In support of the recent Whatcom County Health Department Emergency Declaration and further announcements from Governor Jay Inslee, TAG will be cancelling, postponing, or reformatting our 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 in our community will be postponed until after April 24th (and likely beyond).
The response to coronavirus has progressed rapidly. The following status and recommendations are provided as a community overview, accurate as of April 3rd @ 10:00am.
TAG ECONOMIC RECOVERY SUPPORT
TAG is a member of Team Whatcom, a working group led by the Port of Bellingham and reformed 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. PLEASE FILL OUT THE REP ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY.
TAG COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Announcing TAG Consulting available to the community, discounted for TAG Members, and FREE for non-profit organizations. Also provided for non-profit 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. We are here to help. See our announcements in the TAG Spring 2020 Update for more details. TAG is also assisting several other efforts in our community. Stay tuned for individual announcements.
Generally, due to the ban on large gatherings, TAG events in March and April are cancelled/postponed. TAG is busy reformatting community resources and programs to be delivered virtually and/or remotely. See the TAG Spring 2020 Update for new event and program details.
- TAG Cybersecurity scheduled for March 17th is cancelled.
- TAG Social scheduled for March 31st is cancelled.
- TAG Mentorship program launch is postponed to Mid April.
- TAG Expo scheduled for April 24th is postponed. Stay tuned for reschedule and reformat details.
- LinuxFest Northwest is cancelled. See the LinuxFest Northwest cancellation notice.
- Future TAG events, programs and services will be delivered online for the foreseeable future. See TAG Events and the TAG Community Hub for details.
- Bellingham School District closed March 16th to April 24th. (Awaiting announcement of closure until June 19th.)
- Ferndale School District closed March 17th to April 24th. (Awaiting announcement of closure until June 19th.)
- Lummi Nation Schools closed March 13th to April 24th. (Awaiting announcement of closure until June 19th.)
- WWU moved remainder of winter classes online. Spring quarter will be delayed, beginning April 6th and ending June 12th. Spring quarter will be online.
- WCC moved remainder of winter classes online. Spring quarter will be delayed, beginning April 15th and ending June 19th. Spring quarter will be online.
- BTC will end winter quarter early on March 20th. Spring quarter will be delayed, beginning April 20th and ending June 30th. Spring quarter will be online.
- NWIC moved remainder of winter classes online. Spring quarter will be delayed, beginning April 13th and ending June 19th. Spring quarter will likely be online.
Washington State major updates from Governor Jay Inslee:
- Announcement closing schools for the remainder of the school year, until June 19th.
- Announcement extending “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” until May 4th.
- Announcement of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” banning large gatherings and forcing closure of non-essential businesses.
- Announcement temporarily banning large gatherings of 50 or more people, and shutting down restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational spaces. Gatherings of less than 50 people are allowed if social distancing and public health criteria are met.
- Announcement expanding school closures to the entire state and banning events of 250 people or more.
- Announcement of school closures for King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties from March 17th to April 24th
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:
- Avoid unnecessary contact. Try to work remotely. Practice social distancing.
- Interact virtually instead of in person, such as email, phone and/or video chat.
- Avoid handshakes and other introductory exchanges and consider some creative alternatives.
- 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 facemask 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.
Be informed. Be safe. Stay healthy. See you soon.