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Clark County records one new COVID-19 death, 101 new cases

Vaccination site at fairgrounds supposed to open Monday, though details scant

By , Columbian staff writer

Clark County Public Health confirmed one new COVID-19 death and 101 new cases Thursday afternoon, as the state continues to finalize details around Clark County’s mass vaccination site.

The Washington Secretary of Health indicated on Thursday that Clark County’s mass vaccination site at Ridgefield’s Clark County Fairgrounds will become operational on Monday, but specific details are still scant.

“Monday we plan to get the first vaccine into the arms of Washingtonians at each of those four [mass vaccination] sites, with that being said, a lot of work has to be done to make sure that’s done successfully,” Tweeted Umair Shah, Washington’s secretary of health.

The state Department of Health confirmed to The Columbian in a Tuesday email that the Fairgrounds site would open Monday, but also did not provide any further details.

As of Thursday, the county has 165 total COVID-19 deaths and 16,062 confirmed cases. Some 755 people were in active isolation in Clark County for coronavirus. The number of people in active isolation has dropped from 794 people on Tuesday.

Hospitalizations also continue to drop. Clark County now has 47 people hospitalized for coronavirus and another two people who are hospitalized and awaiting test results, down from 65 people hospitalized for COVID-19 Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Clark County Public Health announced that a federal incident management team would be assisting Clark County with the planning and management of community vaccination sites and mobile vaccination sites.

Clark County is expected to to start vaccinating new populations in the coming days, such as those who are 65 and older and those who are 50 and older and live in multigenerational households. There are an estimated 50,000 to 75,000 people who fall into the county’s next phase of vaccinations.

According to Washington State Department of Health data, Clark County has given out 14,106 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The state has administered 335,836 doses.