As of September 8, the Whatcom County health department has confirmed at least 168 people tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden.
“This highlights the need for masking or other precautions when attending large events, either indoors or outdoors, given our high case rate right now,” said Jennifer Moon, Whatcom County Health Department public information officer, in an email to The Northern Light. She added it’s unclear how much transmission occurred at the fair, which ran August 12-21.
Whatcom County has had 271 probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases since last week, more than half the new number of Covid-19 cases from the week before, according to September 2 Washington State Department of Health (DOH) data.
Four people in Whatcom County died from Covid-19 during the week of August 22: Two vaccinated women in their 80s and 90s, and two unvaccinated men in their 50s and 60s. In total, seven fully vaccinated people have died from Covid-19 in Whatcom County.
One fully vaccinated individual was hospitalized for Covid-19 the week of August 22, while 17 unvaccinated individuals were hospitalized for Covid-19 during the same week.
On September 8, 34 people at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center had either been admitted for Covid-19 or tested positive for Covid-19 after being admitted for another reason.
Among the Covid-19 cases reported the week of August 22, 187, or 29 percent, were breakthrough cases affecting people fully vaccinated.
For more Whatcom County information, visit whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine and whatcomcounty.us/coviddata. State information is available at bit.ly/3r2URJj. For CDC data, visit bit.ly/39Kt4qh.
By press time, the Whatcom County Health Department had not updated new Covid-19 cases, case rates and percentage of people vaccinated by school district boundaries. The Covid-19 map will be included in next week’s newspaper.