Whatcom County has had a total of 9,947 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to July 5 Washington state Department of Health (DOH) data. The county’s death toll has remained at 103 for the past two weeks.
The county has had 479 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital is treating nine people with confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to DOH and PeaceHealth data.
Covid-19 case increased in Blaine and Mount Baker school districts. Blaine school district increased from 84 to 95 cases per 100,000 people last week. The school district has had eight confirmed cases since last week.
As of June 26, 54 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 5.5 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 123,074 county residents are fully vaccinated and 12,578 are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. For county residents 12 and older, 68.2 percent are either fully vaccinated or are becoming fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 7,894,388 vaccine doses have been administered. In all, 59.5 percent of people 16 and older in Washington are fully vaccinated and 5.8 are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. Right now, 50.7 percent of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated. Washington state has had 453,665 confirmed and probable cases since the start of the pandemic (the 37,133 probable cases came from an antigen test). In all, 5,960 people in Washington with the virus have died and 25,699 have been hospitalized.
As of July 6, the health department said the Delta Covid-19 variant has not been found in the county. The Delta variant, known to be more infectious, was first identified in India in October 2020 and was confirmed in Washington state in April.
The health department reported studies show two doses of Pfizer and Moderna are giving strong protection to the variant, but one dose doesn’t provide much protection. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is still being studied, but early indicators point that it is also effective, the health department said.
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.