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Clark County reports 14 COVID-19 deaths as case counts dip to lowest level since August

Disease activity remains high, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County reported 14 new deaths from COVID-19 as weekly case counts dipped below 1,000 for the first time since August, according to the Clark County Public Health.

The fatalities reported since Oct. 21 included one man in his 40s, two men in their 50s, one man and one woman in their 60s, one man and one woman in their 70s and four men and three women age 80 or older, according to Public Health. The new deaths pushed the county’s total from COVID-19 to 487 since the pandemic began. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur.

The county reported 986 new confirmed and probable cases as of Thursday, with 837 cases confirmed by PCR testing, for 37,410 cases to date, and 149 probable cases diagnosed with antigen testing, for 4,037, according to Public Health data.

That total, which works out to about 141 new cases a day, is down 38 percent from a Sept. 2 peak as the delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus surged through the area.

Disease activity remains high, with an increase reported in the two-week running average. As of Thursday, Clark County had reported 397.4 new cases per 100,000 population over two weeks, up from 379 the week before.

Hospitalizations rose, with 97.5 percent of Clark County’s hospital beds and 92.1 percent of its ICU beds occupied as of Tuesday. Public Health reported that 14 percent of hospital beds and 27 percent of ICU beds were occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19.

The rate of new hospitalizations dipped slightly to 9.2 new admissions per 100,000 over seven days, down from 10.2 last week. The number of active cases still in isolation also fell, to 1,098, down 45 from last week.

Data from Public Health shows that COVID-19 cases remain highest among the unvaccinated, with the rate of infection in that group four times higher than those who are fully vaccinated. Hospitalizations of the unvaccinated were 3.5 times higher than fully vaccinated and deaths among the unvaccinated were 10 times higher than those who were fully vaccinated.

As of Monday, 70.2 percent of Clark County residents age 12 or older had at least one dose of vaccine, with 64.3 percent fully vaccinated.