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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Limited In-Office Services Available by Appointment

In order to protect both citizens and the staff, appointments will be limited to reduce the number of people in the office. Further protections include required face masks for all individuals in the courthouse, public and staff, plexiglass at all the cust...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Appraisers Starting On-Site New Construction Inspections

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are starting on-site new construction inspections for properties issued building permits within the last year. Appraisers are following the rules and recommendations of the Governor and Whatcom County Health...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

2020 Property Tax Information Statement

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office is responsible for annually updating assessed values for all real and taxable personal property in Whatcom County, and calculating levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes.

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Legislative Update

The Washington State Legislature has passed ESSB 5160. The new law increases the income thresholds for qualifying Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons in the Property Tax Exemption and Property Tax Deferral Programs. Under the new legislation, the 2019 qu...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Property Revaluation News

The Washington State Department of Revenue has approved the Assessor’s Office’s  Annual Real Property Revaluation program. Annually, 1/6th of the county will be physically inspected and the whole county will be statistically r...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department COVID-19 response still operating over the holiday weekend

The Whatcom County Health Department will be closed for all non-COVID-19 related operations on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. 

COVID-19 response services will continue to operate on Friday and over the weekend. This includes c...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Friends don’t give friends COVID-19

With summer here, and more businesses and activities open again in Phase 2, many of us are excited about getting out of the house to reconnect with friends and family. But there’s still a risk of giving or getting COVID-19. If someone invites yo...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

This Fourth of July - Celebrate Small, Celebrate Safely

Summer is here, and Fourth of July, our biggest summer celebration, is coming up. Many of us look forward to this holiday and the traditions it brings, including barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. This year, however, will be different. We know it may be d...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

The Importance of Masks: Small Actions with Big Results

Did you know that a family of mice can increase to over 100,000 mice in a single year? Now:  imagine that the first two mice never met. That’s a difference of 99,998 mice.

COVID-19 can work like this, too. Preventing a single new infecti...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

How safe is it? A guide to COVID-19 risk

Each of us looks at risks differently. Some like to play poker or go bungee jumping, others do not. 

When it comes to COVID-19, the risks you take affect you personally, and they also affect your community. It’s not just about preventing...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

How to talk to friends and family about COVID-19

COVID-19 has been present in our community for a few months and has drastically changed how we live. Unfortunately, there is some misinformation about it, and some people aren’t taking it seriously. It can be difficult to talk to someone who doe...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Face Coverings Required Statewide in Washington

New face covering requirement starts Friday

Beginning Friday, June 26, everyone in Washington is required to wear a cloth face covering in public when you cannot stay six feet away from others. This is a public health order issued by Wash...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Whatcom County is not eligible to apply for Phase 3 this week

Whatcom County will not be eligible to apply for Phase 3 of Washington State’s Safe Start reopening plan on Friday, June 26th. Friday marks three weeks since we moved into Phase 2. Unfortunately, we do not meet all of the eligibility requirement...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Phase 2 in Whatcom County: Evaluating Our Progress

Whatcom County is regularly evaluating how COVID-19 is being spread through our community and our progress in responding to it. Right now we are in Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan and are working hard to be able to move to Phase 3. The m...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

PSP Biotoxin at Dangerous Levels in Whatcom County

Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin has increased to dangerous levels in mussels in Whatcom County, with levels capable of causing illness detected from Lummi Bay north to the Canadian border. Biotoxin levels exceed safe harvest limits for all mo...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Resources are available for people with financial hardships due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused economic uncertainty and hardship for millions of Americans. Many people have lost work or been laid off or have missed work due to having to quarantine or isolate. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help those struggli...

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Posted on: June 13, 2020

Isolation and Quarantine: Your Questions Answered

One of the most effective tools we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 is “boxing the virus in.” This includes isolating yourself if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, and quarantining yourself if you have been exposed...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Gatherings in May lead to COVID-19 Outbreaks

We are investigating a series of COVID-19 outbreaks connected to large recreational and social gatherings held in Whatcom County in late May. Some attendees of large gatherings and parties hosted at private residences have since been diagnosed with COVID-...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Responding to COVID-19 Outbreaks

Responding to contagious disease is one of the most important functions of a public health system. How do health officials keep outbreaks from impacting the entire community?

