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Clark County reports 101 new COVID-19 cases as activity rate jumps 26 percent

Public Health reports no new deaths in latest data released Tuesday

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County reported 101 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday as the county’s case rate rose by more than 26 percent over last week, according to Clark County Public Health.

Clark County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days rose to 250 in data released Tuesday, up from 198.1, as infections increased countywide.

On Tuesday, the county started releasing a new statistic tracking the rate of new hospital admissions from COVID-19. That number stood at 3.8 new admissions per 100,000 population over seven days, according to Public Health data. Case rates and hospital admissions are the two metrics in the state’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, which governs restaurant occupancy rules and other restrictions to limit the spread of the disease.

Gov. Jay Inslee put that plan on pause for two weeks on Tuesday, but if the state had moved ahead with planned rollbacks, Clark County would still have remained in Phase 3, according to Public Health data.

The county’s rate of new cases was greater than the threshold of 200 new cases per 100,000 over 14 days, but its rate of new hospitalizations was less than five new hospitalizations per 100,000 over seven days. The county would have needed to miss both metrics to be rolled back to the more restrictive Phase 2.

No deaths were reported Tuesday. Deaths are added to the county’s tally 10 to 12 days after they occur. One death has been reported since Friday; six deaths were reported last week.

As of Tuesday, the county’s number of confirmed cases is at 21,735. Public Health adjusted its tally of probable cases down by 11 on Tuesday, putting that total at 1,012 cases.

The county has averaged 108 new cases a day since Friday, up from 93 last week and 87 the week ending April 24, according to Public Health data.

The number of active cases, which counts both confirmed and probable cases still in their isolation period, fell to 682 on Tuesday, down from 685 on Monday.

Hospitalizations also fell, with 29 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday, down from 33 on Monday, while the number of people hospitalized awaiting test results held steady at four on Tuesday, according to Public Health data.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated, though underage teens are advised to check with vaccination sites about what sort of parental consent might be needed.

To schedule an appointment at a number of locations throughout Clark County, including mass vaccination sites, visit 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.