Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: June 12

Local health officials are urging Whatcom County residents to get vaccinated to avoid severe illness. Between April 3 and May 29, 103 people were hospitalized in Whatcom County who weren’t …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: June 5

Whatcom County has had a total of 9,262 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 401 probable cases (9,663 total cases), according to June 7 Washington state Department of …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: May 29

The Whatcom County community vaccination center will permanently close Thursday, June 17. Local healthcare providers have run the clinic at Bellingham Technical College since early …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: May 22

Whatcom County has had a total of 8,920 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 366 probable cases (9,286 total cases), according to May 24 Washington state Department of …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: May 15

Whatcom County Health Department officials say they are not considering greater restrictions if the county fails Phase 3 metrics, which the county currently meets. Governor Jay Inslee said in a …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: May 8

Whatcom County has had a total of 8,522 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 333 probable cases (8,855 total cases), according to May 10 Washington State Department of …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: May 1

Whatcom County Health Department officials say they’ve seen a decrease in Covid-19 vaccine demand within recent weeks, but it’s too soon to know the reason. In an email to The …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: April 24

Whatcom County has had a total of 7,991 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 305 probable cases (8,296 total cases), according to April 26 Washington State Department of …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: April 10

Whatcom County will remain in phase 3 after meeting the state’s metrics that require no more than 200 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks (Whatcom had 182.6) and no more …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: April 3

Governor Jay Inslee has announced that all adults in Washington would be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination starting Thursday, April 15. The governor’s office said in a March 31 statement …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 27

As of March 28, Whatcom County has had a total of 7,256 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 227 probable cases (7,483 total cases), according to Washington State …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 20

As of March 20, Whatcom County has had a total of 7,094 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 198 probable cases (7,292 total cases), according to Washington State …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 16

As of March 14, Whatcom County has had a total of 6,995 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 176 probable cases (7,171 total cases), according to Washington State …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 2

As of February 28, Whatcom County has had a total of 6,646 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 83 deaths, according to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) data. …

First U.K. Covid-19 variant found in Whatcom County

The first known U.K. Covid-19 variant was detected in Whatcom County, the health department reported February 23. “We are concerned but not alarmed about the detection of this variant in …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 23

Covid-19 case rates continue to decline from the post-holiday peak at the beginning of the year.  “We continue to see a stabilizing and slow decrease with the rates in Whatcom County, …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 9

Whatcom County reached more than 6,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic this week, but case rates continue to drop. “After a significant decline from a post-holiday …

Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County by school district, February 2

Confirmed Covid-19 cases continue to grow in Whatcom County, but not at the rate they had been previously. “We’re cautiously optimistic in the last week we’ve seen our rates …

Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County by school district, January 26

Whatcom County reached a new landmark in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started – surpassing 5,000 cases in the past week. As of January 25, Whatcom County has had a total 5,254 confirmed …

Stafholt to receive vaccine as distribution ramps up in county

As county and statewide vaccinations continue into the new year, Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt is expected to start distributing doses of the first round of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday, …

Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Washington this week

Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Washington state on December 14, bringing about 62,400 doses this week and potentially 222,000 before the end of the year, according to a Washington state Department of …

Inslee extends restrictions, first vaccine shipments available mid-December

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday a three-week extension to the current Covid-19 restrictions that have closed indoor dining at bars and restaurants, limited occupancy at retail stores and closed …

Rate of new Whatcom Covid-19 cases doubles

As of November 16, Whatcom County has had a total of 1,942 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 52 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Of those …

New Covid-19 restrictions in effect statewide

New Covid-19 restrictions went into effect across Washington state on November 17, creating some of the tightest limitations for businesses since the pandemic began in March. In efforts to prevent …

Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County by school district, November 9

As of November 9, Whatcom County has had a total of 1,737 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 52 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health. One …

Whatcom County Health Department guidelines for Covid-19 safe holidays

With the rate of new Covid-19 infections increasing in Whatcom County and the holiday season approaching, the Whatcom County Health Department released some new guidance for holiday gatherings in a …