Whatcom County is now in Phase 2 of Washington State’s Safe Start plan....

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Charts Have Been Updated

Two Charts Updated Weekly

Every Monday we update two charts showing data that are not yet part of the interactive data dashboard. While we will continue to update weekly, we will no longer send a newsflash to alert you to these weekly updates.

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Posted on: June 6, 2020

Yes, you can get tested for COVID-19.

Everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible. If you think you have symptoms, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who has received a positive test result, please follow these steps to get tested right away. Testing a...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Biotoxin Closure Expanded in Whatcom County

Unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning biotoxin are now detected in molluscan shellfish in all Whatcom County waters. The Department of Health expanded the biotoxin closure for all recreational harvest on all beaches in Whatcom County.

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Whatcom’s Phase 2 Application Accepted

Our hard work has paid off, and the Washington State Secretary of Health has accepted our application to move to Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Effective immediately, we can move into Phase 2. 

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Now Available

We know data can be ... well … confusing. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to improve how we share COVID-19 data with a new, interactive COVID-19 data dashboard. The new dashboa...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Whatcom County Submits Phase 2 Application

We’ve submitted an application to the Washington State Department of Health to move into Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington. The application was submitted following a vote from the Whatcom County Council, acting in their role as the Health Board, ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

We're Applying for Phase 2!

Today is a pivotal day on the COVID-19 calendar. Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order has expired. That doesn’t mean life switches over to what it was before; it means counties may turn the dial by appl...

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Posted on: May 31, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

The charts on our website with numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19-attributed deaths were updated for the week of Sunday, May 24 through Saturday, May 30. In the past week we reported 26 new confirmed cases. We had reported one new d...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Whatcom County is eligible to apply to move to Phase 2

Governor Inslee has released an updated Safe Start plan which allows for more flexibility for counties to apply for a variance. Under the updated requirements, Whatcom County is now eligible to apply to move to Phase 2. 

On Friday, May 29, Governo...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Moving Whatcom County to Phase 2

Whatcom County is currently in Phase 1 of the Safe Start reopening plan. We are all working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19, and are looking forward to the next phase. We don’t yet know when Washington State as a whole may be able to move to...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Yes, Whatcom County is Still in Phase 1 of Reopening

Right now, staying home except for essential trips is limiting the spread of COVID-19. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive is still in place and Whatcom County is still in Phase 1 of the “Safe Start” plan for reopening. Moving to Pha...

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Posted on: May 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

We’ve updated the charts on our website showing the weekly number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths with numbers for the week of Sunday, May 17 through Saturday, May 23. In the past week there have been no new d...

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Posted on: May 23, 2020

Is it safe to gather with friends?

Right now, staying home except for essential trips is working to limit the spread of COVID-19. The fewer interactions we have with people outside of our household, the fewer chances there will be to spread the virus. This is the easiest way to st...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Grieving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Grieving loss is a painful life experience made more difficult and lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives across the world and complicated the grief process for millions more. 

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Whatcom County Cloth Face Covering Directive

Today we issued a Local Health Officer Directive that directs everyone to wear cloth face coverings while in any public indoor and outdoor locations where a person will be within six feet of someone who they don’t live with. As summer approaches...

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Posted on: May 17, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

We are committed to sharing reliable and meaningful information about the COVID-19 outbreak as soon as we are able. This week, we’ve updated our website to include:

  • The weekly number of confirmed cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths for ...
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Posted on: May 16, 2020

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

One of the most important ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and physically distance ourselves from others. Unfortunately, this method of containing the spread of the vi...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Returning to Work After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure (Guide for Essential and Healthcare Workers)

If you’re an essential worker or healthcare worker that tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone who has, you may be wondering what to do and when it’s ok to return to work. Here’s what you need to know.&a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Talking with Children about COVID-19

COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds right now. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make you feel out of control and make it unclear what to do. When you feel this way, your kids may feel it too, and they often can sense the way you&a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

COVID Employer Support Task Force Launching to Provide Guidance to Local Businesses

On April 23, 2020, the Public Health Advisory Board began the process to create a Task Force made up of community members representing a variety of employment sectors, from retail to agriculture. Task Force members will work with health department staff t...

