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Clark County reports 12 new COVID-19 deaths, slight uptick in case rate

By , Columbian staff writer
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Clark County reported 719 new COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths Wednesday, showing a slight uptick in disease activity compared with last week.

The deaths include one man and one woman in their 50s, two men in their 60s, four men in their 70s, and one man and three women age 80 or older, putting the total number of deaths in Clark County at 538 since the pandemic began. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur.

The deaths came as the COVID-19 activity rate fell to 279.1 per 100,000 residents over two weeks, down from 305.7 last week and a peak of 549.3 as of Sept. 9, according to Public Health.

COVID data is usually released on Thursday, but this week’s data was released on Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It still counts seven days of data.

The new cases reported Wednesday include 573 that were confirmed using PCR testing, for a total of 40,047 cases to date, and 146 probable cases diagnosed using antigen testing, for a total of 4,622, according to Public Health data. Combined, the new cases worked out to about 103 new cases a day, up from about 97 a day last week.

There were 737 active cases still in isolation as of Wednesday, down from 797 last week and 934 the week before.

Hospitalizations were down slightly, with nine new hospital admissions per 100,000 population over seven days, down from 11.8 per 100,000 last week, Public Health data showed.

Clark County’s hospitals reported that 96.1 percent of hospital beds and 89.1 percent of ICU beds were occupied as of Tuesday, with 10.7 percent of hospital beds and 20.3 percent of ICU beds occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19, according to the agency.

As of Wednesday, 65.8 percent of Clark County residents aged 12 or older were fully vaccinated, according to the Washington Department of Health.

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