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The 144-car Elwha will remain out of service for at least another week for repairs.

The Elwha was taken out of service last Wednesday because of a problem with the propulsion control cooling system; it is currently at the state Transportation Department’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility undergoing repairs.

The 90-car Sealth, which had been on standby at Eagle Harbor, has been operating on the San Juan Islands route since Wednesday night.

“Our maintenance staff is working overtime this weekend to repair the Elwha and troubleshoot the problem so that we can get this ferry back in service as soon as possible,” said David Moseley, Assistant Secretary, Ferries Division. “We know that August is an awful time for this to happen in the San Juan Islands and we are working to minimize the impact as much as we can.”

Because the Sealth holds fewer cars than the Elwha, ferry riders are encouraged to arrive early and expect more overloads. The San Juan County Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13 – Saturday, Aug. 16. During this time, ferry riders can expect heavier than normal traffic volumes traveling between Anacortes and Friday Harbor. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,609 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


358,592 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,434 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 17, 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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