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Posted on: November 29, 2022

Next steps for improving outcomes for children and families after passage of Proposition 5

The Healthy Children’s Initiative (Proposition 5), to establish a dedicated fund to support young children and their families, was approved today. Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) will be the administrator of that fund. WCHD is committed ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2022

December Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Grocery stores and pharmaci...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Hospital Capacity Very Low; Stores Seeing Shortages of Kids’ Fever Meds

Respiratory Illness Continues to Severely Impact Hospitals, Now Whatcom Stores Also  Experiencing Shortages of Kids’ Fever Medications 

Two weeks ago we sent out a message to let you know that we’re seeing a l...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Wild Birds Found Dead at Wiser Lake; avoid Handling Sick or Dead Birds

Whatcom County Health Department and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) ask the public to avoid contact with sick and dead birds to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also called bird flu. 

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

Backyard Poultry Sickens Three, One Hospitalized in Salmonella Exposure

Two Whatcom County residents have been sickened by Salmonella from backyard poultry and a third Whatcom County case is suspected. One of these individuals was hospitalized but has since been released. Thirty-seven Salmonella cases in Washington State have...

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Posted on: November 4, 2022

Bellingham, Whatcom County partnering with Road2Home for winter emergency shelter

The Whatcom County Health Department and City of Bellingham have partnered with Road2Home (R2H) to offer additional overnight shelter and daytime warming options when weather is severe enough to threaten health and safety. These temporary facilities will ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Large Increase in Respiratory Virus Impacting Kids in Western Washington

A surge of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases in children has contributed to a shortage of hospital beds for children in our region and put a strain on our pediatric healthcare system. This means kids that need special care might need to be transferr...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Masks Still Required in Certain Settings After October 31

The governor’s COVID emergency declaration will expire today, Oct. 31. The Secretary of Health’s face covering order, however, continues to require masks be worn in some settings for people 5 years and older. The Secretary of ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

November Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Grocery stores and pharmaci...

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Posted on: October 28, 2022

Shellfish Harvest Closure Lifted in Northern Whatcom County, Closures Remain in Other Areas

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has re-opened recreational shellfish harvesting at all beaches from Sandy Point North, including Point Roberts. DOH has also reopened Lummi Bay and the East side of Lummi Island for collection of all types o...

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Posted on: October 28, 2022

Whatcom County Sees First Influenza Death of the 2022-2023 Flu Season

Whatcom County recorded its first influenza (“flu”) death of the 2022-2023 flu season this week. Across the country, flu illness and death trends are much higher than in the last two years, and statistics suggest this winter could be worse than a typical ...

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Protect Yourself From Smokey Air - Stay Indoors or Use a High-Quality Mask

The air quality alert for smoke in Whatcom County remains in effect until 5 pm tomorrow.

Poor air quality due to wildfire smoke can affect everyone. Smoke impacts the lungs, and it can increase risk of conditions like heart disease and stroke. If you must ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2022

Free COVID-19 Tests Still Available Through Say Yes! COVID Test Program

Parents - and everyone else - did you know that you can still order free at-home COVID-19 tests to use when your kiddos - or yourself - are sick? Free at-home COVID-19 tests are still available through the Washington State Say Yes! COVID Test Program. You...

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Posted on: October 6, 2022

North County Beaches Now Closed to Shellfish Harvesting; All Whatcom Now Under Biotoxin Closures

Unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) biotoxin have been detected in molluscan shellfish in northern Whatcom County waters.  To protect the public, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed all recreational harvest...

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Posted on: October 5, 2022

Four More Monkeypox Virus Vaccine Clinics Announced, Online Registration Required

We are hosting free Monkeypox Virus vaccine clinics every Tuesday for the next four weeks:

  • October 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1

These clinics are for people who are unable to get the vaccine from their healthcare provider. Advanced registration is requi...

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Posted on: October 3, 2022

Children’s Health Month is a Great Time to Schedule Kids’ Routine Immunizations, Dental Visits

October is National Children’s Health Month, and today we celebrate ways to keep kids healthy. We know some children missed out on well-child visits in the last two years during the coronavirus pandemic, but babies and kids can’t wait ...

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Posted on: October 3, 2022

October Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens, and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and health care clinics. Grocery stores and pharma...

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Posted on: September 30, 2022

With Polio’s Return to the New York Region, Make Sure You and Your Kids are Vaccinated

You may have heard news in the last few months about the return of Polio Virus to some parts of the United States, specifically to the New York region. Polio had been eliminated in the United States. This new confirmed case of paralytic ...

