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LocationConfirmed CasesCases per 1, peopleDeaths
United States of America44,,,
United Kingdom8,,,
South Africa2,,88,
Czech Republic1,,30,
United Arab Emirates,2,
Saudi Arabia,8,
Costa Rica,6,
Sri Lanka,13,
Dominican Republic,4,
South Korea,2,
Bosnia and Herzegovina,10,
North Macedonia,6,
Puerto Rico,3,
People's Republic of China,5,
El Salvador,3,
Democratic Republic of the Congo72,1,
Ivory Coast60,
Trinidad and Tobago52,1,
French Polynesia45,
French Guiana42,
Cape Verde37,
Papua New Guinea23,
The Bahamas21,
East Timor19,
Burkina Faso14,
Equatorial Guinea12,
South Sudan12,
Saint Lucia12,
Central African Republic11,
The Gambia9,
New Caledonia9,
Isle of Man8,54
United States Virgin Islands6,73
Sierra Leone6,
San Marino5,91
Sint Maarten4,69
New Zealand4,28
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines3,33
Saint Martin3,37
Antigua and Barbuda3,93
São Tomé and Príncipe3,56
Turks and Caicos Islands2,23
British Virgin Islands2,37
Saint Kitts and Nevis2,20
Faroe Islands1,2
Cayman Islands2
Wallis and Futuna7
Northern Mariana Islands3
Falkland Islands69--*
Saint Pierre and Miquelon32--*
Solomon Islands20--*
Marshall Islands4--*

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Expect daytime noise, overnight lane closures on SR 20 bridges

OAK HARBOR – Returning summer weather cranks up sandblasting work on the historic Deception Pass bridge, beginning Friday, May

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation completed painting Canoe Pass bridge and will start removing old paint on Deception Pass bridge. This work is part of a multi-year project to preserve the iconic structures.

Noisy work
The loud sandblasting work will occur between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily, Monday through Sunday. It will take months for crews to remove the old paint and add a fresh coat, which protects the steel from corrosion.

On and near the bridges, travelers and park visitors can expect noise levels similar to a rock concert. Park staff will have free earplugs available for visitors. Caretakers should consider packing ear protection for children.

Limited parking and overnight lane closures
Parking near the highway is always limited. Crews are using many of the usual parking turnouts along State Route 20 for equipment, including the parking lot south of Deception Pass bridge, which will be closed until March

To prevent back-ups on the highway, consider entering the park at Cornet Bay Road and follow signs to North Beach. Visitors can follow signed trails by foot from the North Beach access parking lots. Travelers can also use the entrance north of the bridge at Bowman Bay, off Rosario Road, to access Lighthouse Point with unique bridge views.

Travelers should also expect overnight lane closures across the bridges Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. The bridges will remain open, but traffic will alternate through just one lane. The closures allow crews from Cekra, Inc. to move equipment and materials safely around the work zone.

Deception Pass State Park
The 3,acre Deception Pass State Park includes a marine and camping park with miles of saltwater shoreline and miles of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park is located on two islands — Fidalgo to the north and Whidbey to the south. Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges connect the two islands, creating a gateway for exploration. More park details, including help trip planning, are available online.

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Progress at Deception Pass

September 23rd,

Major progress has been made on the maintenance/paint project on State Highway 20 at Deception Pass, as evidenced by these Wednesday afternoon photos from North Beach at the state park. Much of the painting on Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges has been complete. Work continues on top rails under protective shrouding, with brown primer coat applied before final green. Soon we&#;ll be able to cross again unobstructed by work crews &#; and photos of the iconic spans will be taken free of cables, metal sheeting, chain link work spaces and protective shrouds. Work is being accomplished by a WSDOT contractor, Cekra, Inc. of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in , and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

Photos are available for use as prints and online use. Please contact me for pricing.

