Resources for Businesses and Community Organizations

Page updated January 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.   

We are committed to supporting employers in Whatcom County during this unprecedented challenge of COVID-19. You can find information below that should help answer questions you might have. If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us:

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Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Reopening Guidance

Starting January 11, 2021, Washington State will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1. For more on the approach, read how it works hereRoadmap to Recovery plan here.

  • The new reopening plan for Washington State outlines when and how businesses from different sectors may resume operations.
  • The workplace safety and coronavirus prevention recommendations and requirements established by WA DOH, OSHA, and L&I are still in effect. 
  • Whatcom County's Safer Stronger Together Campaign website has resources for businesses:
  • Get the latest Washington State Safe Start guidance, which includes information about economic support, workplace safety, and business Q&A.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Businesses

We are updating our COVID-19 Vaccine page regularly with information about the COVID-19 Vaccine in Whatcom County. You can also sign up for email updates. Select Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses to subscribe to email updates with the latest local information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine planning in Washington State with this Phase 1 infographic and guidance summary for Phase 1 vaccine allocation prioritization. 

What to Do If a Worker Has COVID-19 or Is a Close Contact

If you have a worker who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they will need to stay home and not go to work. As an employer, you must also contact our Business Response Team (BRT) so that we can assist you. Contact us:

We will work with you to keep your business open while ensuring the health and safety of your employees. 

Employer Tool Kit: What to Do When COVID-19 Comes to Work

Our toolkit has guidance and resources to help your business or organization respond quickly and effectively when a worker has confirmed COVID-19 or has been a close contact.

safer stronger together logo

The "Safer. Stronger. Together." campaign was created to support businesses as we work together to ensure a healthy and welcoming environment for all. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to keep our community healthy while we build consumer confidence and reopen our economy.  

For business sector guidance see Tips & Tools. Posters and signage can be downloaded, or you can request the printed materials for free!