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Little change in Clark County COVID-19 numbers as cases, deaths plateau at high rate

County reports 15 new deaths in the past week; hospitalization rates up slightly

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County’s COVID-19 caseload and death rate remained little changed over the past week, with 979 new cases and 15 new deaths, according to Clark County Public Health.

The fatalities bring the county’s total deaths from COVID-19 to 502 since the pandemic began. The latest fatalities include three people in their 50s, five people in their 60s, two people in their 70s and five people age 80 or older. Eleven of the fatalities were male and four were female.

Deaths are added to the county’s total 10-12 days after they occur. Fourteen deaths were reported last week and 22 the week before.

The deaths come as the rate of infections remains stubbornly high. Public Health reported 761 confirmed cases, down from 837 last week, but 218 probable cases, up from 149 last week. As of Thursday, Clark County had recorded 38,171 cases confirmed with PCR testing and 4,255 probable cases diagnosed with antigen testing.

The county averaged about 140 new cases a day as of Thursday, down from 141 last week and 143 the week before.

The lack of change was also reflected in the county’s case rate, which rose to 398.6 new cases per 100,000 population over 14 days, up from 397.4 last week and 379 the week before.

There were 1,050 active cases still in isolation as of Thursday, down 48 from last week, according to Public Health data.

Hospitalization rates were little changed, with 9.6 new hospital admissions per 100,000 over seven days, up from 9.2 last week, according to Public Health data.

Public Health reported that 95.8 percent of the county’s hospital beds and 93.7 percent of its ICU beds were occupied as of Tuesday, with 14 percent of hospital beds and 27 percent of ICU beds occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19.

As of Monday, 70.6 percent of Clark County residents age 12 or older had one dose of vaccine and 64.8 percent were fully vaccinated, according to the Washington Department of Health. It said 60.1 percent of the county’s total population had one dose and 55.1 percent was fully vaccinated.