Nooksack Valley, Lynden school districts up triple, double 

  WHATCOM — North county cases of COVID-19 are skyrocketing to double and triple the rate before.
  The Whatcom County Health Department counts cases by school district, and the Jan. 13 numbers show that 593 people have now tested positive in the Lynden School District from the start of the pandemic. The Nooksack Valley School District has had 381 positive cases.
  The case rate, which is per 100,000 people over the previous two weeks (in this case, Dec. 27 through Jan. 9), is at 850 for Lynden and 1,147 for Nooksack Valley.
  That is more than double the previous week’s rate for Lynden and more than triple the previous rate for Nooksack Valley.
  The state goal is a case rate of 25 cases or less. That has not been achieved in months. Everything is going in the opposite direction right now. Whatcom is showing some of the worst COVID spiking in the state.
  According to the health department’s press release, 80% of known transmission was from social events and within households, meaning that most of the new cases were contracted from friends and loved ones. The health department advises against social gatherings of any size with non-household members at this time.
  These were the latest rates by school district, as announced Jan. 13: 
• Nooksack Valley, 1,147 (up from 325)
• Lynden, 850 (up from 390)
• Mount Baker, 456 (up from 177)
• Meridian, 399 (up from 325)
• Ferndale, 338 (up from 200
• Blaine, 250 (up from 108)
• Bellingham, 232 (up from 147)
  The overall Whatcom County COVID-19 infection rate stood at 229.5 for the two-week period of Dec. 20 through Jan. 2, but the unofficial numbers going forward project a steep climb upward to as high as 440 through Jan. 12.