Coronavirus: Information & Updates

UPDATE 5/16/2022
New Cases - 27
Total Cases - 937
Hospitalizations - 14
Deaths - 4
Visit the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Data Dashboard for a state overview


Swinomish Public Health has confirmed 27 new cases of COVID-19 in the community since the last update Monday, May 9. Total cases: 937

Coexisting with COVID-19
Public health leaders say COVID-19 is here to stay. We need to continue to use the tools we’ve learned so far to protect ourselves, our families, and our community. These include vaccination and boosters, staying home when sick, testing at the onset of symptoms or after exposure, masking based on the situation, and talking with a health care provider about treatment after a positive test.

Staying healthy and safe as cases rise again
While case levels are generally lower than they were last winter, we are seeing cases rise again in our community. It is important to stay vigilant even if you already had COVID-19. Re-infection with the omicron variant is now a common occurrence.

When to test
Stay home and take a test if you are not feeling well or were exposed. Test again after a couple days if your test result was negative but you are still experiencing symptoms.

A reminder on leaving isolation after testing positive
A negative test is not required to return to work or school. If your symptoms improve and you are fever free for 24 hours, you may return on day six after symptom onset or your test collection date as long as you wear a mask for days 6-10.

If you have questions, test positive and/or need home tests, masks, or other supplies, please call the COVID-19 HELPLINE at (360) 588-2771.

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Senate amendments to the COVID-19 Precautionary Orders pertaining to our masking and gathering policies go into effect Friday, March 18, 2022.

Unless specified otherwise on building or business signage, or by a building or business authority, masking is welcome but optional on the Swinomish Reservation.

The exception to this is our health programs – everyone must wear a mask at all times in the Swinomish Medical Clinic, Swinomish Dental Clinic, didgʷálič Wellness Center, and Swinomish Wellness Program office.

Indoor gatherings can also take place, but only if the number of participants in attendance do not exceed the posted COVID-19 safety capacity limit indicated for the space. The room(s) must be configured to provide the greatest level of COVID-19 safety possible. This is includes participant distancing and spacing of seating and tables. The hosting person or business may require masking at the gathering.

Community members, residents, and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, or have experienced a substantial exposure to the virus, are required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces as directed by the Swinomish Public Health Officer. If this sounds like you, call the COVID-19 Helpline at (360) 588-2771 for further direction about masking and possible isolation, quarantine, or treatment. N95 masks, home test kits, and scheduled COVID-19 testing will continue to be available by calling the helpline or Swinomish Medical Clinic.

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Coronavirus: Information & Updates