With COVID-19 community transmission once again on the rise, we are publishing weekly COVID-19 updates. In these updates, we will include the latest developments, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.
Each update will cover data for the week ending the previous Saturday. You can find the weekly data report, plus additional data, on our data page at www.whatcomcounty.us/coviddata.
This update focuses on Whatcom County COVID-19 data through the previous Saturday. We have to wait for complete data from a variety of sources, so our data reports will always cover the previous week.
Cases. Whatcom County continued to see elevated cases:
Hospitalizations. During this reporting period, 26 Whatcom County residents were hospitalized because of COVID-19; three of them were fully vaccinated. This number includes people who have tested positive (using a PCR test) for COVID-19 and have been hospitalized due to their COVID-19 illness. It does not include people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are hospitalized for other reasons (ex: heart attack, injuries).
Deaths. During this reporting period, there were three deaths due to COVID-19. They were:
Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated case rates. Among total cases detected in Whatcom County residents, the case rate among unvaccinated residents remains significantly higher at 506 per 100,000 individuals compared to the case rates for partially (120) and fully vaccinated residents (152).
As of September 6, 58.5% of all Whatcom County has been fully vaccinated. Nearly three quarters (73.6%) of everyone who’s eligible, which includes all residents 12 and older, has started vaccination. That’s great! Let’s work together to get the remaining quarter of our eligible neighbors vaccinated.
In addition to places you’d normally go for routine vaccinations, such as grocery stores, pharmacies or your healthcare provider, there’s a number of pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics happening this week. These include:
COVID-19 vaccination continues to be the most effective preventive measure we can take against the virus. You’re much more likely to get really sick or infect someone else if you aren’t vaccinated. Find a provider near you at WhatcomCounty.US/CovidVaccine, or at VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov.