Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: April 10

Whatcom County will remain in phase 3 after meeting the state’s metrics that require no more than 200 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks (Whatcom had 182.6) and no more …

CDC advises against travel to Canada

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its highest Covid-19 alert for travelers yesterday, advising that Covid-19 levels in Canada were at Level 4: Very High. The advisory stated …

Vaccinations to resume this Saturday

The local fire and hospital districts will resume Covid-19 vaccinations this coming Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Benson Road firehall. Anyone 18 years old and older is eligible for the …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: April 3

Governor Jay Inslee has announced that all adults in Washington would be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination starting Thursday, April 15. The governor’s office said in a March 31 statement …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 27

As of March 28, Whatcom County has had a total of 7,256 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 227 probable cases (7,483 total cases), according to Washington State …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 20

As of March 20, Whatcom County has had a total of 7,094 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 198 probable cases (7,292 total cases), according to Washington State …

Vaccinations resume this Sunday at the fire hall

Another 200 or so residents will receive their first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine this Sunday, March 21, if all goes well. The fire department received the vaccines earlier this week and …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 16

As of March 14, Whatcom County has had a total of 6,995 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 176 probable cases (7,171 total cases), according to Washington State …

Covid-19 vaccinations proceeding smoothly

A total of 280 Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered over the past two weekends, according to Point Roberts fire chief Christopher Carleton. There were 74 shots given on February 20 with …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: March 2

As of February 28, Whatcom County has had a total of 6,646 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 83 deaths, according to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) data. …

First vaccinations on Point Roberts begin tomorrow

The first Covid-19 vaccinations to be administered on Point Roberts will begin on Friday, February 19, according to fire chief Christopher Carleton. “This Friday is a small group of 70 that …

First Covid-19 cases in Point Roberts

Point Roberts has notched its first cases of Covid-19. The first individual who tested positive had recently returned home from a congregate setting in Bellingham; another person in the same …

Covid-19 vaccinations getting closer to Point Roberts

SuperTrack Urgent Care, operators of the Point Roberts Clinic, will be placing its first order for Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, according to Dr. Sean Bozorgzadeh. The physician spoke at the Point …

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 9

Whatcom County reached more than 6,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic this week, but case rates continue to drop. “After a significant decline from a post-holiday …

Local clinic and fire district prepare to offer Covid-19 vaccinations

The process to allow the Point Roberts health clinic to begin administering Covid-19 vaccines is nearing the final stages, according to the district. Addressing commissioners at their regular monthly …

County has received just 5,900 vaccine doses so far

As county and statewide vaccinations continue into the new year, Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt is expected to start administering doses of the first round of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday, …

Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County by school district, November 9

As of November 9, Whatcom County has had a total of 1,737 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 52 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health. One …

Whatcom County Health Department guidelines for Covid-19 safe holidays

With the rate of new Covid-19 infections increasing in Whatcom County and the holiday season approaching, the Whatcom County Health Department released some new guidance for holiday gatherings in a …

County concerned about Covid-19 trends

The number of Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County is not trending in the right direction. Whatcom County has seen an increase of new Covid-19 cases since September 8, defying a downward trend in new …

Point Roberts is still a good place to avoid Covid-19

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, Point Roberts is still considered to be free of Covid-19. During a media briefing on August 18, Whatcom County health department director Erika …

Border closure extended until September 21

Non-essential land travel between the U.S./Canada border will remain closed until at least September 21, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced in an August 14 tweet. This is …

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 …