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Clark County reports 37 new COVID-19 cases as disease activity declines

Slowing disease activity comes as youths age 12-15 authorized to now receive Pfizer vaccine

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County added 37 new COVID-19 cases to its total and no new deaths Thursday as disease activity continues to decline in the region.

The new cases include 26 confirmed by molecular (PCR) testing, raising that total to 22,281 cases to date, and 11 probable cases diagnosed by antigen testing, pushing that total to 1,156 cases to date, according to data released by Clark County Public Health.

Public Health reported that 48 new cases were counted since Wednesday; 11 were removed following routine data cleanup.

Combined, the new confirmed and probable cases mean the county has been averaging about 77 new cases a day since Friday, down from an average of about 95 cases a day last week and 93 cases a day the week before, according to Public Health data.

The number of active confirmed and probable cases fell to 646 on Thursday, down from 687 on Wednesday, according to Public Health data.

With no new deaths reported Thursday, Clark County’s total deaths from COVID-19 held steady at 264 to date. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10-12 days after they occur. One death has been recorded so far this week, down from five last week and six the week before, according to Public Health data.

Hospitalizations rose Thursday, with 49 people hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 38 on Wednesday, and nine people were hospitalized awaiting test results, up from five on Wednesday, according to Public Health data.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated, and anyone age 12 or older is eligible to be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. 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.