Local rate of Covid-19 cases among lowest in county

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According to the latest data from the Whatcom County Health Department, 51 people who live within  the Blaine school district have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s a rate of 290 per 100,000 residents, which is among the lowest in Whatcom County.

Only the Mt. Baker school district has a lower rate of confirmed cases, with 266 per 100,000, or 42 total, according to the data.

On July 27, 2.2 percent of Covid-19 tests from Whatcom County residents had come back positive in the past two weeks, according to the latest data from the Washington State Department of Health. That’s just over the state’s target for a positive rate of 2 percent or less.

Also on July 27, 1.6 percent of licensed hospital beds in Whatcom County were occupied by a Covid-19 patient, according to the state data.

Sixty-three people in Whatcom County have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past seven days, a rate of about 28 per 100,000 residents, according to the data. That’s an increase from a low on about July 8, when 17.3 per 100,000 tested positive.

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