News Flash

Posted on: August 10, 2021

Health Dept Issues 2021 COVID-19 Community Health Impact Assessment

Many of us are all too familiar with the systemic challenges and inequities made more visible by COVID-19, some of us more so than others. We’re now able to confirm what for many has already been apparent: COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all our liv...

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General County News
Posted on: June 30, 2021

Whatcom County Government Offices Re-Opening Information

Commencing July 1, Whatcom County Government Offices will be re-opening as follows:

The courthouse building will be open to the public 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Auditor, Treasurer, Assessor and Council offices will be open from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m....

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Additional Info... General County News
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Whatcom County 911 now offers Text-to-911

Text-to-911

What-Comm 911 is pleased to announce that cellular phone users in Whatcom County can now send text messages to 911 in an emergency, as What-Comm 911 can now accept Text-to-911 messages.

Text-to-911 is a vital service intended for use by those who are deaf,...

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General County News
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Whatcom Chief Dry Dock Outage Dates are Set: Sept. 11-Oct. 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 3, 2021

Contact: Ferry DivisionPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief’s 2021 dry dock outage will be Sept. 11-Oct. 4. Additional details about the 2021 dry dock, including any applicable COVID-19 protoco...

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General County News
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Outdoor Park Shelters and Picnic Areas Opening to Reservation

Cedar Picnic Shelter Exterior

Whatcom County Parks will begin taking reservations for outdoor park shelters and picnic areas beginning Monday, March 29th at 9am. Reservations will be accepted for groups of 75 people or less at the Hovander Group Picnic Shelter and 50 people or less at...

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General County News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Assessor Introduces GIS Tax Parcel Viewer

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office has launched an online Tax Parcel Viewer based on ArcGIS software. The GIS map provides access to tax parcels and related assessment information.

“I am glad we are able to make this tool available and give the public th...

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News Flash

Posted on: September 24, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update for 9/24/21

With COVID-19 community transmission once again on the rise, we are publishing weekly COVID-19 updates. In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: September 17, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 9/17/21

With COVID-19 community transmission once again on the rise, we are publishing weekly COVID-19 updates. In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 9/10/21

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 det...

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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update for 9/3/21

With COVID-19 disease activity once again on the rise, we are publishing weekly COVID-19 Data Reports. In these reports, we will summarize publicly-available COVID-19 data, highlight significant information, and provide some context and details to help yo...

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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 9/2/21

Vaccine Data

As of August 28, 57.9% of all Whatcom residents are fully vaccinated, and 63.6% have gotten at least one dose. Out of everyone who’s currently eligible, including adolescents and teens ages 12-17, 72.9% have gotten at least one dose....

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 8/26/21

Vaccine Data

As of August 23, 57.4% of all Whatcom residents are fully vaccinated, and 63% have gotten at least one dose. Out of everyone who’s currently eligible, including adolescents and teens ages 12-17, 72.2% have gotten at least one dose.

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 8/19/21

Vaccine Data

As of August 14, 56.9% of all Whatcom residents are fully vaccinated, and 62.3% have gotten at least one dose. Out of everyone who’s currently eligible, including adolescents and teens ages 12-17, 71.4% have gotten at least one dose....

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Masks Required for Everyone Indoors, Vaccinated or Not

The current COVID-19 surge has upended hopes that we might be moving towards putting the pandemic behind us. We’d hoped that once enough of us had been vaccinated, we could hang our masks up for good. Unfortunately, not enough people have gotten...

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Posted on: August 16, 2021

Natural immunity and vaccine-derived immunity

There are two ways to gain immunity from COVID-19: being infected and surviving (natural immunity) and being vaccinated. While being infected comes with risks such as spreading the disease to family and friends, hospitalization (and its bills), death, and...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 8/10/21

Vaccine Data

As of August 8, 56.4% of all Whatcom residents are fully vaccinated, and 61.8% have gotten at least one dose. Out of everyone who’s currently eligible, including adolescents and teens ages 12-17, 70.8% have gotten at least one dose.

