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Fairhaven Flag To Remain At Half Staff

The American flag located in front of Bellinham’s Fairhaven Library has been lowered to half staff to recognize those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. We honor not only the tens of thousands of American citizens and residents we have lost, but also the losses among the first responders (police, medics and firefighters), the hospital nurses and physicians, and those providing support services to the medical community.

Surely, such a monumental catastrophe, resulting in unimaginable loss of life and livelihood, merits our recognition in a fitting manner.

The flag at half staff will also serve as a constant reminder to all of their civic duty to adhere to public health declarations and official directives in order to end this plague. The flag will be raised again to full staff at some time in the future. We know not when.

[Note: We would also like to announce the passing, on April 19th, of Bobby Atwood, decorated Vietnam Veteran and member of the original Fairhaven flag committee. Bobby’s obituary will appear on this site in a few days.]

Fairhaven Flag To Remain At Half Staff

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 25, 2020

The American flag located in front of Bellinham’s Fairhaven Library has been lowered to half staff to recognize those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

My mask protects you. Your mask protects me.

By Jane BrightOn Apr 24, 2020

“We’re all in this together,” means what exactly? The new PSA should be: “My mask protects you. Your mask protects me.” PSA announcements keep repeating the mantra, “We’re [...]

17 comments, most recent 6 months ago

Modeling and the Covid-19 Pandemic:  A Local Area Perspective

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 23, 2020

Modeling even simple aspects of the covid-19 pandemic is more than challenging in the United States because of the sparsity of data. There is no comprehensive testing and little is [...]

5 comments, most recent 6 months ago

Monitoring the COVID-19 Surge Peak in Benton County - Update Possible?

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 20, 2020

On April 7th, I wrote that the COVID-pandemic in Benton County appeared to be playing out differently than in Whatcom County. Its surge peak was expected on April 29th, four [...]

2 comments, most recent 7 months ago

When Did The U.S. Know About the COVID-19 Outbreak in China?

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 18, 2020

Having worked for three years at the level of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at what now is called the National Military Joint Intelligence Center (NMJIC), I can tell you [...]

16 comments, most recent 6 months ago

Monitoring the COVID-19 Surge Peak in Whatcom County - Update 3

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 17, 2020

On March 30th, Northwest Citizen published a baseline COVID-19 surge peak forecast I did for Whatcom County. The forecast used March 28th as its launch point. It showed 6,151 total confirmed [...]

4 comments, most recent 7 months ago

Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Worse

By Deb GaberOn Apr 15, 2020

In case you missed the small article in the 4/13/20 Seattle Times, apparently there have been four sightings (two unconfirmed but probable) of the giant Asian hornet in Washington recently. All [...]

1 comment, most recent 7 months ago

How Many Unconfirmed Cases of COVID-19 are in Whatcom County?

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 14, 2020

[Co-author of this article is Ronald E. Cossman, Ph.D., a Research Professor and Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. He also directs the [...]

10 comments, most recent 7 months ago

Social Policy for COVID-19

By Richard KelloggOn Apr 13, 2020

[Reposted with permission from the website of Dr. Richard Kellogg (where details of his analysis techniques can be found) a physicist at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nuclé[...]

9 comments, most recent 6 months ago

Monitoring the COVID-19 Surge Peak in Whatcom County - Update 2

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 10, 2020

On March 30th, Northwest Citizen published a baseline COVID-19 surge peak forecast I did for Whatcom County. The forecast used March 28th as its launch point. It showed 6,151 total confirmed [...]

5 comments, most recent 7 months ago

Monitoring the COVID-19 Surge Peak in Benton County

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 07, 2020

Introduction: The COVID-pandemic in Benton County appears to be playing out differently than in Whatcom County. Its surge peak is expected on April 29th, four days after the peak in [...]

PeaceHealth Sets Up Straw Man of Dr Lin

By John ServaisOn Apr 06, 2020

The letter from PeaceHealth that appeared in the Sunday Bellingham Herald attempts to counter the efforts of an unnamed physician, but obviously it’s Dr. Ming Lin. To wit: “And [...]

5 comments, most recent 7 months ago

COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Whatcom County

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 05, 2020

[Updated 4/6/2020: From a friend in Kennewick, I discovered that a long-time hospital in Pasco (Franklin County) is still open, contrary to the data from the American Hospital Directory I found [...]

13 comments, most recent 7 months ago

Monitoring the COVID-19 Surge Peak in Whatcom County - Update I

By David A. SwansonOn Apr 03, 2020

On March 30th, Northwest Citizen published a baseline COVID-19 surge peak forecast I did for Whatcom County. The forecast used March 28th as its launch point. It showed 6,151 total confirmed [...]

12 comments, most recent 7 months ago

PeaceHealth Asks Doctors to Sign Letter

By John ServaisOn Apr 02, 2020

Chief of Staff Dr. Anna Dowling of PeachHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is circulating a letter today - Thur, Apr 2 - among hospital doctors, asking all of them to sign [...]

7 comments, most recent 7 months ago

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

By Ho See-wingOn Apr 01, 2020

The past month in Bellingham had been déjà vu all over again for me. I came back on February 10 from Hong Kong, where the COVID-19 epidemic had struck. Worried [...]

6 comments, most recent 7 months ago

Forecasting the COVID-19 Surge Peak in Whatcom County

By David A. SwansonOn Mar 30, 2020

Without fast action and unified leadership to acquire necessary resources for Whatcom County’s fight against Covid-19, the disease will surge to a devastating peak by April 25th and overwhelm [...]

8 comments, most recent 7 months ago

Dr Lin fired from St Joseph Hospital

By John ServaisOn Mar 27, 2020

Update Sat afternoon, Mar 28 - will post two or more paragraph updates The story of Dr. Lin being fired from his job at St Joseph Hospital in Bellingham is rapidly [...]

6 comments, most recent 7 months ago

Faces of Health Care

By John ServaisOn Mar 25, 2020

I was sent the link to this display of 34 health care workers coming off their shifts. One is posted at the top of this page. We, as a country, need [...]

Down the Memory Hole

By John ServaisOn Mar 25, 2020

At Monday night’s Bellingham City Council meeting, contrary to the Bellingham Herald’s reporting, Tim Eyman created a serious disturbance. Just as the meeting was about to begin at 7 [...]

12 comments, most recent 7 months ago