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 COVID-19 testing seven days a week for patients experiencing new onset cough, fever, shortness of breath or diarrhea at all three Urgent Care locations. Patients can be seen at Urgent Care Mount Vernon, Riverbend or Smokey Point

Please click here for the Washington State Department of Health's symptom comparison sheet.

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 scheduled for procedures at a Skagit Regional Health facility. 

Patients exhibiting new onset cough, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea or other flu-like symptoms should seek care and testing at any of our three, conveniently located Urgent Care locations. 

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 4/19/2021