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

We're Discussing the 2021 COVID-19 Community Health Impact Assessment Today

Many of us are all too familiar with the systemic challenges and inequities made more visible by COVID-19, some of us more so than others. We’re now able to confirm what for many has already been apparent: COVID-19 has had a profound impact on a...

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Posted on: August 6, 2021

Should you get a COVID test if you're fully vaccinated?

Should you get a COVID test if you're fully vaccinated? The CDC has updated guidelines about when fully vaccinated people should get tested--here’s a summary of the current recommendations.

Remember:

  • Don’t assume that your sympt...
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Posted on: August 3, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 8/3/21

Vaccine Data

As of August 1, 56% of all Whatcom residents are fully vaccinated, and 61.2% have gotten at least one dose. Out of everyone who’s currently eligible, including adolescents and teens aged 12-17, 70% have gotten at least one dose!

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Posted on: August 3, 2021

Unvaccinated people make up nearly all COVID cases and hospitalizations

Last week, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) began reporting on COVID case rates and COVID hospitalization rates among fully vaccinated residents vs. unvaccinated residents. The unvaccinated group includes both people who h...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Mask guidance in Whatcom County

There’s been a lot of news about the Delta variant and how its rapid spread has led to a surge in cases and hospitalizations. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) ask...

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Posted on: July 28, 2021

All 3 Vaccines Available at SummerFest in Kendall Next Week

The Annual SummerFest Event in Kendall is back this year! After taking a hiatus in 2020 like most large events, this family-friendly and neighborhood-focused event is back to welcome neighbors, friends, and families in 2021. Hosted by community partners a...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 7/27/21

Vaccine Data

As of July 24, 60.7% of all Whatcom residents 16 and older have initiated vaccination. Of those in Whatcom County who are eligible, currently anyone 12 and older, 69.5% have gotten at least one dose, and 55.5% of Whatcom’s entire popu...

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

Update on the Delta variant

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Whatcom County and has become the dominant variant in Washington, making up 58% of all variant cases in the state. This variant is also about 50-60% more contagious than the Alpha variant&mda...

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Posted on: July 20, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 7/20/21

Vaccine Data

As of July 17, 60.2% of all Whatcom residents have initiated vaccination! Of those in Whatcom County who are eligible, currently anyone 12 and older, 69% have gotten at least one dose. Fifty-five percent of Whatcom’s entire populatio...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Tips for Staying Safe on Open Water

Getting out to any one of our county’s many bodies of water is perhaps one of the best ways to spend a hot summer day. Nothing beats a hot day spent by the ocean, lake, river or creek. And, as long as it isn’t too crowded, getting out ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Now's the Time to Prepare for Smoky Skies

It may not be smoky here yet, but with record-high temperatures and wildfires already scorching the West, you can likely expect smoky skies soon.

Wildfire smoke is hazardous to everyone’s health, but certain groups are at higher risk of adverse ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 7/13/21

Vaccine Data

Way to go, Whatcom! As of July 10, 70.1% of Whatcom residents 16 and older have initiated vaccination! We’ve crossed an important milestone in our county’s pursuit of community immunity. 

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Posted on: July 9, 2021

Foothills Food Bank and Food Access Plan Open House on July 16

Foothills Food Bank Open House and Food Access Plan Unveiling

On July 16, 2021, the FCFP, together with the Foothills Food Bank, will host an unveiling of the 2021 Food Access Plan and an open house of the new Foothills Food Bank building, completed in the...

