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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Drop Boxes Available for the Auditor and Treasurer

The Auditor and Treasurer have drop boxes available to assist in business transactions while the offices are closed to the public.

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Lot Draw Results

View the Candidate Lot Draw Results for the August Primary Election here.

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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

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 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

We’ve updated the charts on our website showing the weekly number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths with numbers for the week of Sunday, May 17 through Saturday, May 23. In the past week there have been no new d...

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Posted on: May 23, 2020

Is it safe to gather with friends?

Right now, staying home except for essential trips is working to limit the spread of COVID-19. The fewer interactions we have with people outside of our household, the fewer chances there will be to spread the virus. This is the easiest way to st...

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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:

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Posted on: May 16, 2020

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

One of the most important ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and physically distance ourselves from others. Unfortunately, this method of containing the spread of the vi...

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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 13, 2020

Talking with Children about COVID-19

COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds right now. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make you feel out of control and make it unclear what to do. When you feel this way, your kids may feel it too, and they often can sense the way you&a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

COVID Employer Support Task Force Launching to Provide Guidance to Local Businesses

On April 23, 2020, the Public Health Advisory Board began the process to create a Task Force made up of community members representing a variety of employment sectors, from retail to agriculture. Task Force members will work with health department staff t...

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Posted on: May 10, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Data Update

We’ve updated the charts on our website that show the weekly number of confirmed cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths with numbers for the week of Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9.

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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 9, 2020

Contact Tracing to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Knowing where and how people could have been exposed to COVID-19 can help slow the spread of infection in our community. Contact tracing - a part of our disease investigations -  contains further spread of COVID-19 by identifying people who have ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Everyone Deserves Safety and Support

Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored by a domestic partner, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787&a...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Northern Whatcom County Beaches Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvest

Paralytic shellfish poisoning biotoxin has reached unsafe levels in molluscan
shellfish in Drayton Harbor. Recreational shellfish harvesting is closed on all beaches from Birch Point north to the Canadian Border, including all of Point Roberts.

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

We're Still Here to Help - Just From a Distance.

You’ve been hearing a lot from us about how public health plays an important role in keeping our community healthy. Although much of the Health Department staff has been busy responding to the COVID-19 crisis and our offices are temporarily clos...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Mental Health and COVID-19

Every May, we mark Mental Health Awareness Month, acknowledging the millions of Americans who live with a mental illness every day. We know that dealing with COVID-19 makes this even more challenging. Now more than ever is a time to resist mental health s...

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Posted on: May 3, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 data update

The charts on our website showing the total number of confirmed cases in Whatcom County have been updated for the week beginning Sunday, April 26 to Saturday, May 2nd. 

There were 29 new cases of COVID-19 reporting during the past week, which is a...

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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. 

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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 28, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 28, 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting three (3) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 293 and the number of deaths associated with the illness is now 28. 

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 27, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 290 and the number of deaths remains at 27. 

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Posted on: April 26, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 26, 2020

On April 26, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting five (5) new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 289 and the number of deaths remains at 27. 

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Posted on: April 25, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 25, 2020

On April 25, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 284 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

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

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April 24, 2020  

Media Contact: Melissa Morin, Communications Specialist

Phone: (360) 594-2504

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

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 24, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 283 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

WUC Opens Isolation, Quarantine Facility; Medical Referral Required

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, April 23, 2020Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, Joint Information CenterPhone: (360) 815-2701E-mail address: WUC_JIC@co.whatcom.wa.usA motel facility opened Wednesday, April 22, on Byron Avenue in Bellingham, to provid...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 23, 2020

On April 23, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 282 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 22, 2020

On April 22, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 281 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 21, 2020

On April 21, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 280 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 20, 2020

On April 20, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and one (1) new death. The total number of confirmed cases is 278 and the total number of associated deaths is 27.

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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 19, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 19, 2020

On April 19, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and one (1) new death. The total number of confirmed cases is 277, and the number of associated deaths is 26.

