Whatcom County April 13th:
The Whatcom County Health Department is overseen by the County Health Board. The County Health Board is made up of the seven elected County Council.
The Fourth Corner also reported Councilman Byrd’s concerns on transparency in this article dated March 21st.
Update April 12th
Councilwoman Kershner has also expressed the following after meetings and intake from Health and other officials:
“I understand there may not be an answer to every question, that we may not know the answer, and/or staff have not had the time to address these questions. I am doing my best to understand our current situation, not get in the way of the day-to-day operations, and be prepared to move quickly if/when items come to the council that must be acted on in a timely manner. I appreciate all the work that is being done by the many, many people who have been working non-stop on the response to this crisis.”
Councilwoman Kershner was asked by the Executive to submit her question to the Health Department.
Erika Lautenbach is the recently appointed Whatcom County Health Director as of March 18th(The Fourth Corner was advised that this was going to occur because of retirement changes.) Samples of questions and answers are listed below the full list of questions and answers is here.
You decide are our elected officials in Whatcom County getting the information they need from public officials in this situation?
Samples of Questions by Kathy Kershner
6. My access to IAP-V6 was recently revoked. Why? I would appreciate my access restored. Thank you. I learned from U(nified) C(ommand) that only people who are on the UC org chart will have access.
11. What sources of data is the Health Director using to make decisions? I’m not clear on the intent of this question. I am an epidemiologist and public health professional, and take my role in providing sound and science-based decisions seriously.
The Fourth Corner uses the Whatcom Health pages here: the Whatcom County Health Department.