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Clark County COVID-19 case rate drops below 100

Agency reported two deaths as new daily cases drop to 15.5 on average

By , Columbian Web Editor
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The COVID-19 case rate in Clark County has dropped below 100 cases per 100,000 residents for the first time in months.

As of June 30, the case rate was 95.4 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period, down from 134.8 as of June 21, according to Clark County Public Health’s first weekly update. The rate peaked Jan. 18 at 473.7.

The rate of new hospital admissions also fell, dropping to 2.2 per 100,000 residents over seven days, a significant decrease from the 6.6 per 100,000 rate reported June 22.

Public Health reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, 12 confirmed by molecular PCR testing, for a total of 24,429, and one case diagnosed using antigen testing, for a total of 1,537. The report covered cases for two days, since the last daily report Tuesday morning. As cases wane, Public Health has switched from daily to weekly public data releases.

The county is averaging 15.5 cases per day so far this week, down from 24.4 last week.

Vaccine Information in Clark County

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and anyone age 12 or older is eligible to be get the Pfizer vaccine, though a parent or legal guardian must accompany minors ages 12 to 15. Underage teens are advised to check with vaccination sites regarding parental consent.

Vaccinations are available without an appointment in Clark County. More information about opportunities for vaccination is available on Clark County Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccine information website. Appointments at a number of locations throughout Clark County can be scheduled through the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Locator. Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling an appointment can call Public Health 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.

More information about vaccines and data on vaccination in Clark County can be found on Clark County Public Health's vaccine data page.

Two deaths were reported — a man in his 40s with underlying health conditions, and a man 80 years or older, also with underlying conditions, according to Public Health. The most recent deaths bring Clark County’s total to 287. Deaths are reported 10 to 12 days after they occur.

In Clark County, there are currently 149 active cases — confirmed and probable cases still in their isolation period — down from 156 on Tuesday, the agency reported.

As of Monday, 453,828 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the county, with 60.5 percent of residents age 16 and older having at least one dose and 54.5 percent fully vaccinated, according to Public Health.

The state Department of Health reports that, as of Wednesday evening, 68.8 percent of Washington residents age 16 or older have been vaccinated, with more than 7.8 million vaccine doses administered. All told, Washington has recorded 451,595 cases of COVID-19 and 5,930 deaths, for a statewide death rate of 1.3 percent.

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