PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Covid-19 hospitalizations are continuing to increase, with 37 people admitted for Covid-19 on August 17, 12 more than last week.
Whatcom County has had 469 confirmed and probable Covid-19 cases since last week and 11,178 total since the start of the pandemic, according to August 16 Washington State Department of Health data. The number of Covid-19 deaths in the county remains at 109.
The Blaine school district area has the second highest Covid-19 case rate in the county at 312 cases per 100,000 people. Lynden has the highest case rate with the third lowest vaccination rate. Covid-19 case rates increased in every school district area. Blaine school district has had 42 confirmed cases since last week.
Blaine school district had the highest hospitalization rate in the county with 21 people per 100,000 hospitalized with confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Right now, 53.2 percent of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated and 62.4 percent of people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated.
Washington state has had 517,214 confirmed and probable cases since the start of the pandemic (21,857 cases in the past week). In all, 6,269 people in Washington with the virus have died (82 in the last week). In the state, 28,979 people have been hospitalized (1,903 in the last week and more than double the previous week).