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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. 

Members of the cluster have identified it as part of the Skagit Valley Chorale who had been together for a rehearsal.

“We are very sad to have to report this first death,” said Skagit County Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand. “My thoughts are with her family and friends as they grieve this loss.”

The individual was a patient at Skagit Valley Hospital.

Public Health identifies and notifies all close contacts of COVID-19 cases. All close contacts are given instructions for taking quarantine precautions. Close contacts may include family members, friends, co-workers, emergency responders and others. These people will be closely monitored for symptoms to avoid further spread of this virus.

It is everyone's responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should follow Health Officer guidance to stay home except for essential trips, and postpone or cancel all non-household gatherings.

Meanwhile, 45 Skagit County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and five have been hospitalized since the coronavirus hit the county.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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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