COVID-19 Symptom Attestation

In the Media

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 8:59am
KIRO TV

It’s hard to tell whether people who don’t live, or frequent, the area truly understand the burden shouldered by the people who live in the Duwamish Valley. Encouraging regional headlines have a way of muting local concerns. Troy Abel, a professor of environmental policy at Western Washington, who serves as a technical advisor to the DRCC, noted a 2020 EPA release with a headline reading: “EPA reports overall 12 percent decline in industrial toxic releases for the Pacific Northwest, Idaho and Alaska.”

“This is a common problem in geographic science,” said Abel. “When you change the scale, all the statistics change.”

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:22pm
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County had 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard on Saturday, March 19, marking three straight days of case numbers being reliably in the teens. Deaths are not reported on the weekend.

Overall, Whatcom County has seen 7,080 confirmed cases and 86 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 19. An additional 198 probable cases — an increase of four from Friday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:22pm
The Bellingham Herald

Volunteers helped homeless residents remove a tent encampment at Laurel Park in the Sehome Hill neighborhood Friday morning, March 19, as workers from Bellingham Public Works and Parks and Recreation stood by.

At noon Saturday, March 20, about a dozen tents were seen at Laurel Park.

Friday afternoon, protesters attempted to move the camp to Western Washington University’s Lincoln Creek Park & Ride.

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:21pm
The Bellingham Herald

The amount of COVID-19 vaccine coming to Whatcom County will remain limited for the next few weeks but it should be predictable instead of yo-yoing, health officials said during a vaccine town hall.

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 11:26am
Skagit Valley Herald

A battle continues over jets at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, with the most recent fight being over how the noise generated by a growing number of EA-18G Growler jets stationed at the military base impacts wildlife.

Based on research published in November, the nonprofit Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, is threatening to sue the Navy, as well as NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, if the federal agencies don’t reconsider how Growler flights may impact endangered Southern Resident orcas and threatened marbled murrelets.

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 11:23am
The Canadian Press

A panel of experts and powerful political luminaries from both Canada and the United States sounded the alarm Thursday about what they consider an urgent need to get serious about reopening the shared border.

A task force assembled by the Washington-based Wilson Center's Canada Institute gathered several international trade and travel experts to sound off on what needs to happen, and why, and when.

The overwhelming consensus: time is rapidly running out.

"I think some of the biggest impacts are the social costs that we just can't monetize, like missing the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one," said Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 11:20am
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County had 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard on Thursday, March 18, but no new related deaths.

Overall, Whatcom County has seen 7,057 confirmed cases and 86 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. An additional 189 probable cases — an increase of seven from Wednesday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 11:17am
The Bellingham Herald

Volunteers helped homeless residents break camp at Laurel Park in the Sehome Hill neighborhood Friday morning, March 19, as workers from Public Works and Parks and Recreation stood by.

About a dozen or two black-clad protesters showed up, shouting vulgarities at workers about the lack of shelters for homeless people.

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 11:15am
The Bellingham Herald

Nearly 2 million more Washington residents will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines at the end of March, and the statewide moratorium on evictions will be extended through the end of June, Gov. Jay Inslee announced.

The two announcements were part of a cascade of news Inslee shared at a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:41am
The Bellingham Herald

People who were removed from a homeless tent encampment near the Civic Athletic Complex Tuesday by the city of Bellingham were told hours later to remove themselves and their belongings from their new location in Laurel Park by Friday morning.

City officials cleared about two dozen people from a homeless tent encampment in the lower parking lot of Frank Geri Softball Fields on Tuesday, March 16.

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