One a Lynden Manor resident, Ferndale’s an LIBC employee

  WHATCOM — The global coronavirus pandemic struck home with the Sunday news of a confirmed COVID-19 case at the Lynden Manor assisted-living facility on Aaron Drive. 

  An employee first posted the information, saying Lynden Manor was now among the 16 assisted-living or skilled-nursing facilities in the state at the time to have a case of the disease.  

  The Whatcom County Health Department later confirmed that a Lynden Manor resident had tested positive and was now in isolation. There were no other confirmed cases there, and “all precautions were being made to ensure resident and staff safety,” the department said.

  And Ferndale had a case too. Ferndale School District Superintendent Linda Quinn posted a letter to Ferndale families Sunday informing them that a service provider who works in school buildings had tested positive for COVID-19.

  The person, a non-tribal Lummi Indian Business Council employee who works in schools on a semi-regular basis, had been at Ferndale High School and Vista and Horizon middle schools the week of March 9-13. The service provider worked with individual students during that span.

  Staff from Lummi Behavioral Health contacted each student believed to have been in direct contact with this provider over the preceding 14 days. The Whatcom County Department of Health was aware of this situation and not recommending further action as of Sunday.

  “The reason we are contacting you tonight is to emphasize the need for precaution. We know that COVID-19 is in our community and, very likely, in our schools,” Quinn wrote.

  More information, including daily updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the Ferndale School District, can be found at ferndalesd.org/covid-19.

CORRECTION: The subhead of this story originally stated that the Ferndale COVID-19 case was a Ferndale School District food worker. The person is, in fact, a non-tribal Lummi Indian Business Council employee who worked in several Ferndale schools semi-regularly.