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Posted on: September 29, 2022

Free Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic set for Tuesday, Advanced Registration Required

The Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting a Monkeypox Virus (MPV) vaccination clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 1500 N. State St. Bellingham. 

WCHD has a limited supply of MPV vaccine and asks that anyone who signs up self-identify as mee...

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Posted on: September 28, 2022

Upcoming Free Septic Homeowner Trainings

The Whatcom County Health Department is offering free trainings that allow homeowners to perform a required septic evaluation and become eligible for septic system rebates.

 At this free, two-hour workshop, homeowners will:

  • Learn how to maintain yo...
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Posted on: September 15, 2022

How to Report At-Home COVID-19 Test Results

People can now report the results of an at-home COVID-19 test at https://safercovid.org/mytest/. People can report both positive and negative results for themselves or a family member. 

In the past, people had to call the Washington State Departme...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Health Department Urges Preventative Measures as Whatcom Sees Second Monkeypox Case

A person in their 20s has become the second Whatcom County resident with confirmed Monkeypox Virus (MPV). This person was not hospitalized and is isolating at home. We are working to identify anyone who may be a close contact of this person. 

It i...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Variant-specific COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Availability in Whatcom County

Anyone 12 and older can now get the new Moderna and Pfizer booster shot that helps to protect against the COVID-19 Omicron variants. These new booster shots are coming to local pharmacies soon and will be offered at our pop-up clinic this Friday, Sept. 9,...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

September Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Grocery stores and pharmaci...

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Posted on: August 31, 2022

COVID-19 Testing Moves from Bellingham Airport to Avero Diagnostics Drive-Through

Today, Aug. 31, our testing partner, Avero Diagnostics (formerly Northwest Laboratory) will end drive-through COVID-19 tests at the Bellingham International Airport community site. Avero Diagnostics  will continue to offer this service at their M...

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Posted on: August 22, 2022

Upcoming Whatcom County Health Department Office Closures

In the coming weeks, there will be several days when our offices will be closed to the public while several of our programs move from one building to another. Most of our programs will continue to be available via phone and email on these days - only our ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

Changes Coming Next Week to Whatcom's COVID-19 Data Dashboard

We will soon make changes to the COVID-19 data dashboard on our website. A lot has changed since the pandemic started more than two years ago, and some aspects of the dashboard are not useful anymore. Other information is now easily avai...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

Anatoxin Biotoxin Found at High Levels in Wiser Lake

BELLINGHAM WA – Recent sampling at Wiser Lake detected anatoxin, a toxin produced by algae, at levels that may be harmful to people and pets. Residents are advised to avoid water contact at Wiser Lake and not allow pets to swim in or drink from the lake.

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

How to Access Urgent and Emergency Care for Veterans

Calling all US Military Veterans! You can access urgent care right here in Bellingham/Whatcom County without going to a VA clinic. 

If you are registered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), here is how you can access urgent and emerge...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Health Department Investigating First Monkeypox Virus Case in Whatcom County

On Monday we sent you a message that Whatcom County could see our first case of monkeypox virus (MPV) very soon, and now we can confirm that a Whatcom County resident has a confirmed case of MPV. 

A person in their 50s tested positive yes...

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Posted on: August 2, 2022

August Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Grocery stores and pharmaci...

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Posted on: August 1, 2022

Here’s What We Know Right Now about Monkeypox

You may have heard or seen reports in the news about a virus called Monkeypox that is circulating in the U.S. and in Washington State. Right now, we do not have any confirmed cases of Monkeypox (MPV) in Whatcom County, but we may see our first case of thi...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Health Department Releases Analysis of Whatcom’s First Two Years With COVID-19

Today we released an analysis of local COVID-19 data for the first two years of the pandemic, from March 2020 through February 2022. The report focuses on four major focus areas: confirmed cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations. 

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

New Hours At COVID-19 Community Testing Site Start Monday, Aug. 1

Starting Monday, Aug. 1, the COVID-19 community testing site at the Bellingham Airport will have reduced weekday operating hours and will be closed on weekends. This change is due to decreased demand for testing services.

COVID-19 testing appointments are ...

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

How to Get a Free COVID-19 Treatment Consultation

Do you have COVID-19? Speak with a provider to see if treatment is right for you. 

