COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information
The City’s primary goals are to protect employee safety and public health, while ensuring critical City services continue. Community transmission of COVID-19 is happening in Skagit County. It is our duty to take responsibility for the wellbeing of our community members and strictly follow the guidelines set by Skagit County Public Health and the CDC to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
The City of Anacortes wants to provide accessible information to the community in these uncertain times.
Skagit County Public Health is our primary source of information for COVID-19 (coronavirus). All inquires regarding the illness should be directed to our partners at the Skagit County Health Department at 360-416-1500.
You may also contact the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Phone lines are staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
What can you do to help?
Practice Social Distancing.
Social distancing measures are the only tool we have to combat COVID-19 and protect our loved ones. If the community does not take these measures seriously, our health care system will be overwhelmed and not able to care for those who need it.
- People who are sick should self-isolate except to seek medical care.
- People at higher risk of severe illness should self-isolate now. This includes physical isolation from non-household family members, including grandchildren.
- People at higher risk include people over 60 years of age; people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes; people with weakened immune systems; and pregnant women.
- Everyone should limit activity outside the home to essential activities only. However, outdoor activities such as walking, running, biking, and hiking are encouraged. If you go with another person, maintain 6 feet of distance.
- The community should postpone ALL non-essential events and gatherings – both informal and formal. Fundraisers, weddings, lunchroom gatherings, retirement parties, and other social activities are considered non-essential.
- Employers must comply with the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
- Parents should not arrange large playdates, sleepovers, or parties and keep their kids home. Kids should play outside to stay healthy and active. If other kids are present, kids should maintain 6 feet of distance.
- Call ahead and do not go to the emergency room unless seriously ill. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor by phone first.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including frequent handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; coughing into tissue or elbow; avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched/used surfaces.