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

Vaccine Update for 7/7/21

Vaccine Data

Whatcom County is getting closer to the 70% milestone. As of July 3 (DOH’s most recent date for vaccination data), 69.7% of Whatcom residents 16 and older have initiated vaccination, and 54% of all Whatcom residents are now fully vac...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

What to know about the Delta variant

The Delta variant of the coronavirus has been in the news a lot lately. Here’s what we know:

  • The Delta variant has not been detected yet in Whatcom County, but since it’s now the cause of 1 out of 4 new COVID cases in the U.S. and hundr...
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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Top Tips for a Healthy 4th

There’s a lot to celebrate besides our nation’s founding this 4th of July. Now that most restrictions have been lifted, many of us are more than ready to get together to feast on barbecue, enjoy a fireworks show, or go for a swim.

Befor...

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Posted on: June 30, 2021

Washington State and Whatcom County Reopen

We’ve made it through a difficult year, and now we’re seeing some relief. Today, June 30, Whatcom County and the rest of Washington State will lift most restrictions. We’ll be putting all the stages, phases, safe-starts and r...

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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 6/29/21

Vaccine Data

Whatcom County is well within reach of the Governor’s statewide benchmark for early reopening. As of June 26 (DOH’s most recent date for vaccination data), 69.2% of Whatcom residents 16 and older have initiated vaccination,...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Hot Weather's Coming - Stay Cool and Hydrated to Prevent Heat Illness

It’s going to be hot this weekend, Whatcom. Forecasts predict temperatures reaching into the 100s in parts of Whatcom County. Make sure you’re able to stay cool this weekend. Heat-related illness is one of the biggest weather-related k...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 6/22/21

Vaccine Data

We’re not quite where we need to be to reopen early, but we’re doing really well, Whatcom. Right now, we’re 4th in the state for the number of eligible people who are fully vaccinated.

The more pe...

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Posted on: June 18, 2021

Getting Tested for COVID-19 So You Can Travel

Things are looking up. COVID-19 vaccines, once a hard-to-get commodity, are now easy to get, and lots of people have gotten vaccinated. 

You may think now’s a great time to pay someone a visit who you haven’t been able to see s...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 6/15/21

Vaccine Data

We are almost there, Whatcom. We’ve crossed an important threshold. As of June 14, just over half (50.7%) of Whatcom County residents are fully vaccinated! 

We’re doing our part to help the state hit the ta...

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 6/8/21

Vaccine Data

We’re really close to hitting the Governor’s target for early reopening, Whatcom. Keep it up! As of June 7, 66.31% of everyone 16 and older has started vaccination. That brings the entire county’s initiat...

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Posted on: June 2, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 6/2/21

Vaccine Data

Slow but steady wins the race, Whatcom! So far, about 63% of everyone in Whatcom County who’s eligible has gotten one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which represents 52.07% of the entire Whatcom County population. Our fully-v...

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 5/25/21

Vaccine Data

We’ve passed some important milestones! More than half (50.65%) of all residents have started vaccination, which includes 61.5% of everyone 16 and older. We’re very close to hitting the governor’...

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Washington’s Mask Mandate Amendments and What it Means for Whatcom

Last week, the CDC revised its masking recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals, and today the Governor issued a new proclamation clarifying Washington State’s requirements to wear masks in public. Fully vaccinated people are now exempt,...

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Partnerships for a Successful Vaccination Clinic

Last Wednesday, May 12th, a collaboration of local service providers and volunteers came together to host a vaccination clinic at Kendall Elementary School in Maple Falls. The Vaccine Clinic was a success thanks to the many talented and caring people invo...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 5/18/21

Vaccine Data

As of May 17, nearly half (48.45%) of all Whatcom County residents have gotten their first dose, and 38.81% are fully vaccinated.

This week, Whatcom County providers are due to receive 600 first doses and 2,640 second doses. For more i...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

New Sub-Population Data Graphics for Whatcom County

We’ve updated our COVID-19 data page with new vaccination data graphics. These graphics can be found at the very bottom of the page beneath the county-specific COVID-19 data dashboard. All of these charts display data from the previous week, and...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 5/11/21

Vaccine Data

Although the pace has slowed, we’re still making progress. As of May 10, close to half (46.99%) of all Whatcom County residents have gotten their first dose, and more than a third (35.71%) are fully vaccinated.

