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20 new Clark County COVID-19 deaths reported as new cases continue slow decline

The county's case activity, while still high, fell for the third week in a row

By , Columbian Metro Editor

The rate of COVID-19’s spread in Clark County continued a slow decline in the past week, though deaths recorded since Oct. 7 rose to 20, according to Clark County Public Health.

The deaths were one man and one woman in their 40s, one man in his 50s, six men and one woman in their 60s, two men and four women in their 70s and four men age 80 or older, according to Public Health.

The deaths bring Clark County’s toll from COVID-19 to 451 to date, according to Public Health data. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur.

Clark County reported 849 cases confirmed by molecular PCR testing, for a total of 35,704 cases to date, and 167 probable cases diagnosed by antigen testing, for a total of 3,753 to date.

Combined, the county averaged about 145 new cases a day since Oct. 7, down from about 159 last week and a peak of about 229 a day in the seven days ending Sept. 2.

The county’s activity rate, while still high, showed a similar decline, falling to 412.5 new cases per 100,000 population over 14 days. That’s down from 450.9 last week and a peak of 549.3 on Sept. 9, according to Public Health data.

Hospitalizations were little changed this week, with 13.4 new hospital admissions per 100,000 population over seven days, down from 12.4 the week before.

Clark County hospitals reported 91.4 percent of their hospital beds and 93.7 percent of their ICU beds were occupied as of Tuesday, with 15.1 percent of hospital beds and 31.7 percent of ICU beds occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19, according to Public Health.

The ongoing count of so-called breakthrough cases among those who were fully vaccinated showed 3,133 breakthrough cases since Feb. 1, of which 180 were hospitalized and 41 died, according to Public Health.

As of Monday, 69.3 percent of Clark County residents age 12 or older had at least one dose of vaccine and 63.2 percent were fully vaccinated, according to the Washington Department of Health.