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Posted on: May 10, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Data Update

We’ve updated the charts on our website that show the weekly number of confirmed cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths with numbers for the week of Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9.

Five deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported to us duri...

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Posted on: May 10, 2020

Becoming a Parent during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Adjusting to parenthood is challenging in the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Needing to stay away from others along with hearing daily information about the COVID-19 outbreak can add to feelings of anxiety and depression in new parents...

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Posted on: May 9, 2020

Contact Tracing to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Knowing where and how people could have been exposed to COVID-19 can help slow the spread of infection in our community. Contact tracing - a part of our disease investigations -  contains further spread of COVID-19 by identifying people who have ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Everyone Deserves Safety and Support

Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored by a domestic partner, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787&a...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Northern Whatcom County Beaches Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvest

Paralytic shellfish poisoning biotoxin has reached unsafe levels in molluscan
shellfish in Drayton Harbor. Recreational shellfish harvesting is closed on all beaches from Birch Point north to the Canadian Border, including all of Point Roberts.

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

We're Still Here to Help - Just From a Distance.

You’ve been hearing a lot from us about how public health plays an important role in keeping our community healthy. Although much of the Health Department staff has been busy responding to the COVID-19 crisis and our offices are temporarily clos...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Mental Health and COVID-19

Every May, we mark Mental Health Awareness Month, acknowledging the millions of Americans who live with a mental illness every day. We know that dealing with COVID-19 makes this even more challenging. Now more than ever is a time to resist mental health s...

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Posted on: May 3, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 data update

The charts on our website showing the total number of confirmed cases in Whatcom County have been updated for the week beginning Sunday, April 26 to Saturday, May 2nd. 

There were 29 new cases of COVID-19 reporting during the past week, which is a...

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Posted on: May 3, 2020

Washington's Phased Approach & More Access to Outdoor Recreation

On Tuesday, May 5th, state lands are set to reopen as part of Washington’s phased approach to reopen businesses and outdoor recreation. Phase 1 begins on May 5th. 

  • In addition to public lands, more businesses will begin to open ...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Got Symptoms? Get Tested!

COVID-19 testing capacity is growing in Whatcom County, and that means that more people can get tested. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 below, stay home and contact your healthcare provider to ask about how to get tested. ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 28, 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting three (3) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 293 and the number of deaths associated with the illness is now 28. 

The average number of ne...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 27, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 290 and the number of deaths remains at 27. 

The number of new, confirmed COVID-19 cases each d...

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Posted on: April 26, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 26, 2020

On April 26, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting five (5) new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 289 and the number of deaths remains at 27. 

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Posted on: April 25, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 25, 2020

On April 25, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 284 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County Executive Delays Payment Deadlines, Waives Late Fees for Restaurants and Taverns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2020  

Media Contact: Melissa Morin, Communications Specialist

Phone: (360) 594-2504

E-mail address: mmorin@co.whatcom.wa.us

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 24, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 283 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

WUC Opens Isolation, Quarantine Facility; Medical Referral Required

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, April 23, 2020Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, Joint Information CenterPhone: (360) 815-2701E-mail address: WUC_JIC@co.whatcom.wa.usA motel facility opened Wednesday, April 22, on Byron Avenue in Bellingham, to provid...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 23, 2020

On April 23, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 282 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 22, 2020

On April 22, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 281 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 21, 2020

On April 21, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 280 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 20, 2020

On April 20, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and one (1) new death. The total number of confirmed cases is 278 and the total number of associated deaths is 27.

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Posted on: April 19, 2020

Balancing Teleworking & Distance Learning

Many of us don’t have experience teleworking or teaching our children from home. We’re facing challenges trying to help our children adjust to distance learning while we’re also adjusting to remote work routines. Having patie...

