • Mayor Gere to Host COVID-19 Community Briefing On Wednesday

    Mayor Laurie Gere will brief the public with the most up to date information on this COVID-19 crisis and discuss the impact this has had on the Anacortes community on Wednesday, April 8, at 4pm on cable channel 10.

  • ‘You Pray That You Got The Drug.’ Ailing Couple Gambles On Trial For COVID-19 Cure

    Josie and George Taylor of Everett, Washington, are two of the first people in the U.S. to recover from novel coronavirus infections after joining a clinical trial for the antiviral drug remdesivir.

  • How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus

    Fiscal restraints imposed by Republicans in Congress in the early years of the Obama administration left the U.S. less prepared to respond to the coronavirus pandemic today.

  • Medicaid Nearing ‘Eye Of The Storm’ As Newly Unemployed Look For Coverage

    The coronavirus outbreak has forced millions out of work and the federal-state health program for low-income people could face unprecedented strains as many states don’t necessarily have the resources or systems in place to meet the demand.

  • Friday Coronavirus Update

    Skagit County reports another increase of individual testing positive for COVID-19 from 153 on Thursday to 160 on Friday. Number of deaths remains at four. But, the number of those hospitalized increased to 18 at some point in theie disease.

  • Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies

    As states scour the world for masks and other protective medical equipment, the federal government has repeatedly invoked a little-known clause in the Defense Production Act to step to the front of the line for sought-after health supplies.

  • What We Need to Understand About Asymptomatic Carriers if We’re Going to Beat Coronavirus

    Considering coronavirus outbreaks in Skagit County and King County, ProPublica’s health reporter Caroline Chen explains what the conversation around asymptomatic coronavirus carriers is missing, and what we need to understand if we’re going to beat this nefarious virus together.

  • Skagit County COVID-19 Update

    Stay home, stay healthy. The only way for us to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible. We will be sending regular emails like this to provide information on local response efforts, available resources and how to keep yourself safe during this difficult time.

  • Coronavirus Cases Are Up Again

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    A new COVID-19 related death was reported Wednesday by Skagit County Public Health, bringing the number of deaths in the county to four. Meanwhile, the total number of people testing positive climbed from 128 reported on Tuesday to 143 today, Wednesday. Now Fourteen people have been hospitalized in the county. Again, the state is not reporting any new cases, saying their vendor is having database problems.

  • Sheltered At Home, Families Broach End-Of-Life Planning

    Barbara Dreyfuss died March 1 after contracting COVID-19 at a Kirkland, Wash. nursing home. Her earlier decision to document her final wishes may offer an example for families as the deadly virus spurs interest in end-of-life care.

  • Another Jump today... in Hospitalizations

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    Yesterday we saw a spike in coronavirus cases in Skagit County. Today, there's a jump in hospitalizations from nine yesterday to 13 today. The case total sits at 128 today with no new deaths reported.

  • Should You Bring Mom Home From Assisted Living During The Pandemic?

     Families are weighing the challenges of providing home care with the isolation or potential danger of leaving folks in senior housing or long-term care.

  • Skagit Coronavirus Cases Spike

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    Skagit County on Monday confirmed 22 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday in what appears to be the largest day-to-day increase since counting started here.

  • Expired Respirators. Reused Masks. Nurses in the Nation’s Original Covid-19 Epicenter Offer Sobering Accounts of What Could Come

    When nurses at one Washington State hospital complained about having to use expired respirators, they allege that staff were ordered to remove stickers showing the equipment was years out of date.

  • Coronavirus Patients Caught In Conflict Between Hospital And Nursing Homes

    Hospitals need to clear out patients who no longer need acute care. But nursing homes are alarmed at the prospect of taking patients who may have the coronavirus. “It’s a huge and very difficult issue,” said Cassie Sauer, president of the Washington State Hospital Association, whose members were hit early by the coronavirus.

  • Local Amateur Radio Operators Meet Daily - On The Air

    Skagit County's Ham Radio Operators are staying connected, not in a virtual online setting like many people, but on the radio and are ready to serve as backup emergency communications.

  • L. A. Times: Skagit choir practice turns fatal

    As the number of coronavirus cases in Skagit County hits 99, now with three deaths, the Los Angeles Times tells the story our the Skagit Valley Chorale coronavirus cluster that has killed two Chorale members.

  • Six COVID-19 Cases at Burlington Long-Term Care Facility

    One resident and five staff members at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Burlington have tested positive for COVID-19. Prestige Care is working diligently to respond to this situation, and we ask the community to offer only respect and support during this difficult time. This will allow the facility to focus its attention on protecting residents and staff.

