Cascadia resorts are scrambling to get their visitors vaccinated against the coronaviruses coronavillavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the US.
The US Department of Health and Human Services announced on Friday that some resorts are now required to vaccinate anyone who comes in for a free day at any of the three Cascadian resorts in the Pacific Northwest.
If a visitor has a positive test for COVID-1 or COVID (or both) and is in the US on a medical evacuation or is visiting from another country, the US health department will provide them with a one-time vaccine at no cost to them, which is not expected to be available for another six months.
“The CDC is committed to ensuring that travelers are properly vaccinated,” the department said in a statement.
“The agency has been working with the resort community to ensure that all visitors receive vaccinations.”
In the past two weeks, two Cascades resorts in Washington state have confirmed a high number of cases of COVID, including two at the resorts of Mammoth Lakes and the Cascade Mountains.
The two resorts are both located in the Puget Sound region of Washington, and both were hit by high COVID cases in late March and early April.
“It’s the kind of situation that can have catastrophic consequences for an entire state,” said John Anderson, the CEO of Cascade Mountain Resort, which runs Mammoth and Cascade Lakes.
“It’s been a really challenging situation.”
Anderson says the resort has experienced “an unprecedented surge” in COVID infections.
“We have had to cancel some events and our staff is being evaluated for COV-19, and we’re in a constant state of monitoring.”
In early April, a high-profile incident at a Cascade resort in the Cascade foothills was caught on camera, when an unidentified woman appeared to vomit and show signs of a COVID infection.
The woman then left the resort with her children and was taken to a hospital in Portland, where she was later found to have died.
The next day, a second incident was recorded at Mammoth Lake, where a man vomited and was treated for COVIS-19.
Two days later, a third incident was reported at the same Cascadedes resort.
A total of three confirmed COVID deaths were recorded in Washington in March and April.
Two people have died at Mammoths Lakes and Cascade Mountain since the beginning of April, according to reports.
The number of confirmed COVIS cases in Washington increased significantly from a low of 2,500 cases in April to 5,100 in May.
In the three weeks ending June 29, the state reported at least 14 new confirmed cases, with the number increasing to 14 in the past week.
Cascadia Resort in Washington, D.C., has been one of the most active US COVID hotspots since it began offering vaccinations to visitors last summer.
Cascade Mountain Resort has reported more than 200 confirmed COV cases in the three months since.
In March, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced it would begin a nationwide phaseout of COV vaccinations.