This week, Wha...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 5/4/21

Vaccine Data

This past week we reached an exciting milestone: over 100,000 people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Whatcom County! 

As of May 3, 44.78% of Whatcom County residents have gotten their first dose,...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 4/27/21

Vaccine Data

As of April 24, 42.46% of Whatcom County residents have gotten their first dose, and more than a quarter (29.46%) are fully vaccinated! 

From April 18-24, providers in Whatcom County administered more than 13,000 initial doses!...

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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Need a Vaccine Appointment? Here's Where to Look.

Everyone over the age of 16 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine! Vaccine appointments are available in our community, you just need to know where to look. You may have noticed that not all vaccine providers and pop-up vaccine clinics are listed on the Vaccine ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 4/20/21

Vaccine Data

As of April 19, 38.98% of Whatcom County residents have gotten their first dose, and more than a quarter (26.49%) are fully vaccinated! 

From April 11-17, providers in Whatcom County administered more than 10,000 initial doses!...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 4/13/21

Vaccine Data

As of April 10, more than 1 in 3 Whatcom County residents (34.59%) have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 22.99% of our community is fully vaccinated. 

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 6,440 first dos...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Whatcom County Coronavirus Variant Update for 4/7/21

Coronavirus variants have been detected in Whatcom County, and there’s speculation about what they might mean for the pandemic and vaccination efforts. Here’s what we know right now.

What is a variant?

All viruses mutate. As they make copies of the...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 4/6/21

We’re making progress! As of April 3, 31.32% of Whatcom County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 20.10% of our community members are fully vaccinated. As of Sunday, April 4, 72% of Whatcom County resi...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 3/30/21

We’re making progress! As of March 29, 27.94% of Whatcom County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 16.85% of our community members are fully vaccinated. As of Monday, March 29, 71% of eligible Whatcom ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

I’m fully vaccinated: What now?

Congrats! You are fully vaccinated! Here’s what you need to know:

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

You are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after the s...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

The CDC's Guidelines for Traveling during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 19, Governor Inslee rescinded the travel advisory he issued last November and advised Washingtonians to refer to the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisory guidance.

The Governor didn’t rescind his travel advisory because it’...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Dashboard Updates

Yesterday, Tuesday, March 23, we updated our COVID-19 data page with a new Whatcom County specific Data Dashboard! This dashboard replaces the charts that were previously on our website. You can check out the new dashboard on our data page, and read below...

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 3/23/21

We’re making progress! As of March 21, more than one quarter of Whatcom County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 13% of our community members are fully vaccinated.

Providers in Whatcom County are due t...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery Begins Today, but Whatcom County Should Still Be Careful

Today, Whatcom County and the rest of Washington State move into Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan. That means we’re getting a step closer to normal. 

This is great news, but Whatcom County residents should sti...

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Posted on: March 16, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 3/16/21

Vaccine Data

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 5,710 first doses and 5,180 second doses COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 15th. 

As of March 13, 48,311 Whatcom County residents have received their first dose and 23,629 ha...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Whatcom County Moves to Phase 3 of Healthy Washington Plan on March 22

Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced new changes to the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan. On March 22, all counties in Washington will move into Phase 3. This means there will be fewer restrictions on private and business activities across th...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 3/9/21

Vaccine Data

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 2,370 first doses of and 2,600 second doses COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 8th. The number of first doses includes 1,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only req...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Whatcom County Community Vaccination Clinic Opens to Public March 13

This week the large-scale collaborative COVID-19 vaccine clinic, the Community Vaccination Center (CVC), located on Bellingham Technical College’s main campus, is set to open to the public. The first clinic is this Saturday, March 13, between 9 ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 3/2/21

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 11,030 first doses and 1,900 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 1st. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 29,915 initial doses. As of Feb. 27, 30,969 Whatcom Count...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Variant B.1.1.7 Found in Whatcom County

Evidence for a new coronavirus variant previously reported elsewhere in Washington has now been found in Whatcom County. Variant B.1.1.7, commonly referred to as the UK variant, spreads more easily than the original COVID-19 strain. 

