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Clark County reports 90 new COVID-19 cases as push for vaccinations grows

Health officials working to make the vaccination process simpler, faster for county residents

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County recorded 90 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths Friday as case totals continue to rise as vaccination sites step up efforts encouraging people to get vaccinated.

The new cases include 74 that were confirmed by molecular (PCR) testing, pushing the county’s total confirmed cases to 21,328 to date, as well as 16 probable cases diagnosed using antigen testing, pushing that total to 987 to date, according to Public Health data.

Public Health recorded 651 new confirmed and probable cases this week, or an average of 93 new cases a day, up from an average of 87 cases a day last week and 70.85 cases a day the week before. By comparison, the combined average from March 15-21 was about 43 new cases a day.

The number of active cases continued to rise, with 681 probable and confirmed cases still in their isolation period, up from 667 on Thursday, according to Public Health data.

Hospitalizations held fairly steady Friday, with 34 people hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 35 on Thursday, and three people hospitalized awaiting test results, up from one on Thursday, according to Public Health data.

Deaths are added to the county’s total 10-12 days after they occur. With no new deaths recorded Friday, the county’s death toll from COVID-19 held steady at 258, according to Public Health data. Six deaths from COVID-19 were recorded since April 23, up from three last week and four the week before.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated, though underage teens are advised to check with vaccination sites about what sort of parental consent might be needed.

Public Health announced Friday that the Tower Mall site will offer Pfizer vaccine with no appointment needed today, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (closed 12-1). Priority will be given to those with appointments.

Clark County Fire District 6 also announced that same-day appointments are possible at the mass vaccination site at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. That site is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

To schedule an appointment at a number of locations throughout Clark County, including mass vaccination sites, visit the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Locator.

Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling an appointment can call Public Health from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 888-225-4625. Call center representatives can assist with scheduling. Language assistance is available.