Last updated: 11:45 a.m, Wednesday, May 13, 2020
This is the latest guidance for individuals, families and households to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Whatcom County.
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On May 1, Governor Inslee announced the extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31, 2020, and outlined the phased “Safe Start” approach Washington will take for resuming recreational, social, and business activities. At this time, all people are instructed to continue to stay home unless conducting essential activities. This is the best tool we currently have to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep rates of infection low. This decision is a proven strategy that will save lives. The phased approach to reopening the economy allows us to move forward carefully, balancing the health and economic needs of our state. Find out more on the Washington State COVID-19 website.
For those who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, we recommend leaving home only to seek medical attention after speaking with your healthcare provider to determine that no other options are available.
As reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people at higher risk include:
More detailed guidance for people at higher risk is available from the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Starting on May 22, 2020, everyone in Whatcom County is directed to wear a face covering in most public settings. Read more about the Directive to Wear Face Coverings.
Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for severe illness resulting from novel coronavirus should consult with their healthcare providers.
Personal prevention habits are effective for preventing COVID-19 infection. These are important action steps everyone should take to protect their health. Additionally, for other community-wide actions to be most effective, people must continue to practice these habits.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on what to do if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed to the virus.