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Posted on: March 16, 2020

We can help you from your home or office! Consider online or mail options

We can help you from your home or office! Many Auditor’s Office services are available online, by phone, or by mail. With the risk of Covid-19 increasing in Washington State, we want to share remote options for doing business at the Whatcom Coun...

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Whatcom County Public Health Officials Recommend Wearing Cloth Masks in Public

Whatcom County Public Health Officials Recommend Wearing Cloth Masks in Public

COVID-19 is spreading in our community. Some people with COVID-19 might not show symptoms and spread the virus without knowing it. Others with COVID-19 can spread the infection ...

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 4, 2020

On April 4, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 199. 

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from WCHD

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from Whatcom County Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *UPDATE / CORRECTION*April 3, 2020 Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, WUC Public Information OfficerPhone: ...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 3, 2020

On April 3, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 182. 

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 2, 2020

On April 2, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and 1 new death related to the illness. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 175 and the total number of deaths to 9 in ...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 1, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and 1 new death attributed to the illness. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 144 and the total number of attributed de...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 31, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 139.

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay Strong Whatcom County

Whatcom County, we are so proud of you for taking Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order seriously. Because it is serious. Every time you choose to stay home, you are doing your part to protect your neighbors, friends, and family. Stayi...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Update for March 30

Earlier today we reported a delay in our daily case update. We have now updated our site to reflect our total case count. We have 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 120. 

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Update for March 30 Delayed

We are committed to providing you with the most reliable, accurate data about COVID-19 in our community. We rely on the Washington State Disease Reporting System (WDRS) for this information, and test results received through 11:59PM on Sunday, 3/29 have n...

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Posted on: March 29, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 29, 2020

On March 29, the Whatcom County Health Department has identified 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 116. Three new deaths have been reported. 

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Posted on: March 28, 2020

Accessing Healthy Food During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Wondering what’s up with accessing healthy food during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for Washington? We’ve got an overview here for you.

Grocery stores are essential businesses and will stay open.

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Healthy Strategy Order Announced by Governor to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a Stay Home, Stay Healthy Executive Order, the best tool we currently have to slow the spread of COVID-19. This decision is a proven strategy that will save lives. 

We know that this is a disruptive and alarmin...

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Posted on: March 22, 2020

29 Additional Cases of COVID-19 at Shuksan Healthcare Center

Today the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) has identified 29 additional confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an outbreak among residents and staff associated with Shuksan Healthcare Center.

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Posted on: March 22, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Website Now Active

A single-source information and communication tool on behalf of the Whatcom County’s unified response to COVID-19 is now available online.

The WhatcomCOVID.com website is a repository of trusted sources of novel coronavirus information from the U...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Increased Risk of COVID-19 Exposure in Whatcom County

While the number of confirmed cases in Whatcom County are relatively low, there is evidence of increasing spread of COVID-19 in our community. As a result, we will no longer be reporting locations of public exposures to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

Ideas to Keep You Connected and Engaged

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting our lives and communities significantly.  Restrictions are in place to reduce disease transmission, preserve our healthcare capacity and protect our vulnerable community members. Given our changing landsc...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Notice of Potential Public Exposure to COVID-19

This is a joint release from the Lummi Indian Business Council and the Whatcom County Health Department.

BELLINGHAM, WA – During the case investigation of a laboratory-confirmed positive patient, it has been determined that there was a potential ...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Protecting Our Valuable Healthcare Resources

In times of disease outbreaks, healthcare can become a limited resource. One of the ways we can help each other out is by understanding how to make the best use of our shared healthcare system. Here are the things we can all do to protect this valuable re...

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Testing for COVID-19

People have a lot of questions about testing for COVID-19. It is understandable because the recommendations for who should get tested continue to change frequently based on the situational update, and most importantly, on the capacity to test at labs. Tha...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Bellingham Bay and Chuckanut Bay Closed to Harvest of Butter Clams and Varnish Clams

Bellingham Bay and Chuckanut Bay have been closed to recreational harvest of only butter clams and varnish clams due to high levels of biotoxins.

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Whatcom County Public Health Officials Recommend Wearing Cloth Masks in Public

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 4, 2020

On April 4, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 199. 

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Changes to Whatcom County Senior Community Meals

In support of the Governor’s stay at home order and social distancing guidelines, the Whatcom Council on Aging is making the following changes to the congregate lunch program (senior community meals).

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay Strong Whatcom County

Whatcom County, we are so proud of you for taking Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order seriously. Because it is serious. Every time you choose to stay home, you are doing your part to protect your neighbors, friends, and family. Stayi...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom County Treasurer extends tax deadline to June 1

Whatcom County Treasurer Steve Oliver signed an order today extending the first half property tax due date until June 1 for individual and commercial taxpayers that pay their property taxes themselves.  See the full order here.

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Posted on: March 22, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Website Now Active

A single-source information and communication tool on behalf of the Whatcom County’s unified response to COVID-19 is now available online.

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Message to all Residents from Executive Sidhu 3/30/2020

County Executive Sidhu has issued a statement of reflection for all citizens of Whatcom County regarding our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

County Parks is Making Operational Changes in Parks/Facilities Access

In response to Governor Inslee’s mandate, County Parks and Recreation are making operational changes until further notice or otherwise stated.