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Posted on: April 19, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 19, 2020

On April 19, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and one (1) new death. The total number of confirmed cases is 277, and the number of associated deaths is 26.

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Posted on: April 18, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 18, 2020

On April 18, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting five (5) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 276, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 17, 2020

On April 17, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting zero (0) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 271, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

For family and friends of long term care facility residents

Do you have a loved one who is a resident of a long term care facility, nursing home, or assisted living facility? We know it’s very challenging to be separated from your loved ones right now. Know that the protection of your loved ones&rsqu...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 16, 2020

On April 16, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 271. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Keep Our Open Spaces Safe Places During COVID-19

It’s starting to feel more like Spring in our lovely corner of the Pacific Northwest, and that means we may be eager to use our county’s extensive trail and park network. Getting outside can reduce stress, keep you physically active, a...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 15, 2020

On April 15, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting four (4) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 269. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department briefs press on COVID-19 model

One of public health’s core functions is to lead community-wide planning and response efforts during public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Our decision-making is based on science and the best available data. We collect, synthesiz...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 14, 2020

On April 14, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and two (2) additional deaths associated with the illness. This brings the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 265 and the total ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 13, 2020

On April 13, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new case of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 264. The total number of deaths remains at 23 in Whatcom County.

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Posted on: April 12, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 12, 2020

On April 12, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 263. The total number of deaths remains at 23 in Whatcom County. 

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Posted on: April 11, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 11, 2020

On April 11, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting eleven (11) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and no new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 261. The total number of deaths...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Whatcom Unified Command moves to expand isolation, quarantine capacity

With work currently underway to activate an isolation and quarantine facility in Bellingham, Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) is securing isolation and quarantine facilities in other cities throughout Whatcom County.

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Staying engaged safely with your religious community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Faith-based organizations and leaders play an important role in many of our lives.  They are sources of connection, comfort and support throughout the year.  The places we find connection, strength and comfort are especially important du...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 10, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting seven (7) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and two (2) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 250 and the total number of ...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 9, 2020

On April 9, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and one (1) new death related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 243 and the total number of deat...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Farmers Market to Open with Support from Whatcom County Health Department

The Bellingham Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, April 11th. Farmers Markets are listed as essential businesses, just like grocery stores, under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order.

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 8, 2020

On April 8, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting three (3) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and one (1) new death related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 241 and the total number of de...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 7, 2020

On April 7, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting ten (10) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and zero (0) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 238 and the total number of d...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Stay Home, Self Quarantine, Self-Isolation: What are the differences?

What is the difference between Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Self-Quarantine, and Self-Isolation?

As a recent Whatcom Unified Command press release announced, an isolation and quarantine facility is being established for individuals who cannot safely remain in ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 6, 2020

On April 6, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting four (4) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and six (6) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 228 and the total number of de...

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Posted on: April 5, 2020

Staying healthy while staying home: mentally, emotionally and physically

We as a society are experiencing an unprecedented situation as the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changes our lives. COVID-19 is affecting each and every one of us in one way or another. You might be feeling stress, anxiety, grief, and worry, and that&...

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Posted on: April 5, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 5, 2020

On April 5, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and 4 new deaths related to the illness. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 224 and the total number of deaths to 13 i...

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 4, 2020

On April 4, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 199. 

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from WCHD

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from Whatcom County Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *UPDATE / CORRECTION*April 3, 2020 Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, WUC Public Information OfficerPhone: ...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 3, 2020

On April 3, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 182. 

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 31, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 139.

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay Strong Whatcom County

Whatcom County, we are so proud of you for taking Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order seriously. Because it is serious. Every time you choose to stay home, you are doing your part to protect your neighbors, friends, and family. Stayi...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Update for March 30

Earlier today we reported a delay in our daily case update. We have now updated our site to reflect our total case count. We have 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 120. 

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Update for March 30 Delayed

We are committed to providing you with the most reliable, accurate data about COVID-19 in our community. We rely on the Washington State Disease Reporting System (WDRS) for this information, and test results received through 11:59PM on Sunday, 3/29 have n...

