As of September 27, 70 percent of people in Whatcom County who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine are now fully vaccinated and 5 percent are in the process of getting vaccinated. There are 50,000 people 12 years old and older – the current eligible age group for the vaccine – who have not had their first shot, according to the health department.
Whatcom County has had 13,844 probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to October 4 Washington State Department of Health data. Six people died of Covid-19 in the past week, increasing the number of deaths to 140. The number of deaths makes up 1 percent of total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County.
On October 5, 29 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, 731 people have been hospitalized in Whatcom County for Covid-19.
The Blaine school district area’s Covid-19 case rate decreased significantly, from 514 cases per 100,000 people last week to now 312 cases per 100,000. Blaine has the second lowest case rate in the county, following Bellingham. Blaine school district has had 30 confirmed cases since last week.
County residents 17 and under continue to have the highest Covid-19 case rates with 442 cases per 100,000 people. People 18-24 years old have the second highest transmission rates with 378 cases per 100,000.
The Whatcom County Health Department released a weekly Covid-19 report for September 19-25. The report found daily cases continued to slowly decline during the week of September 19, with about 60 new Covid-19 cases reported per day. Of the 19 Covid-19 hospitalizations that week, 14, or 74 percent, were from people who were unvaccinated. Of the 438 cases, 127 were from people fully vaccinated. An unvaccinated woman in her 70s was the only person who died from Covid-19 the week of September 19.
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.