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Clark County COVID-19 rates fall, hospitalizations rise

By , Columbian staff reporter
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COVID-19 infection rates in Clark County decreased for the third week in a row, though hospitalizations slightly rose, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health.

The county continues to remain in the low-risk category for disease transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 population over seven days, decreased from 74.7 last week to 72.1 as of Thursday, according to Public Health data.

To date, 105,877 cases have been reported in Clark County, with 324 new cases this week, according to Public Health data. Seven new deaths were reported this week, bringing county totals to 933.

Hospitals across Clark County remain near capacity, with numbers up from last week. Public Health data reported 98.2 percent of hospital beds occupied this week, up from 96.3 percent last week. They reported 96.6 percent of ICU beds occupied, up from 93.1 percent last week. Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 accounted for 7.1 percent of hospital beds and 6.9 percent of intensive care unit beds, according to Public Health data.

Clark County hospitals were treating 39 people with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of Thursday, down from 40 last week and 42 the week before. The rate of new hospital admissions over seven days slightly increased to 5.2 per 100,000 over seven days, up from 4.4 last week.

Health officials urge residents who feel sick to stay home and get tested.

If you test positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test, health officials ask that you report it to the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least five days upon testing positive and wear a mask if going out for five additional days.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available all across the county. For more information on where to schedule a vaccine or booster visit www.vaccines.gov.

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