Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 22

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 381 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of 11:44 a.m., March 26. A total of 7,762 people have tested negative while 33 …

Unemployment insurance fraud slows down claim processing

The Washington state Employment Security Department (ESD) has delayed payments for 1-2 days as it attempts to validate all claims as authentic. According to a report in today’s Seattle Times, …

Covid-19 testing "more of a tickle than anything else"

Deb Shields, physician assistant at the local health clinic, tests Louise Mugar for Covid-19 at the weekly testing program on Saturday, May 16. The new testing protocol involves swabbing both …

County issues directive to wear face masks, beginning May 22

Whatcom County health officer Dr. Greg Stern has issued a directive effective Friday, May 22 that those individuals in shared workplaces and public spaces should wear cloth masks. King County has …

Whatcom Museum goes virtual

Though the Whatcom Museum is physically closed to the public, they are committed to connecting to the community virtually with activities, art, history and education. There are a variety of new …

Covid-19 testing on the Point this weekend

The fire department and the local health clinic will be offering Covid-19 testing on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People wanting to be tested should email fire chief Christopher Carleton …

A Note from Point Roberts Food Bank

The Point Roberts Food Bank is available to anyone in the community who can use a little extra assistance due to Covid-19.  Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, we have the …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 20

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 19 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Local lab offering Covid-19 testing for employers

Northwest Laboratory, the lab running a drive-through Covid-19 testing site in Bellingham, began offering Covid-19 testing for employers on May 14. Any employers can contact the lab and request …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 19

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 19 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Canada/U.S. border closure extended another 30 days

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada/U.S. border closure to non-essential travel would be extended another 30 days until June 21. “This is an important decision that …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 15

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 15 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Border not expected to re-open until at least the end of June

According to attendees of the Whatcom County border task force, it’s unlikely that the U.S./Canada border will be opened before the end of June. Fire chief Christopher Carleton reported to a …

Local Covid-19 tests being offered this weekend

Once again, the fire department and the local health clinic will be offering Covid-19 testing on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People wanting to be tested should email fire chief …

Point Roberts Library planning to reopen

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is planning to reopen library branches in accordance with governor Inslee’s phased reopening plan. “it appears we will begin accepting the return …

Don’t delay necessary care, PeaceHealth urges

As Whatcom County continues to focus on social distancing, handwashing and face masks to flatten the curve, PeaceHealth is beginning to plan for the future with a focus on safely returning to care …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 12

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 12 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Six new Covid-19 cases brings county total to 342

On May 12, the Whatcom County Health Department reported six new confirmed cases of Covid-19, and no new deaths. The department of health's website showed that 20 test results came back negative …

State will soon have 1,371 Covid-19 "contact tracers" ready to go

Washington state will have 1,371 contact tracers trained and ready to go by the end of the week, governor Jay Inslee said during a May 12 press conference. Each time someone tests positive for …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 11

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 11 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

County council approves six-month permit extension for restaurants

Restaurants and food establishments whose health department permits expire before February 28, 2021, have an extra six months to pay for and renew operating permits under a new amendment to Whatcom …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 8

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 8 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Five counties on fast track to re-open, Inslee says; curbside retail, landscaping guidance issued

In a televised news conference on May 8, Washington governor Jay Inslee announced that he was issuing guidance for curbside retail and landscaping businesses to re-start.

County health department reports two new cases, four deaths for May 7

For May 7, the Whatcom County Health Department reported four new deaths due to Covid-19 and two new confirmed cases out of 80 new test results.  In total, 328 have tested positive for the virus …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 5

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 5 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 4

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 4 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Covid-19 testing May 9, new less intrusive swabs

The Point Roberts fire department in cooperation with the Point Roberts Clinic will be conducting another round of testing this Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  To get tested for …

Governor announces plans for four phases of re-opening

Washington governor Jay Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31 and announced a four-phase plan to re-open the state, beginning Tuesday, May 5. Each phase allows …

The number of new virus cases is on the rise in Whatcom County

After a lull, the number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Whatcom County is on the rise again. In the week ending May 2, 29 people in Whatcom County tested positive for the new coronavirus, up …

Senior menus for May 6 through May 8

Wednesday, May 6: Cheese ravioli with an alfredo, spinach sauce & Italian sausage, veggies, salad and fruit Friday, May 8:  Cod with lemon dill sauce, brown rice, veggies, cole slaw, …

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Love in the Time of Coronavirus - This couple, separated by a ditch and the border between Canada and the U.S., were scheduled to get married last weekend. Their plans are on hold until the border …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 1

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 1 is available here, and in the attachment to the left. 

Covid-19 news roundup

As of April 30, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 304 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date in Whatcom County and 28 deaths. In total, 2,737 in Whatcom County have been tested for …

With a little help from your friends

Circle of Care has funds available to help people through life’s little emergencies, from broken eyeglasses to keeping the heat on. The “Our Finest Hour” fund was started with …

Covid-19 affects the parks of the Point

Meghan Kelly’s first season as the ranger of the Point’s four county parks is off to a very different start than previous years. “I had to let go our camp hosts that have been …

County now recommends testing for everyone with Covid-19 symptoms

 Whatcom County is now recommending that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms contact their healthcare provider to ask about getting tested for the virus.   The symptoms list in an April …

Business survey shows major Covid-19 economic impacts in Whatcom County

In a survey of 765 Whatcom County businesses, about half reported being closed, 405 said they laid workers off since the coronavirus outbreak began and 195 said that they will need to do layoffs in …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 29

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 28 is available here.

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 28

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 28 is available here.

Health advisory board taking applications for Covid-19 business task force until 5 p.m. Thursday

The Whatcom County Health Department seeks applications for a task force to help businesses get back to work in a way that’s safe for employees and customers. The task force should represent …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 27

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 27 is available here.

Covid-19 testing to resume at firehall

 In cooperation with the Point Roberts health clinic, the fire department will be again offering Covid-19 testing this Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Benson Road fire hall. …

Open enrollment for Washington Apple Health plan

The Washington state Apple Health plan is open for enrollment in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While qualified applicants can apply for free or low-cost Apple Health year-round, the plan is …

Covid-19 April 28 update

As of Tuesday, April 28, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 293 confirmed cases of Covid-19 to date in Whatcom County and 28 deaths. That's 13 new cases and one new death since the …

State public lands, golf courses and fishing to reopen May 5

Washingtonians will soon have much more access to public lands, governor Jay Inslee said during a televised April 27 announcement to the public. Starting Tuesday, May 5, most state parks and public …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 26

Whatcom Unified Command's daily COVID-19 status report for April 26 is available here.

Small business emergency grant program gets additional $5 million

The Washington State Department of Commerce is making an extra $5 million in aid grants available to small businesses through its Working Washington Small Business emergency grant …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 22

Find the full status report here. 

Continued Covid-19 testing on Sunday, April 26

The fire district is hosting another COVID-19 testing this Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m.–1p.m. If you would like to be considered, please send me an email with your name, address, date of birth …

Whatcom County Jail sees major population decrease

The Whatcom County Jail has seen a drastic decrease in its inmate population over the past several weeks. Between March 1 and April 20, the number of inmates dropped from 303 to 154 between the …