The information contained below will be updated once weekly. Cases are reported based on the test date of the individual.

Reported Cases Among In-Person Students/Staff*

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID dashboard by month

* Total cases are confirmed positive cases of Blaine School District students or staff engaged in in-person learning or work at a district site who were on site during their infectious period, as determined by the Department of Health. These numbers do not include siblings with symptoms who may be presumed positive and asked to isolate, but who have not tested.

**04/04/22 - 04/10/22 was Spring Break

Staff who are assigned to a specific school building are counted with their specific campus. All others are counted under "District Staff".

Please note that in some instances it may not be possible to share data and also protect confidential health information. The Washington State Department of Health small numbers reporting guidelines provides more information about data reporting and protecting confidential health information.

Notification Protocol

Blaine School District has a COVID-19 Safety Response that meets regularly when students are on campus to ensure communication and coordination across the district. We also work closely with the health department when there is a confirmed case associated with one of our sites.

  1. Reported cases are first confirmed to be lab positive and to be associated with the school. The impacted location's COVID Coordinators then work to determine if there were any close contacts to the individual.

  2. If there are determined to be close contacts of a confirmed case, we work with the health department to notify the staff member or parents/guardians that there has been contact with a confirmed case.

  3. Next steps are determined by the health department, which may include recommendations for COVID testing, isolation and/or quarantine. We communicate directly with impacted staff and families and share resources according to the guidance of the health department.

  4. In some cases, a cohort of students may shift to remote learning for a period of time.

  5. Someone from the COVID Response Team will remain in communication with the staff member or family regarding their return date.


Close Contact: A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of distance for more than 15 minutes, within a 24 hour period, to a person who is confirmed or suspected to have COVID, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection.)

K-12 close contact exception criteria: In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when both students were consistently and correctly wearing face coverings/masks. The following people are K-12 close contacts if they were within the specified distance from COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period:
• A student 0-3 feet from a student COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom, regardless of mask usage.
• A student 3-6 feet from a student COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom if either the case or potential contact was not wearing a mask consistently and correctly.
• A student 0-6 feet from a staff COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom, regardless of mask usage.
• A staff member 0-6 feet from a COVID-19 case in an indoor classroom, regardless of mask usage.
• A person (including students and staff) 0-6 feet from a COVID-19 case in any setting other than an indoor classroom (e.g., cafeteria, outside, sports, performance), regardless of mask usage.

The definition of a close contact may vary in some situations (e.g., less time spent in close proximity to an unmasked person who is coughing, direct cough/sneeze spray, or other contact that is more intense like sharing drinks, eating utensils, etc.). The ultimate determination of close contact is made by the LHJ during its investigation; it may delegate this determination if appropriate. (from WA DOH Supplemental Considerations to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools issued September 13, 2021)

Contact Tracing: Contact tracing is the part of the disease investigation that is done to prevent the virus from spreading further. A school district COVID Coordinator will reach out to inform close contacts of their possible exposure. The school district may also work with other community partners impacted by

Individuals may also hear from interviewers with Whatcom County Health Department, who can also help connect people with resources they may need while they stay home for 14 days to ensure they are not sick (quarantine) or stay home to recover from being sick (isolation). Interviewers do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 when speaking with close contacts.

Outbreak: An outbreak is defined as two or more cases with transmission occurring between them.

CDC's Glossary of Key Terms

Whatcom County Health Department Glossary of Terms