Sharan Serrano, in the doorway, keeps her Lynden Nutrition Center, 527 Front St., open for customers, but as a coronavirus precaution she has a blue strip on the sidewalk saying “please stand behind the line to be helped.” Serrano adds, “We’re doing our best to help our community.”  (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

CHCC creates a designated area in case coronavirus shows up

  WHATCOM — County Treasurer Steve Oliver signed an order Monday extending the due date when first-half property taxes are due to June 1 for individual and commercial taxpayers who pay the taxes themselves.

  This does not apply to  mortgage service companies that have already collected property taxes and are holding them in escrow. 

  Earlier in March, Oliver announced that county taxpayers can pay their taxes online with an electronic check without incurring a transaction fee. Credit card payments continue as usual.

  Otherwise, first-half property taxes were due April 30.

  It is some economic relief in the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down businesses, schools, churches and social gatherings indefinitely.

  These were other updates of the situation:

  • County numbers as of noon Tuesday, March 31, were still seven deaths, and now 139 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as compared to 120 on Sunday. There have been at least 677 negative test results for the county.

  The state Department of Health has changed its reporting process on coronavirus. Numbers will be as of the previous day just before midnight. 

  Statewide, the latest numbers for Washington as of March 28 were 4,896 cases and 195 deaths, for a 4% mortality rate, with 65,462 individuals tested and a positive rate of 7.5%.

  • The Christian Health Care Center has proactively created a new “designated care unit” within the Lynden skilled-nursing facility on Aaron Drive.

  While CHCC had as of Monday been spared any COVID-19 cases, “we know that can change at a moment’s notice due to the aggressive nature of the coronavirus,” the center posted.

  The designated area  “will be a place where symptomatic residents can be monitored and cared for while minimizing their exposure to others.” A map shows up to 10 rooms on the northeast side of the facility near Central Supply. Details can be found at:

  Visitors are not allowed inside CHCC except for end-of-life and similar compassionate-care situations and then only in a resident’s room and on a case-by-case basis. All residents and team members are being actively screened for COVID-19.

  • North County Christ the King church of Lynden posts of a possible opportunity to help in COVID-19 response by making cots that could be used in hospitals, including field ones, if needed.

  A local company is manufacturing hundreds of cots, and the effort needs volunteers to cut out the vinyl used to make the beds, says pastor Kurt Langstraat. Volunteering could be 5-6 hours of a day, he says.

  The work would be on April 1-2, with a coordination point in Everson, cutting out vinyl to a pattern, done at home with materials provided. 

  Safety is a priority, so volunteers should not be in any vulnerable category for COVID-19 and capable of doing the cutting work with a carpenter’s square and straight edge.

  Email of the COVID-19 Assistance Team to volunteer or get more details, providing name, address and phone number.

  • State Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale has created a 3-minute “Federal Stimulus Update” post on YouTube. See it at:

  Also, state Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine has a brief video on YouTube to explain how parts of the federal stimulus bill can benefit Washingtonians. It is at:

  Go to to sign up for COVID-19 action alerts so you can take action as things change and apply for unemployment benefits you are eligible for. 

  • The WECU credit union is giving $30,000 to be split evenly between three local foundations that are working to meet the basic needs of most-vulnerable populations: Chuckanut Health Foundation, United Way of Whatcom County and Whatcom Community Foundation.