Covid-19 by school district, November 3, 2020

As of November 3, Whatcom County has had a total of 1,637 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 51 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Sixty of …

Advice for Covid-19 safe game day gatherings

Nothing says “autumn” like changing leaves, pumpkin spice and fall sports. This time of year, many enjoy game day traditions ranging from tailgating and TV-watching parties to huddling …

Covid-19 cases by school district area, October 27, 2020

As of October 26, Whatcom County had a total of 1,577 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 50 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Fifty-three of …

Covid-19 by school district, October 12, 2020

As of October 12, Whatcom County had a total of 1,474 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 49 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Sixty-eight of …

Covid-19 case counts in Whatcom County as of October 5

As of October 5, Whatcom County had a total of 1,406 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 48 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health. In total, …

County Covid-19 testing resumes after air quality closures

Due to poor air quality, the Whatcom County Health Department and Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) canceled Covid-19 testing at the Birch Bay testing site this week. The county closed four sites of its …

Get the care you need during Covid-19

Whatcom County residents have been turning to virtual medical visits, also known as telemedicine, more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. While telemedicine companies have been around for …

Federal grant to temporarily add $300 a week to unemployment benefits

Those receiving unemployment benefits due to Covid-19 in Washington state will soon get some extra relief. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on August 24 that it approved …

Low-barrier Covid-19 tests available weekly in Birch Bay

Whatcom County’s low-barrier Covid-19 mobile testing program expanded this week to include a site at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, as well as five other new locations throughout the …

Border closure extended until September 21

Non-essential land travel between the U.S./Canada border will remain closed until at least September 21, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced in an August 14 tweet. This is …

Health department recommends local school districts start remotely

Whatcom County health officer Dr. Greg Stern recommended to county superintendents and private school administrators that schools plan to start the school year with remote learning, according to a …

Local rate of Covid-19 cases among lowest in county

According to the latest data from the Whatcom County Health Department, 51 people who live within  the Blaine school district have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the …

Restricted dining, rent moratorium among new Covid-19 restrictions

Governor Jay Inslee introduced new changes to his Safe Start phased reopening plan during a June 23 press conference, including dining restrictions and a new rent moratorium, that will go into effect …

Low-barrier Covid-19 test site too expensive to continue

The Whatcom County Health Department and Whatcom Unified Command (WUC)will no longer offer free, low-barrier Covid-19 testing at Civic Field Stadium as the resources necessary were unsustainable to …

Majority using low-barrier Covid-19 test site lack a primary care doctor

Health department plans to release more information about low-barrier test site this week The majority of people tested at Whatcom County’s low-barrier Covid-19 pilot test site at Civic …

Border closure extended until late August

According to Canadian news reports, non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada is expected to remain blocked until at least August 21, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the U.S. Neither …

County’s first low-barrier Covid-19 testing site opens July 10

For two days starting Friday, July 10, it will be possible to get tested for Covid-19 in Whatcom County without a referral from a healthcare provider. The Whatcom County Health Department and …

Covid-19 cases are up locally, but hospitalizations remain low

In the two-week period ending July 1, 183 people tested positive for the virus in Whatcom County – more than three times the state’s target for Whatcom County under the Safe Start plan. …

State launches hotline to help with stress and anxiety

Washington state launched a support program and phone line called Washington Listens to help people manage stress and anxiety related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The support line number is …

Statewide mask mandate starts Friday

A statewide mandate that requires people who are in public and cannot distance more than six feet to wear cloth face coverings will go into effect on Friday, June 26. The public health order, a legal …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for June 16

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 453 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of June 10 and 38 people with the virus have died. For a closer look at the …

Is Whatcom on track for phase 3?

Whatcom County entered phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Covid-19 re-opening plan on June 5, and could be eligible to apply for phase 3 on June 26. Counties must apply to the Washington State …

Sheriff's office preps for busy Birch Bay Fourth of July

Birch Bay is historically a popular spot for unofficial Fourth of July gatherings and fireworks. An annual post-holiday cleanup, organized by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, Whatcom County Health …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for June 10

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 420 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of June 10 and 38 people have died. For a closer look at the figures, click here or …