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Skagit County Public Health says that evidence of the COVID-19 virus variant has been found in Skagit County.

Variant B.1.1.7, also referred to as the U.K. variant, is more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain.

The individual first tested positive for COVID-19 about two weeks ago and has been working with contact tracers. The individual had not traveled and is associated with another known COVID-19 case that is likely another B.1.1.7 variant case. Genome sequencing takes time, so the variant was only discovered this week- more information will likely become available in the coming days. Public Health is thankful to all involved for their cooperation.

“We knew this was coming,” said Skagit Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson. “The B.1.1.7 variant has already been found in Whatcom, Snohomish and Island Counties, and given the way COVID-19 spreads it’s likely it’s been here for a while. We should assume that this variant is circulating widely in Skagit at this time.”

The B.1.1.7 variant is more contagious than the original strain of COVID-19, it responds to the same safety measures the community has been practicing since the first case of COVID-19 was found in Skagit County. These measures include:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Using good hand hygiene and washing hands frequently
  • Avoiding unnecessary gatherings; particularly informal, indoor social gatherings
  • Staying six feet apart from anyone you do not live with

Additionally, currently in use vaccines are effective against the B.1.1.7 variant, so Public Health encourages all to be vaccinated as soon as you are eligible. For more information about vaccinations in Skagit County visit www.skagitcounty.net/covidvaccine

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,483 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

280 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
31,029 Fully Vaccinated
46,117 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

349,717 Confirmed Cases Statewide
20,941 Hospitalizations

5,322 Deaths Statewide
1,573,357 Fully Vaccinated
2,465,969 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, April 9, 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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