Whatcom County has had a total of 9,262 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 401 probable cases (9,663 total cases), according to June 7 Washington state Department of Health (DOH) data. The county’s death toll remains at 98 and the percent of deaths per total confirmed cases is 1 percent. In all, the number of people who have been hospitalized from Covid-19 in Whatcom County is 467.
Covid-19 case rates increased in Blaine, Bellingham and Nooksack Valley school districts. Blaine school district increased from 63 cases per 100,000 people last week to 84 cases per 100,000. The school district had 4 confirmed Covid-19 cases since last week.
The county should receive at least 550 vaccine doses this week, although this number is not final and is likely to increase. Last week, Whatcom County received 5,030 vaccine doses.
About 48.1 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 6.7 percent are either waiting for their second dose or for the two weeks after receiving their last vaccine dose, according to the department. The department reports 109,764 county residents are fully vaccinated and 15,257 residents are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. For county residents 16 and older, 66 percent are either fully vaccinated or are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated.
The Lummi Nation Tribal Health Center’s vaccination data of over 4,700 vaccinated people was recently entered into the state vaccination system, which the health department said significantly raised the county’s vaccination rate. Tribal governments receive vaccines through the federal Indian Health Services and not DOH, so the numbers had not been included in the state’s vaccination numbers.
Statewide, 7,253,646 vaccine doses have been administered. About 44.7 percent of people in Washington are fully vaccinated and 6.4 are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. Public spaces in the state can reopen to full capacity before June 30 if 70 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated. Right now, 55.7 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
Washington state has had 406,399 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 35,192 probable cases (probable cases come from an antigen test). In all, 5,785 people in Washington with the virus have died as of June 7 and 24,619 have been hospitalized.
The Whatcom County community vaccination center will permanently close Thursday, June 17. Local healthcare providers have run the clinic at Bellingham Technical College since early March. The last two are open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16-17. Healthcare workers will administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at the clinics. To make an appointment, visit prepmod.doh.wa.gov or call 360/778-6075.
Two Bellingham pop-up vaccine clinics will be available for walk-ins and appointments on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. Lost Giants Cider Company at 1200 Meador Avenue will host a pop-up clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, and Kulshan Brewing Company at 1538 Kentucky Street will host a pop-up clinic 12-2 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Those who want to make an appointment can visit bit.ly/3zo11Ij.
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.