  • Coronavirus Has Upended Our World. It’s OK To Grieve

    To weather uncertain times, it’s important to acknowledge and grieve losses — even if they seem small in the scheme of the global pandemic, psychologists and grief experts say.

  • “Our Goal Should Be to Crush the Curve”

    A doctor-scholar who studied the 1976 mishandling of swine flu says the president is wrongly choosing between saving lives and saving the economy.

  • Shortfall Of Comfort Care Signals Undue Suffering For Coronavirus Patients

    Families like one in Clark County, Wash. worry that overwhelmed hospitals won’t be able to provide palliative care for loved ones stricken with COVID-19.

  • Are Vital Home Health Workers Now A Safety Threat?

    Hundreds of thousands of health care workers go into homes around the country to provide vital services for seniors and disabled people. But with rising concerns about the coronavirus and the particular danger it poses for older adults, those workers could be endangering their patients and themselves.

  • Skagit Public Health: Stay Home, Stay Healthy

    Briefly: What does Governor Inslee’s order mean for me?

    • You must stay home unless you are pursuing an essential activity. If you must travel – for food, medical care, essential work, or to care for a family member– stay six feet away from others.
    • You cannot gather socially with anyone other than your immediate household members, even outdoors.
    • Effective the evening of March 25th, all non-essential businesses must temporarily close.

    This is not an easy request. We are all struggling with what that means for ourselves and our families. The more we are collectively able to create physical distance between ourselves and others, the more successful we will be in stopping the rapid spread of COVID-19.
    More Details on the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order
    Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee announced the two-week Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Skagit County Health Officer urges your immediate cooperation with this statewide order.
    The Governor’s order requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they are doing an essential activity, such as:

    • Shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
    • Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
    • Going to work at an essential business.
    • Going outside for walks and exercise by yourself or with members of your immediate household.
    • Caring for an elderly or sick family member or friend.

    When you leave home, you must stay six-feet apart from others.
    Staying at home means staying at home. Now is not the time to be traveling outside your community. This does not apply to those whose homes or residences are unsafe.
    Effective immediately, all gatherings for social, recreational or spiritual purposes are banned. This includes religious services, sleepovers, dinner parties, playing sports with friends, weddings and funerals. Under the order, you cannot gather socially with anyone other than your immediate household members, even outdoors.
    Beginning Wednesday evening, March 25, all non-essential businesses in Washington State will close. All essential businesses must establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures.
    Agriculture, grocery stores, and restaurants providing takeout and delivery, will remain open. Buy only what you need as grocery stores will be stocked continuously. It is good practice to have a two-week supply on hand.
    Although these measures cause significant economic, spiritual, and emotional hardships, we must do our part to protect the health of our family, friends, and neighbors.
    These changes require us to place physical distance between ourselves and others, but social connectivity - through phone calls, letters, and video chat - are more important than ever. To keep our community healthy, reach out to friends, loved ones, and neighbors to see how they are doing and how we can support each other in this difficult time.
    If you need help in managing stress or anxiety, please call the Volunteers of America crisis line at 1-800-584-3578 or visit

  • Does Everyone Over 60 Need To Take The Same Coronavirus Precautions?

    Just how careful should older people be? Here’s what geriatricians think is reasonable.

  • First COVID-19 Death of Skagit County Resident

    A woman who was related to the cluster of COVID-19 cases in Skagit County that was reported last Saturday has become the first Skagit County resident to die of the coronavirus disease, according to Skagit County Public Health. The individual was a female in her 80s. 

  • A Mayoral Directive from Mayor Laurie Gere

    Social Distancing Saves Lives: For City of Anacortes residents and business owners. Please stay home and limit interactions with others. Do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • CDC Coronavirus Testing Decision Likely To Haunt Nation For Months To Come

    As the novel coronavirus snaked its way across the globe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early February distributed 200 test kits it had produced to more than 100 public health labs run by states and counties nationwide.

  • Resident of an Anacortes Retirement Community Tests Positive for COVID-19

     A resident of the Chandler’s Square Retirement Community in Anacortes has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is hospitalized at Island Hospital and is expected to be released to stay with a family member, where they will remain in isolation. One additional resident is hospitalized and being evaluated.

  • More Coronavirus Cases in Skagit

    Skagit County reports a slight increase in the number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, with the total at 28, with four people having been hospitalized. Still no deaths reported here. This follows the report that the county is investigating a cluster of recently confirmed COVID-19 cases that has been traced to a group meeting of approximately 60 people in early March.