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Deception Pass

Strait between Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands on Puget Sound

Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, in the northwest part of the U.S. state of Washington. It connects Skagit Bay, part of Puget Sound, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A pair of bridges known collectively as Deception Pass Bridge cross Deception Pass. The bridges were added to the National Register of Historic Places in


The Deception Pass area has been home to various Coast Salish tribes for thousands of years. The first Europeans to see Deception Pass were members of the expedition of Manuel Quimper on the Princesa Real. The Spanish gave it the name Boca de Flon.[2]

A group of sailors led by Joseph Whidbey, part of the Vancouver Expedition, found and mapped Deception Pass on June 7, [3]George Vancouver gave it the name "Deception" because it had misled him into thinking Whidbey Island was a peninsula.[4] The "deception" was heightened due to Whidbey's failure to find the strait at first. In May , Vancouver was anchored near the southern end of Whidbey Island. He sent Joseph Whidbey to explore the waters east of Whidbey Island, now known as Saratoga Passage, using small boats. Whidbey reached the northern end of Saratoga Passage and explored eastward into Skagit Bay, which is shallow and difficult to navigate. He returned south to rejoin Vancouver without having found Deception Pass. It appeared that Skagit Bay was a dead-end and that Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island were a long peninsula attached to the mainland. In June, the expedition sailed north along the west coast of Whidbey Island. Vancouver sent Joseph Whidbey to explore inlets leading to the east. The first inlet turned out to be a "very narrow and intricate channel, whichabounded with rocks above and beneath the surface of the water".[5] This channel led to Skagit Bay, thus separating Whidbey Island from the mainland. Vancouver apparently felt he and Joseph Whidbey had been deceived by the tricky strait. Vancouver wrote of Whidbey's efforts: "This determined [the shore they had been exploring] to be an island, which, in consequence of Mr. Whidbey’s circumnavigation, I distinguished by the name of Whidbey’s Island: and this northern pass, leading into [Skagit Bay], Deception Passage".[5]

In the waters of Deception Pass, just east of the present-day Deception Pass Bridge, is a small island known as Ben Ure Island. The island became infamous for its activity of human smuggling of migrant Chinese people for local labor. Ben Ure and his partner Lawrence "Pirate" Kelly were quite profitable at their human smuggling business and played hide-and-seek with the United States Customs Department for years. Ure's own operation at Deception Pass in the late s consisted of Ure and his Native-American wife. Local tradition has it that his wife would camp on the nearby Strawberry Island (which was visible from the open sea) and signal him with a fire on the island's summit to alert him to whether or not it was safe to attempt to bring the human cargo he illegally transported ashore. For transport, Ure would tie the people up in burlap bags so that if customs agents approached he could toss the bagged people overboard. The tidal currents carried the entrapped drowned migrants' bodies to San Juan Island to the north and west of the pass; many ended up in Dead Man's Bay.

View looking south from Pass Island. From left to right, are visible Strawberry Island, part of Ben Ure Island, the bulk of Whidbey Island and the south span of the Deception Pass Bridge.
Plaque explaining the history of Deception Pass: Deception Pass - Named By Captain George Vancouver 10 June Feeling That He Had Been "Deceived" As To The Nature Of The Inner Waterway, Port Gardner (Now Saratoga Passage) he Wrote On His Chart "Deception Pass."

Between and , a prison rock quarry was operated on the Fidalgo Island side of the pass.[6] Nearby barracks housed some 40 prisoners, members of an honors program out of Walla Walla State Penitentiary and the prison population was made up of several types of prisoners, including those convicted of murder. Guards stood watch at the quarry as prisoners cut the rock into gravel and loaded it onto barges at the base of the cliff atop the pass's waters. The quarried rock was then barged to the Seattle waterfront. The camp was dismantled in and although abandoned as a quarry, the remains of the camp can still be found. The location is hazardous; over the years there have been several fatal accidents when visitors have ventured onto the steep cliffs.

Upon completion on July 31, , the foot (&#;m) span Deception Pass Bridge connected Whidbey Island to the tiny Pass Island, and Pass Island to Fidalgo Island. Prior to the bridge, travelers used an inter-island ferry to commute between Fidalgo and Whidbey islands.


Deception Pass is a dramatic seascape where the tidal flow and whirlpools beneath the twin bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island move quickly. During ebb and flood tide current speed reaches about 8 knots (&#;mph), flowing in opposite directions between ebb and flood.[7] This swift current can lead to standing waves, large whirlpools, and roiling eddies. This swift current phenomenon can be viewed from the twin bridges' pedestrian walkways or from the trail leading below the larger south bridge from the parking lot on the Whidbey Island side. Boats can be seen waiting on either side of the pass for the current to stop or change direction before going through. Thrill-seeking kayakers go there during large tide changes to surf the standing waves and brave the class 2 and 3 rapid conditions.

