Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 27

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 381 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of 11:44 a.m., March 26. A total of 7,762 people have tested negative while 33 …

State unemployment hit by fraud

The economic bloodbath precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic continued unabated during the month of April as the state unemployment rate reached 15.8 percent. Whatcom was one of the hardest hit …

Local group looking for help sewing masks

The BBSP (Blaine, Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Point Roberts) Covid-19 Community Helpers group is looking for volunteers to help sew masks for people in the community. The group started sewing face masks …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 22

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 381 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of 11:44 a.m., March 26. A total of 7,762 people have tested negative while 33 …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 21

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 364 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of 11 a.m., March 22. A total of 4,712 people have tested negative while 32 people …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 20

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 19 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Local lab offering Covid-19 testing for employers

Northwest Laboratory, the lab running a drive-through Covid-19 testing site in Bellingham, began offering Covid-19 testing for employers on May 14. Any employers can contact the lab and request …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 19

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 19 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Canada/U.S. border closure extended another 30 days

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada/U.S. border closure to non-essential travel would be extended another 30 days until June 21. “This is an important decision that …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 15

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 15 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Local restaurants can now sell cocktails to-go

In a new stay home order allowance, restaurants with a license to serve spirits, beer and wine can now sell pre-mixed cocktails to-go, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced on May …

City of Blaine launches loan program for local businesses

The city of Blaine is offering a new loan program for local businesses to help them get through the economic challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Beginning Thursday, May 14, Blaine-area …

Blood donations needed as medical procedures resume

Blood donations are needed as Washington hospitals prepare to re-start surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatments that were suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals and …

Don’t delay necessary care, PeaceHealth urges

As Whatcom County continues to focus on social distancing, handwashing and face masks to flatten the curve, PeaceHealth is beginning to plan for the future with a focus on safely returning to care …

Group provides support, care packages for truck drivers

In March, some chain truck stops across the U.S. temporarily closed, leaving truckers that haul freight across North America without a crucial resource for bathroom breaks, showers and other …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 12

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 12 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Six new Covid-19 cases brings county total to 342

On May 12, the Whatcom County Health Department reported six new confirmed cases of Covid-19, and no new deaths. The department of health's website showed that 20 test results came back negative …

State will soon have 1,371 Covid-19 "contact tracers" ready to go

Washington state will have 1,371 contact tracers trained and ready to go by the end of the week, governor Jay Inslee said during a May 12 press conference. Each time someone tests positive for …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 11

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 11 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

County council approves six-month permit extension for restaurants

Restaurants and food establishments whose health department permits expire before February 28, 2021, have an extra six months to pay for and renew operating permits under a new amendment to Whatcom …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 8

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 8 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Five counties on fast track to re-open, Inslee says; curbside retail, landscaping guidance issued

In a televised news conference on May 8, Washington governor Jay Inslee announced that he was issuing guidance for curbside retail and landscaping businesses to re-start.

County health department reports two new cases, four deaths for May 7

For May 7, the Whatcom County Health Department reported four new deaths due to Covid-19 and two new confirmed cases out of 80 new test results.  In total, 328 have tested positive for the virus …

As re-opening begins, local infections rise

When the first phase of Washington state’s four-phase re-opening plan began May 5, the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Whatcom County was already increasing. In the week ending May 2, 29 …

Business survey shows which sectors are most impacted by Covid-19

In a survey of 765 Whatcom County businesses, about half reported being closed, 405 said they had laid off workers since the coronavirus outbreak began, and 195 said that they will need to lay off …

Cherry Point refineries make donations to Covid-19 relief efforts

The two refineries in Whatcom County’s Cherry Point industrial zone, BP and Phillips 66, have made donations to assist with Covid-19 relief efforts. In an April 29 news release, BP said that …

May 10 deadline for port survey of fishermen

The Port of Bellingham and its partners are conducting a survey of commercial fishermen to measure Covid-19’s impact on this industry. There are three versions of the anonymous, voluntary …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 5

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 5 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

County budget cuts won’t affect Birch Bay berm construction

By Oliver Lazenby County budget constraints won’t affect construction on Birch Bay’s ongoing 1.6-mile beach restoration project. Roland Middleton, Whatcom County public works …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 4

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 4 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Governor announces plans for four phases of re-opening

Washington governor Jay Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31 and announced a four-phase plan to re-open the state, beginning Tuesday, May 5. Each phase allows …

The number of new virus cases is on the rise in Whatcom County

After a lull, the number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Whatcom County is on the rise again. In the week ending May 2, 29 people in Whatcom County tested positive for the new coronavirus, up …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 1

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 1 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

County now recommends testing for everyone with Covid-19 symptoms

 Whatcom County is now recommending that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms contact their healthcare provider to ask about getting tested for the virus.   The symptoms list in an April …

Business survey shows major Covid-19 economic impacts in Whatcom County

In a survey of 765 Whatcom County businesses, about half reported being closed, 405 said they laid workers off since the coronavirus outbreak began and 195 said that they will need to do layoffs in …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 29

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 28 is available here.

County lags state in virus testing

As of April 28, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 293 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date in Whatcom County and 28 deaths. That’s 13 new cases and one new death from the …

Hygiene drive will collect supplies for families in need

A hygiene drive in the Cost Cutter parking lot on Friday, May 1 will collect hygiene supplies for Blaine school district families in need. Supplies can be dropped off at the Cost Cutter parking …

Drive-by parade celebrates Blaine kindergarten teacher

Community members joined in a drive-by parade on April 25 to show love to Blaine Primary School kindergarten teacher Tricia Hitchcock, who was feeling sad and missing her students while the schools …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 28

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 28 is available here.

Health advisory board taking applications for Covid-19 business task force until 5 p.m. Thursday

The Whatcom County Health Department seeks applications for a task force to help businesses get back to work in a way that’s safe for employees and customers. The task force should represent …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 27

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 27 is available here.

Covid-19 April 28 update

As of Tuesday, April 28, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 293 confirmed cases of Covid-19 to date in Whatcom County and 28 deaths. That's 13 new cases and one new death since the …

State public lands, golf courses and fishing to reopen May 5

Washingtonians will soon have much more access to public lands, governor Jay Inslee said during a televised April 27 announcement to the public. Starting Tuesday, May 5, most state parks and public …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 26

Whatcom Unified Command's daily COVID-19 status report for April 26 is available here.

Small business emergency grant program gets additional $5 million

The Washington State Department of Commerce is making an extra $5 million in aid grants available to small businesses through its Working Washington Small Business emergency grant …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 22

Find the full status report here. 

Many summer events canceled following health department’s guidance

Hands Across the Border, Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July parade and fireworks, the Blaine Harbor Music Festival and many other summer events throughout Whatcom County have been canceled …

City of Blaine prepares for steep drop in tax revenue

The city of Blaine is preparing for a significant shortfall in revenue following the sharp decline in economic activity and cross-border traffic caused by border restrictions, governor Inslee’s …

Whatcom County Jail sees major population decrease

The Whatcom County Jail has seen a drastic decrease in its inmate population over the past several weeks. Between March 1 and April 20, the number of inmates dropped from 303 to 154 between the …