COVID-19 cases are on the rise

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County has a total of 13,820 COVID-19 cases; an increase of 358 new cases since last Wednesday, according to a news release from the county. For those wanting to know how this differs from last week—we had 217 new cases between 12/15 and 12/22. This means we’ve seen 141 more new cases this week than last.

Skagit County is currently reporting a total of 801 hospitalizations (increased by 14 since Wednesday), and 150 deaths (increased by 2).

Skagit County’s case rate is 287.5 per 100k over the last 14 days and the hospitalization rate is 5.4 per 100k over the last seven days. Public Health expects to see another dramatic spike in cases over the coming weeks, mostly due to the new Omicron variant. Other factors may include an increase in cases following the holidays, as well as more folks gathering indoors due to extreme cold.

A total of 220,549 doses have been administered in Skagit County. The county is now at 77.8% partially vaccinated amongst the population 12 years and older, and 71.7% fully vaccinated amongst Skagitonians 12 and older.