In the Media

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 11:12am
The Bellingham Herald

Another Whatcom County resident’s death has been linked to COVID-19 — the county’s 11th coronavirus-related death reported in the past 10 days. Whatcom has now had 165 COVID-related deaths during the pandemic, according to Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard on Wednesday, Nov. 3 The death reported Wednesday was for a resident who first tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 3, The Bellingham Herald’s analysis of the state’s epidemiological data showed. It represents the 10th epidemiological deaths the county has seen in October and increased the county’s total number of deaths since Aug. 1 to 53, The Herald found.

Before the four deaths reported this week, there were 47 COVID-related deaths in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Whatcom County residents between Feb. 1 and Oct. 23, including 20 since Aug. 15, according to The Herald’s analysis of data released last week by the Whatcom County Health Department. For comparison, there were 16 deaths of fully vaccinated residents between Feb. 1 and Oct. 23, including 14 since Aug. 15.


Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 11:08am
The Bellingham Herald

After state and federal health officials authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in children between 5 and 11 years old, the Whatcom County Health Department announced it will host a vaccination clinic specifically for that age group Friday. The clinic will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Old Lynden Middle School cafeteria (516 Main St., Lynden), according to a health department news release Wednesday, Nov. 3, and it will be open to all Whatcom County residents between ages 5 and 11. There are a limited number of pediatric appointments, according to the release, and pre-registration is required online after noon on Thursday, Nov. 4, at Walk-ins will not be accepted, but appointments can also be made by calling 360-778-6075.


Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 11:05am
The Bellingham Herald

Expect the first in a series of wet and windy storms to hit Whatcom County on Thursday, Nov. 4. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph are forecast for western Whatcom County, especially near Bellingham Bay, said meteorologist Gary Schneider at the National Weather Service in Seattle. “It’s a good front, but nothing too out of the ordinary for November,” Schneider told The Bellingham Herald.

And get ready for more blustery weather every day through next week, because the jet stream is aimed directly at Western Washington.


Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:37am
Associated Press

Hugs with friends. Birthday parties indoors. Pillow fights. School children who got their first COVID-19 shots Wednesday said these are the pleasures they look forward to as the U.S. enters a major new phase in fighting the pandemic.

Health officials hailed shots for kids aged 5 to 11 as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education.

Kid-sized doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine cleared two final hurdles Tuesday — a recommendation from CDC advisers, followed by a green light from Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:35am
Outside magazine/Women's Running

“My participants yelled that loud and clear in studies,” says Jessyca Arthur-Cameselle, associate professor of sport and exercise psychology and co-director of the Center for Performance Excellence at Western Washington University. She’s been studying collegiate and older athletes who have experienced eating disorders (EDs) since 2007. In fact, they ask her to be sure to share what they say: “Hey athletes, you can recover. Please tell athletes it is possible, even if you feel bad right now.” She points to studies showing the progress people have made after treatment, some results even matching control groups who’ve never had an ED. She’s also witnessed full recoveries in her role as a clinician.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:31am
The Bellingham Herald

Six of the seven school district regions within Whatcom County saw their two-week COVID-19 infection rates increase last week. The only region to see its two-week total of new COVID cases per 100,000 residents drop from the previous week was Nooksack Valley, according to the latest location data released by the Whatcom County Health Department on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but that news had to be taken with a grain of salt, as the region still has the second-highest infection rate within the county.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 12:16pm
Associated Press

Should all school-age kids get Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine? That’s the question before an influential government advisory panel Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized emergency use of kid-size doses for children ages 5 to 11. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also must sign off before widespread vaccinations begin in that age group.

CDC’s advisers are weighing who will get the most benefit as they deliberate whether to recommend the shots for up to 28 million more children, or perhaps only for those most vulnerable to serious illness. Their recommendation goes to the CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, for the final say.

“Today is a monumental day in the course of this pandemic,” Walensky told the advisory panel Tuesday.

She said while the risk of severe disease and death is lower in young children than adults, it is real — and that COVID-19 has had a profound social, mental health and educational impact on youngsters, including widening disparities in learning.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 12:14pm
Seattle Times

Hawaii remains among the most restrictive states for COVID-19 mandates, despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.

Various state and county rules have changed often, leaving some businesses, travelers and residents confused and frustrated.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said earlier this year that all restrictions would end once 70% of the population was fully vaccinated. But a surge of delta variant cases filled hospitals and extended rules to guard against COVID-19.

Now, case counts have dropped and about 83% of eligible Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated. But many rules remain in place.

“From what I understand, Hawaii has one of the best, if not the best, turnouts for the vaccine, and we are still one of the most restricted and shut-down places,” said Joseph Esser, a wedding photographer and president of the Oahu Wedding Association.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 12:12pm
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County just wrapped up its worst month of the pandemic in terms of reported COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths, and November didn’t get off to a much better start, with two more deaths reported on Monday. Whatcom has now had 163 COVID-related deaths during the pandemic, according to the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard on Monday, Nov. 2. The two deaths reported Monday were for residents who first tested positive for COVID on Oct. 16 and Oct. 22, The Bellingham Herald’s analysis of the state’s epidemiological data showed. They represent the seventh and eighth epidemiological deaths the county has seen in October and increased the county’s total number of deaths since Aug. 1 to 51, The Herald found.

Whatcom County had more COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths reported during the month of October than any other in the 20 months since the county saw its first case in March 2020. Whatcom’s death total during the pandemic climbed by 27 in October (from 134 on Sept. 30 to 161 on Oct. 29), while its total hospitalizations grew by 231 (from 716 Sept. 30 to 161 Oct. 29).



Monday, November 1, 2021 - 12:53pm
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County’s weekly COVID-19 infection rate among its unvaccinated and partially vaccinated residents continued to grow during the week of Oct. 17, the latest data showed, and both deaths reported that week were among residents not fully vaccinated. During the week of Oct. 17-23, Whatcom County saw 350 COVID cases among residents who were not fully vaccinated, according to data released by the Whatcom County Health Department on Friday, Oct. 22. Based on data previously released by the Washington State Department of Health, 137,736 Whatcom residents were fully vaccinated as of Oct. 17.