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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center entrance (November 2016). Photo: My Ferndale News

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Influenza Types A and B

The typical “flu” season spans October to May. The following table details the weekly number of Influenza A and Influenza B tests performed and the percentage that came back positive in Whatcom County as last reported by the Whatcom County Health Department.

Week end dateNov. 7Nov. 14Nov. 21Nov. 28
Total tests125993015
Positive A0
Positive B0

The data above is reported totals from Family Care Network’s Point of Care Testing, PeaceHealth Lab at St Joseph Hospital (for emergency department and inpatient), PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatric Clinic’s Point of Care Testing and Sea Mar’s Point of Care Testing (Source: Whatcom County Health Department)
NOTE: Data for weeks 11/21 & 11/28 does not include PeaceHealth Lab at St Joseph

Deaths from Influenza A or B in Whatcom County during the 2020-2021 flu season: 0 (as of Dec. 19)

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

The following is Whatcom County Health Department’s year-to-date report of COVID-19 activity in Whatcom County as December 30, 2020.

  • Confirmed Cases: 3,469
  • Deaths: 55

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