COVID-19 Symptom Attestation

In the Media

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12:47pm
The Bellingham Herald

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that the U.S.-Canadian border will “eventually” reopen from its COVID-19 closure, but hinted it likely won’t be anytime soon.

“We’re all eager to be able to travel again,” Trudeau said March 15 during a news conference in Montreal, according to a story published by Global News. “But I think we’re all going to wait patiently until such time as the health situation allows us to loosen border restrictions internationally. That’ll be eventually, but not for today.”

The border is currently scheduled to be closed to non-essential travel until at least March 21 — one year, to the day since the two countries first closed the border in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 during opening stages of the pandemic. The closure has been extended on month-by-month basis 11 times, most recently on Feb. 19.

Whatcom County is certainly feeling the economic impact of the border closure, which is now less than a week away from marking a full year.

The Western Washington University Border Policy Research Institute found before the pandemic that Canadians comprise approximately 75% of cross-border travelers to and from Whatcom County, depending on the exchange rate when the border is open, according to information Director Laurie Trautman emailed to The Bellingham Herald for an earlier story.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12:45pm
The Diplomat

India’s eroding democracy has been receiving steady international attention. Global indices, such as Freedom House and V-Dem, have even questioned whether India can still be called a democracy. This slide directly threatens the country’s foreign policy interests, including its relationship with the United States.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12:43pm
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County had 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard on Monday, March 15, but no new related deaths over the weekend.

Overall, Whatcom County has seen 6,995 confirmed cases and 85 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 14. An additional 176 probable cases — an increase of two from Saturday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 11:50am
Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Whitman County reported 30 new positive COVID-19 cases Friday, a day after Washington State University announced an increase in positive cases affecting its Pullman campus.

In a Thursday statement from WSU, 189 students and employees have tested positive for COVID‑19 since Feb. 24. Ninety cases remain active and those individuals are isolated at home or in WSU-provided quarantine locations.

WSU says the risk to the Pullman community is low.

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 11:49am
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County had 31 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard on Saturday, March 13. Deaths are not reported on the weekends.

Overall, Whatcom County has seen 6,963 confirmed cases and 85 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 12. An additional 174 probable cases — an increase of seven 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 15, 2021 - 11:48am
The Bellingham Herald

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced he’ll issue an emergency proclamation early next week requiring K-12 schools to offer both in-person and remote instruction to all students starting in April.

The announcement comes almost exactly one year after Inslee ordered all schools to close temporarily in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. That closure was later extended.

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:32am
Q13 Fox TV

The search is on in Bellingham for a man police say tried to kidnap a college student.

It happened around 11:30 Wednesday night on the 300 block of North Samish Way, less than a mile away from Western Washington University.

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:29am
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County had 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases but no deaths reported on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard on Thursday, March 11.

Overall, Whatcom County has seen 6,908 confirmed cases and 85 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. An additional 167 probable cases — an increase of four from Wednesday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.

That means that 1.2% of Whatcom’s 7,044 total cases (confirmed and probable cases combined) have resulted in death — better than the statewide 1.5% average of total cases.

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:27am
The Bellingham Herald

The entire state will advance March 22 to Phase 3 of the state’s “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday, as he provided the initial, long-awaited details for the new phase.

At a virtual press conference rife with hopeful news, Inslee also announced the state will move to the next tier of vaccine eligibility earlier than scheduled.

On March 17, people in Phase 1B-2 will become eligible. That includes workers in settings such as grocery stores, law enforcement and agriculture, as well as people over age 16 who are pregnant or who have a disability that puts them at high risk.

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:09am
The Bellingham Herald

On the one-year anniversary of Whatcom County’s first reported COVID-19 case, the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard on Wednesday, March 10, showed the county had 23 new confirmed cases and two related deaths.

Overall, Whatcom County has seen 6,881 confirmed cases and 85 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. An additional 163 probable cases — an increase of four from Tuesday’s report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.

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