COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

How can I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?
Each of us can take steps to avoid exposure to COVID-19. It is critical that we each wear a mask, even outdoors, practice social distancing, refrain from gathering and wash our hands regularly. This becomes even more important in colder weather seasons. These precautions, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, are the same steps we can take to help prevent other common respiratory infections and influenza. Read more about how you can help slow the spread and protect yourself from COVID-19.

I have a fever, new onset cough and/or other cold and flu like symptoms. What should I do?
Skagit Regional Health has two Acute Care Respiratory clinics open seven days a week to provide testing for patients experiencing new onset cough, fever, shortness of breath or diarrhea. Patients can be seen in Arlington and Mount Vernon.

Is Skagit Regional Health testing for COVID-19?
Testing for COVID-19 is offered in two different capacities at Skagit Regional Health; patients with symptoms and patients without symptoms. 

Patients exhibiting new onset cough, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea or other flu-like symptoms should seek care and testing at the Acute Respiratory Clinic in Mount Vernon, just north of the Skagit Valley Hospital, or at Skagit Regional Clinics - Urgent Care Smokey Point.

For patients who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not experiencing symptoms, walk-in testing is performed at our COVID-19 Testing Sites in Mount Vernon and Arlington

Will my insurance pay for COVID-19 testing?
Here is a link to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner for some great information. They have a page dedicated to the Washington State proclamation for health insurance coverage related to COVID-19.

Can I go to a doctor’s appointment with my family member?
Safety is our top priority. We continue to adjust our visitation policy to ensure we can provide safety for patients, potential visitors and healthcare workers. Click here to see the current visitor policy. 


Can I visit a loved one in the Cascade Valley Hospital or Skagit Valley Hospital?

Skagit Regional Health is restricting all visitors at Cascade Valley Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital until further notice. Exceptions where one visitor will be permitted are noted on our Visitation Restriction page.


updated 11/13/2020