Scuba diving[edit]

Diving Deception Pass is dangerous and only for the most competent and prepared divers. There are a few times each year that the tides are right for a drift dive from the cove, under the bridge, and back to the cove as the tide changes. These must be planned well in advance by divers who know how to read currents and are aware of the dangerous conditions. However, because of the large tidal exchange, Deception Pass hosts some of the most spectacular colors and life in the Pacific Northwest. The walls and bottom are covered in colorful invertebrates, lingcod, greenlings, and barnacles everywhere.

State park[edit]

Tourist sign at Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass is surrounded by 3,acre (1,&#;ha) Deception Pass State Park, one of the most visited Washington state parks with over two million annual visitors.[4]


The park was officially established in , when the original 1, acres (&#;ha) of a military reserve was transferred to Washington State Parks. The park's facilities were greatly enhanced in the s when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built roads, trails, and buildings in order to develop the park.[4] The road to West Beach was created in , opening up a stretch of beach to hordes of vehicles. The former fish hatchery at Bowman Bay became a part of the park in the early s. The old entrance to the park was closed in when a new entrance was created at the intersection of Highway 20 and Cornet Bay road, improving access into and out of the park.

Activities and amenities

The park's recreational facilities include campgrounds, hiking trails, beaches, and tidepools. Several miles of the Pacific Northwest Trail are within the park, most notably including the section that crosses Deception Pass on the Highway 20 bridge. In addition, the Cornet Bay Retreat Center provides cabins and dining and recreation facilities. Cornet Bay offers boat launches and fishing opportunities, while Bowman Bay has an interpretive center that explains the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps throughout Washington state. Near the center is a CCC honor statue, which can be found in 30 different states in the country. Fishing is popular in Pass Lake, on the north side of the bridge. Boat rentals and guided tours of the park are also offered.


Included in the park are ten islands: Northwest Island, Deception Island, Pass Island, Strawberry, Ben Ure, Kiket, Skagit, Hope, and Big and Little Deadman Islands. Ben Ure Island is partially privately owned. The island is not open to the public except for a small rentable cabin available via the state park, which is only accessible by rowboat.

Looking roughly west from near the south span of the Deception Pass Bridge. Whidbey Island at left, Fidalgo Island at right, with the small Deception Island visible at center.

In popular culture[edit]

Jonathan Raban's travel memoir Passage to Juneau describes the history of the pass and Raban's passage through it in a 30ft yacht. The horror movieThe Ring was in part filmed near the pass. The bridge is fictionalized as a toll bridge named "Desolation Bridge" in season one of The Killing. Seattle shoegaze act The Sight Below filmed the video for their track "Further Away" at Deception Pass, with Deception Island's scenic imagery prominently featured. Seattle grunge band Mudhoney named a song on their EP Five Dollar Bob's Mock Cooter Stew "Deception Pass." Seattle progressive rock band Queensrÿche filmed scenes of their video "Anybody Listening" near Deception Pass and Deception Island.

See also[edit]


  1. ^"Deception Pass Bridge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^Hayes, Derek (). Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest: Maps of Exploration and Discovery. Sasquatch Books. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  3. ^Roberts, John E. (). A Discovery Journal: George Vancouver's First Survey Season – . Trafford. p.&#; ISBN&#;.
  4. ^ abc"Deception Pass State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved March 23,
  5. ^ abOldham, Kit (August 2, ). "Joseph Whidbey circumnavigates Whidbey Island in June ". The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. HistoryLink. Retrieved January 17,
  6. ^"Convict camp + rock quarry". Photo Record. Anacortes Museum & Maritime Heritage Center. Retrieved October 31,
  7. ^" Tides and Currents"(PDF). North Central Puget Sound Geographic Response Plan. Washington Department of Ecology. December pp.&#;2–4. Archived from the original(PDF) on October 17, Retrieved March 23,

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A s era shovel used to dig the approaches to the Deception Pass Bridge.

A s era steam shovel used to dig the approaches to the Deception Pass Bridge. courtesy: Island County Historical Society

Carved by glaciers, the steep cliffs and sharp edges of the islands create natural barriers and divert tides flowing from the Strait of Juan de Fuca past Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands. Deep, mist-shrouded forests add a touch of mystery to the appearance. Tidal flow can be extremely rough and low tides create standing waves, huge whirlpools and roiling eddies. With the small islands (Ben Ure, Strawberry and Pass) between them, Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands appeared to many early explorers to be sides of a small bay or perhaps the mouth of a river. It probably looked too dangerous to sail into the waters of the pass.