While this is...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 2/23/21

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 2,540 first doses and 3,270 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of Feb. 22. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 20,365 initial doses. As of Feb. 20, 25,996 (11.5%) Whatcom ...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 2/16/21

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive zero first doses and 2,400 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of Feb. 15. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 17,825 initial doses. As of Feb. 10, 21,252 (9.43%) Whatcom C...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Whatcom County Moves to Phase 2 of Healthy Washington Plan

Data released today by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) enables the North Region, which includes Whatcom County, to move to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Reopening Plan.

Starting Monday, February 15 some additional ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 2/9/21

Vaccines by the Numbers

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 3,275 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of Feb. 8. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 17,825 initial doses. As of Feb. 6, 19,258 Whatcom County res...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Whatcom County Vaccine Update for 2/3/2021

Vaccines by the Numbers

During the week of February 1st, providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 700 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 14,550 vaccine doses. 

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Corrections Made to Vaccine Update 1/26/21

We made an error in data reporting in our Vaccine Update newsflash published on Jan. 26. We mistakenly reported that 11,796 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been given to Whatcom County residents. However, that number actually represents the number of doses ...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 1/26/21

The new B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the “UK variant,” has been reported in Snohomish and Pierce counties. While this is certainly cause for concern, it is not cause for alarm.

Here’s what we know so fa...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 1/20/21

Phase 1B Tier 1 (Phase 1B1) of COVID-19 vaccination has begun, but unfortunately this doesn't mean that all people in Phase 1B Tier 1 will be able to get their first shot right away. Anyone in Phase 1A or Phase 1B1 can get vaccinated now, but there is sti...

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Posted on: January 18, 2021

Whatcom County Vaccine Update 1/18/21

Washington State Department of Health has announced that we will start to move to Phase 1B Tier 1 today. This opens up vaccinations to people 65 and older, and people who are 50 and older who live in multigenerational households.  Due to limited ...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Whatcom County Vaccine Update 1/14/2021

While we are still currently in Phase 1A, Washington State Department Of Health (DOH) announced yesterday, January 13, that we will be moving to Phase 1B “in a matter of days.” We will provide an update when Whatcom C...

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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 No...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Cases Are Higher Than Ever and Rising

Another wave of COVID-19 activity is sweeping over Whatcom County, and it’s the biggest one yet. Our case counts are higher than they’ve ever been. Since December 30, cases have been rising and doing so faster than ever before. As peop...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Right now, Whatcom County is in Phase 1a of Washington State’s Vaccine Allocation Plan. We know there is a lot of interest in the allocation, distribution, and administration of vaccines and questions about when people will be able to b...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Situational Update on COVID-19 Data

Some important updates to COVID-19 data are happening at the local and state level. Read more to learn about how we’re now including probable COVID-19 cases in our data reporting, and how to interpret recent test data with a bit of caution.

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

WCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update 12/15/20

COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Washington State on Monday

The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived Monday morning in Washington State and are soon to arrive in Whatcom County. Approximately 62,400 doses are expected this week, with a to...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department Moves COVID-19 Testing Out of the Weather

Community low barrier testing for COVID-19, which has been provided by the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) and Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) at several locations throughout Whatcom County, will soon take place at one location. 

