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New COVID-19 cases in Clark County double over last week

No deaths reported as fully vaccinated rate in county at almost 57 percent for residents 16 and older

By , Columbian Web Editor
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Clark County Public Health reported 302 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in its weekly update Thursday, exactly doubling the 151 new cases reported July 15.

The new cases include 251 that were confirmed with molecular PCR testing, for a total of 24,931 to date, and 51 probable cases diagnosed using antigen testing, for a total of 1,626 to date.

No new deaths were reported for the week, leaving the death toll at 292 since the first COVID-19 deaths were reported in March 2020. Six deaths were reported July 15.

While the number of cases jumped in the most recent report, the rate of new cases per 100,000 population dropped to 50.1 — from 53.3 as of July 15. The disease activity rate looks at cases over a 14-day period but that stretch starts six days prior to the current date to account for the lag in reporting, according to Public Health.

Rates for the last six weeks were:

  • June 14: 169.3 cases per 100,000
  • June 21: 134.8 cases per 100,000
  • June 30: 95.4 cases per 100,000
  • July 8: 67.5 cases per 100,000
  • July 15: 53.3 cases per 100,000
  • July 22: 50.1 cases per 100,000

New hospital admissions rose slightly, with 2.8 new admissions per 100,000 residents over seven days, up from a rate of 2.2 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.

According to Public Health, 75.9 percent of licensed hospital beds in Clark County are occupied, with 5.3 percent occupied by COVID-19 patients or individuals awaiting test results. The number of active cases rose as well, with 301 people currently in their isolation period, up from 161 on July 15.

On Sunday, Public Health and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center said the hospital had an outbreak of cases among patients and workers. As of Wednesday, Public Health reported that the total in the outbreak is now 20 patients and nine health care workers.

Across the state, there has been a total 424,407 confirmed cases of COVID-19, along with 39,130 probable cases. More than 6,000 people in the state have died, with the death rate at 1.3 percent, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

Vaccines

Public Health reports that 470,748 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Clark County as of Monday. Currently, 257,193 Clark County residents — or 62.2 percent of residents age 16 or older — have had at least one dose.

More than 230,000 residents — 56.7 percent of those age 16 or older — have been fully vaccinated.

Some 8 million doses of the vaccine have been given, and 70 percent of Washington residents age 16 and older have been vaccinated.

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