Six new Covid-19 cases brings county total to 342

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On May 12, the Whatcom County Health Department reported six new confirmed cases of Covid-19, and no new deaths. The department of health's website showed that 20 test results came back negative since the day before.

In total, 342 people in Whatcom County have tested positive for Covid-19, and 32 have died from the illness, according to the county health department. During the week ending May 9, 13 people with confirmed cases became ill with the virus. That's down from the previous week's total of 20.

While the age of those infected in Whatcom County is spread evenly among people between 20 and 100 years old, those who have died from the virus are mostly older. So far, 78.2 percent of deaths were people 80 and older, with 43.75 percent people over 90, according to data on the county health department’s website. Males make up 56.3 percent of deaths. Less than five percent of people with confirmed cases in the county are younger than 20.

In Washington state, 17,330 had tested positive and 962 had died as of May 11, according to the Washington State Department of Health. In the U.S. about 1.4 million have tested positive for the virus and 82,105 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.2 million globally have tested positive and more than 290,000 have died.

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