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Local Governments Across Whatcom County Are United in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Whatcom County and every local jurisdiction within it are focusing our combined resources on addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Treasurer's Office Waives E-CHECK Property Tax Online Transaction Fees

Whatcom County Treasurer, Steven Oliver, announced today that effective immediately Whatcom County taxpayers can pay their taxes online with an electronic check with no additional transaction fees. Credit card payments continue as usual.

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

New Pilot Project -- Do It Yourself Mitigation Plan

Whatcom County has developed a pilot project to allow single-family homeowners to complete their own mitigation plans. This Do it Yourself (DIY) Single Family Residential mitigation packet is for projects impacting 1,000 square feet or less of critical ar...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Stairway Closed

The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve stairway is closed to the public due to structural damage caused by winter storms. The stairway structure was declared unsafe and closed to the public in February of 2020.

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Changes to Whatcom County Senior Community Meals

In support of the Governor’s stay at home order and social distancing guidelines, the Whatcom Council on Aging is making the following changes to the congregate lunch program (senior community meals).

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Whatcom County Parks Campgrounds to Remain Closed

Effective Monday March 23rd, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation campgrounds will remain closed until April 30th to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The closure includes all camping and cabin accommodations at both Silver Lake Park and Lighthouse

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Small-bore Range at Plantation Rifle Range is Closed

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation is committed to providing safe places for the public to recreate. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Whatcom County Parks & Recreation is closing the indoor and outdoor small-bore shooting range at Plantation

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Whatcom County Senior Centers Closing

Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale & Lynden Senor Centers are cancelling all programs and closing their facilities beginning March 12th until further notice. Sumas, Everson, Point Roberts and Welcome Senior Programs will close beginning Monday, March 16th.

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Clarifications on Stay Home-Stay Healthy Pertaining to Construction

Whatcom County Planning and Development Services outlines clarifications to Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide order and appendix as it pertains to construction, identifying nearly all construction as n...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Planning & Development & Public Works Engineering Change In Service

Whatcom County Government is committed to reducing the threat of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 and caring for the health and well-being of our employees, customers and our communities. In response to the public health concerns regarding the spread of COVID-...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

New Pilot Project -- Do It Yourself Mitigation Plan

Whatcom County has developed a pilot project to allow single-family homeowners to complete their own mitigation plans. This Do it Yourself (DIY) Single Family Residential mitigation packet is for projects impacting 1,000 square feet or less of critical ar...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Fare Collection/Punch Card Sales

We are still collecting ferry fares. In an effort to maintain social distancing we are implementing the following procedures.

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Modified Dry Dock Schedule eff 03/23/20

MODIFIED DRY DOCK FERRY SCHEDULE Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic ONLY

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Change in Schedule eff 03/23/20

The L.I. Ferry is seeing declining ridership due to the COVID19 virus. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 the ferry we will be moving to the Dry Dock schedule. The Dry Dock schedule reduces a.m. runs from 21 to 15 and reduces the p.m. runs from 18 to 14.

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Office 2nd Quarter 2020 Punch Card Sale Dates

The next three Lummi Island punch card sales dates are:

April 1, 2020

May 6, 2020

June 3, 2020

Punch card sales will be 11:50am -- 2:50pm at the Lummi Island ferry office. Please note that we have slightly changed the punch card selling hours.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Fare Collection/Punch Card Sales

We are still collecting ferry fares. In an effort to maintain social distancing we are implementing the following procedures.

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Modified Dry Dock Schedule eff 03/23/20

MODIFIED DRY DOCK FERRY SCHEDULE Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic ONLY

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Change in Schedule eff 03/23/20

The L.I. Ferry is seeing declining ridership due to the COVID19 virus. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 the ferry we will be moving to the Dry Dock schedule. The Dry Dock schedule reduces a.m. runs from 21 to 15 and reduces the p.m. runs from 18 to 14.

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Office 2nd Quarter 2020 Punch Card Sale Dates

The next three Lummi Island punch card sales dates are:

April 1, 2020

May 6, 2020

June 3, 2020

Punch card sales will be 11:50am -- 2:50pm at the Lummi Island ferry office. Please note that we have slightly changed the punch card selling hours.

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

ShakeAlert® System Activation For Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District

On July 22, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District activated a pilot scale earthquake early warning system, known as ShakeAlert®, at one of its water reservoirs. With its activation, the District is among the first utilities in Washington State to ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom County Treasurer extends tax deadline to June 1

Whatcom County Treasurer Steve Oliver signed an order today extending the first half property tax due date until June 1 for individual and commercial taxpayers that pay their property taxes themselves.  See the full order here.

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Treasurer's Office Waives E-CHECK Property Tax Online Transaction Fees

Whatcom County Treasurer, Steven Oliver, announced today that effective immediately Whatcom County taxpayers can pay their taxes online with an electronic check with no additional transaction fees. Credit card payments continue as usual.

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Treasurer's Office Temporarily Suspends Passport Processing March 16

Whatcom County Treasurer, Steven Oliver, announced today that his office will be temporarily suspending passport processing services in response to the Declaration of Emergency issued on March 10 by Whatcom County Executive, Satpal Sidhu. In an effort to ...

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