Between Nov...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Community Asked to Avoid Gatherings and Use COVID-19 Testing Services Only When Necessary

The low-barrier mobile COVID-19 testing that we have been offering to our community members has reached maximum capacity. Many more people are seeking COVID-19 tests due to a sharp increase in virus activity and a desire to travel or gather for the holida...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

GAME DAY GATHERINGS

Nothing says “autumn” like changing leaves, pumpkin spice, and fall sports. This time of year, many enjoy game day traditions ranging from tailgating and TV-watching parties to huddling along the sideline of their kids’ socce...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

New guidelines ease restrictions for team sports

Fall is here, and for many people it’s a time to get involved in a variety of sports. Team sports are a source of physical and mental well-being for both children and adults and create a sense of belonging and community. Recent changes in Washin...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

State Data Reporting Delay Affects Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Dashboards

On October 12, the Washington State Department of Health announced data issues that required a rollback of the COVID-19 data dashboard to include data only current as of 11:59 p.m. on 10/9/2020. The issue also impacted the COVID-19 risk ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Physically Distanced but Socially Connected: Activities to do when the weather gets bad

Fall is here, and with it comes grey skies and rain. It was easier to get together outdoors with friends for social gatherings during the sunny days of summer, but the colder, wetter weather can make outdoor gatherings more difficult. But as Pacific North...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

One COVID-19 mobile testing location to close after Oct. 7

Since August, Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) and the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) have partnered to provide community-wide low barrier testing for COVID-19 in seven locations around the county.

One of those locations, at Christ Fellowship Church ...

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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Halloween: Have a Spooky, Safe and Healthy Holiday

Halloween is on its way, and with everything we’ve been going through this year, we’re looking forward to the festivities it brings. Pumpkin carving, decorating our homes, and wearing costumes are all great ways to celebrate Halloween....

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

New Funding to Support Rent and Mortgage Payments Now Available in Whatcom County

The Whatcom County Health Department is working with local partners to implement two new housing assistance programs funded by the CARES Act that will provide over $3,300,000 for Whatcom County households that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. T...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Testing is just one tool in our toolbox

Using the right tool for a task is more efficient and usually gets better results. Testing is an essential tool to help control the spread of COVID-19, but it’s not the only tool in our toolbox. Some of the tools we have can be used by each of u...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

Two new charts added to Whatcom County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard

We’ve added two new charts to our Data Dashboard page today to provide more information about COVID-19 activity in our county.

The first is a map that shows the rate of newly identified cases over the previous 14 days by location of residence wit...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

New guidance for face coverings: when and where you should wear them

On July 25th, Washington State updated the requirements for wearing face coverings. Face coverings are now required in any common spaces where you can’t socially distance. This includes places such as:

  • Elevators.
  • Hallways, courtyards,  an...
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Posted on: July 25, 2020

Updated Guidance for Phase 2

On Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee announced an update to the Safe Start plan for reopening Washington State. The new measures aim to have social gatherings take place less often, last for shorter amounts of time, and to take place in safer environments. Fo...

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Posted on: July 18, 2020

Share Compassion, Not COVID

Share Compassion, not COVID-19

We’re all weary of the ongoing effort to protect our community from the impact of COVID-19. At times, we may feel angry, fearful, anxious, or overwhelmed. It can make it all the more challenging to practice empathy ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2020

Isolation and Quarantine: Your Questions Answered

One of the most effective tools we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 is “boxing the virus in.” This includes isolating yourself if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, and quarantining yourself if you have been exposed...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Responding to COVID-19 Outbreaks

Responding to contagious disease is one of the most important functions of a public health system. How do health officials keep outbreaks from impacting the entire community?

Whatcom County is now in Phase 2 of Washington State’s Safe Start plan....

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Posted on: June 6, 2020

Yes, you can get tested for COVID-19.

Everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible. If you think you have symptoms, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who has received a positive test result, please follow these steps to get tested right away. Testing a...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Whatcom’s Phase 2 Application Accepted

Our hard work has paid off, and the Washington State Secretary of Health has accepted our application to move to Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Effective immediately, we can move into Phase 2. 

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Now Available

We know data can be ... well … confusing. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to improve how we share COVID-19 data with a new, interactive COVID-19 data dashboard. The new dashboa...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Whatcom County Submits Phase 2 Application

We’ve submitted an application to the Washington State Department of Health to move into Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington. The application was submitted following a vote from the Whatcom County Council, acting in their role as the Health Board, ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

We’ve updated the charts on our website showing the weekly number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths with numbers for the week of Sunday, May 17 through Saturday, May 23. In the past week there have been no new d...