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Posted on: March 29, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for March 29, 2020

On March 29, the Whatcom County Health Department has identified 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The total number of confirmed cases is 116. Three new deaths have been reported. 

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Posted on: March 28, 2020

Accessing Healthy Food During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Wondering what’s up with accessing healthy food during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for Washington? We’ve got an overview here for you.

Grocery stores are essential businesses and will stay open.

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Healthy Strategy Order Announced by Governor to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a Stay Home, Stay Healthy Executive Order, the best tool we currently have to slow the spread of COVID-19. This decision is a proven strategy that will save lives. 

We know that this is a disruptive and alarmin...

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Posted on: March 22, 2020

29 Additional Cases of COVID-19 at Shuksan Healthcare Center

Today the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) has identified 29 additional confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an outbreak among residents and staff associated with Shuksan Healthcare Center.

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Posted on: March 22, 2020

Whatcom COVID-19 Website Now Active

A single-source information and communication tool on behalf of the Whatcom County’s unified response to COVID-19 is now available online.

The WhatcomCOVID.com website is a repository of trusted sources of novel coronavirus information from the U...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Notice of Potential Public Exposure to COVID-19

This is a joint release from the Lummi Indian Business Council and the Whatcom County Health Department.

BELLINGHAM, WA – During the case investigation of a laboratory-confirmed positive patient, it has been determined that there was a potential ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department COVID-19 response still operating over the holiday weekend

The Whatcom County Health Department will be closed for all non-COVID-19 related operations on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. 

COVID-19 response services will continue to operate on Friday and over the weekend. This includes c...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Friends don’t give friends COVID-19

With summer here, and more businesses and activities open again in Phase 2, many of us are excited about getting out of the house to reconnect with friends and family. But there’s still a risk of giving or getting COVID-19. If someone invites yo...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

This Fourth of July - Celebrate Small, Celebrate Safely

Summer is here, and Fourth of July, our biggest summer celebration, is coming up. Many of us look forward to this holiday and the traditions it brings, including barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. This year, however, will be different. We know it may be d...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

How safe is it? A guide to COVID-19 risk

Each of us looks at risks differently. Some like to play poker or go bungee jumping, others do not. 

When it comes to COVID-19, the risks you take affect you personally, and they also affect your community. It’s not just about preventing...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

How to talk to friends and family about COVID-19

COVID-19 has been present in our community for a few months and has drastically changed how we live. Unfortunately, there is some misinformation about it, and some people aren’t taking it seriously. It can be difficult to talk to someone who doe...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Whatcom County is not eligible to apply for Phase 3 this week

Whatcom County will not be eligible to apply for Phase 3 of Washington State’s Safe Start reopening plan on Friday, June 26th. Friday marks three weeks since we moved into Phase 2. Unfortunately, we do not meet all of the eligibility requirement...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Face Coverings Required Statewide in Washington

New face covering requirement starts Friday

Beginning Friday, June 26, everyone in Washington is required to wear a cloth face covering in public when you cannot stay six feet away from others. This is a public health order issued by Wash...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Phase 2 in Whatcom County: Evaluating Our Progress

Whatcom County is regularly evaluating how COVID-19 is being spread through our community and our progress in responding to it. Right now we are in Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan and are working hard to be able to move to Phase 3. The m...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

PSP Biotoxin at Dangerous Levels in Whatcom County

Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin has increased to dangerous levels in mussels in Whatcom County, with levels capable of causing illness detected from Lummi Bay north to the Canadian border. Biotoxin levels exceed safe harvest limits for all mo...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Fire Marshal's Fireworks Regulations in Whatcom County for July 4

Whatcom County only allows consumer fireworks to be discharged during the following dates and times:July 3rd:  6:00 PM until 11:00 PMJuly 4th:  6:00 PM until 12:00 midnightJuly 5th:  6:00 PM until 11:00 PM

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Resources are available for people with financial hardships due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused economic uncertainty and hardship for millions of Americans. Many people have lost work or been laid off or have missed work due to having to quarantine or isolate. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help those struggli...

