COVID-19 Symptom Attestation

In the Media

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 12:46pm
The Bellingham Herald

Three deaths were removed from Whatcom County COVID-19 statistics by the Washington State Department of Health Thursday, Dec. 10, as 39 new cases were reported.

Whatcom County now has seen 2,802 confirmed cases and 51 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. That means that 1.8% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 12:44pm
Seattle Times

New claims for unemployment benefits in Washington surged last week as the state’s job market continued to recoil from rising COVID-19 cases and tougher public health restrictions on businesses. 

Washingtonians filed 24,587 new, or “initial,” claims for regular unemployment benefits last week, a 10.1% increase over the prior week, the state Employment Security Department (ESD) reported Thursday.

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 12:43pm
Associated Press

A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans.

Shots could begin within days, depending on how quickly the Food and Drug Administration signs off, as expected, on the expert committee’s recommendation.

“This is a light at the end of the long tunnel of this pandemic,” declared Dr. Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:46am
The Bellingham Herald

One death and 26 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Whatcom County, according to the Washington State Department of Health Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Whatcom County now has seen 2,763 confirmed cases and 54 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. That means that 2% of the Whatcom r

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:45am
The Bellingham Herald

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, a Bellingham lab that provides testing services is recruiting 115 new employees and reorganizing its space to meet increasing and ongoing demand.

Northwest Laboratory also needs more employees to contend with worker burnout, a national trend explored in a Dec. 3 New York Times article about the non-stop demand on lab techs who have run more than 205 million tests nationally since the pandemic began, and the strain they’re working under.

“This is probably the biggest thing our lab faces right now — burnout of staff,” said Jenny Bull, chief operating officer for Northwest Laboratory, referencing the Times story.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:42am
The Bellingham Herald

Updated estimates from the federal government indicate Washington state could receive enough COVID-19 vaccine this month for 400,000 people to receive their first dose, according to state health officials.

That total includes estimates for vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, both of which have applied for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:07am
Seattle Times

Washington’s latest round of sweeping COVID-19 restrictions will stay in place through the holiday season and into the new year.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a three-week extension of the wide-ranging limits he ordered Nov. 15 — which include shutting down indoor dining and gyms and limiting social gatherings — through Jan. 4.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:05am
Associated Press

U.S. regulators Tuesday released their first scientific evaluation of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed it offers strong protection, setting the stage for the government to green light the biggest vaccination effort in the nation’s history.

The analysis by Food and Drug Administration scientists comes ahead of a Thursday meeting where the agency’s independent advisers will debate if the evidence is strong enough to recommend vaccinating millions of Americans. A final FDA decision and the first shots could follow within just days.

They are among a whirlwind of developments that are expected to make multiple vaccines available by early next year, in the U.S. and beyond.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:03am
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County saw its number of COVID-19 cases increase by 31, the Washington State Department of Health reported Tuesday, Dec. 8, but no related deaths were reported.

Whatcom County now has seen 2,737 confirmed cases and 53 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. That means that 1.9% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:01am

NASA's Curiosity rover is a science laboratory on wheels, but its team back on Earth relies on its "eyes" to point out unusual items of interest on Mars. The rover just spotted a conspicuous boulder in the distance that's worth a closer look.

The Curiosity team described the boulder as large, dark and shiny. Planetary geologist Melissa Rice from Western Washington University noted it "does not look like any other rocks in the surrounding landscape" in a rover mission update on Monday.