Whatcom County smashed a record it had no interest in ever approaching, as the Washington State Department of Health reported 171 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, Jan. 7.
While that matched the 171 new cases the state Department of Health reported four days earlier, the cases reported Sunday, Jan. 3, represented three days of data — an average of 57 cases per day — following the New Year’s holiday and no data being released Saturday due to a processing error by the state.
One more Whatcom County resident’s death has been linked to COVID-19, according to the Washington State Department of Health on Wednesday, Jan. 6, as the county saw its number of confirmed cases grow by 26.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 3,762 confirmed cases and 56 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. That means that 1.5% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
Washington will next prioritize vaccinating anyone who is 70 years and older, or anyone 50 and above who lives in a multigenerational household, the Washington state Department of Health announced Wednesday.
Dr. Umair Shah, the state’s health secretary, said the state has not yet approved vaccinating people in this tier, called B1, but plans to later in January. Health providers and industry groups have been waiting for the guidance to begin preparations.
Both U.S. House members who represent Whatcom County called for President Trump to be removed from office under provisions of the 25th Amendment, which allows for the president to be removed by the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet.
U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene were unharmed in the violence that erupted Wednesday, Jan. 6, as a mob of Trump supporters, some of them carrying racist banners, laid siege to the U.S. Capitol and were removed by force.
One person was killed and three other people died of medical emergencies during the riot, according to media reports.
Today was Bellingham Interim Police Chief Flo Simon’s first full day as the City’s first female police chief, after a ceremonial passing of the chief’s badge yesterday (Monday, Jan. 4, 2021).
Interim Chief Simon is a 30-year veteran of the department who most recently served as Deputy Chief. As announced last month, Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood selected her to serve as interim chief upon the retirement of former Chief David Doll, whose last day was yesterday.
Whatcom County has 53 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday, Jan. 5, but no new deaths were reported.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 3,736 confirmed cases and 55 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Monday. That means that 1.5% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
So long, Safe Start — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled a new plan for reopening the economy from COVID-19 restrictions.
“2020 is officially behind us, we know that brighter days are ahead,” Inslee said at a virtual press conference, “and we’re here to talk about a new way to move our state forward economically while we’re beating the pandemic.”
Under the new “Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery” plan, counties are grouped into eight regions of at least four counties each, based on health system resources. All regions are currently considered to be in Phase 1 of the two-phase plan, which goes into effect Jan. 11.
Wetland monitoring reports have been professionally prepared and submitted by Perry at Welch Ecological Services LLC. This year, which is monitoring project Year Three, Recreation Northwest was fortunate to engage students from Western Washington University to collect and summarize plant survival and native plant cover in the abandoned trail restoration areas. Recreation Northwest and Welch coordinated with WWU Huxley students to complete the annual monitoring at no cost to the organization. Recreation NW developed a community partnership that provided WWU Huxley students with applicable field work opportunity and defrayed labor cost to Recreation Northwest.
Total Number of People Initiating Vaccination (1st Dose Received) Reported to the CDC by State/Territory and for Selected Federal Entities per 100,000
Whatcom County has 43 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional probable case, according to the Washington State Department of Health on Monday, Jan. 4, but no new deaths were reported over the weekend.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 3,683 confirmed cases and 55 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday. That means that 1.5% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.