Covid-19 case rates have decreased in all school district areas in Whatcom County in the past week, except for Meridian, which stayed the same. Blaine school district had the second highest case rate in the county with 514 cases per 100,000 people. Numbers remain high compared to other times during the pandemic as cases continue to decline from the most recent peak.
The Whatcom County health department had miscategorized Covid-19 cases in school district areas over the past few weeks, which caused the case rates and cumulative counts to change in those areas. The errors did not change Whatcom County’s total case count and mostly impacted the Meridian school district area. The health department updated the numbers September 28.
Whatcom County has had 396 new probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases since last week, according to September 27 Washington State Department of Health data. Three people died from Covid-19 in the past week. The death toll in Whatcom County is now 134, which accounts for .9 percent of total cases.
On September 28, 24 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.
Children 17 years old and younger still have the highest Covid-19 transmissions in the county, with 504 cases per 100,000 people.