Local Governments across Whatcom County are united in response to COVID-19 outbreak

​​​Mount Baker and Semiahmoo by John Gargett​​​​

Whatcom County and every local jurisdiction within it are focusing our combined resources on addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. The full scope of the impacts of this public health crisis is not yet clear, but it is certain to affect the life of every member of our community in one way or another.

In addition to the health impacts of COVID-19, our local economy and daily lives are being significantly affected. Schools and senior centers are closed, businesses are suffering, workers are shut out of their jobs, and this list of disruptions will undoubtedly grow in the coming weeks.

Our first priority as a community must be to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the guidelines and recommendations of the Whatcom County Health Department and Washington State Department of Health. We must also avoid panic and hoarding, which only exacerbates the situation.

Since January, your local government, following the lead of the Whatcom County Health Department, has been working tirelessly to address the crisis. Now, in an effort to further support the public health response, all Whatcom County governments have consolidated efforts under a Unified Command, so that issues such as border crossings, supply chain disruptions and economic impacts can be addressed through a single coordinated and common front. This Unified Command is comprised of the best and most qualified in Whatcom County from local, state, federal, tribal and private sector personnel.

A Policy Group made up of the County Executive, Mayors, County Councilmembers, Sheriff, Tribal leaders and key elected officials from Whatcom County provide recommendations to the Unified Command. This group will ensure that we have a consolidated, focused and direct interface between the citizens of Whatcom County and Unified Command.

In Whatcom County we are all faced with an unprecedented challenge. Every one of us need to now come together to support one another. As residents, please remember to help your neighbors, check in on seniors you know by phone or e-mail and be kind to each other. We are all in this together, and we will make it through.

Executive Satpal Sidhu, Whatcom County

Mayor Seth Fleetwood, City of Bellingham

Mayor Bonnie Onyon, City of Blaine

Mayor Kyle Christensen, City of Sumas

Mayor John Perry, City of Everson

Mayor James Ackerman, City of Nooksack

Mayor Greg Hansen, City of Ferndale

Mayor Scott Korthuis, City of Lynden

Chairman Ross Cline, Nooksack Indian Tribe

Chairman Lawrence Solomon, Lummi Indian Business Council

President Michael Shepard, Port of Bellingham

Sheriff Bill Elfo, Whatcom County Sheriff

Tyler Byrd, Whatcom County Council Member

Barry Buchanan, Whatcom County Council Member

Gene Knutson, Bellingham City Council Member​

Eric Richey, Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney


Media Contacts

​Whatcom Unifed Command Joint Information Center