By Ken Stern 

County reopens fairground testing site


September 1, 2021

TWICE IS NOT A CHARM – At 7 p.m. Monday over 100 vehicles were at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, their drivers and assengers overwhelmingly there to get a COVID-19 test from Skagit Public Health staff. Testing and vaccinations are free. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tenure: “indefinitely, until the need isn’t there,” staff said. The site had closed in March due to lack of need. – Photo by Ken Stern

Here we go again. Skagit Public Health reopened its test site at the county fairgrounds on Monday. The hours are 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free antigen tests, with results in 15 minutes, and free vaccinations are offered. Julie de Losada, emergency preparedness and response manager for Skagit County Public Health, said the ratio was 20 to 1 of people getting tests to vaccinations. One line of cars inched along to the staff inside the F barn at the fairgrounds at 6 p.m..

The wait was probably over an hour to be seen for either a test or vaccination at 630 p.m., a volunteer estimated, though i...

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