The Blaine school district area had the lowest case rate in the county for the second week in a row last week, according to Whatcom County Health Department data. Case rates dropped in all school district areas except for Ferndale, and case rates are significantly lower when compared with rates two weeks prior.
As of October 16, 71 percent of people in Whatcom County who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine are now fully vaccinated and nearly 6 percent are in the process of getting vaccinated.
Whatcom County has had 15,802 probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to October 18 Washington State Department of Health data. Twelve people died of Covid-19 in the past two weeks, increasing the number of deaths to 152. The number of deaths makes up 1 percent of total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County.
On October 18, 45 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. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 776 people with Covid-19 have been hospitalized in Whatcom County, according to department of health data.
The Blaine school district area’s Covid-19 case halved this past week, decreasing from 127 cases per 100,000 people last week to 64 cases per 100,000. The Blaine area has the lowest case rate in the county and has had 17 confirmed cases since last week.
County residents age 5-17 continue to have the highest Covid-19 case rates with 234 per 100,000 people. People 25-44 years old have the second highest transmission rates with 213 per 100,000.
The health department released a weekly Covid-19 report for October 3-9. The report found daily cases among 18-24 year-olds declined during the reporting week, while other age brackets trended downward and some leveled off during the week. The week had an average of 58 new Covid-19 cases reported per day. Of the 26 Covid-19 hospitalizations that week, 20, or 77 percent, were from people who were unvaccinated. Of the 407 cases, 123, or 30 percent, were from people fully vaccinated. Three people who were unvaccinated died from Covid-19 the week ending October 9.
For more Whatcom County information, visit whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine and whatcomcounty.us/coviddata. Washington State Department of Health information is available at bit.ly/3r2URJj. For CDC data, visit bit.ly/39Kt4qh.
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