  • Skagit County Investigating COVID-19 Cluster

    Skagit County Public Health is investigating a cluster of recently confirmed COVID-19 cases that has been traced to a group meeting of approximately 60 people in early March. Case investigation indicates that more than half of attendees who were at this gathering are now confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19. 

  • Washington State Reopens Health Insurance Marketplace

    Washington state and at least eight other states are offering their uninsured residents another opportunity to sign up for a health plan this year as they seek new ways to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • County Coronavirus Caseload on the Increase

    Skagit County says the number of coronavirus cases nearly doubled overnight from 18 reported on Thursday to 26 on Friday. Three patients have been or are being treated in area hospitals. But, no deaths have been reported.

  • What Coronavirus Means for Pregnancy and Other Things New and Expecting Mothers Should Know

    The experience you expected is likely to be very different from the one you actually get. The key to staying sane is to be as ready as possible to throw your best-laid-plans out the window.

  • Mask Shortage Straps Pharmacists Who Need Them To Keep Medicines Pure

    Fifteen percent of hospital pharmacists who prepare injectable drugs are going without the protective masks they typically use or are using substitutes for masks.

  • County Coronavirus Cases Increase Thursday

    The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus among Skagit County residents has jumped to 18. Three people have been hospitalized during this crisis. Still no deaths reported. Wednesday's total of confirmed cases was 14.

  • Now 14 Coronavirus Cases Reported Here

    The county reports there are now 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Skagit County residents, with no reported deaths. Two Skagit County residents are hospitalized. The latest statewide figure is 1,187 cases with 66 deaths recorded. Fifty-six of those are in King County.

  • Take A Deep Breath: Making Risk-Based Decisions In The Coronavirus Era

    There’s an array of recommendations about how to adjust our lives to reduce the spread of the novel virus. All are motivated by the same guiding principle: The better the public does in these efforts, the better off everyone will be.

  • Amid Pandemic, Programs Struggle To Reach Vulnerable Seniors Living At Home

    Older adults are at serious risk during this pandemic and have been advised to avoid contact with others. Yet many still need essential services, and programs are scrambling to adapt.

  • How Many Americans Are Really Infected With the Coronavirus?

    Health care reporter Caroline Chen dug into the projections to learn what to make of them. Forecasts are fuzzy, but the takeaway is clear: Stay home.

  • New COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday

    The number of COVID-19 cases among Skagit County residents went up another notch on Tuesday to a new total of 9 cases, with two in area hospitals. Skagit County Public Health only tracks COVID-19 cases of Skagit County residents, to avoid duplication in reporting. Facilities in our community may be caring for patients who are from another county.

  • New Coronavirus Guidelines from County & State

    In alignment with recommendations from the State, the Skagit County Health Officer has released new, additional guidance to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

    • People at higher risk of severe illness should self-isolate now. This includes physical isolation from non-household family members, including grandchildren.
    • Everyone should limit activity outside the home to essential activities only, like buying groceries and going to work (if you cannot telecommute). Outdoor activities such as walking, running, biking, and hiking are encouraged.
    • The community should postpone all non-essential events and gatherings – both informal and formal. Fundraisers, weddings, lunchroom gatherings, book groups, service clubs, retirement parties, and other social activities are considered non-essential. Contact Skagit County Public Health for guidance at 360-416-1500 if you plan to hold any gathering outside of your immediate household members.
    • Parents should not arrange large playdates, sleepovers, or parties and keep their kids home. Kids should play outside to stay healthy and active.

    Additionally, by order of Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Skagit County residents, businesses and organizations must observe the following social distancing requirements:

    • On-site consumption of food or beverage services are temporarily prohibited, except for at childcare services and school-based food programs. Takeout and delivery are allowed.
    • Certain recreation, entertainment, and leisure services are temporarily prohibited. See for more details.
    • All other retail businesses must ensure adequate environmental cleaning of stores and must designate an employee or officer to implement a social distancing plan.
    • All gatherings – informal and formal – over 50 people are prohibited.
    • All gatherings with under 50 participants are prohibited unless certain public health criteria are met.

    Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open. When you notice shortages of products in the store, this is not because of a disruption to the supply chain, but it is because customers have bought it all. These shortages make it hard for other people in our community to find products when they need them. Maintain a fourteen day food supply, but otherwise, help your neighbors by buying just what you need.

    Many workers are impacted by these closures. The Employment Security Department has just adopted a series of emergency rules to help people who are affected by COVID-19. The agency has temporary layoff, isolation and quarantine resources for workers and businesses. Check their website to see what benefits might be helpful to you. The State and Federal government are exploring additional measures for economic relief.

