President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic’s prolonged economic fallout.
Called the “American Rescue Plan,” the legislative proposal would meet Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration, and advance his objective of reopening most schools by the spring. On a parallel track, it delivers another round of aid to stabilize the economy while the public health effort seeks the upper hand on the pandemic.
Whatcom health officials are waiting to hear when more county residents, including those who are elderly, teachers and agriculture workers, can get the COVID-19 vaccine amid worsening case counts here and elsewhere in Washington state.
As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, there have been a little over 9,000 doses of the vaccine allocated for distribution in Whatcom County, the county Health Department announced on Thursday, Jan. 14.
For the sixth time in 12 days, Whatcom County’s reported number of confirmed new COVID-19 cases was in triple figures, as 128 new cases were reported on the Washington State Department of Health dashboard Thursday, Jan. 14.
Before Jan. 3, Whatcom had not seen a reported increase of more than 84 throughout the entire pandemic.
The Washington state Department of Health will move into its next phase of coronavirus vaccination sooner than expected, moving up the timeline to begin inoculating people aged 70 years and older, among others.
Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah also acknowledged the state’s rollout had been uneven, that the public expected more and that the department needed to hasten the pace of vaccination.
Nearly a month after Whatcom County began COVID-19 vaccinations, supply continues to “trickle” into the county, county health officials said Wednesday, and the county has been allocated a little more than 9,000 doses to this point.
Of those, approximately 800 were shipped this week, Whatcom County Health Department Health Information and Assessment Supervisor Amy Hockenberry, who is leading the county’s vaccination efforts, said during an online briefing Jan. 13.
A day after its case count took a step back, Whatcom County’s number of confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses surged forward with 109 new positive tests reported on the Washington State Department of Health dashboard Wednesday, Jan. 13. Though the state reported no new related deaths Wednesday, the Lummi Nation said that its community saw its first death that could be linked to coronavirus.
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While all seven regions in Whatcom County are seeing post-holiday COVID-19 spikes, three saw their infection rates double last week and one more than tripled — yes, tripled — in just seven days.
Northern parts of the county saw the largest jumps last week, according to data released Wednesday by the Whatcom County Health Department, as the Nooksack Valley and Lynden school district regions each saw their total number of confirmed cases jump by more than 100.
Winds gusting well past 50 mph knocked out electricity across a broad area of the Puget Sound region, according to the National Weather Service and Puget Sound Energy.
At least one person was injured in Whatcom County when trees crashed into a dorm at Western Washington University, campus officials said Tuesday night, Jan. 12.
Voice acting might be initially overlooked when it comes to entertainment, but the character of a production can be completely changed by the voices attached to it.
(For an insightful, wry, comic look at the industry, put the movie “In a World” on your to-rent list.)
Tim Friedlander, a Skagit County native and graduate of Western Washington University, is one of those voices you may have heard — a lot.