News from the Skagit County Democrats

Posted on February 7th, 2022

Skagit County Democrats Action Newsletter for February 7, 2022

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DEMOCRATIC EVENTS

1. BE SURE TO VOTE!School District Levies on February 8 Ballot for Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Conway, and Sedro-Woolley Districts
Click Here for detailed information.

Ballot Drop Box Locations

Available for this Election

  • Anacortes
    • Anacortes Public Library (behind library near drive-up book-drop), 1220 10th Street
    • Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way
  • Burlington
    • Burlington Parks and Recreation Building, 900 East Fairhaven Street, Burlington
  • Mount Vernon
    • Mount Vernon Police Department, 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon
    • Skagit County Auditor’s Office [Courthouse], 700 South 2nd Street, Room 201, Mount Vernon, (in U-shaped parking lot accessed from 3rd Stret near Kincaid)
  • Sauk-Suiattle
    • Last Chance Casino & Bingo, 6020 Mountain Goat Way, Darrington
  • Sedro-Woolley
    • Sedro-Woolley Post Office, 111 Woodworth Street, Sedro-Woolley, (in alley between Eastern Ave and Metcalf)

2. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Thursday, Feb 10, 6:30pm via Zoom
Please note the change from the regular schedule of the second Saturday of the month. The meeting will be to review the endorsement policy a final time before presenting it to the Central Committee in March. If you do not receive an invitation and wish to attend, please email chair@skagitdemocrats.org.

3. NEWSkagit County Democrats Candidate Certifications
If you are a new Candidate and have not yet been Certified as a Democrat, please fill out the application (Click Here) and return it to endorsements@skagitdemocrats.org.

4. NEWFidalgo Democrats next meet Monday, Feb 14, 7:00pm, online – An evening with 2nd Congressional Representative Rick Larsen
“Please join us for a special night with our 2nd District Congressman Rick Larsen. He will update us on the activities in Washington DC and his work on local issues. He will take questions following his presentation. Note that this meeting is on Monday night, not our usual Tuesday to accommodate Rep. Larsen’s schedule. Barbara Cooper, Chair – 360-293-4123”

5. NEWUnderstanding Legislative Cutoffs
The below was taken from the weekly newsletter from 40th Legislative District Representative Debra Lekanoff of Feb 4
“Although it feels like we just started, we’re over a third of the way through this year’s legislative session! In fact, yesterday we passed the first legislative cutoff of the session. Legislative cutoffs are milestones bills need to reach by certain dates in order to receive further consideration. Any bills that don’t make it to these milestones will need to wait until the next legislative session to continue the process or be reintroduced at the start of a new biennium.

Because this is a short, 60-day session, the first set of cutoff dates are already here. House bills that were not approved by House policy committees by yesterday, Feb. 3 – or next Monday, Feb. 7 for fiscal committees – will need to be reintroduced next year. Any House bills that fail to be approved by a vote on the House Floor by Feb. 15, will also need to be reintroduced. As strongly as we may feel about passing our top priorities, we always want to make sure that we’re making good policy — even if that means we have to continue the fight into the next session.

View the 2022 Session cutoff calendar on the Legislature’s website.”

6. Call for Volunteers
“We can start to defend democracy this year by working on our local level. Volunteer to work in the office and pitch in to support our elected officials and those who are planning to run. You can work at your comfort level, whether it is writing post cards or thank you cards, or making phone calls, or answering phone calls. We welcome your thoughts and ideas for the future of our county. Current Office Hours are two-hour slots, at 10am, noon, and 2pm on Mondays through Thursdays, and we have openings. As we approach the primary and then election in November, we plan to have the office open on Fridays as well. Can you help? This is a great way to get active in our county!” If you are interested, please email staff@skagitdemocrats.org.

7. NEWLinks of the Week
The Links of the Week provide in-depth pieces and resources the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

1. NEW8th Annual Dine & Shop to End Homelessness, Thursday, Feb 10, Anacortes
"Join us for the Anacortes Family Center's 8th Annual Dine & Shop to End Homelessness and support Anacortes' own homeless shelter for women, kids & families as well as local restaurants and retail establishments by dining and shopping at participating restaurants and retailers all day on Thursday, February 10th! Each participating restaurant and retailer will donate a portion of the day's proceeds to the Anacortes Family Center!"

2. February is National Black History Month – This year's theme is "Black Health and Wellness"
Here are some sites you can visit
3. Blood Drive, Wednesday, Feb 9 and Thursday, Feb 10, Salem Lutheran Church, 2529 North Laventure Rd, Mount Vernon
Our local blood supply has hit emergency levels. Bloodworks Northwest is looking to fill spots for this local blood drive. Book your appointment today at BloodworksNW.org or call 1-800-398-7888.

