Covid-19 case rates have decreased in all school district areas in Whatcom County in the past week, the first time they’ve done so since Covid-19 cases started increasing in late July due to the spread of the Delta variant. However, numbers still remain high as they decline from the most recent peak in Covid-19 cases.
Whatcom County has had 496 new probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases since last week, according to September 20 Washington State Department of Health data. The death toll in Whatcom County is now at 131 for Covid-19 deaths, which accounts for .9 percent of total cases.
On September 21, 28 people at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham had either been admitted for Covid-19 or tested positive for Covid-19 after being admitted for another reason.
Covid-19 case rates have decreased among all age groups since last week. Children 17 years old and younger now have the highest Covid-19 transmissions in the county, with 564 cases per 100,000 people, and people 25-44 years old follow closely behind with 503 cases per 100,000.
The Whatcom County health department released its weekly Covid-19 data report on September 16 that analyzes Covid-19 information from the week of September 5. The report found Covid-19 case rates in Whatcom County were highest that week than any other time during the pandemic. The report also highlighted the following:
• Weekly case rates among people who were unvaccinated were five times that of people who were fully vaccinated.
• Unvaccinated residents 12-49 years old were 30 times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid-19 compared to people who were fully vaccinated. For people over 50, those unvaccinated were six times more likely to be hospitalized.
• People who were unvaccinated made up 76 percent of confirmed Covid-19 cases. The case rate for unvaccinated individuals was 483 cases per 100,000, while the case rate for fully vaccinated individuals was 86 per 100,000.
• Of the 37 people hospitalized that week, four were vaccinated and 33 were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
• Of the five people who died from Covid-19 the week of September 5, three were fully vaccinated and two were not.