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Posted on: April 18, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 18, 2020

On April 18, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting five (5) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 276, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 17, 2020

On April 17, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting zero (0) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 271, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

For family and friends of long term care facility residents

Do you have a loved one who is a resident of a long term care facility, nursing home, or assisted living facility? We know it’s very challenging to be separated from your loved ones right now. Know that the protection of your loved ones&rsqu...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 16, 2020

On April 16, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 271. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Keep Our Open Spaces Safe Places During COVID-19

It’s starting to feel more like Spring in our lovely corner of the Pacific Northwest, and that means we may be eager to use our county’s extensive trail and park network. Getting outside can reduce stress, keep you physically active, a...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 15, 2020

On April 15, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting four (4) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 269. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department briefs press on COVID-19 model

One of public health’s core functions is to lead community-wide planning and response efforts during public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Our decision-making is based on science and the best available data. We collect, synthesiz...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 14, 2020

On April 14, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and two (2) additional deaths associated with the illness. This brings the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 265 and the total ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 13, 2020

On April 13, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new case of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 264. The total number of deaths remains at 23 in Whatcom County.

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Posted on: April 12, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 12, 2020

On April 12, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 263. The total number of deaths remains at 23 in Whatcom County. 

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Posted on: April 11, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 11, 2020

On April 11, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting eleven (11) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and no new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 261. The total number of deaths...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Whatcom Unified Command moves to expand isolation, quarantine capacity

With work currently underway to activate an isolation and quarantine facility in Bellingham, Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) is securing isolation and quarantine facilities in other cities throughout Whatcom County.

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Staying engaged safely with your religious community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Faith-based organizations and leaders play an important role in many of our lives.  They are sources of connection, comfort and support throughout the year.  The places we find connection, strength and comfort are especially important du...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 10, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting seven (7) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and two (2) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 250 and the total number of ...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 9, 2020

On April 9, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and one (1) new death related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 243 and the total number of deat...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Farmers Market to Open with Support from Whatcom County Health Department

The Bellingham Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, April 11th. Farmers Markets are listed as essential businesses, just like grocery stores, under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order.

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 8, 2020

On April 8, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting three (3) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and one (1) new death related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 241 and the total number of de...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 7, 2020

On April 7, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting ten (10) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and zero (0) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 238 and the total number of d...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Stay Home, Self Quarantine, Self-Isolation: What are the differences?

What is the difference between Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Self-Quarantine, and Self-Isolation?

As a recent Whatcom Unified Command press release announced, an isolation and quarantine facility is being established for individuals who cannot safely remain in ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 6, 2020

On April 6, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting four (4) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and six (6) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 228 and the total number of de...

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Posted on: April 5, 2020

Staying healthy while staying home: mentally, emotionally and physically

We as a society are experiencing an unprecedented situation as the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changes our lives. COVID-19 is affecting each and every one of us in one way or another. You might be feeling stress, anxiety, grief, and worry, and that&...

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Posted on: April 5, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 5, 2020

On April 5, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and 4 new deaths related to the illness. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 224 and the total number of deaths to 13 i...

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Whatcom County Public Health Officials Recommend Wearing Cloth Masks in Public

Whatcom County Public Health Officials Recommend Wearing Cloth Masks in Public

COVID-19 is spreading in our community. Some people with COVID-19 might not show symptoms and spread the virus without knowing it. Others with COVID-19 can spread the infection ...

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 4, 2020

On April 4, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 199. 

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from WCHD

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from Whatcom County Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *UPDATE / CORRECTION*April 3, 2020 Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, WUC Public Information OfficerPhone: ...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 3, 2020

On April 3, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 182. 

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 2, 2020

On April 2, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and 1 new death related to the illness. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 175 and the total number of deaths to 9 in ...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 1, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and 1 new death attributed to the illness. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 144 and the total number of attributed de...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 31, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 139.

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay Strong Whatcom County

Whatcom County, we are so proud of you for taking Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order seriously. Because it is serious. Every time you choose to stay home, you are doing your part to protect your neighbors, friends, and family. Stayi...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Update for March 30

Earlier today we reported a delay in our daily case update. We have now updated our site to reflect our total case count. We have 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 120. 

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Update for March 30 Delayed

We are committed to providing you with the most reliable, accurate data about COVID-19 in our community. We rely on the Washington State Disease Reporting System (WDRS) for this information, and test results received through 11:59PM on Sunday, 3/29 have n...

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Posted on: March 29, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 29, 2020

On March 29, the Whatcom County Health Department has identified 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 116. Three new deaths have been reported. 

