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Clark County COVID-19 activity reaches levels not seen since January

Public health officials report 1,175 new cases, four new deaths since Aug. 19

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity remained high over the past seven days, with activity rates reaching the highest level since the pandemic’s last major surge in January. Four new deaths were reported.

The surge in cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant has pushed the county’s activity level to 397.4 new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days, up 37.7 percent from last week’s level of 288.7. Clark County’s activity level peaked at 473.7 per 100,000 resident in mid-January before falling as low as 50.1 per 100,000 population on July 22 before this latest surge began.

Clark County Public Health said the fatalities reported Thursday were a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 70s, all with underlying conditions. Their deaths brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 305.

The 1,175 new cases reported since Aug. 19 included 1,016 that were confirmed using molecular PCR testing, for a total of 28,482 to date, and 159 probable cases diagnosed by antigen testing, for a total of 2,371 to date, according to Public Health data. There were 1,351 active cases still in their isolation period as of Thursday, up 67 from one week earlier.

Combined, the new cases work out to an average of about 168 cases per day, up slightly from 167 on Aug. 19.

The number of new hospitalizations held steady from Aug. 19, with 9.4 new admissions per 100,000 population over seven days, according to Public Health data.

As of Tuesday, Public Health reported, 17.1 percent of Clark County’s hospital beds were occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19, with 99 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Public Health reported that 80.5 percent of the county’s hospital beds and 84.8 percent of its ICU beds were occupied as of Tuesday.