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COVID-19 cases in Clark County schools keep declining

By , Columbian staff writer
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Reported COVID-19 case totals in Clark County schools are continuing to steadily decline, as it appears the worst of the omicron wave is now in the rear-view mirror for most districts.

School districts are reporting 574 new cases in the last week, a decrease from 974 cases in the previous week. Weekly totals from the Camas School District are delayed by one week due to lags in data collection.

Health officials have warned that the increased use of at-home tests and difficulties providing in-office tests means that the true number of COVID-19 infections is likely to exceed the official statistics.

Districts are also continuing to struggle with staffing shortages and contact tracing as weekly totals remain in the hundreds in some areas.

The following data can be found for each school district on the Clark County Public Health website. It is typically updated by each district weekly.

Evergreen Public Schools reported 143 new cases between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13 — a slight decrease from 151 cases in the previous week.

Vancouver Public Schools reported 135 new cases between Feb. 9 and Feb. 15 — down dramatically from 374 cases in the previous week. Students accounted for 115 of these new cases, while 20 were among staff members. The district also identified nine cases as being due to in-school transmission, which is down from 28 such cases last week.

Battle Ground Public Schools reported 108 new cases between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11 — down from 175 cases the previous week. Students accounted for 94 of these new cases, while 14 were among staff members.

The Camas School District reported 104 new cases between Jan. 30 and Feb. 5. Camas’ case totals weren’t previously made available in time for last week’s update due to lags in testing data, according to district spokesperson Doreen McKercher. That pattern continued this week, as more recent data was not available Wednesday afternoon.

The Ridgefield School District reported 36 new cases between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14 — slightly down from the 43 cases in the previous week. Students accounted for 32 of these new cases, while just four were among staff members.

The Hockinson School District reported eight new cases between Feb. 10 and Feb. 15 — down from 41 cases in the previous week. The district also identified three students as close contacts, with another 41 students listed as out sick with COVID-19 symptoms.

The Washougal School District reported 10 new cases between Feb. 9 and Feb. 15 — down from 40 in the previous week. Students accounted for eight of these new cases, while just two were among staff members.

The La Center School District reported 30 new cases between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11 — down from 46 in the previous week. Students accounted for all 30 of the new cases. The district also identified one additional student as a close contact.

Last week, state Superintendent of Schools Chris Reykdal recommended that the governor’s office and state health officials give local officials the ability to make indoor masking in schools optional.

Later that day, Gov. Jay Inslee said it wasn’t yet time for such a decision, and that he’d continue to follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Inslee is expected to speak on Thursday regarding any possible updates to the indoor masking mandate.

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