COVID-19 Economic Impact & Resources

COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

The governor’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan is a region-based plan. As of February 14, the Northern region, which includes Whatcom, Skagit Island, and San Juan Counties were moved into Phase 2 of the governor’s Healthy Washington Roadmap plan.

The WA State Risk Assessment Dashboard links to a report with each region’s current phase. Visit their What’s Open page to learn more about the activities allowed for each phase and business guidance for safe reopening.

Under the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, the state is split into eight different regions. As outlined in the Governor’s COVID-19 phased recovery plan, regions must meet each of the following four metrics in order to move into Phase 2:

  • Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100k population;
  • Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations;
  • Less than 90% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy; and,
  • COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10%.

Click here for the Roadmap to Recovery metrics dashboard.

Click here for WA state industry-specific re-opening guidance.

Western Washington University Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), led by CJ Seitz, will take the lead on technical assistance, including but not limited to: identifying financial tools, understanding new tools and resources made available by local, state, and federal authorities, and coordinating with local lenders to relay the needs of clients. Any issues related to technical assistance should be coordinating via the SBDC. Their office is closed and they will be doing web-based small business consulting until further notice. You can also visit their website for additional information and business resources as tools are identified and developed by local, state, and federal authorities.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please complete your client profile here. Upon completion, the SBDC will contact you to coordinate an appointment that works well for your schedule.

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  2. State gov
  3. Federal gov
  4. Local orgs
  5. Sovereign Tribal Nations
  6. Canada/Border Crossing

REP and WHD issue Joint Framework on Re-Opening Whatcom County’s Economy

With the highest goal always being public safety and health, Whatcom County Health Department and the Regional Economic Partnership at the Port of Bellingham intend to work side-by-side to ensure a safe, healthy re-opening of our local economy. The WHD and REP have issued a Joint Framework that includes details on the process and timeline for re-opening, which can be read here. The appendix can be found here..

Whatcom Unified Command on COVID-19

Please visit Unified Command’s COVID-19 website for regular updates and see their Businesses and Restaurants page for business specific information.