Local health officials are urging Whatcom County residents to get vaccinated to avoid severe illness.
Between April 3 and May 29, 103 people were hospitalized in Whatcom County who weren’t fully vaccinated but only one person who was fully vaccinated was hospitalized, according to Whatcom County Health Department data.
As of May 29, the Covid-19 case rates among the fully vaccinated were 14 cases per 100,000, or an infection rate of .014 percent, while case rates among unvaccinated people were 323 per 100,000, an infection rate of .323 percent, over 23 times the rate of vaccinated people, Hospitalization case rates among fully vaccinated people were 0 per 100,000, but 21 per 100,000 for unvaccinated people.
Whatcom County has had a total of 9,331 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 406 probable cases (9,737 total cases), according to June 14 Washington state Department of Health (DOH) data. The county’s death toll totals 101, with four deaths in the past week.
Covid-19 case rates decreased in all school districts. Blaine school district decreased from 84 cases per 100,000 people last week to 53 cases per 100,000. The school district had 8 confirmed Covid-19 cases since last week.
About 50.7 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 6.8 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 115,623 county residents are fully vaccinated and 15,578 residents are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. For county residents 16 and older, 68 percent are either fully vaccinated or are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated.
The Nooksack Tribe’s vaccination data of over 1,000 vaccinated people was recently entered into the state vaccination system, which increased the county’s vaccination rate. Tribal governments receive vaccines through the federal Indian Health Services and not DOH, so the numbers had not been included in the state’s vaccination numbers.
Statewide, 7,466,229 vaccine doses have been administered. About 46.9 percent of people in Washington are fully vaccinated and 6.7 are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. Public spaces in the state can reopen to full capacity before June 30 if 70 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated. Right now, 57.4 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
Washington state has had 409,361 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. In all, 5,800 people in Washington with the virus have died and 24,879 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.