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March 22, 2023

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Clark County COVID-19 infection rates down, hospitalizations up

By , Columbian staff reporter

COVID-19 infection rates in Clark County decreased for the fourth week in a row, though hospitalization rates of those with or suspected of having COVID-19 slightly rose, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health.

The COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 population over seven days, decreased from 72.1 last week to 59.5 as of Thursday, according to Public Health data.

To date, 106,122 cases have been reported in Clark County, with 245 new cases this week, according to Public Health data. Six new deaths were reported this week, bringing county totals to 939.

Hospitals across Clark County remain near capacity, with 97.6 percent of hospital beds occupied this week, down from 98.2 percent last week. Clark County Public Health reported 96.3 percent of ICU beds were occupied, slightly down from 96.6 percent last week. Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 accounted for 8.6 percent of hospital beds, up from 7.1 percent last week. 11.1 percent of intensive care unit beds were occupied by patients with or suspected of having COVID-19, up from 6.9 percent last week.

Clark County hospitals were treating 46 people with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of this week, up from 40 last week and 42 the week before. The rate of new hospital admissions over seven days rose to 4.6 per 100,000 over seven days, slightly up from 4.4 last week.

The county continues to remain in the low-risk category for disease transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though health officials continue to urge those who feel sick to stay home and take a COVID-19 test.

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