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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Soaring COVID-19 Case Rates Across Whatcom County

Recent data shows soaring case rates across all of Whatcom County, most strikingly in the northern regions of the county. Cases have skyrocketed in the areas of Lynden and Nooksack Valley. The 14-day case rate is over three times higher in the Nooksack area than it was last week and is over twice as high in Lynden.

 Cases are rising across all of Whatcom County, with the biggest increases seen in and around Nooksack Valley and Lynden.

The Nooksack Valley area’s 14-day case rate is over three times higher than last week’s, and Lynden’s rate is over twice as high as last week’s.

We urge everyone in Whatcom County to take immediate preventive steps to protect themselves and their neighbors from a resurgent COVID-19. Without urgent action, rates will continue to rise and businesses will continue to be shuttered or operating at very low capacity. These steps include:

  • Mask-wearing, 

  • Physical distancing,

  • Frequent handwashing, 

  • Limiting gathering with individuals outside of your household.

“We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again,” WCHD Director Erika Lautenbach says. “But this time much more urgently. Now, perhaps more than ever, the actions you take today can save your life and the lives of others. Cancel your plans this week.”

In the week following the Christmas holiday, 80% of known transmission sources were from social events and within households. This means that most of the new cases are contracted from friends and loved ones. We strongly advise against social gatherings of any size with non-household members at this time. 

Visit for more information about COVID-19 in Whatcom County.

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