Skagit County Public Health and Mira Vista Care Center have confirmed that there is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at the Care Center in Mount Vernon. So far, 21 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
This number includes both residents and employees. Mira Vista Care Center has implemented state mandated care protocols for presumptive positive cases.
“Unfortunately, we’re seeing again that the most vulnerable in our community are the most impacted by COVID-19,” said Polly Dubbel, Communicable Disease and Environmental Health Manager with Public Health. “In congregate living situations, COVID-19 can be very challenging to contain. It’s so important that the community at large works together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help stop the virus from entering these vulnerable facilities.”
Community transmission is still happening in Skagit County. It is important everyone continues to wear a mask at all times in public, keep six feet of distance between themselves and others they don’t live with and wash or sanitize their hands as frequently as possible.
Skagit County currently meets four of the five risk assessment metrics necessary to move forward to Phase 3 of the Safe Start-- Reopening Washington plan. Skagit County must be under 25 cases per 100,000 residents to meet the last metric, and Skagit is currently at 36.4 cases per 100,000 residents. Due to a statewide spike in cases, Governor Inslee stopped any county from moving forward in the Safe Start-- Reopening Washington plan until at least July 16, 2020.