Clark County has identified two cases of COVID-19 attributed to the highly transmissible delta variant, according to Clark County Public Health.
The delta variant has been credited for significant increases in COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country and world, and it has been accounting for an increasing share of cases in the United States.
In early June, 10 percent of COVID-19 cases were attributed to delta nationwide. As of June 19, the delta variant accounted for more than 30 percent of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The delta variant accounts for about 28 percent of sequenced cases, up from 12 percent in the prior two-week period. Public Health noted that not all cases are sequenced in Washington, so that may not represent the actual statewide proportion.
Current COVID-19 vaccines are providing protection against the delta variant, particularly against severe illness leading to hospitalization, according to Public Health, which urged people to get vaccinated for free at a nearby pharmacy or medical clinic.