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 Department of Health (DOH) data. There was one death in the past week, making the number of deaths 86; the percent of deaths per total confirmed cases is 1.2 percent.
After every school district’s Covid-19 case rates decreased for two weeks in a row, Nooksack, Bellingham and Mount Baker saw increases this week. Lynden school district had the highest rate of new cases with 227 confirmed cases per 100,000 people followed by Nooksack (217), Ferndale (140), Mount Baker (95), Bellingham (92), Blaine (57) and Meridian (56).
The county should receive vaccine shipments of 6,040 first doses and 1,670 second doses.
About 16.9 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 27.9 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 37,969 county residents are fully vaccinated and 62,954 residents have received their first shot.
Statewide, 3,245,982 vaccine doses have been administered. About 16.3 percent of people in Washington are fully vaccinated and 27.4 percent have received one dose.
Washington state has had 340,371 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 22,864 probable cases (probable cases come from an antigen test). In all, 5,237 people in Washington with the virus have died as of March 29 and 20,490 have been hospitalized.
The health department will hold its next appointment-only Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the largest clinic so far, with 700 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses available, according to the health department. People can make an appointment at prepmod.doh.wa.gov but people who don’t have internet access or who need language translation can call 360/778-6075.
People in Phase 1b tiers 3-4 – anyone over 60, people with two or more underlying conditions, people working or living in congregate settings and high-risk workers in food service, construction and manufacturing.
The health department estimates 38,000 people in Whatcom County are now eligible in Phase 1b tiers 3-4.
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.