    We must support one another. These recommendations create significant economic hardship and will be disruptive to daily life. Consider ways you can support your local businesses, loved ones, yourself, and community during this time of need:

    • Supporting businesses: Consider ordering takeout, delivery, or buying a gift card to a local restaurant or business.
    • Supporting loved ones: Video chat with friends and family or write a letter. If you are young and healthy, offer to assist with childcare. Offer to pick up groceries for a neighbor who can’t leave the house.
    • Supporting yourself: Managing stress is important. If you can, get outside for a walk. Listen to your favorite meditation app, take a class via YouTube, or tour museums virtually. Talk to your household about maintaining a regular routine. Take a break from the news.
    • Supporting community: Blood supplies have hit emergency levels due to coronavirus concerns. Consider donating blood. Reach out to your favorite nonprofit and ask what they need to get through this.

    Skagit County will update its website daily, including adding mental health resources. Stay informed at

  • Now 7 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in County

    Skagit County Public is now reporting seven confirmed cases of COVID-10, including one person hospitalized. And, the county says there is more transmission of novel coronavirus in the county than the confirmed case count indicates.

  • Library Closure Effective Tuesday, March 16th

    Effective at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 16th, the Anacortes Public Library will be closed indefinitely. Library leadership will be monitoring the recommendations from the CDC & Governor Inslee’s office to make any further decisions regarding closure beyond this timeline.

  • How Intrepid Lab Sleuths at U.W. Ramped Up Tests As Coronavirus Closed In

    While officials in Washington, D.C., grappled with delays and red tape, two professional virus hunters at the University of Washington raced to make thousands of tests available to detect the deadly new coronavirus sweeping the globe, hoping to stem its spread in the U.S.

  • Coronavirus Panic Buying Puts Grocery Workers and Shoppers at Risk of Infection

    Braving grocery store crowds when you’re already stocked up puts you at risk of getting sick or infecting others, including elderly workers and others who have no choice but to be there.

  • Senior College cancels Spring courses

    The Anacortes Senior College has decided to cancel all ten courses for the upcoming Spring 2020 term, which was due to start on April 14. They said they are taking this action as part of a community-wide effort to protect seniors and everyone here even though the immediate risk from coronavirus seems relatively low.

  • City Hall Public Closure; Library Limited Access

    Starting Tuesday, Mar. 17, City Hall will be closed to the general public. Residents may pay their utilities online, over the phone, drop box outside city hall or by mail. The Planning, Development, and Community Development permit counter will be available by phone and email with applicable fees to be paid online, over the phone, drop box outside city hall or by mail. Essential staff will continue to work in City Hall.

    Anacortes Public Library will have limited access with access to check out and return, quick browsing using social distancing of 6 feet in place. All meeting rooms and computer access will be closed.

  • Fourth Coronavirus Case in Skagit County

    A fourth Skagit County resident has been confirmed having COVID-19, aka coronavirus. A man in his 30s was released from a hospital to isolation at home.

  • Looking For Answers After Coronavirus Contact? Welcome To The Gray Zone

    The COVID-19 outbreak has spawned confusion among health officials, doctors and the public, especially for people who fall into the gray area for testing and deciding whether they need to quarantine themselves. Where to turn for answers about isolation and quarantine varies by locale. All this means agencies are sometimes delaying needed advice and giving people incorrect information.

  • All County Schools to Close on Tuesday

    The Anacortes School District will close all schools and district facilities from Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, April 24. Other Skagit County school districts are also following this recommendation. Depending on public health guidance, it's possible the closure could extend even further. 

  • Third county resident diagnosed with coronavirus

    A third person in Skagit County has been diagnosed with COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, according to the county Public Health Department. This third person is a mail in his 20's and is in isolation at home according to the county.

  • Anacortes Schools Planning for Potential Closure

    The Anacortes School District is planning what school Superintendent Mark Wenzel said could be the imminent, “unprecedented” closure of Anacortes schools due to a public health crisis for as long as six weeks.

  • Second Skagit County resident diagnosed with coronavirus

    Skagit County Public Health says a second county resident has tested positive for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. The second case is a woman in her 30s who is in isolation at home. The first case was reported Tuesday and is also a woman in insolation at home. She's in her 40s. Both cases are considered presumptive positive. A presumptive positive means that a private lab has reported a positive COVID-19 test result, which we expect to be confirmed by the Washington State Department of Health.

  • How To Avoid Coronavirus? Lessons From People Whose Lives Depend On It

    As the new coronavirus continues its spread through the U.S., the general public can look for guidance from millions of Americans with weakened immune systems who long ago adopted the rules of infection control that officials tout to avoid contagion.

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