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Clark County COVID-19 activity falls to third lowest level on record

Public Health reports 111 new cases and one fatality over the last week

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity has fallen to the lowest level since last September and new hospitalizations kept falling in the latest weekly update from Clark County Public Health.

The case rate of new cases fell to 67.5 per 100,000 over 14 days as of Thursday close to the lowest rate since the county began reporting that data last July. The lowest rate, 63.1 per 100,000, was recorded on Aug. 31. The highest rate, 473.7 per 100,000, was recorded on Jan. 18.

The rate of new hospitalizations fell to 1.8 per 100,000 over seven days, according to Public Health data. That’s down from a rate of 2.2 per 100,000 and 6.6 the week before.

Public Health reported a total of 138 new cases since July 1, with 111 cases confirmed with molecular PCR testing and 27 probable cases diagnosed with antigen testing. To date, Clark County has recorded 24,540 confirmed and 1,564 probable cases, according to Clark County data.

The county averaged about 20 new cases a day in the week ending Thursday, up from about 13 last week but lower than the average of about 24 cases a day two weeks ago, according to Public Health data.

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.

There were 155 active cases as of Thursday, up from 149 last week.

One death was reported since July 1, down from three last week and six in an eight-day period ending June 25, according to Public Health data. Details on the fatality were not immediately available.

Public Health reported that 76.6 percent of the county’s licensed beds and 77.3 percent of the county’s licensed ICU beds are occupied on Thursday. The were 2.6 percent of hospital beds occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19.

As of Monday, 61.1 percent of Clark County residents age 16 or over had at least one dose of vaccine, and 55.3 percent were fully vaccinated. Statewide, 69.4 percent of that group had one dose, including data from the Washington Department of Health, the Department of Defense, the VA and the Bureau of Prisons.

The Department of Health reported that 59.4 percent of the population age 12 and older had received one dose, and 53.5 percent were fully vaccinated. It also reported that 50.6 percent of the county’s total population had at least one dose, with 45.5 percent fully vaccinated.