2 Careage residents have virus, more tests pending

Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville this week and public health officials are awaiting test results from other residents and employees, Island County Public Health reported Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, 29 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the county. Public Health reported that the novel virus is now spread widely throughout both Whidbey and Camano islands.

The roads on Whidbey were quieter than normal Tuesday morning, following Gov. Jay Inslee’s temporary “stay-at-home” order Monday evening. It directs residents in the state not to leave their homes, unless for crucial activities, in order to slow the spread of the virus.

Activities that are permitted include shopping at grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores; ordering take-out or food delivery; attending doctors’ appointments; going to gas stations, banks, food banks and laundromats; or going to work if you’re part of an essential business.

Island County Public Health reported that the two cases at Careage of Whidbey, a skilled nursing facility, are the first cases on the island associated with a long-term care facility and the first potential cluster of cases. Test results are expected back in 3-5 days.

The Island County Sheriff’s Office announced that it will be closed to the public until further notice. This means there will be no fingerprinting services or the processing of concealed weapons permits. A drop box for civil process needs is located in the lobby outside the entrance of the office. Once a day at the close of business, the paperwork will be removed for processing the following day.

Deputies will take not-in-progress complaints and informational reports over the phone when possible, the sheriff reported.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms who calls 911 should let the dispatcher know so that deputies can take proper precautions.

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