Wind damage, safety concerns cause Skagit County to move its drive-thru COVID testing site

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with Skagit County decided to move its drive-thru COVID-19 testing site from Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon to the fairgrounds after recent wind damage to the site, creating safety concerns.

The move was immediate and will continue Monday and Tuesday after the wind started lifting tents at the site on Friday, which had already been reinforced with blocks.

Officials said that Nov. 4, the tents also took flight and were damaged, along with equipment, after high winds blew through the area. The site reopened two days later.

The drive-thru testing site has operated since April 2020 and will reopen Nov. 18 at the fairgrounds.