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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Whatcom County is eligible to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2

Governor Inslee has released an updated Safe Start plan which allows for more flexibility for counties to apply for a variance. Under the updated requirements, Whatcom County is now eligible to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2. 

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Moving Whatcom County to Phase 2

Whatcom County is currently in Phase 1 of the Safe Start reopening plan. We are all working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19, and are looking forward to the next phase. We don’t yet know when Washington State as a whole may be able to move to...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

County Council Launches Webpage to help Citizens Comment at Virtual Public Hearings

The Whatcom County Council will hold a virtual public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 on the ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry P...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Yes, Whatcom County is Still in Phase 1 of Reopening

Right now, staying home except for essential trips is limiting the spread of COVID-19. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive is still in place and Whatcom County is still in Phase 1 of the “Safe Start” plan for reopening. Moving to Pha...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Grieving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Grieving loss is a painful life experience made more difficult and lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives across the world and complicated the grief process for millions more. 

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Whatcom County Cloth Face Covering Directive

Today we issued a Local Health Officer Directive that directs everyone to wear cloth face coverings while in any public indoor and outdoor locations where a person will be within six feet of someone who they don’t live with. As summer approaches...

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Posted on: May 17, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

We are committed to sharing reliable and meaningful information about the COVID-19 outbreak as soon as we are able. This week, we’ve updated our website to include:

  • The weekly number of confirmed cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths for ...
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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Returning to Work After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure (Guide for Essential and Healthcare Workers)

If you’re an essential worker or healthcare worker that tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone who has, you may be wondering what to do and when it’s ok to return to work. Here’s what you need to know.&a...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Masks and Social Distancing Mandatory at County Courthouse

Presiding Superior Court Judge Garrett has issued an administrative order on public health measures to protect the safety and security of all people in the County Courthouse effective Monday May 11, 2020. This order requires that all employees, vendors, a...

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Posted on: May 10, 2020

Becoming a Parent during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Adjusting to parenthood is challenging in the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Needing to stay away from others along with hearing daily information about the COVID-19 outbreak can add to feelings of anxiety and depression in new parents...

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Posted on: May 3, 2020

Washington's Phased Approach & More Access to Outdoor Recreation

On Tuesday, May 5th, state lands are set to reopen as part of Washington’s phased approach to reopen businesses and outdoor recreation. Phase 1 begins on May 5th. 

  • In addition to public lands, more businesses will begin to open ...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Got Symptoms? Get Tested!

COVID-19 testing capacity is growing in Whatcom County, and that means that more people can get tested. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 below, stay home and contact your healthcare provider to ask about how to get tested. ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Planning and Development Service Building Services Update

In response to the Governor’s Implementation of Phase I Construction Restart, PDS Building Services will begin providing expanded construction inspections to job sites on Monday April 27th consistent with the Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-1...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Notice of 2020 Road Shoulder Herbicide Program

Approximately 250 miles of roads are normally scheduled for seasonal treatment, however due to COVID 19 and staffing, we will only be treating certain safety locations and noxious sites this year. Lawns and yard areas may have a minimum 12” wide...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County Executive Delays Payment Deadlines, Waives Late Fees for Restaurants and Taverns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2020  

Media Contact: Melissa Morin, Communications Specialist

Phone: (360) 594-2504

E-mail address: mmorin@co.whatcom.wa.us

Whatcom County Executive Delays Payment Deadlines, Waives Late Fees for Restaurants a...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

WUC Opens Isolation, Quarantine Facility; Medical Referral Required

A motel facility opened Wednesday, April 22, on Byron Avenue in Bellingham, to provide a safe place for individuals to isolate or quarantine if they cannot do so in their own home and are referred based on a medical provider’s ...

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Posted on: April 19, 2020

Balancing Teleworking & Distance Learning

Many of us don’t have experience teleworking or teaching our children from home. We’re facing challenges trying to help our children adjust to distance learning while we’re also adjusting to remote work routines. Having patie...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Changes to Whatcom County Senior Community Meals

In support of the Governor’s stay at home order and social distancing guidelines, the Whatcom Council on Aging is making the following changes to the congregate lunch program (senior community meals).

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom County Treasurer extends tax deadline to June 1

Whatcom County Treasurer Steve Oliver signed an order today extending the first half property tax due date until June 1 for individual and commercial taxpayers that pay their property taxes themselves.  See the full order here.

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Posted on: March 22, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Website Now Active

A single-source information and communication tool on behalf of the Whatcom County’s unified response to COVID-19 is now available online.

The WhatcomCOVID.com website is a repository of trusted sources of novel coronavirus information f...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

New Pilot Project -- Do It Yourself Mitigation Plan

Whatcom County has developed a pilot project to allow single-family homeowners to complete their own mitigation plans. This Do it Yourself (DIY) Single Family Residential mitigation packet is for projects impacting 1,000 square feet or less of critical ar...

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