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Posted on: May 23, 2020

Is it safe to gather with friends?

Right now, staying home except for essential trips is working to limit the spread of COVID-19. The fewer interactions we have with people outside of our household, the fewer chances there will be to spread the virus. This is the easiest way to st...

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Posted on: May 16, 2020

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

One of the most important ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and physically distance ourselves from others. Unfortunately, this method of containing the spread of the vi...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Returning to Work After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure (Guide for Essential and Healthcare Workers)

If you’re an essential worker or healthcare worker that tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone who has, you may be wondering what to do and when it’s ok to return to work. Here’s what you need to know.&a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Talking with Children about COVID-19

COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds right now. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make you feel out of control and make it unclear what to do. When you feel this way, your kids may feel it too, and they often can sense the way you&a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

COVID Employer Support Task Force Launching to Provide Guidance to Local Businesses

On April 23, 2020, the Public Health Advisory Board began the process to create a Task Force made up of community members representing a variety of employment sectors, from retail to agriculture. Task Force members will work with health department staff t...

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Posted on: May 9, 2020

Contact Tracing to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Knowing where and how people could have been exposed to COVID-19 can help slow the spread of infection in our community. Contact tracing - a part of our disease investigations -  contains further spread of COVID-19 by identifying people who have ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Northern Whatcom County Beaches Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvest

Paralytic shellfish poisoning biotoxin has reached unsafe levels in molluscan
shellfish in Drayton Harbor. Recreational shellfish harvesting is closed on all beaches from Birch Point north to the Canadian Border, including all of Point Roberts.

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

We're Still Here to Help - Just From a Distance.

You’ve been hearing a lot from us about how public health plays an important role in keeping our community healthy. Although much of the Health Department staff has been busy responding to the COVID-19 crisis and our offices are temporarily clos...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Got Symptoms? Get Tested!

COVID-19 testing capacity is growing in Whatcom County, and that means that more people can get tested. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 below, stay home and contact your healthcare provider to ask about how to get tested. ...

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Posted on: April 25, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 25, 2020

On April 25, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 284 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County Executive Delays Payment Deadlines, Waives Late Fees for Restaurants and Taverns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2020  

Media Contact: Melissa Morin, Communications Specialist

Phone: (360) 594-2504

E-mail address: mmorin@co.whatcom.wa.us

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 24, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 283 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

WUC Opens Isolation, Quarantine Facility; Medical Referral Required

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, April 23, 2020Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, Joint Information CenterPhone: (360) 815-2701E-mail address: WUC_JIC@co.whatcom.wa.usA motel facility opened Wednesday, April 22, on Byron Avenue in Bellingham, to provid...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 23, 2020

On April 23, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 282 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 22, 2020

On April 22, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 281 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 21, 2020

On April 21, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 280 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 18, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 18, 2020

On April 18, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting five (5) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 276, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

Please note that the data t...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 17, 2020

On April 17, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting zero (0) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 271, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

We are pleased to report th...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 16, 2020

On April 16, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 271. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Keep Our Open Spaces Safe Places During COVID-19

It’s starting to feel more like Spring in our lovely corner of the Pacific Northwest, and that means we may be eager to use our county’s extensive trail and park network. Getting outside can reduce stress, keep you physically active, a...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 15, 2020

On April 15, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting four (4) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 269. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 14, 2020

On April 14, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and two (2) additional deaths associated with the illness. This brings the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 265 and the total ...

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Posted on: April 11, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 11, 2020

On April 11, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting eleven (11) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and no new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 261. The total number of deaths...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 10, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting seven (7) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and two (2) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 250 and the total number of ...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Farmers Market to Open with Support from Whatcom County Health Department

The Bellingham Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, April 11th. Farmers Markets are listed as essential businesses, just like grocery stores, under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order.

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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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