Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 16

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As of February 15, Whatcom County has had a total of 6,167 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 80 deaths, according to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) data.

Eight people have died in the past week and the percent of deaths per total cases is 1.3
percent.

All school districts continue to drop in case rates. Lynden school district had the highest rate of new cases in the past two weeks, with 499 confirmed cases per 100,000. Nooksack Valley school district trailed with 497 confirmed cases per 100,000 people. Blaine had a rate of 193 per 100,000 in that period, which is the third lowest in the county.

Whatcom County had a rate of 332.9 newly diagnosed confirmed and probable cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.

In the county, 17.6 percent of adult ICU beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients.

The Whatcom County Health Department announced providers for the week of February 15 aren’t expected to receive any first doses but will receive 2,400 second doses. The health department said this is because first and second dose distributions have been unbalanced across the state and first dose distribution will return next week.

About 21,484 vaccine doses have been administered in the county, which is an increase of 3,034 doses since last week. About 2.9 percent of county residents, or 6,611 people, are fully vaccinated and 9.4 percent have received at least one shot, according to health department data.

Washington state reached its milestone of 1 million doses being administered. Statewide, there have been 1,057,844 vaccine doses administered, with 115,678 doses administered in the past week, according to state data. This is nearly 100,000 fewer doses administered than the previous week.

About 296,840 people in Washington have received two doses of the vaccine and 890,282 have received only one dose, according to CDC data. However, there are inconsistencies with CDC data, which reports Washington has received 1,201,284 vaccines and 14,162 of those vaccines are not counted as being administered in either the first or second dose.

Washington state has had 312,828 total confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 16,918 probable cases (probable cases come from an antigen test but not a molecular test). About 4,709 people in Washington with the virus have died as of February 15 and 18,764 have been hospitalized.

For Whatcom County information, visit whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine and whatcomcounty.us/coviddata. State information is available at bit.ly/3r2URJj. Vaccine locations can be found at bit.ly/3nZiMqr. For CDC data, visit bit.ly/39Kt4qh.

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