4. Skagit County Commissioners seeks volunteers to serve on the Voluntary Stewardship Program’s Watershed Group
Click Here for more information.

5. UPDATEDCOVID-19 Information
Current Skagit County Information – The following is taken from the Skagit County COVID-19 Update of Feb 2

Local COVID-19 Case, Hospital & Vaccine Data

Skagit has a total of 20,355 cases, which increased by 1,238 since last Wednesday. Skagit reports 971 total hospitalizations, which increased by 35 this week, and 167 deaths, which increased by 3.

Our current case rate is 2611.7 per 100k over the last 14 days, and our hospitalization rate is now 28.4 per 100k over the last seven days.
Based on the state's 7-day projection, it appears that our cases may be leveling off or declining, though it is still too early to tell. Our hospitalization rates continue to remain high.

In vaccine news: the state Data Dashboard is now incorporating data for those 5 years and older. 234,288 vaccine doses have been administered in Skagit County to date. Skagit County has finally surpassed 70% partially vaccinated for our entire population, and we are just below 75% partially vaccinated amongst Skagitonians 5+. Nearly 42,000 individuals in Skagit have received an additional dose of vaccine (meaning a 3rd dose or booster dose).

For more data like this, go to: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

Vaccine Updates

There have been several recent updates for COVID-19 vaccines…

On Monday, January 31, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for prime doses. Moderna will continue to be available for third doses and booster doses for people 18 years and older under the current emergency use authorization (EUA). Click here for the full press release.

Novavax announced Monday that it has formally submitted a request for the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine—the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine—for emergency use in the United States. Novavax's vaccine would be administered as two doses, three weeks apart, and is made by using small, laboratory-built pieces of the coronavirus to stimulate immunity. More information to come on this soon.

Lastly, yesterday Pfizer-BioNTech filed a submission for emergency use to the FDA for a vaccine regimen designed for use in children aged six months to five years. Based on the projected timeline, vaccines may be available for children six months to 5 years sometime this month. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Vaccine at the Public Health Office

COVID-19 prime, pediatric, and booster vaccinations are now available at the Public Health office in downtown Mount Vernon at 700 S 2nd Street. To make an appointment, go to www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine or call the Public Health at (360) 416-1500. Walk-ins are also available, though appointments are preferred.

Available appointments include: For a full list of vaccination providers available in Skagit County, go to Vaccine Locator or call the Hotline at 1-800-525-0127.

Antigen Testing at the Fairgrounds

Antigen testing is available at the Skagit Fairgrounds every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm (or until supplies run out). Testing is provided for free and is available to anyone 5 years and older who lives, works, or goes to school in Skagit County. Individuals must be symptomatic or have had recent exposure to COVID-19 to qualify for service at the site.

For testing, please come to the South Gate entrance at 501 Taylor Street in Mount Vernon. The gates open at 11:30 am, with services starting at noon. Please expect long wait times. Please do not block public or private driveways and be mindful of pedestrians.

If you are able, please print and fill out the testing registration form in advance. This is a helpful way to streamline the testing process. The registration form can be found on our website by going to https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/HealthDiseases/coronavirusTESTsites.htm.

For a full list of other testing providers in the region, go to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/TestingforCOVID19/TestingLocations.

At-home COVID-19 Testing

If you have not yet ordered through the federal program, please go to www.covidtests.gov to place your order for 4 free at-home tests. Limited to one order per household.

If testing at home and you receive a positive test result, please call the state’s COVID-19 Hotline as soon as possible at 1–800–525–0127 or the Skagit County Public Health office at (360) 416-1500.

If you cannot get access to testing, please refer to the CDC's Isolation and Quarantine Guidance found here: https://bit.ly/3JQLIwF.

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS but do not need medical care and can't get a test, you might have COVID-19 and you should isolate for at least 5 days to keep from spreading the virus to others. Monitor your symptoms.

IF YOU WERE EXPOSED to someone with COVID-19 and need to quarantine and are unable to get a test 5 days after your last close contact, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have not had symptoms; wear a mask for 10 days after last contact.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. The League of Women Voters of Washington has a group – ACT via Zoom (Action Coffee Time) – focused on topics currently being debated in Washington State Legislative session
Mondays, 10:00am – 11:00am (with optional 11-11:15 social time). Attend as your interest in a topic and schedule allows. Each session will be recorded for viewing anytime. The continuing Zoom connection link is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82841749719?pwd=K3cweWNUbkg0bkM0ZzRML2U1TXVBdz09 – Meeting ID: 828 4174 9719. Passcode: 619917.

This week's session – Public Banking for Washington State: Stoney Bird, The League of Women Voters of Washington Issue Chair
Next week's session – Democracy Issues: Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First and Housing/Homelessness: Cynthia Stewart, LWV Issue Chair
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