Skagit County reopens testing, vaccination site as COVID-19 cases spike

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — Skagit County is reopening testing and vaccination sites as COVID-19 cases spike in the area.

Starting Monday, Aug. 30, you can get COVID-19 testing and vaccinations the Skagit County Fairgrounds.

Tests and vaccinations will be free at the site, which is now opening Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The fairground was reopened due to a recent spike in cases. The latest data from the state Department of Health shows COVID-19 cases and hospital admission at their highest levels to date, a press release said.

The high cases numbers are likely to continue through the fall as the delta variant continues to spread.

“We understand that this decision to reopen the Fairgrounds site may seem like we are moving backwards to some, but this decision is a sign of our county’s strength and endurance.” said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director. “We are fortunate to be able to respond to rising cases and increasing demand for testing and vaccination by reopening the site. It shows that we can act quickly and effectively when action is needed.”

All public health testing sites and vaccine services, except for a few outreach locations, will officially be moved to the fairgrounds beginning Aug. 30.

The fairgrounds are located at 501 Taylor St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273. The testing and vaccination services will be operating as a drive-through clinic.

Public health officials are using self-swab antigen tests, with results available in 15 minutes. Anyone 5 and over can get tested at the site, and no insurance or appointment is required.

All three vaccines are available at the site and no appointment is required.