This web page is used to share the latest and continuously updated information from Whatcom County health officials, the Washington State Department of Health, the US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and many other state, national and international agencies, as well as local business and activity updates.
Everyone should take simple steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cough and sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you or a family member is sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
Washington State Coronavirus Updates
To get the latest information on Washington State guidelines, visit Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) website.
Face Masks Mandate – Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has ordered all businesses in Washington State to require all customers and employees to wear face coverings. Businesses may not serve any customer services or goods if they do not comply with the face covering order. A Washington statewide order also requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants, and outdoors when proper social distancing of 6 feet apart cannot be maintained.
Whatcom County Coronavirus Updates
Whatcom County, which includes Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Birch Bay, Point Roberts, Lummi Island, Lynden, Sumas, Everson, Nooksack, Deming, Glacier and Newhalem, is in Phase 2 of Washington State’s Safe Start re-opening plan.
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As of November 22, Whatcom County has had 2,120 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The rate per 100,000 population of newly diagnosed cases during the prior two weeks is 305.8, and does not meet the requirement of 25 or less cases to move to Phase 3. Bellingham is the largest city in Whatcom County. See updated details on the Washington State COVID-19 Phase and Risk Assessment Dashboard.
A single-source information and communication tool on behalf of the Whatcom County’s Unified Command Response to COVID-19 is available online.
The Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) is providing daily updates of its 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case information based on disease surveillance activities. Current and total numbers of persons under public health supervision, persons under investigation, and confirmed cases are updated daily at https://whatcomcounty.us/ncov.
Visitor Information Center
Although most Visitor Information Centers are temporarily closed, the main visitor center at 904 Potter Street in Bellingham is open Friday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with no public restrooms. Masks are required for service. Staff is available via email. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for visitor information.
Whatcom County offers a variety of transportation options to help you get where you need to go. To get all Port of Bellingham Notifications Related to COVID-19 visit the Port of Bellingham Notification Center or click links below for local transportation options:
- US/Canada Border Crossing closed to non-essential travel until future notice
- Bellingham International Airport
- Alaska Ferry Service
- Amtrak Passenger Train Service
- Greyhound Bus Service
Restaurants, Bars, Entertainment Venues
Whatcom County is in Phase 2 of Washington State’s re-opening plan. Under current restrictions, restaurants and bars are unable to offer indoor service and outdoor dining has been restricted to five people per table.
Indoor service will be closed at fitness facilities and gyms, and youth and adult amateur sporting activities are limited to outdoors only with facial coverings.
Bowling alleys, museums, zoos, aquariums, and movie theaters will be closed for indoor services.
Western Washington University Resources
Western Washington University’s Student Health Center has developed a dashboard showing results of COVID-19 testing of Western students. All students living on campus were tested upon arrival. Students can visit Fraser Hall, where the Health Center has established their COVID-19 testing center, for additional testing and information. The dashboard can be found at https://www.wwu.edu/coronavirus.
Guidelines on how to Responsibly Visit Whatcom County
During this global pandemic, the health and safety of our residents and visitors are our highest priorities. Please do your part to help make our tourism industry restart successful and your visit safe and pleasurable. Planning, education and communication are essential to accomplish this. Below is an essential checklist and links to local and state resources to review before you visit.
Outdoor Recreation Updates
Most outdoor recreation near Bellingham is open with appropriate safety precautions, including: hiking, biking, camping, beaches, fishing; hunting; boating; horseback riding; paddlesports; tennis; go karts; ORV/motorcross; and golf. Whatcom County Parks and Trails remain open. Updates are on the Whatcom Parks & Recreation website.