Whatcom County recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Washington State Department of Health Tuesday, Dec. 15, and no additional deaths were reported.
Whatcom County now has seen 2,936 confirmed cases and 52 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 That means that 1.8% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
Whatcom County recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Washington State Department of Health Monday, Dec. 14. No additional deaths were reported over the weekend.
Whatcom County now has seen 2,924 confirmed cases and 52 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. That means that 1.8% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday unveiled a slate of proposals intended to boost diversity and equity, which includes a proposed independent office for investigating deadly force by law enforcement, funding the state’s new equity office and establishing Juneteenth as a legal holiday.
The plan, among other things, would also spend $10 million to maintain the state’s COVID-19 relief fund for undocumented immigrants who have suffered due to the pandemic.
PeaceHealth and the Lummi Public Health Department are getting the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Whatcom County, with both receiving them this week.
The Lummi Public Health Department received 300 doses of the vaccine to protect against COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Hundreds more hospitals around the country began dispensing COVID-19 shots to their workers in a rapid expansion of the U.S. vaccination drive Tuesday, while a second vaccine moved to the cusp of government authorization.
Though COVID-19 infection rates have risen dramatically among all age groups during the fall surge, Whatcom County Health Director Erika Lautenbach said “the magnitude” of cases continues to be highest among those under the age of 60.
“In particular, those between the ages 18 and 39 make up the bulk of our new cases,” Lautenbach said during an online briefing Tuesday, Dec. 8. “Those between 26 and 39 are seeing the highest rate — that age range is approaching 450 cases per 100,000 residents.”
Whatcom County recorded 27 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Washington State Department of Health Sunday, Dec. 13. Deaths are not reported on the weekends.
Whatcom County now has seen 2,906 confirmed cases and 52 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. That means that 1.8% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
Nearly 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Washington and upward of 1,100 are hospitalized now with the disease.
A fall wave of infections has shuttered bars, glued children to computer screens rather than whiteboards and forced hospitals to delay life-altering surgeries.
Experts promised a dark winter. Hold on for vaccines, they said: The cavalry is coming.
Now it’s here.
The biggest vaccination campaign in U.S. history kicked off Monday as health workers rolled up their sleeves for shots to protect them from COVID-19 and start beating back the pandemic — a day of optimism even as the nation’s death toll closed in on 300,000.
“I feel hopeful today. Relieved,” critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay said after getting a shot in the arm at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. “I feel like healing is coming.”
With a countdown of “3-2-1,” workers at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center gave the first injections to applause.
The first COVID-19 vaccinations in Washington state could be administered Tuesday, Gov Jay Inslee said.
“We are ready to go,” Inslee said at a news conference Sunday.
On Sunday the first shipments of a virus vaccine for widespread use in the United States were sent from Michigan to distribution centers. About 3 million doses were expected to be sent out.
The first batches of the vaccine should arrive in the state by Monday, Inslee said, following approval by federal officials and a review board set up by Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Inslee said the Western States Scientific Safety Review committee examined data from federal officials.