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Have Ferndale area perspectives and behaviors about the COVID-19 crisis changed in the last month? (POLL)

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FERNDALE, Wash. — A month ago, about 250 My Ferndale News readers participated in an informal poll regarding impacts from the COVID-19 crisis and behaviors during it.

As a community, have our perspectives on the impacts and behaviors changed since then? Please answer the questions below and let’s see.

CLOSURES

Do you agree with the school building closure order?

  • Absolutely do (36%, 253 Votes)
  • Yes (34%, 234 Votes)
  • No (15%, 101 Votes)
  • Not sure (9%, 59 Votes)
  • Absolutely do not (7%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 694

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Do you agree with closing the US-Canada border except for essential travel?

  • Yes (41%, 280 Votes)
  • Absolutely do (40%, 278 Votes)
  • No (10%, 66 Votes)
  • Not sure (5%, 37 Votes)
  • Absolutely do not (4%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 689

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Do you agree with the order to close all non-essential businesses?

  • Yes (26%, 179 Votes)
  • No (25%, 171 Votes)
  • Absolutely do (22%, 152 Votes)
  • Absolutely do not (13%, 91 Votes)
  • Not sure (12%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 676

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**In an effort to educate the community about the programs of the FCSC, we will be doing a series of weekly posts to highlight each program and share details.**

Week 1: Did you know that the FCSC has a brand new program? The Ferndale Community Utilities Fund launched May 15th, 2020. The purpose of this temporary program is to help neighbors who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pay their City of Ferndale utility bill.

Neighbors who need help can apply via our website (link is below). Be sure to check out the eligibility requirements and then click the link to the application form. Neighbors who want to help can make a donation via the same link. To date, we have raised an incredible $10,000! Through the generous support of the community and grants from the Whatcom Community Foundation and the Mary H Storer Foundation, we have reached our fundraising goal. We will use these funds to help Ferndale households with their June and August water bills.

Please help us spread the word so we can ease the struggle for some during this challenging time. And THANK YOU for your generous support and care for your fellow Ferndale residents.

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Did you agree with closing state parks and wildlife and water access areas (have begun being reopened)?

  • No (31%, 202 Votes)
  • Absolutely did not (23%, 150 Votes)
  • Yes (22%, 142 Votes)
  • Absolutely did (12%, 79 Votes)
  • Not sure (11%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 642

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Did you agree with closing most construction sites (have begun being reopened)?

  • No (39%, 257 Votes)
  • Yes (23%, 156 Votes)
  • Absolutely did not (18%, 123 Votes)
  • Absolutely did (10%, 68 Votes)
  • Not sure (9%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 665

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ECONOMIC

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How have you been financially impacted by the closures (more choices since last poll)?

  • Employee: Able to continue working / No change (41%, 256 Votes)
  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has shrunk (16%, 99 Votes)
  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has remained the same (11%, 71 Votes)
  • Employee: Laid off (unemployed) (9%, 58 Votes)
  • Owner: My business has seen a significant drop in revenue (6%, 36 Votes)
  • Employee: Furloughed or extended vacation without pay (4%, 27 Votes)
  • Employee: Furloughed or extended vacation with pay (4%, 27 Votes)
  • Owner: My business had to close temporarily (4%, 23 Votes)
  • Owner: My business has seen no change in revenue (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Owner: Have closed my business permanently to closure order (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Fixed income: My retirement portfolio has grown (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Owner: My business has seen a significant growth in revenue (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 621

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Are you able to work from home?

  • No (39%, 245 Votes)
  • Yes (32%, 200 Votes)
  • Not employed (29%, 182 Votes)

Total Voters: 627

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Have you taken advantage of any offer(s) for financial relief (e.g. rent, mortgage, utilities)?

  • No (89%, 558 Votes)
  • Yes (7%, 45 Votes)
  • Considering it (4%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 629

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Have you reduced your discretionary spending?

  • Yes (53%, 332 Votes)
  • No (17%, 109 Votes)
  • No, trying to spend more to help struggling businesses (16%, 104 Votes)
  • Yes, had no choice due to layoff/business closure (14%, 86 Votes)

Total Voters: 631

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SOCIAL

Have you been practicing social distancing (maintaining at least 6' from others in public)?

  • All the time (46%, 295 Votes)
  • Most of the time (39%, 248 Votes)
  • Sometimes (7%, 47 Votes)
  • Not as much as others (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Not at all (3%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 643

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Have you been staying at home except for essential errands/exercise?

  • Absolutely (43%, 276 Votes)
  • Mostly (37%, 238 Votes)
  • Sort of (9%, 55 Votes)
  • Not at all (6%, 38 Votes)
  • Not as much as most (5%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 639

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Do you wear a protective mask while in public?

  • All the time (33%, 207 Votes)
  • Yes (28%, 177 Votes)
  • No (21%, 132 Votes)
  • Sometimes (17%, 105 Votes)
  • Not as much as others (1%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 630

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Have you or any of your immediate family members been tested positive for COVID-19?

  • No (93%, 587 Votes)
  • Yes (7%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 629

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How would you describe how all these changes have impacted your mental health?

  • Negatively (48%, 302 Votes)
  • Not at all (32%, 203 Votes)
  • Very negatively (10%, 65 Votes)
  • Positively (7%, 47 Votes)
  • Very positively (2%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 627

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Which will have a bigger impact on your life?

  • Social-Economic impacts of the responses to the COVID-19 disease (73%, 449 Votes)
  • Health impacts of COVID-19 disease (27%, 169 Votes)

Total Voters: 618

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WHAT IS NEXT

When should the stay at home and business closures orders be lifted?

  • After the curve has flattened (projected for early June) (31%, 192 Votes)
  • Right now. Staying at home and business closures were successful (25%, 156 Votes)
  • June 1st (when the current WA order expires) (19%, 119 Votes)
  • After an immunization or treatment for the severely ill is available (11%, 70 Votes)
  • None of the above (8%, 48 Votes)
  • After the 4th of July (6%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 622

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If you were told there was no longer any risk of COVID-19 and all related orders were lifted immediately, what would you do?

  • Visit friends and family (47%, 289 Votes)
  • Nothing different (17%, 105 Votes)
  • Go to a restaurant or bar (17%, 105 Votes)
  • Go camping, fishing, hunting (7%, 45 Votes)
  • Travel somewhere by plane or ship (7%, 43 Votes)
  • Call boss to see if/when you could come back to work (4%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 613

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BONUS QUESTION

How did you spend your Economic Impact Payment (select all that apply)?

  • Put it in savings/emergency fund (31%, 212 Votes)
  • Did not receive an Economic Impact Payment (20%, 136 Votes)
  • Paid essential expenses (18%, 123 Votes)
  • Paid down debt (9%, 64 Votes)
  • Other (7%, 48 Votes)
  • Spent at local businesses (7%, 45 Votes)
  • Made a big purchase that has been put off for a while (5%, 37 Votes)
  • Made a big purchase to treat myself or someone else (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Put toward retirement (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 602

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Come back to this page over the next few days to see how your responses compare with others in the community.


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