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) offers same day or next day virtual appointments for anyone who wants to speak to a medical professional about COVID...

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Posted on: July 22, 2022

2022 Homelessness Count Shows Modest Reduction After Record Highs in 2021

The Whatcom County Health Department, in partnership with the Opportunity Council, published the 2022 Point in Time (PiT) Homelessness Count report today, Friday, July 22. The report provides a snapshot of persons experiencing homelessness in Whatcom Coun...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Food System Plan Community Listening Session Saturday, July 24

Our Food System Committee is partnering with local nonprofits to host a community listening session from noon to 2pm this Sunday, July 24, at Shuksan Middle School. Come share your thoughts and opinions on what should be included in Whatcom County’s next ...

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Posted on: July 18, 2022

Introducing The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline debuted Saturday, July 16. This free and confidential 24/7 national lifeline connects people in need to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

People can use the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for ...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Now's the Time to Prepare for Smoke Season

Now is the time to prepare for smoke season! Do not wait until unhealthy air is in the forecast because you risk not being able to find what you need. Here are some things to do now to prepare for smoke season later this summer:

  • Stock up on N95 and similar...
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Posted on: July 1, 2022

Hot Safety Tips for a Cool 4th of July Weekend

As we celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, here are a few safety tips for your outdoor barbecue or fireworks experience:

Food-Borne Illnesses 

If you are on grill duty, make sure you are storing and cooking your food properly and was...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 Months and Older Now Approved

COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for children as young as six months old. Not all clinics and providers are ready right now to administer the vaccine, and we ask that parents remain patient as providers work through the initial rush for vaccination, now...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Upcoming June Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are available for adolescents, teens and adults at most places that offer flu vaccines such as grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds. There ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Whatcom Back in CDC’s ‘Medium’ Risk Category

Whatcom County is back in the ‘Medium’ category on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level dashboard. Our case rates are increasing as we head into the long Memorial Day weekend. Take steps to reduce your risk and have a safer holiday:

  • Wearing a mask is not req...
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Posted on: May 25, 2022

New Weekend Hours At COVID-19 Community Testing Site Start May 28

Starting Saturday, May 28, the COVID-19 community testing site at the Bellingham International Airport will have reduced morning operating hours on weekends. Testing hours Monday through Friday will not change.

 

COVID-19 testing appointments are a...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

Children Ages 5-11 Now Eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Dose

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive a single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster in Washington State.

  • If your child has a healthy immune system, they can get their booster at least five (5) months after their primary series.
  • If your child ha...
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Posted on: May 20, 2022

The CDC’s COVID-19 dashboard shows Whatcom at ‘low’ risk. The reality is more nuanced.

You may have noticed that the CDC has moved Whatcom County back to ‘low’ on their COVID-19 dashboard. The reality is that our case rates continue to hover on the border between low and medium based on CDC criteria. The agency’s dashboard currently shows W...

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Posted on: May 19, 2022

COVID-19 drugs work best when taken at the start of illness

If you're at increased risk of severe COVID-19 and test positive, start drug treatments right away

For people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, drugs are available that can reduce your chances of severe illness and death...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Avian Influenza detected in Whatcom County backyard flock; Prevention important for domestic birds

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed Whatcom County’s first case of avian influenza in a backyard flock. Bird owners should take measures now to prevent contact between their animals and wild birds to prevent infection. Peop...

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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Whatcom moves from low to medium on CDC's COVID-19 tracker: Get tips on how to stay healthy

The CDC has moved Whatcom County from low to medium on its COVID-19 Community Tracker. Here are some important steps you and your family can take to stay healthy, protect our most vulnerable, and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Stock...
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Posted on: May 4, 2022

So, what do you do when your at-home COVID-19 test is positive?

Report your positive home test by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127. This hotline is staffed seven days a week. Mondays 6 am - 10 pm and Tuesdays through Sundays 6 am - 6 pm.

Isolate yourself away from others, including ot...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Suspected botulism death in Washington State; Learn more about safe canning

A man is suspected of dying from botulisum poisoning after eating food canned at home. This tragic incident is a reminder to always follow safety precautions when processing home-canned foods.

It can be hard to tell if home-canned food is ...

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Posted on: April 29, 2022

Updates to Whatcom County Health Department Community Pop-up Vaccination Clinics

Starting in May, the Whatcom County Health Department will adjust operations at Whatcom County hosted pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics to better align with current demand. This means there will be fewer clinics in May. Signage will be provided to all c...

