Whatcom County has had a total of 9,846 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to June 21 Washington state Department of Health (DOH) data. The county’s death toll totals 103, with two deaths in the past week.
Covid-19 case rates decreased in all school districts, except for Blaine. Blaine school district increased from 53 to 58 cases per 100,000 people last week. The school district has had nine confirmed Covid-19 cases since last week.
About 52.2 percent of county residents are fully vaccinated and 6.1 percent are either waiting for their second dose or for the two weeks after receiving their last vaccine dose, according to the department. The department reports 118,948 county residents are fully vaccinated and 14,014 residents are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. For county residents 16 and older, 69 percent are either fully vaccinated or are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated.
Statewide, 7,658,911 vaccine doses have been administered. About 48.7 percent of people in Washington are fully vaccinated and 5.7 are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated. Public spaces in the state can reopen to full capacity before June 30 if 70 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated. Right now, 59.1 percent of people 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
Washington state has had 448,142 confirmed and probable cases since the start of the pandemic (the 36,284 probable cases came from an antigen test). In all, 5,843 people in Washington with the virus have died and 25,081 have been hospitalized.
For more Whatcom County information, visit whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine and whatcomcounty.us/coviddata. State information is available at bit.ly/3r2URJj. Vaccine locations can be found at bit.ly/3nZiMqr. For CDC data, visit bit.ly/39Kt4qh.
'Joints for Jabs' at Birch Bay Budz
Birch Bay Budz will host a ‘Joints for Jabs’ vaccine clinic 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 27.
The clinic will allow 22 people to get either their first or second Moderna Covid-19 shot. Appointments can be made online at bit.ly/35I8MLd, and walk ins are welcome. Every participant will receive a free Stone Age joint with their vaccine.
The dispensary is located at 8125 Birch Bay Square Street in Suite 222.
The Washington state liquor and cannabis board received a temporary allowance for licensed cannabis stores to provide one free pre-rolled joint if a person 21 years of age and older is vaccinated at the cannabis store from June 7 to Monday, July 12.