Border closure extended until late August

According to Canadian news reports, non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada is expected to remain blocked until at least August 21, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the U.S. Neither …

SBA releases data on Payroll Protection Program recipients

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has released information on loans made through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) that was …

State launches hotline to help with stress and anxiety

Washington state launched a support program and phone line called Washington Listens to help people manage stress and anxiety related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The support line number is …

Virus cases increasing locally

The number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 is increasing in Whatcom County and health officials have investigated 20 outbreaks since the beginning of June, health department director Erika …

Border closure looks certain to extend past July

The Canadian government continues to dash hopes that the U.S./Canada border will open any time in the foreseeable future. During a media briefing June 22, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …

Boats head north to Canada

Boat owners are pulling their boats out of Point Roberts, keeping Westwind Marine busy right now, but concerned about the future as the marina empties.   “It will have a major effect …

Businesses respond to new rules

While the continuing closure of the border keeps cutting off the flow of Canadian customers, Point Roberts businesses started reopening as the county moved to Phase 2 in the Governor’s Safe …

Free face masks available to businesses

Petition to relax border restrictions gets Canadian TV coverage

John Beals, the local resident who started a petition asking the Canadian government to relax restrictions that prevent Point Roberts residents from traveling through B.C. to the mainland, was …

Covid-19 testing at firehall Sunday, June 7

 In cooperation with the Point Roberts health clinic, the fire department will be again offering Covid-19 testing this Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Benson Road fire hall. Those …

Mental health and isolation during social distancing

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 virus has …

Food bank could use a little help from its friends

With regional food banks changing their procedures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Point Roberts Food Bank is relying on local donations to make sure their clients keep getting a healthy …

Locally developed product offers Covid-19 protection

Technology that was initially developed in Point Roberts is set to play an important role in curbing the spread of coronavirus. Studies have confirmed the association between a continuously active …

If you please, Mister Customs Man

“Who’s advocating for Canadians?” Remotely addressing the members of the Point Roberts Taxpayers’ Association PRTA board during their May 13 virtual meeting, Stephen …

Covid-19 testing on May 31

The fire department and the local health clinic will be offering Covid-19 testing on Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. People wanting to be tested should email fire chief Christopher Carleton at …

Canada/U.S. border closure extended another 30 days; could be a lot longer

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 …

Talking the talk and walking the walk

Local clothing and costume designer Savilla Kress is making a new kind of mask these days – one to slow the spread of infection. “The demand for cloth face masks kept increasing, so at …

Crossing border petition started

Close to 500 people have signed a petition started by local resident John Beals asking that the list of essential reasons for traveling through B.C. to the mainland U.S. be expanded. The online …

The Last Pandemic

Following is an account written by Esther Rosenthal's mother who was a volunteer during the influenza pandemic in 1918. In it, she tells of the celebrations that broke out on news of the armistice. A …

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 27

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 …

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, …