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Clark County reports 33 new COVID-19 cases, two new deaths on Wednesday

Public Health data shows breakdown of where COVID-19 cases have happened in Clark County

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County recorded 33 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and two new deaths as local disease activity continues to decline, according to Clark County Public Health.

The fatalities were both women in their 50s with underlying health conditions, according to Public Health data. Their deaths bring the total deaths from COVID-19 in Clark County to 276 to date. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur. Three deaths have been recorded this week, compared with two last week and seven the week before.

The new cases include 21 that were confirmed using molecular PCR testing, for 23,911 cases to date, and 12 probable cases diagnosed using antigen testing, for 1,453 cases to date, according to Public Health data.

The new numbers put the county’s average at about 49 new cases a day since Friday, down from about 68 cases a day in the seven days ending May 28. Data from last week was skewed by an accounting change and discovery of previously unrecorded cases.

The number of active cases, counting both confirmed and probable cases still in isolation, fell to 427 on Wednesday, down from 441 on Tuesday, according to Public Health data.

Hospitalizations fell slightly on Wednesday, with 40 people hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 41 on Tuesday, and one person hospitalized awaiting test results, down from three on Tuesday, according to Public Health data. Both the percentage of ICU beds occupied by all patients and percentage of beds occupied by people either with or suspected of having COVID-19 also dipped slightly.

The new numbers come as updated demographic data from Clark County Public Health shows the distribution of COVID-19 cases across Clark County.

The data, which is broken out by ZIP code, shows the largest number of COVID-19 cases — 3,695 as of Tuesday — in the 98682 ZIP code, which covers parts of east Vancouver, Orchards, Hockinson, Sifton, Proebstel and Livingston.

The highest density of COVID-19 cases, projecting total cases per 100,000 population, is in the 98675 ZIP code. That area — which includes Yacolt, Amboy, Moulton and Dole — had 559 cases as of Tuesday, or a rate of 7,106.5 cases per 100,000.

By comparison, the case rate per 100,000 in 98682 was 5,676.8, according to Public Health data.

The fewest cases and lowest case rate were in the Clark County portion of the 98674 ZIP code, which includes parts of Woodland and a thin strip of the county along the Cowlitz County line.

Zip code Cases Rate per 100,000
98601 170 5,420.9
98604 1,889 4,723.9
98606 449 4,408.9
98607 1,333 3,887.2
98629 419 4,225.9
98642 1,009 4,334.8
98660 575 3,976.2
98661 2,765 5,788.9
98662 2,158 6,044.0
98663 679 4,345.6
98664 1,252 5,262.9
98665 1,519 5,633.4
98671 1,004 4,656.3
98674 92 3,164.8
98675 559 7,106.5
98682 3,695 5,676.8
98683 1,481 4,386.7
98684 1,785 5,706.2
98685 1,140 3,791.0
98686 1,039 4,819.3
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Health officials caution that the data only shows where people with COVID-19 cases live and does not show where they were infected.

Vaccination information

Data for Clark County and the state show that COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing COVID-19 infections as well as hospitalizations and deaths. According to county data from May 25, only about 0.07 percent of fully vaccinated Clark County residents have contracted COVID-19.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and anyone age 12 or older is eligible to be vaccinated with 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 about what sort of parental consent might be needed.

Vaccinations are available without an appointment in Clark County, including the Tower Mall vaccination site, 5403 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. The Tower Mall site will close at the end of June.

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 from 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.