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Monkeypox numbers remain low in Clark County

Recorded instances of virus continue to drop across state

By , Columbian staff writer
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Recorded cases of the monkeypox virus have continued to drop across Washington since reaching the high point of 76 cases the week of July 31.

Cases in Clark County continue to remain low. As of Monday, 10 cases of the monkeypox virus have been recorded in Clark County. The first recorded cases in the county occurred during the week of July 10, and no new cases have been recorded since the week of Aug. 21.

Currently, Clark County makes up 1.8 percent of cases in Washington, which has seen a total of 556 cases as of Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Health. No deaths related to monkeypox have occurred to date.

In Clark County, one case of monkeypox has led to hospitalization; 15 cases have led to hospitalization statewide, according to the state Department of Health.

As monkeypox vaccinations become more readily available, free vaccination clinics have begun to pop up around the county. Legacy Health is offering a free monkeypox vaccination clinic for at-risk individuals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Medical Group Family Wellness, 1000 S.E. Tech Center Drive, Suite 120, Vancouver.

For more information about eligibility or to schedule an appointment, visit https://legacyhealth.org/mpv/ or call 503-415-4800.

As of Monday, 232 vaccine doses have been administered across Clark County, and 13,249 have been administered statewide, according to the state Department of Health.

Early this week, the state Department of Health launched an interactive monkeypox virus data dashboard, expanding public access to information about monkeypox.

“MPV cases are decreasing across our state, but this outbreak isn’t over yet. Access to information is critical for people to properly assess their risk factors and protect themselves,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, Washington’s secretary of health. “In addition to vaccination and prevention efforts, this new dashboard is another tool Washingtonians can use to stay healthy and informed.”

The dashboard tool allows users to see case counts at the state and county level; the age groups and assigned sex at birth of people with monkeypox; the number of vaccine doses given on the state and county level; and the total weekly cases based on the week of onset.

The state Department of Health is working to expand the data to include race and ethnicity of the communities most affected by monkeypox, according to a press release.

The data on the dashboard will be updated every Tuesday and Thursday.

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