In support of the Whatcom County Health Department Emergency Declaration and further announcements from Governor Jay Inslee, TAG will be virtualizing all large gatherings (>10 people) until further notice to combat spread of coronavirus in our community. See our status below and stay tuned for updates via the TAG Newsletter and TAG Blog.
We encourage everyone to be informed and review coronavirus information from the CDC and our own excellent state and local resources provided by Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State Department of Health, Whatcom County, Whatcom Unified Command and City of Bellingham. As is seen elsewhere around the Puget Sound, most/all large gatherings will be reformatted, cancelled, or postponed until further notice.
The response to coronavirus progresses rapidly. The following status and recommendations are provided as a general reference. Check sources for updates.
TAG ECONOMIC RECOVERY SUPPORT
TAG is a member of Team Whatcom, a working group led by the Port of Bellingham and reorganized as the Regional Economic Partnership (REP) who centralizes Economic Impact Resources due to Coronavirus in our community, working closely with Whatcom Unified Command. This includes resources organized by Western Washington University Small Business Development Center and the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce among our many other great local organizations. TAG continues to assist economic recovery topics directly with REP and will aid the TAG Community by introducing members with the most appropriate resources available.
TAG COMMUNITY SUPPORT
TAG is proud to provide TAG Consulting, a new programs available to the community, discounted for TAG Members, and FREE for nonprofit organizations. Also provided for nonprofit organizations is FREE TAG Membership to further leverage TAG benefits including TAG Job Board access and new mentorship, internship and volunteer programs. Please contact us for support or to volunteer.
Generally, due to the ban on large gatherings, TAG has reformatted community resources and programs to be delivered virtually and/or remotely. See the TAG News and TAG Newsletter for details, TAG Events for an overview, and join the the TAG Community Hub for online discussion.
- TAG Community Groups continue to occur on their recurring calendar (TAG Cybersecurity, Women in Tech).
- TAG Mentorship is occuring via the TAG Community Hub.
- TAG Expo 2020 was cancelled. TAG Expo 2021 will also be cancelled. Resources for job seekers and others will be integrated into the TAG Website.
- TAG Bash 2020 was cancelled. A fundraiser will occur in Spring 2021. Stay tuned for TAG Bash 2021 in person if allowed.
- TAG Summit 2020 was cancelled. Stay tuned for TAG Summit 2021 in person if allowed.
2020-2021 School year status:
- Bellingham School District will start remote this year. School begins September 8th.
- Blaine School District will start remote this year. School begins September 8th.
- Ferndale School District will start remote this year. School begins September 8th.
- Lynden School District will start remote this year. School begins September 8th.
- Meridian School District will start remote this year. School begins September 8th.
- Mount Baker School District will start remote this year. School begins September 8th.
- Nooksack Valley School District will start remote this year. School begins September 8th.
- WWU will be primarily virtual this year. Fall quarter begins September 23rd.
- WCC will be primarily virtual this year. Fall quarter begins September 22nd.
- BTC will be primarily virtual this year. Fall quarter begins September 28th.
- NWIC will be primarily virtual this year. Fall quarter begins September 21st.
For statewide status, please refer to the News & Media Announcements from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL RESOURCES
While our local government agencies continue to be the recommended source for coronavirus information, our local media outlets also provide great information:
Here are some updated recommendations, followed by original prevention recommendations from healthcare officials:
- Practice social distancing. When possible interact virtually instead of in person, such as email, phone and/or video chat.
- Clean shared surfaces often.
You can help protect yourself, your family, and our community by following these prevention recommendations:
- Clean your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or with >60% alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover coughs and sneezes — immediately dispose of tissue and clean your hands.
- Wear a face mask if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- Do not go to emergency rooms or urgent care clinics if your illness is mild and can be managed at home.
- Even if you are feeling well, avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes.
- People who are sick with cough and fever should not attend work until 72 hours after fever has resolved or seven (7) days after the illness began, whichever is longer.