Whatcom County saw 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Tuesday, June 22, and two additional related hospitalizations, but no new deaths.
Overall, the state reports Whatcom County has seen 9,427 confirmed cases, 468 hospitalizations and 103 related deaths during the pandemic. An additional 419 probable cases — up six from the last report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
Gov. Jay Inslee toured an Auburn pop-up clinic on Tuesday as the state continues to take a targeted approach to vaccinate harder-to-reach populations in areas where vaccination rates are down in Washington.
While vaccination numbers and equitable distribution of shots have gone up significantly because of mass vaccination sites, Inslee said a focus on certain regions in the state can help address a recent slow down.
Over the past six months, hundreds of millions of people around the world have rushed to follow in the footsteps of a 90-year-old British woman named Margaret Keenan.
At 6:30 a.m. on 8 December 2020, Keenan became the first person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as part of a mass vaccination effort. Her shot was the culmination of a frenzied effort to develop vaccines safely and in record time. Now, more than 1.7 billion doses later (see ‘Global doses’), researchers are sifting through the data to address lingering questions about how well the vaccines work — and how they might shape the course of the coronavirus pandemic that has already taken more than 3.5 million lives.
Whatcom County saw 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Monday, June 21, but no related deaths or hospitalizations were reported over the weekend.
Overall, the state reports Whatcom County has seen 9,412 confirmed cases, 466 hospitalizations and 103 related deaths during the pandemic. An additional 413 probable cases — up two from the last report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham reported it was treating eight patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 22, up one from the previous report.
"I honestly don't think that level of bilateral coordination is all that great because if it was, we would have a plan by now," said Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. "This shouldn't be such a mystery. There should a clear, well communicated goal and structured plan. . . . Our two countries should be able to do better than that for these people who are really suffering in these communities."
Whatcom County saw 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Friday, June 18, and no related deaths were reported.
Overall, the state reports Whatcom County has seen 9,387 confirmed cases, 466 hospitalizations and 103 related deaths during the pandemic. An additional 410 probable cases — up one from the last report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
Val Thomas-Matson always wanted to work in children’s television. But the Western Washington University communications graduate’s first task interning at KOMO was stuffing envelopes with letters explaining the cancellation of beloved local children’s show “Boomerang.” It would take nearly 30 years before a Best Starts for Kids grant gave her the opportunity to create her own local children’s TV program.
“Look, Listen and Learn” is an early-learning television show grounded in child-development research. Created by producer Thomas-Matson for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) audiences, the show features a diverse cast in local settings. It presents lessons for kindergarten-readiness and addresses timely, real-world issues like the Black Lives Matter movement. The first season of “Look, Listen and Learn” recently won three Tellys, awards honoring excellence in video and television across all screens from among 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.
In addition to seeing 26 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Wednesday, June 16, Whatcom County’s coronavirus-related death total increased by one and its hospitalizations jumped two.
“I challenge anyone to talk about a solution at that scale,” said Michael Medler, a professor at Western Washington University whose research focuses on mapping and analyzing natural disturbances such as wildfires. “If money is going to be spent and thinning is going to be done, most of those resources ought to be concentrated around communities you want to protect.”
Medler’s research suggests that the state would only have to treat some 52,000 acres to establish quarter-mile buffers around communities in the wildland urban interface. Clearing additional space around properties on the outskirts of those communities increases that total to some 130,000 acres, a far more doable task that could be maintained over the long haul. Those projects would create local jobs too, he said, while reducing the risk to housing, churches and grocery stores.
Detectives believe (WWU student) Madison King, 23, was stabbed to death late Thursday by her husband, Homero Osuna Gonzalez. King was found dead Friday in her home.
Osuna Gonzalez, 25, told sheriff’s detectives he flew into a rage and killed her at their home in the 400 block of 200th Street NW, west of Smokey Point. He was arrested Friday in Kirkland for investigation of murder, according to court papers.