Last updated: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020.
This is the latest guidance for individuals, families and households to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Whatcom County.
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On May 29, Governor Inslee announced that the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order would be replaced with a Safe Start, Stay Healthy plan for county-by-county phased reopening. Under this new plan, Whatcom County was approved to enter Phase 2 on June 5. Reopening is a dialing back of restrictions that gives individuals and businesses time to adjust and make sure we can all stay safe. For more information on what moving into Phase 2 means, read our June 5 news flash.
Those who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness should take extra precautions to prevent exposure to the virus.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) define people at higher risk as:
Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for severe illness resulting from novel coronavirus should consult with their healthcare providers.
Personal prevention habits are effective for preventing COVID-19 infection. These are important action steps everyone should take to protect their health. Additionally, for other community-wide actions to be most effective, people must continue to practice these habits.
Each of us assess risks differently. When it comes to COVID-19, the risks you take affect you personally, and they also affect your community. Each decision you make about what activities to participate requires thinking through risk factors. Read our June 25 news flash, How safe is it? A guide to COVID-19 risk, for guidance on assessing your risk.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on what to do if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed to the virus.