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Posted on: April 25, 2022

Free One Day Health Fair at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Planned for May 21

On Saturday, May 21, the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center will transform into a healthcare center, offering community members free health, vision, and dental services at the Catherine Mahaffey East Whatcom Wellness Fair. Lo...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Upcoming Pop up COVID Vaccine Clinics, 4/22/22

Where to get vaccinated. Adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds. There are...

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Posted on: April 15, 2022

Whatcom County COVID Update for 4/15/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Currently, this report covers the month of Ma...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Whatcom County Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Data Dashboard

On Thursday, April 14, the Whatcom County Health Department debuted a new COVID-19 Data Dashboard, replacing the previous dashboard on the Whatcom County COVID-19 Data page. The dashboard provides summary information on COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The das...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Upcoming Pop up COVID Vaccine Clinics 4/8/22

Where to get vaccinated. Adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds....

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Whatcom County Health Department Launches New Response Division

On Friday, April 1st, the Whatcom County Health Department officially launched its Response Systems Division, a new division focused on serving people in mental or behavioral health crises and building infrastructure to provide coordinated services. The d...

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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Whatcom County COVID Update for 4/1/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Currently, our updates and external...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

What We Know About BA.2

BA.2 is the new COVID-19 variant on the block, a subvariant of Omicron. While we are still learning more, here’s some information about what we do know:

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Posted on: March 25, 2022

Upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics, March 25

A federal program that reimburses providers for vaccinating uninsured people is ending April 5. However, the health department's pop-up clinics are funded through a different program and will be able to vaccinate people without insurance at no cost throug...

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Posted on: March 18, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 3/18/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Currently, our updates and external data repo...

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Posted on: March 12, 2022

Pop-up vaccine clinics for the week of March 13

Where to get vaccinated. Adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds. There are...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

What to know about the March 12 mask mandate changes

On March 12, the statewide mask mandate will be lifted for many, but not all, places in Washington state. Here’s what you need to know.

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 3/4/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Beginning this week, these updates and our ex...

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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Change to Washington State Mask Requirements on March 12

On Saturday, March 12, Washington State will begin to relax its indoor mask requirements in response to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 cases and new hospitalizations have rapidly declined in the last f...

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Posted on: February 25, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/25/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: February 18, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/18/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/11/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: February 4, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/4/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

 

Each update will cover da...

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Posted on: January 28, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/28/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Understanding COVID-19 At-Home Tests

Rapid Home Tests 

Now that rapid home tests from federal and state agencies are starting to arrive in people’s mailboxes, here’s a refresher on when to use them, how to understand the results, and what to do if you test positiv...

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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/21/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/14/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Back to Basics for the Omicron Surge

Whatcom County, we are in the Omicron surge. We are seeing several hundred cases every day and new daily and weekly records have been set and broken multiple times this week alone. It’s time to get Back to Basics and review what we know about CO...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/7/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Update #2 on the airport testing site: Dec. 30

Another update on the airport testing site, Dec 30: The airport testing site is open and Northwest Laboratory expects to operate through 6 p.m. as scheduled. If you have a scheduled appointment at the Meridian testing site, that is also open.

NWL also expe...

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Update on the airport testing site: Dec. 30

Update on the airport testing site today, Dec. 30: the site is run by our testing partner, Northwest Laboratory. They are making decisions about whether the site is open or closed based on conditions at the site. We will update you as soon as we hear of a...

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 12/30/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Extreme Cold Weather Forces Adaptive COVID-19 Test Scheduling

Due to various challenges related to the extreme cold weather, we’ve had to adjust the hours at the COVID-19 testing site we operate jointly with Northwest Laboratory:

  • The site will operate from 3 - 6 p.m. today, Dec. 29. Only people with an existing appoi...
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Posted on: December 21, 2021

Risk Reduction Checklist for Holiday Gatherings

Given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, you may be wondering whether to go ahead with your holiday gathering plans. Omicron is highly transmissible, and immunity from previous COVID-19 infections or two-dose vaccination appears less effective at pr...

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 12/17/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Whatcom County Health Department Looks Back on a Year of COVID-19 Vaccination

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine were given in Whatcom County on December 18, 2020. Those 23 doses marked the beginning of a tremendous community effort by hundreds of health care workers, public health professionals, and volunteers to vaccinate Whatco...

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 12/10/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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