What used to be a mysterious new variant first detected in the UK is now the most dominant coronavirus strain in the US.
And unlike the original strain of the novel coronavirus, the more contagious B.1.1.7 strain is hitting young people particularly hard.
On the day Whatcom County topped 100,000 reported vaccination doses administered, it saw only 13 new reported COVID-19 cases and no related deaths on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Monday, April 12.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 7,549 confirmed cases and 88 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 11. An additional 273 probable cases — up one from Saturday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
Washington state Tuesday paused the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses, following federal guidance after six of the 6.8 million people to receive the shot developed rare blood clots.
“This action is being taken out of extreme caution,” said Dr. Umair Shah, the state’s health secretary, adding that he expected the pause would be temporary.
They will arrive by horseback. On foot, running from long distances. And even by canoe, to witness a spiritual journey.
It will begin at the Lummi Nation outside Bellingham next month, and continue to stops at Nez Perce traditional lands; Bears Ears National Monument in Utah; the Grand Canyon; Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; the Black Hills of South Dakota; and the Missouri River, at the crossing of the Dakota Access Pipeline, where thousands protested its construction near Native lands.
A more than 24-foot-long totem pole, carved at the Lummi Nation from a 400-year-old red cedar, will accompany the people who join this trip along the way, evoking an urgent call to protect sacred lands and waters of Indigenous people.
The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday.
The measure making June 19 a state paid holiday passed the Democratic-led Senate on a bipartisan 47-1 vote and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The House passed the measure in February on an 89 -9 vote.
Juneteenth — also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day — commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free in 1865 in Galveston, Texas, where Union soldiers brought them the news two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Whatcom County saw 42 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Saturday, April 10.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 7,536 confirmed cases and 88 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 9. An additional 272 probable cases — up six from Friday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
The introduction of coronavirus vaccines late last year has people thinking about the end of the pandemic. But it also has the fully vaccinated considering what they can do with friends and family.
An increasing vaccination rate translates into more people making plans to get together. But what are the guidelines for what people should be doing if they have been vaccinated? What about the unvaccinated? Can they mingle with the vaccinated?
The number of people seeking vaccinations has grown substantially the past couple of weeks as more people have been made eligible. The demand is sure to grow Thursday, April 15, when everyone 16 and older will be approved to get vaccinated.
Whatcom County saw 29 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no related deaths on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Thursday, April 8.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 7,4705 confirmed cases and 88 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. An additional 259 probable cases — down one from Wednesday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
Americans are being warned to avoid traveling to Canada because of COVID-19 variants that are circulating around that country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending Americans not travel to Canada at this time, noting that even fully vaccinated travelers are at risk of getting and spreading the virus variants.
The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel. At the five Whatcom County border crossings, essential travel includes commercial travel and work-related commuting. The current restrictions are in place through Wednesday, April 21, although that deadline is expected to be extended.
Despite enjoying success in a growth industry, Nelson felt compelled to return to teaching. His business and technology background presented new opportunities in the classroom. Nelson found himself instructing web design, accounting, robotics and other tech-related courses.
He moved into school administration after completing work on a principal’s credential at Western Washington University.