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Recent samples of molluscan shellfish from a variety of harvest locations in Skagit County are exhibiting elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxin (PSP). To protect public health all of Skagit County is closed to recreational shellfish harvest. 

Harvest will remain closed until testing shows that marine biotoxin is no longer at a level of public health concern.

Molluscan shellfish include clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops. Mussels usually contain the highest toxin concentration. PSP and other naturally occurring biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing. Crab meat is not affected, but “crab butter” and crab entrails can harbor biotoxins so they should be discarded.

Shellfish sold in restaurants and markets are tested before distribution and are safe to eat.

The algae containing the toxins cannot be seen and must be detected by laboratory testing. Always check the Washington State Department of Health Marine Biotoxin website or call the Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington State.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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