Clark County reported 846 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths Wednesday as disease activity began to ebb after a weeks-long plateau.
The fatalities include one woman in her 50s, two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, two women and three men age 80 or older, putting the total number of deaths in Clark County at 511 since the pandemic began. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10-12 days after they occur.
The deaths came as the COVID-19 activity rate fell to 350.6 per 100,000 population over two weeks, still high but down from 398.6 last week and a peak of 549.3 as of Sept. 9, according to Public Health data.
COVID data is usually released on Thursday, but this week’s data was released on Wednesday due to the Veterans Day holiday. It still counted seven days, however.
The new cases reported Wednesday include 710 that were confirmed using PCR testing, for a total of 38,881 cases to date, and 136 diagnosed using antigen testing, for a total of 4,391 to date, according to Public Health data.
Combined, the new cases worked out to about 121 new cases a day, down from about 140 new cases a day last week and 141 cases the week before, according to Public Health data.
There were 934 active cases still in isolation as of Wednesday, down from 1,050 last week, according to Public Health data.
Hospitalizations were up slightly, with 11.2 new hospital admissions per 100,000 population over seven days, up from 9.6 per 100,000 last week, Public Health data showed.
Clark County’s hospitals reported that 92.1 percent of hospital beds and 92.2 percent of ICU beds were occupied as of Tuesday, with 11.9 percent of hospital beds and 17.2 percent of ICU beds occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19, according to Public Health.
As of Monday, 71.1 percent of Clark County residents age 12 or older had at least one dose of vaccine, and 65.1 percent was fully vaccinated. Taking into account all county residents, 60.5 percent had one dose of vaccine and 55.4 percent were fully vaccinated, according to the Washington Department of Health.