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The 144-car ferry Elwha returns to service in the San Juans on Saturday morning. The Elwha was pulled from service more than a week ago and temporarily replaced by the smaller ferry Sealth.

The Elwha had a problem with the propulsion control cooling system while on a run in the islands. It sailed to the state Transportation Department’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility for repairs.

Heavier than usual traffic on the Anacortes to Friday Harbor route was expected Friday and Saturday because of the San Juan County Fair.

The Elwha was built in 1967 and re-built in 1991. The Elwha can carry 1076 passenger, in addition to 144 vehicles.

The Elwha has a reputation as being incident prone. She has rammed numerous docks, run aground multiple times and was even taken on an alternate route by a captain in the San Juan Islands, who was trying to show a woman passenger her house from the water.

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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