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 than 5 hospitalizations per 100,000 in the past week. The next phase evaluation is scheduled for May 3.
As of April 12, Whatcom County has had a total of 7,578 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 274 probable cases (7,852 total cases), according to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) data. The number of deaths remains at 88; the percent of deaths per total confirmed cases is 1.1 percent.
Blaine school district’s case rates nearly doubled this week; Bellingham, Meridian and Mount Baker also increased. Meridian school district had the highest rate of new cases with 167 confirmed cases per 100,000 people followed by Mount Baker (139), Lynden (138), Nooksack Valley (136), Ferndale (126), Bellingham (122) and Blaine (108).
The county should receive vaccine shipments of 6,440 first doses of vaccine.
About 23 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 34.6 percent have received at least one shot of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson, according to the department. (The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot to be fully effective.) The department reports that 52,418 county residents are fully vaccinated and 78,862 residents have received their first shot.
The state department of health (DOH) announced April 13 that it would halt the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine across the state to follow federal guidance from the FDA and CDC. The decision comes after blood clots in the brain were detected in six people who received the vaccine in the U.S.
Statewide, 4,189,884 vaccine doses have been administered. About 22.2 percent of people in Washington are fully vaccinated and 34.1 percent have received one dose.
Washington state has had 353,147 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 25,909 probable cases (probable cases come from an antigen test). In all, 5,340 people in Washington with the virus have died as of April 12 and 21,184 have been hospitalized.
For more Whatcom County information, visit whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine and whatcomcounty.us/coviddata. State information is available at bit.ly/3r2URJj. Vaccine locations can be found at bit.ly/3nZiMqr. For CDC data, visit bit.ly/39Kt4qh.