Clark County reported 116 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths Monday as new data shows daily case counts falling and the percent of fully vaccinated residents passing the 50 percent mark.
The new cases in the first report since Friday include 97 that were confirmed by molecular (PCR) testing, for a total of 24,098 to date, and 19 probable cases diagnosed with antigen testing, for a total of 1,483, according to data from Clark County Public Health.
Combined, the county has recorded an average of about 39 new cases a day in the three days since Friday, down from an average of about 49 cases a day last week, according to Public Health data.
The number of active cases fell to 337 on Monday, down from 417 on Friday. Hospitalizations also fell, with 33 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, down from 38 on Friday. One person was hospitalized awaiting test results, up from none Friday, according to Public Health data.
The percent of ICU beds occupied by all patients fell to 81.8 percent Monday, down from 84.8 percent Friday, while the percent of licensed hospital beds occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19 fell to 5.9 percent Monday, down from 6.6 percent Friday.
With no new deaths reported Monday, the county’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 280, according to Public Health data. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur. Seven deaths were recorded last week; two were reported the week before.
The Washington Department of Health reported 50.12 percent of Clark County residents age 16 or older were fully vaccinated as of June 9. The number of people who had at least one dose of vaccine rose to 58.08 percent. Among all residents, 46.23 percent had one dose and 38.89 percent were fully vaccinated.
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, there were only 124 cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people reported as of May 25, the same day the county reported a total of 24,327 COVID-19 cases to that date.
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 at the Tower Mall vaccination site, 5403 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, though it 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.