COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information
Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery
Click the tabs above to view the Phase 1, Phase 2, and Washington Vaccination Update.
Beginning on January 11, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1. There will be eight regions of four or more counties, divided according to available health care services. Each region’s phase will be determined by the Department of Health in response to four metric requirements. The metrics for each region will be updated every Friday on the state’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard beginning on January 8, and the plan will take effect on Monday, January 11.
Skagit County will be in the region classified as the North region along with Island, San Juan, and Whatcom counties. To go forward from Phase 1 to Phase 2, regions must meet all four metrics:
- Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%)
- Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%)
- ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
- COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%
To remain in Phase 2, regions must meet at least 3 metrics:
- Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population
- Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population
- ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
- COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%.
Regions in Phase 2 that fail to meet two or more of the above metrics will be moved back to Phase 1. The metrics for each region will be updated on the Risk Assessment Dashboard every Friday. Dependent on a region’s metrics, DOH will move into a new phase — forward or backward — the following Monday.
For further information read Governor Inslee's announcement of the state’s new “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” COVID-19 phased reopening plan.
All regions will begin in Phase 1, because of current metrics. Phase 1, for the most part, aligns with restrictions current in place for most counties today, with a few key exceptions. Indoor fitness and outdoor entertainment, for example, were both previously prohibited, but will now be permitted with restrictions.
Currently, all indoor fitness is entirely prohibited. DOH now believes that the state can safely allow appointment-based fitness and training where there is no more than 1 customer per room or 500 square feet for large facilities. This will allow gyms to schedule people wanting to come in to work out in a safe way to ensure activity during winter months. Masks and physical distancing are required.
Outdoor entertainment establishes will be permitted to reopen in Phase 1, including zoos, outdoor theaters and concert venues, and rodeos, among other outdoor venues. Operation must be by ticketed event only with groups of 10 maximum with a limit of two households. Timed ticketing is required, as well as facial coverings and physical distancing.
Indoor gatherings and indoor dining remain prohibited. Outdoor dining with a maximum of six and limit for two households per table is permitted with an 11:00 PM close. Retail, worship services, personal services, and professional services — where remote work isn’t available—are limited to 25% capacity.
Once a region meets all four required health metrics for three of the four past weeks, they will be permitted to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2. This phase sees some relaxation in regulations, but masks and physical distancing are still required statewide for all activities.
Indoor social gatherings with people outside of the household begins being permitted in Phase 2 with a max of 5 people from outside the household and limit of two households. Outdoor social gatherings maximum in this phase is increased to 15 individuals from two households.
In Phase 2, indoor dining will be permitted with a maximum 25% capacity and an 11:00 PM close. All other indoor activities must also follow a 25% capacity limit. This includes retail, entertainment and groceries, as well as personal and professional services.
Indoor fitness must also follow the 25% capacity limit. In Phase 2 moderate risk indoor sports and all sports outdoors gain flexibility to have league games and competitions, which will help ensure opportunities for kids to be active, which is especially important during winter months and as kids navigate virtual or hybrid schooling.
Outdoor entertaining may host groups of up to 15 with the two-household limit and an overall 75 person maximum. Wedding and funeral ceremonies and indoor receptions may take place following the appropriate venue requirements. Food and drink service limited to restaurant guidance.
Washington State Vaccination Update
Those receiving the vaccine now:
Phase 1A will be those in the following populations: high-risk workers in health care settings; high-risk first responders; and residents and staff of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community-based, congregate living settings where most individuals over 65 years of age are receiving care, supervision, or assistance. See the full Allocation Guidance for Phase 1A.
Timeline for Vaccinations in Washington State
Skagit County to begin 1b vaccinations at the Fairgrounds beginning Tuesday, January 26th Read on...
The Skagit County Testing Site is Closed Monday January 18 in observance of the Holiday. It will reopen Tuesday January 19, 2021. Read on...
Join Mayor Gere for the first COVID-19 Briefing of 2021 and find the latest resources and information on COVID-19 in our community. Read on...
Click the City of Anacortes tab above to view local case numbers.
Data is based on available information at time of reporting. Further case investigation can result in corrections to numbers originally reported. This data is changing rapidly as labs conduct tests and discover new cases.
*Total lab confirmed cases known to Skagit County Public Health +/- indicates increase or decrease in number of positive cases since last update.
**Total number of positive cases who were hospitalized at any point during their illness.
SKAGIT COUNTY VACCINATION UPDATE: Distribution is very limited to specific locations currently. Prioritizations and vaccine dose distributions are set by the State. Dose availability is still extremely limited, and the state has not announced prioritizations beyond Phase 1a. See the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page for the most up to date information. Please refer all questions regarding vaccines to Skagit County Public Health.
What’s the Latest?
- Skagit County Public Health’s COVID-19 FAQ’s, Myths and Rumors: Answered, Public Health Video Series.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
- Stay up to date on the Governor’s Proclamations and direct news from the Governor’s Office
- Washington State’s COVID-19 Website.
- Washington State Department of Health
- Island Hospital
- CDC information and resources
- An interactive visualization of the exponential spread of COVID-19
- Coronavirus tracker (Washington State Hospital Association)
City Facilities remain closed at this time. City facilities will reopen when it is safe for visitors and staff.
All City essential services will continue, including public safety, solid waste services, water and sewer.
Please visit the City Closures webpage for more detailed information.