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Clark County reports 1,110 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

Hospitalizations rose slightly in the latest data from Clark County Public Health

By , Columbian Metro Editor
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Clark County reported 1,110 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths from the disease this week as disease activity remained high and hospitalizations rose slightly, according to Clark County Public Health.

The deaths included three men in their 60s, three women in their 60s, three women in their 70s, two men age 80 or older and three women age 80 or older, according to Public Health. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur.

The new cases include 926 confirmed with molecular PCR testing, for 34,855 cases, and 184 probable cases diagnosed with antigen testing, for 3,586, according to Public Health data.

Combined, confirmed and probable cases work out to an average of about 159 new cases per day since Sept. 30, down from an average of about 169 new cases a day last week, according to Public Health. The average is down from a peak of about 229 new cases a day as of Sept. 2 but well above the low of about 13 new cases a day reported July 1.

There were 1,203 active cases still in isolation as of Thursday, down from 1,245 on Sept. 30, according to Public Health.

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate dipped, falling to 450.9 new cases per 100,000 residents over two weeks, lower than last week’s rate of 465.8 and the peak of 549.3 as of Sept. 9. Before the delta variant moved into the area, rates had fallen to 50.1 per 100,000 population as of July 22.

New hospital admissions rose slightly this week, with 14.4 new hospital admissions per 100,000 population over seven days, up from 13 the week before, according to Public Health. As of Tuesday, Clark County hospitals reported that 89.7 percent of total hospital beds and 88.9 percent of ICU beds were occupied. Hospitals reported 18.1 percent of total hospital beds and 39.7 percent of ICU beds were occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19.

Public Health said that as of Monday, 68.6 percent of Clark County residents age 12 or older had at least one dose of vaccine and 62.6 percent were fully vaccinated. Including residents of all ages, 58.5 percent have at least one dose and 53.2 percent were fully vaccinated.

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