Whatcom County has had a total of 7,991 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 305 probable cases (8,296 total cases), according to April 26 Washington State Department of Health (DOH) data. The county’s death toll remains at 89; the percent of deaths per total confirmed cases is 1.1 percent.
The Blaine school district’s Covid-19 case rates over the past two weeks once again climbed, increasing from 296 cases per 100,000 people last week to 404 cases per 100,000 this week. These are the highest case rates Blaine has seen since the Whatcom County health department began aggregating Covid-19 data by school districts last summer. Except Meridian, all other school districts increased in case rates.
The county should receive at least 5,310 first doses of vaccine this week, although this number is likely to be higher once vaccine doses from the federal retail pharmacy program are counted. Last week, Whatcom County received at least 13,620 first doses.
About 29.5 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 42.5 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 67,159 county residents are fully vaccinated and 96,812 residents have received their first shot.
DOH is no longer banning the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Statewide, 5,157,791 vaccine doses have been administered. About 28.3 percent of people in Washington are fully vaccinated and 40.9 percent have received one dose.
Washington state has had 369,481 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 29,028 probable cases (probable cases come from an antigen test). In all, 5,462 people in Washington with the virus have died as of April 26 and 22,033 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.