Parents were split about how comfortable they were having their children return to school for in-person classes, according to survey results released by Bellingham Public Schools.
The school district has announced that it will bring back the youngest learners and those who need more help, starting with kindergartners, on Monday, Nov. 2. Bellingham and other school districts in Whatcom County started the school year with remote learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’ll feel more like winter than fall on Friday, Oct. 22, as an arctic storm blows through with strong winds and temperatures below freezing.
Whatcom County is under a freeze watch for overnight temperatures in the 20s and a high wind watch for sustained northeast winds at 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
Power outages are possible in affected areas including Bellingham and western Whatcom County, the National Weather Service said in its online forecast.
When Sen. Gary Peters joined a small coterie of Detroit-affiliated members of the music business on Oct. 19 for an election-season Zoom call, the conversation began with topics like climate change, protecting the Great Lakes, and criminal justice reform. But the talk quickly turned to a looming issue: our pandemic-era inability to kick out the jams in person (and the fervent hope that we will be able to resume kicking them out soon).
Voices of Michigan and Third Man Records Cass Corridor sponsored the call, which included panelists Don Was and Wayne Kramer. Moderator Stefani Scamardo, president and founder of Evil Teen Records and Hard Head Productions and Management, talked about the personal impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on her work.
Federal health officials issued new guidance on Wednesday that greatly expands the pool of people considered at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus by changing the definition of who is a “close contact” of an infected individual.
The change by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is likely to have its biggest impact in schools, workplaces and other group settings where people are in contact with others for long periods of time. It also underscores the importance of mask-wearing to prevent spread of the virus, even as President Donald Trump and his top coronavirus adviser continue to raise doubts about such guidance.
Thirteen more Whatcom County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Health reported Wednesday, Oct. 21, but no new deaths were reported.
The county now has seen 1,537 confirmed cases and 49 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. That means that 3.2% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
The state Department of Health data also shows Whatcom County has had 106 hospitalizations (an increase of one from Tuesday) and 75,465 tests have been performed (an increase of 719 from Tuesday).
As pharmaceutical companies race to create, test and stockpile doses of vaccines to protect against the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington state is contemplating a similarly daunting challenge: distributing those doses as quickly and effectively as possible.
The state Department of Health on Wednesday released its draft plan to distribute vaccines in several phases, outlining for the first time who will have first access to vaccines, how they will be administered and how the state plans to promote vaccines — once they are deemed safe and effective — to its population, including to some people who might be wary.
Many Whatcom County residents had to scramble to find their ice scrapers Thursday morning, Oct. 22, as an arctic chill spread across the region and the area saw its coldest temperatures since mid-April.
Weather forecasters are warning that the Bellingham area will see its first hard freeze of the season this weekend and the Cascade Mountains and foothills are under a winter storm watch Friday for 2 to 9 inches of snow.
No snow is forecast for the lowlands, but some lowland Whatcom County residents could see a stray flake or two mixed with the wind and rain on Friday.
Instagram has disabled the account of a white supremacist who likely supplied the swastika stickers used in a vandalism incident that Bellingham Police are investigating as a hate crime.
Two Bellingham Herald readers tipped the newspaper about the account’s existence and the Anti-Defamation League in Seattle told The Herald in an email that the Instagram account was the source of the stickers.
The Herald is not naming the account, which featured racist rhetoric and showed a printing press making stickers exactly like the ones found Oct. 10 in downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven.
Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a host of new restrictions, including limits on indoor gatherings for students, at institutions of higher education that are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The announcement comes as outbreaks of the novel coronavirus have continued around college campuses, including at the University of Washington’s Greek Row.
At a news conference, Inslee said there have been 35 outbreaks at Washington’s universities and colleges, with more than 800 cases tied to social gatherings or student living spaces.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Western Washington is rising at “an alarming rate” and health officials say we might be joining the rest of the nation in a “fall surge” of the pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health said in a Tuesday news release.
Statewide, confirmed cases are trending upward. Case counts in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have been rising sharply since mid-September.