Whatcom County Government is committed to reducing the threat of the novel coronavirus (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-19, all Whatcom County Health Department facilities are closed until further notice, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Please be aware that the Whatcom County Health Department is open for business, although our lobbies at 509 Girard Street and 1500 N. State Street are closed. We will continue to provide most services and staff will be available to assist customers and the public via telephone and email. Please note that there may be delays in service levels during this time.
If you have immediate questions, please contact us by phone or through email.
Environmental Health and Human Services
Vital Records- 360-778-6003
Communicable Disease and Community Health
Whatcom County Government is committed to reducing the threat of 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-19, the Whatcom County Health Department will be temporarily closed to in person services effective Wednesday March 18, 2020. Our lobbies are temporarily closed to the public until further notice.
However, we are still very much open for business. We will continue to provide services, and staff will be available to assist customers during regular business hours via telephone, email and video conferencing options. We encourage our customers to contact us online, by phone, or by email.
We recognize this is a challenging time for all, and we remain deeply committed to the safety of our customers and employees. We will continue to monitor developments, adjust where necessary, and do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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It is the mission of the Communicable Disease and Emergency Preparedness department to lead the community in promoting health and preventing disease.
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The Whatcom County Health Department is involved in community-wide planning around potential emergency threats, such as: natural disasters, pandemic influenza, or bioterrorism. The staff works closely with the hospital and emergency planners to develop strategies for dealing with the possible impacts of such events.
Environmental Health focuses on programs associated with drinking water, solid waste, and more.
The Human Services Division works with its 4 advisory boards and community partners to determine the needs of our county, and then create programming to meet those needs.
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