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Governor Inslee on Tuesday announced a new statewide requirement that all Washingtonians and visitors to the State wear facemasks or coverings in indoor public places such as stores, offices and restaurants.

The order also requires that face coverings be used in outdoor settings where people cannot stay six feet apart from people they don't live with. There are exceptions for those who are not medically able, are deaf and/or hard of hearing, and children under 5 years of age. This requirement aligns with Skagit County Health Officer Dr. Leibrand’s recommendation from early April.

Governor Inslee’s order comes following significant increases in the COVID-19 transmission rate throughout Washington. Skagit County has also seen an increase in transmission over the last several weeks primarily due to unauthorized social gatherings, travel and transmission between coworkers. Remember, even if you are wearing an appropriate face covering, now is not the time to gather in large groups. Please, continue to follow Phase 2 guidelines, use good physical distancing and hand hygiene.

The requirement goes into effect on Friday, June 26, 2020. Willful noncompliance is a misdemeanor offense. You can find further information on the Washington state Coronavirus website. If you have any questions please reach out to Skagit Public Health at 360-416-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,158 Confirmed Skagit Cases
379 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

266 Hospitalizations
60 Deaths
11,527 Fully Vaccinated
33,897 Doses Given


322,487 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,433 Hospitalizations

4,988 Deaths Statewide

Updated 7 pm, March 2, 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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