In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.
Each update will cover data for the week ending the previous Saturday. You can find the weekly data report, plus additional data, on our data page at www.whatcomcounty.us/coviddata.
Pfizer has requested that their COVID-19 vaccine receive Emergency Use Authorization for use by children aged 5-11. The FDA is scheduled to review Pfizer’s proposal on October 26. We will provide updates on the authorization process as soon as we have more information to share.
This update focuses on COVID-19 data through the previous Saturday. We have to wait for complete data from a variety of sources, so our data reports will always cover the previous week. You can find the weekly data report, plus additional data, on our data page.
Cases. Whatcom County continued to see elevated cases:
Hospitalizations. During this reporting period, 22 Whatcom County residents were hospitalized because of COVID-19; 18 were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. This number includes people who have tested positive (using a PCR test) for COVID-19 and have been hospitalized due to their COVID-19 illness. It does not include people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are hospitalized for other reasons (ex: heart attack, injuries).
Deaths. During this reporting period, there were eight deaths due to COVID-19:
According to the Sept. 15 report from the Washington State Department of Health, unvaccinated individuals 65 and older are more than 8 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated individuals 65 and older. (More explanation is planned for an upcoming report.)
Data. As of October 4, 60.5% of all Whatcom County residents have been fully vaccinated, and 75.4% of everyone who’s eligible, which includes all residents 12 and older, has gotten at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19. With winter holidays right around the corner, it’s extra important to finish vaccination if you’ve started, and to start vaccination if you haven’t. The best way to protect yourself and the people you love from this virus is by getting vaccinated before visiting.
If one of your family members is eligible for the vaccine but hasn’t gotten vaccinated yet, gently encourage them to get vaccinated and offer them support if they need it. The CDC has tips for navigating sensitive conversations about COVID-19 vaccines.
Boosters. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re eligible for a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine, we maintain a list of who’s currently eligible, including people who should get a booster as soon as they can and people who are permitted to get one if they want one.
Pop-ups. You can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and healthcare clinics. In addition to these, there are a number of pop-up clinics happening all over the county next week:
COVID-19 vaccination continues to be the most effective preventive measure we can take against the virus. You’re much more likely to get really sick or infect someone else if you aren’t vaccinated. Find a provider near you at WhatcomCounty.US/CovidVaccine, or at VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov.