Eight people died from Covid-19 in Whatcom County in the past week, increasing the number of deaths to 164, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The number of deaths makes up 1 percent of total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County.
On November 2, 37 patients 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, 843 people with Covid-19 have been hospitalized in Whatcom County, according to DOH data. Whatcom County has had 16,739 probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
The Blaine school district area had the second lowest case rate in Whatcom County with 154 cases per 100,000 people, according to Whatcom County Health Department data. Case rates dropped in all school district areas except for Lynden and Mount Baker. Lynden has the highest case rate with 432 cases per 100,000 people; almost double the second highest case rate in the county, which is Nooksack Valley.
As of October 25, 71 percent of people in Whatcom County who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated and nearly 6 percent are in the process of getting vaccinated. People 65 and older have the highest rate of fully vaccinated individuals at nearly 74 percent, followed by the 25 to 49-year-old age group, which is 71.6 percent fully
County residents ages 5-17 continue to have the highest Covid-19 case rate with 325 cases per 100,000 people. People 25-44 years old have the second highest transmission rates with 269 cases per 100,000.
The health department released a weekly Covid-19 report for October 17-23. The report found of the 471 cases reported that week, 350 were from unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. School-age children made up 26 percent of the total cases for the week. Two people died during the week of October 17 from Covid-19: An unvaccinated man in his 70s and an unvaccinated woman in her 90s.
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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