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Posted on: June 13, 2020

Isolation and Quarantine: Your Questions Answered

One of the most effective tools we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 is “boxing the virus in.” This includes isolating yourself if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, and quarantining yourself if you have been exposed...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Limited In-Office County Services Available by Appointment

Starting Monday, June 15, citizens may begin making appointments for certain limited in-office services provided by the Whatcom County Auditor, Treasurer, and Assessor’s offices. Appointments will be available starting Wednesday, June 17. In ord...

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Posted on: June 6, 2020

Yes, you can get tested for COVID-19.

Everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible. If you think you have symptoms, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who has received a positive test result, please follow these steps to get tested right away. Testing a...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Now Available

We know data can be ... well … confusing. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to improve how we share COVID-19 data with a new, interactive COVID-19 data dashboard. The new dashboa...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Whatcom County Cloth Face Covering Directive

Today we issued a Local Health Officer Directive that directs everyone to wear cloth face coverings while in any public indoor and outdoor locations where a person will be within six feet of someone who they don’t live with. As summer approaches...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Masks and Social Distancing Mandatory at County Courthouse

Presiding Superior Court Judge Garrett has issued an administrative order on public health measures to protect the safety and security of all people in the County Courthouse effective Monday May 11, 2020. This order requires that all employees, vendors, a...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Notice of 2020 Road Shoulder Herbicide Program

Approximately 250 miles of roads are normally scheduled for seasonal treatment, however due to COVID 19 and staffing, we will only be treating certain safety locations and noxious sites this year. Lawns and yard areas may have a minimum 12” wide...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County Executive Delays Payment Deadlines, Waives Late Fees for Restaurants and Taverns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2020  

Media Contact: Melissa Morin, Communications Specialist

Phone: (360) 594-2504

E-mail address: mmorin@co.whatcom.wa.us

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

New Pilot Project -- Do It Yourself Mitigation Plan

Whatcom County has developed a pilot project to allow single-family homeowners to complete their own mitigation plans. This Do it Yourself (DIY) Single Family Residential mitigation packet is for projects impacting 1,000 square feet or less of critical ar...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Stairway Closed

The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve stairway is closed to the public due to structural damage caused by winter storms. The stairway structure was declared unsafe and closed to the public in February of 2020.

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Fire Marshal's 4th of July Press Release

Whatcom County only allows consumer fireworks to be discharged during the following dates and times:July 3rd:  6:00 PM until 11:00 PMJuly 4th:  6:00 PM until 12:00 midnightJuly 5th:  6:00 PM until 11:00 PM

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

State Dept of Natural Resources Publishes New Landslide Mapping

A new map published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources inventories landslides and alluvial fans in western Whatcom County. The inventory identified 1,911 landslides and 2,470 alluvial fans, providing a valuable resource for planners, ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

New Pilot Project -- Do It Yourself Mitigation Plan

Whatcom County has developed a pilot project to allow single-family homeowners to complete their own mitigation plans. This Do it Yourself (DIY) Single Family Residential mitigation packet is for projects impacting 1,000 square feet or less of critical ar...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

East Smith Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project Update for July 1

Thank you for signing up to receive updated on our East Smith Road Rehabilitation Project. A contract has been awarded to Granite Construction Company to do this work, which will take place after July 15. This project has three parts - It will repave East...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

East Smith Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project Newsletter for May 18

East Smith Road Pavement Rehabilitation

County Road Project No’s 916006 & 918018

Project Newsletter May 18, 2020

Whatcom County Public Works plans to rehabilitate the East Smith Road roadway surface from July through September 2020. The affecte...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Notification

Whatcom County has scheduled chip sealing on Lummi Island beginning Tuesday, July 7 and continuing through Thursday, July 9 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This project includes all paved county roads and will begin in the Hales Pass...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Pavement Striping Everson Goshen Road Set for June 24; Drivers Should Expect Delays During Work

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6am-6pm on Wednesday, June 24, for Everson Goshen Road. The affected portion of Everson Goshen Road is from Mt. Baker Hwy to E. Pole Road. Please use alternate routes when possible and plan for long delays w...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Roads Scheduled for Phase One Chip Sealing June 22-25

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, commonly known as chip sealing. Lummi Nation roadways are scheduled first, starting on June 22.

