Public Health study on Skagit Chorale Outbreak now available

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Public Health announced on Tuesday that its study on the Skagit Chorale COVID-19 outbreak has been published in the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The study emphasizes the high-transmissibility of COVID-19 and explains new findings about the outbreak event. MMWR, often called ‘the voice of the CDC,’ is a series of scientific publications published by the CDC to provide timely, authoritative, accurate, objective and useful public health information and recommendations. “Washington State has been on the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and     (read more)

Bob Ferguson urges Congress to fix Paycheck Protection Program

(OLYMPIA)— Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working with a coalition of 24 attorneys general who are calling for key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that funds are distributed fairly and equitably. In a letter to Congressional leadership, the attorneys general assert that while the program has helped some small businesses and their employees, the PPP has suffered from a lack of transparency, technical savvy and functionality that has led to funds also being distributed to large, well-connected companies. As a result, the attorneys general argue that both the first and second rounds of funding have left many     (read more)

2020 Skagit County Fair cancelled

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Today, Skagit County Parks, Recreation & Fair made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Skagit County Fair, originally scheduled for August 12- 15, 2020. This decision comes following Dr. Howard Leibrand’s recommendation that all large scale events be cancelled or postponed through the summer. “Our hearts go out to all those who depend on the Fair for their livelihood, showmanship and entertainment,” said Skagit County Fair Manager Aric Gaither. “The Skagit County Fair has been a flagship event in our community for more than 120 years, and rest assured that following this year, the event will be with us for 120     (read more)

Inslee signs new COVID-19 order for phased re-opening of Washington’s economy

(OLYMPIA)- Some businesses could re-open as early as this week under the new COVID-19 order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today. The state’s “Safe Start” plan is a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy. Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses than allowed statewide. Safe Start sets a careful approach to emerging from the pandemic. It allows for modifications of business closures and physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. “This phased approach to re-opening our economy will allow     (read more)

COVID-19 pandemic is putting domestic violence victims and survivors at further risk

(OLYMPIA)- Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading a coalition of 24 attorneys general urging the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than a year ago. As isolation and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic increases the risk to women in danger of domestic violence, the Senate must to act immediately, the attorneys general argue. In April of 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill with bipartisan support reauthorizing the act, but after more than a year, the Senate has yet to take up consideration of the bill, nor has it taken up     (read more)