Spanish explorers of the late 18th century named many local landmasses, including Rosario and both Fidalgo and Camano Islands. In , Captain George Vancouver spent months exploring the area. He, too, named many local features (Puget Sound, Admiralty Inlet, Mount Rainier, and Mount Baker). It was Vancouver&#;s chief navigator Joseph Whidbey who sailed into the pass and followed the water south into the Saratoga Passage, disproving the bay theory. Honoring his chief navigator&#;s courage and discovery, Vancouver named the island to the south of the pass after him: Whidbey.

European and U.S. settlers arrived in the midth century and the pass entered a new era. Smugglers of people and goods found the waters and islands of Deception Pass good for their nefarious business dealings. With steep cliffs and craggy edges, the pass appeared to have strategic military value. In , more than a thousand acres were set aside for a military reservation that was partially fortified during World War I. From , a prison rock quarry operated on the eastern side of Fidalgo Island with barges taking the quarried rock to the developing Seattle waterfront. In the s, the military sold its land to Washington State which set it aside for a park in Small boats ferried travelers between Fidalgo and Whidbey over the swirling waters of the Pass. To call the ferry, they banged a saw with a mallet, sat back and waited.

Two bridges are close to meeting in the middle. Only a gap of a dozen yards or so separates them.

The Deception Pass Bridge, near completion in courtesy: Island County Historical Society

By , the idea of a bridge increasingly gained popularity. Captain George Morse, new Oak Harbor representative to the state legislature, introduced a bill in appropriating $90, toward the building of the bridge. The area was studied and plans were drawn for two steel arches; a model was built and displayed at the Alaska-Yukon Expedition in Seattle (). In , the bridge was promoted as a necessary war effort and in state legislators wrote an appeal to Congress citing its military importance. The American Legion helped form the Deception Pass Bridge Association which encouraged state legislators to pass the Bridge Bill. The bridge&#;s time was coming.

On another front, farmers in the Clover Valley of North Whidbey began building roads to the bridge approaches. The American Legion worked to activate local interest in the bridge project and the annual Cranberry Lake picnic was born. Hundreds came yearly to Cranberry Lake, the first picnic area in the Deception Pass Park, for fun, food and political speeches that encouraged citizens to continue their advocacy for a bridge.

During the Great Depression, the Public Works Administration sent the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to build park facilities and bridge approaches. The Park had rapidly become popular with residents of both Oak Harbor and Anacortes, yet had few facilities. Two CCC camps were established, one at Cornet Bay on Whidbey and one at Rosario on Fidalgo. About young men built kitchen shelters, ranger residences, roadways, trails, restrooms and the log railings along the highway. In less than one year, from August to July 31, , the bridge fabricator Puget Construction Company of Seattle built the two-span bridge. CCC workers helped build the road bed leading to the bridge.

The Deception Pass Bridge towers over the beach as the morning sun lights the bridge from behind.

Morning sun highlights Deception Pass Bridge as seen from North Beach.

The bridge is remarkable in many ways. The simple flowing lines of its arched steel structures complement the surrounding land and enhance the area&#;s visual drama. Its two sections, a foot structure from Fidalgo to Pass Island and a foot structure from Pass to Whidbey Island, show how the cantilever truss had evolved into an attractive, functional form. Twenty-eight feet wide, with two auto lanes and two sidewalks, it was built for $, (a combined pool of Emergency Relief Administration, county and other federal funds).

First-time visitors usually see the bridge from their car. Equally impressive is the view from the beaches below. Above the water soars an achievement of vision and persistence &#; humans adding to nature&#;s scenic wonder. The bridge facilitated North Whidbey development, fostered the eventual placement of the Naval Air Station Whidbey in Oak Harbor, and became the local image that visitors thrill to see. Truly a crown, the Deception Pass Bridge has brought a new dimension of romantic flavor to this intriguing and majestic area.

Information in this story comes from a variety of sources, including:,, an interview with Ranger Rick Blank of Washington State Parks and Recreation, A Bridge over Troubled Waters: The Legend of Deception Pass by Dorothy Neil, South Whidbey Historical Society, Langley, WA

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