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Posted on: March 28, 2020

Accessing Healthy Food During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Wondering what’s up with accessing healthy food during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for Washington? We’ve got an overview here for you.

Grocery stores are essential businesses and will stay open.

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Posted on: March 28, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 28, 2020

As of 11:45 am on March 28, 2020, there are a total of 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This includes 10 new cases identified by the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) through 11:59 pm yesterday, March 27, 2020. There were no new re...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 27, 2020

As of noon on March 27, there are a total of 92 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This includes 6 new cases identified by the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) through 11:59 pm on March 26. The number of people who have died of COVID-19...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Business shut-down order takes effect Thursday, March 26

Expanded restrictions on public gatherings and “non-essential business” in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state were announced by the Governor this week.Some restrictions in the new “stay home, stay h...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 26, 2020

As of noon on March 26, there are a total of 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This includes 20 new cases identified by the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) through noon on March 26. Two additional Whatcom County residents who had t...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Healthy Strategy Order Announced by Governor to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a Stay Home, Stay Healthy Executive Order, the best tool we currently have to slow the spread of COVID-19. This decision is a proven strategy that will save lives. 

We know that this is a disruptive and alarmin...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

County Parks is Making Operational Changes in Parks/Facilities Access

In response to Governor Inslee’s mandate, County Parks and Recreation are making operational changes until further notice or otherwise stated.

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Whatcom County Parks Campgrounds to Remain Closed

Effective Monday March 23rd, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation campgrounds will remain closed until April 30th to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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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 from the U...

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Posted on: March 22, 2020

29 Additional Cases of COVID-19 at Shuksan Healthcare Center

Today the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) has identified 29 additional confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an outbreak among residents and staff associated with Shuksan Healthcare Center.

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry reducing scheduled runs beginning March 23rd

The Lummi Island Ferry is seeing declining ridership due to the COVID19 virus. In an effort to save fuel and give our crews more time to clean, the ferry we will be moving to the Dry Dock schedule. The Dry Dock schedule reduces a.m. runs from 21 to 15 and...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Local Governments Across Whatcom County Are United in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Whatcom County and every local jurisdiction within it are focusing our combined resources on addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Planning & Development & Public Works Engineering Change In Service

Whatcom County Government is committed to reducing the threat of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 and caring for the health and well-being of our employees, customers and our communities. In response to the public health concerns regarding the spread of COVID-...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Whatcom County Government will Limit Public Service Counter Access March 18

Whatcom County government is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our employees, customers, and our communities and to reducing the threat of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Accordingly, effective Wednesday, March 18th, most public servic...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Increased Risk of COVID-19 Exposure in Whatcom County

While the number of confirmed cases in Whatcom County are relatively low, there is evidence of increasing spread of COVID-19 in our community. As a result, we will no longer be reporting locations of public exposures to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Treasurer's Office Waives E-CHECK Property Tax Online Transaction Fees

Whatcom County Treasurer, Steven Oliver, announced today that effective immediately Whatcom County taxpayers can pay their taxes online with an electronic check with no additional transaction fees. Credit card payments continue as usual.

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

Ideas to Keep You Connected and Engaged

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting our lives and communities significantly.  Restrictions are in place to reduce disease transmission, preserve our healthcare capacity and protect our vulnerable community members. Given our changing landsc...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Notice of Potential Public Exposure to COVID-19

This is a joint release from the Lummi Indian Business Council and the Whatcom County Health Department.

BELLINGHAM, WA – During the case investigation of a laboratory-confirmed positive patient, it has been determined that there was a potential ...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Treasurer's Office Temporarily Suspends Passport Processing March 16

Whatcom County Treasurer, Steven Oliver, announced today that his office will be temporarily suspending passport processing services in response to the Declaration of Emergency issued on March 10 by Whatcom County Executive, Satpal Sidhu. In an effort to ...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Whatcom County Public Schools Closing to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Whatcom County Public Schools Closing to Slow Spread of COVID-19

BELLINGHAM, WA – In alignment with Governor Inslee’s announcement, the Whatcom County Health Department is recommending Whatcom County schools to close by March 17 through...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Protecting Our Valuable Healthcare Resources

In times of disease outbreaks, healthcare can become a limited resource. One of the ways we can help each other out is by understanding how to make the best use of our shared healthcare system. Here are the things we can all do to protect this valuable re...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Statement on Meridian School District Closure

We are aware that the Meridian School District has made a decision to cancel school for Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 because they are concerned about novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Closing schools when there has not been a confirmed case in a ...

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Testing for COVID-19

People have a lot of questions about testing for COVID-19. It is understandable because the recommendations for who should get tested continue to change frequently based on the situational update, and most importantly, on the capacity to test at labs. Tha...

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Posted on: December 17, 2019

1st Quarter 2020 Punch Card Sale Dates at Lummi Island Ferry Office

The next three Lummi Island punch card sales dates are:

January 8, 2020
February 5, 2020
March 4, 2020

Punch card sales will be 12 pm to 3:15 pm at the Lummi Island ferry office.

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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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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Bellingham Bay and Chuckanut Bay Closed to Harvest of Butter Clams and Varnish Clams

Bellingham Bay and Chuckanut Bay have been closed to recreational harvest of only butter clams and varnish clams due to high levels of biotoxins.

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Whatcom County Emergency Management Incident Information

Information on Office of Emergency Management incidents can be found here as well as how to subscribe and receive the updates.

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