No more confirmed cases of the Delta variant have appeared in Whatcom County since DOH reported the first case July 7. Health professionals consider the Delta variant, detected in India last year, to spread more rapidly than other variants. The variant was first confirmed in Washington state in April.
Whatcom County has had a total of 9,674 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to July 19 Washington State Department of Health (DOH) data. The county had one death in the past week, increasing the death toll to 106.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital is treating four people with confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to PeaceHealth.
Covid-19 case rates increased in all school districts except for Nooksack Valley. Blaine school district increased from 74 to 100 cases per 100,000 people last week. The school district has had 15 confirmed cases since last week.
As of July 18, 55 percent of all county residents are fully vaccinated and 5.2 percent are either waiting for their second dose or received their last vaccine dose less than two weeks ago, according to the department. The department reports 125,439 county residents are fully vaccinated and 11,739 are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 8,032,919 vaccine doses have been administered. Right now, 51.8 percent of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated and 60.8 percent of people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated.
Washington state has had 462,577 confirmed and probable cases since the start of the pandemic (the 38,951 probable cases came from an antigen test). In all, 6,056 people in Washington with the virus have died and 26,265 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.