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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Dec. 5, 2023

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Clark County COVID-19 activity rate down for fifth week in a row

Four new deaths reported Thursday by Clark County Public Health

By , Columbian staff reporter

COVID-19 infection rates continue to be on the decline across Clark County, showing a decrease in new cases for the fifth week in a row, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health.

Hospitalization rates of those with or suspected of having COVID-19 slightly decreased as well.

The COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 population over seven days, decreased from 59.5 last week to 47.3 as of Thursday, according to Public Health data.

To date, 106,328 cases have been reported in Clark County, with 206 new cases this week, according to Public Health data. Four new deaths were reported this week, bringing county totals to 943.

Clark County hospitals remain near capacity, though numbers of full beds are decreasing for the third week in a row. As of Thursday, 96.6 percent of hospital beds were occupied, down from 97.6 percent last week and 98.2 percent the week before, according to Public Health data, which showed 95.9 percent of beds were occupied, down from 96.3 percent last week and 96.6 percent the week before.

Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 accounted for 7.1 percent of hospital beds, down from 8.6 percent last week, while 8.2 percent of intensive care unit beds were occupied by patients with or suspected of having COVID-19, down from 11.1 percent last week.

Hospitals in Clark County were treating 37 people with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of this week, down from 46 last week and 40 the week before. The rate of new hospital admissions over seven days rose to 5.2 per 100,000, slightly up from 4.6 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.

The CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older get an updated bivalent COVID-19 booster.

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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