Individuals, Families & Households

Last updated: Wednesday, November 25, 12:14 p.m. 

This is the latest guidance for individuals, families, and households to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Whatcom County.


Holiday and Social Gatherings

The State has restricted all indoor social gatherings from November 17 to December 14. 

 

Exceptions:

  • All participants quarantine for fourteen days prior to gathering

OR

  • All participants quarantine for seven days prior to gathering and receive a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. Information about COVID-19 testing in Whatcom County can be found on our testing page

Visit Washington State’s Safer Gatherings Page for more information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also developed the COVID-19 Travel Planner page, a centralized location of COVID-19 information for domestic travelers throughout the holiday season.


Assessing Your Risk

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. 

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What to Do if You Are Sick or Have Been Exposed

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.

Preventing COVID-19 Infection

Personal prevention habits are effective for preventing COVID-19 infection and help make community-wide actions more effectiveThese are important action steps everyone should take to protect their health:

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Financial Support

Many of us have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you, or someone you know, are in need of financial assistance, programs and resources are available.

What's Allowed

Guidance for Specific Groups

People at Higher Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness

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:

  • People aged 65 years and older. Guidance on risk decision making for older adults is available in our news flash
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who have weakened immune systems, including those who have undergone cancer treatment
  • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40)
  • People with certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness; however, data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

Detailed guidance for people at higher risk is available from the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control

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.

Guidance for Children and Families

Maternal and Child Health 

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