Skagit Drive Through Testing Site closed due to air quality concerns

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Unified Command on Thursday made the difficult decision to close the drive through testing site due to unhealthy air quality. The site will be closed as of 1:00 p.m. today, September 10, and will remain closed through tomorrow, September 11, 2020. The site will reopen once air quality reaches healthier levels.

This was a difficult decision, and was made to protect the health of the dedicated volunteers and staff who operate the testing site. Skagit Public Health currently plans to reopen the site on Monday, September 14.

Air quality in Skagit County is predicted to worsen over the next 24 hours. Fires throughout the west coast are sending smoke to the region. A super-massive smoke plume is headed towards the County. Forecasts are predicting unhealthy or worse air quality on the Peninsula tonight, and then moving through the I-5 corridor.

For up-to-date information on air quality in the region, visit www.wasmoke.blogspot.com. Regular updates about testing site availability are available by calling Skagit Public Health at 360-416-1500 or by following Skagit County on Twitter at @SkagitGov.