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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 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. 

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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 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.

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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 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 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: 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

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 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 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:

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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. 

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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

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April 24, 2020  

Media Contact: Melissa Morin, Communications Specialist

Phone: (360) 594-2504

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

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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 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: 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: 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: May 12, 2020

High Power Range at Plantation Rifle Range is Open

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation has opened the High Power Range at Plantation Rifle range in accordance with the Governor Inslee’s guidance on recreational activities. The High Power range will begin normal operating hours

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Stairway Closed

The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve stairway is closed to the public due to structural damage caused by winter storms. The stairway structure was declared unsafe and closed to the public in February of 2020.

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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 20, 2020

Small-bore Range at Plantation Rifle Range is Closed

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation is committed to providing safe places for the public to recreate. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Whatcom County Parks & Recreation is closing the indoor and outdoor small-bore shooting range at Plantation

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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 17, 2020

State Dept of Natural Resources Publishes New Landslide Mapping

A new map published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources inventories landslides and alluvial fans in western Whatcom County. The inventory identified 1,911 landslides and 2,470 alluvial fans, providing a valuable resource for planners, ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Northwest Clean Air Agency Asks for Voluntary Curtailment on Woodstove & Outdoor Burning

Due to the current COVID-19 Outbreak, in an effort to help reduce the load on our first responders and others, Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA) is asking for a voluntary curtailment of woodstoves and outdoor burning.

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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: May 15, 2020

East Smith Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project Newsletter May 18, 2020

East Smith Road Pavement Rehabilitation

County Road Project No’s 916006 & 918018

Project Newsletter May 18, 2020

Whatcom County Public Works plans to rehabilitate the East Smith Road roadway surface from July through September 2020. The affecte...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Flynn Road Closure 5.11.2020

Flynn Road at Fishtrap Creek will be closed beginning Monday, May 11, 2020 while repairs to the bridge are completed. It is anticipated that Flynn Rd. will be closed until the end of May 2020.

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Single Day Closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 30, 2020Media Contact: Marie Duckworth, Communications SpecialistPhone: 360-603-1103E-mail address: mduckwor@co.whatcom.wa.us

Single Day closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR 2020 ROAD SHOULDER HERBICIDE PROGRAM - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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: 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

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 12, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Office 2nd Quarter 2020 Punch Card Sale Dates

The next three Lummi Island punch card sales dates are:

April 1, 2020

May 6, 2020

June 3, 2020

Punch card sales will be 11:50am -- 2:50pm at the Lummi Island ferry office. Please note that we have slightly changed the punch card selling hours.

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

June 3 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

June 3 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2020 Contact: Rich Hudson, Senior Ferry MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. &...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Service Outage Planned for May 21

The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service for a dry dock shipyard pre-bid meeting onboard the vessel. This outage will occur on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. There will be no ferry service during this time.

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Fares Resume May 18 for Lummi Island Ferry with Collection/Punch Card Changes

Beginning Monday, May 18, fare collection will resume onboard the Whatcom Chief. In an effort to maintain social distancing and keep both customers and employees safe, Lummi Island Ferry staff will no longer accept cash. In addition, ferry crew will no lo...

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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

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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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 12, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Office 2nd Quarter 2020 Punch Card Sale Dates

The next three Lummi Island punch card sales dates are:

April 1, 2020

May 6, 2020

June 3, 2020

Punch card sales will be 11:50am -- 2:50pm at the Lummi Island ferry office. Please note that we have slightly changed the punch card selling hours.

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project Newsletter June 2, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road RepavingCounty Road Project Numbers 919003 & 919022

Whatcom County Public Works plans to repave portions of Northwest Drive and Slater Road from July through September 2020. The affected portion of Northwest Drive is fro...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

ShakeAlert® System Activation For Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District

On July 22, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District activated a pilot scale earthquake early warning system, known as ShakeAlert®, at one of its water reservoirs. With its activation, the District is among the first utilities in Washington State to ...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

AutoPay debits rescheduled to June 1

A message to AutoPay customers: AutoPay debits have been rescheduled to June 1 due to the extension of the first half property tax due date. Please make sure that funds are available in the enrolled accounts by June 1. For questions, please call (360)778-...

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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 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: 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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