By Ken Stern 

Skagit County COVID-19 cases update


Coronavirus disease transmission level in Skagit County is rated high on the May 9 update on the federal Centers for Disease Control website. Skagit County Public Health’s May 4 update, with April data, stated the county “has moved to a ‘Substantial’ disease transmission level, up from ‘Moderate’ last week,” with the 7-day case rate increased by 111% and the 7-day hospitalization rate by 50%.

“High” is the top of four levels of the scale.

The CDC states community transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

This reverses April’s 12% decline in hospitalization. It decreased to 26 from 29 in March. Two persons were hospitalized May 1-2.

There was one death in March and none in April. No new COVID-19 related deaths were reported last week.

New confirmed infections in Skagit County in April totaled 285 an increase of 56% from March’s 183 new cases. Cases increased weekly through April 28, when 103 new cases were confirmed. This reversed the month long decline in new infections in March, with 32 new infections the week ending

March 28, a 44% decline from the 73 confirmed infections Mar 1-7.

The March case count is a 75% drop from the 744 county cases in February/

Home testing means not all cases are confirmed by public health.


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