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Public Invited to Help Collect Valuable Species Data Using Smartphone App

Community members are invited to become science volunteers as part of the newest project by the North Sound Stewards Program, organized by the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and RE Sources. The program will utilize iNaturalist, a free app and we...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Drivers Should Expect Delays during Roadway Chip Sealing Starting June 22

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, or commonly known as chip sealing. Most areas are selected on a rotating 10-12 year cycle.  Roadways in three areas of What...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Single Day Closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 30, 2020Media Contact: Marie Duckworth, Communications SpecialistPhone: 360-603-1103E-mail address: mduckwor@co.whatcom.wa.us

Single Day closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR 2020 ROAD SHOULDER HERBICIDE PROGRAM - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Approximately 250 miles of roads are normally scheduled for seasonal treatment, however due to COVID 19 and staffing, we will only be treating certain safety locations and noxious sites this year. Lawns and yard areas may have a minimum 12” wide...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

July Weight Restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry

We impose vehicle weight restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry during tides lower than zero to prevent damage to our docks. Any vehicle over 40,000 GVW is prohibited on the ferry during these low tides. Read our July weight restrictions letter with speci...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Notification

Whatcom County has scheduled chip sealing on Lummi Island beginning Tuesday, July 7 and continuing through Thursday, July 9 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This project includes all paved county roads and will begin in the Hales Pass...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Lummi Island Road Maintenance Starts in July

Every paved county road on Lummi Island is planned for chip seal road maintenance starting around July 6. The exact start date may change due to weather and other factors. We will keep you updated through this communication tool as more information become...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Ferry Pass Purchases Take Longer During COVID-19 Restrictions

We care about the safety and health of our passengers and crew. We’ve put together a few reminders for our ferry travelers related to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Online Ticket Sales:

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Drivers Should Expect Delays during Roadway Chip Sealing Starting June 22

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, or commonly known as chip sealing. Most areas are selected on a rotating 10-12 year cycle.  Roadways in three areas of What...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

June 3 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

June 3 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2020 Contact: Rich Hudson, Senior Ferry MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. &...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Service Outage Planned for May 21

The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service for a dry dock shipyard pre-bid meeting onboard the vessel. This outage will occur on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. There will be no ferry service during this time.

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Fares Resume May 18 for Lummi Island Ferry with Collection/Punch Card Changes

Beginning Monday, May 18, fare collection will resume onboard the Whatcom Chief. In an effort to maintain social distancing and keep both customers and employees safe, Lummi Island Ferry staff will no longer accept cash. In addition, ferry crew will no lo...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project Newsletter June 2, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road RepavingCounty Road Project Numbers 919003 & 919022

Whatcom County Public Works plans to repave portions of Northwest Drive and Slater Road from July through September 2020. The affected portion of Northwest Drive is fro...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

ShakeAlert® System Activation For Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District

On July 22, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District activated a pilot scale earthquake early warning system, known as ShakeAlert®, at one of its water reservoirs. With its activation, the District is among the first utilities in Washington State to ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Phase II Appointments

Bellingham, WA, June 10, 2020:  Starting Monday, June 15th citizens may begin making appointments for certain limited in-office services announced the Whatcom County Auditor, Diana Bradrick, Whatcom County Treasurer, Steve Oliver, and Whatcom Cou...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

6/1/20 Update: Treasurer's Office Continues to Suspend Passport Processing Indefinitely

At this time the Whatcom County Treasurer’s office continues to suspend passport processing indefinitely. Please note, when processing resumes, it will be by appointment only. Processing hours and information will be updated on our website as ne...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

County Council Webpage Guides Citizens on How to Speak to Council at Virtual Meetings

The Whatcom County Council will resume its Open Session during remote-only regular evening meetings. Open Session is an opportunity for people to speak to the Council. The next regular evening meeting is scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. F...

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