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Dec. 4, 2023

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Clark County COVID-19 rates fall for second week in a row

By , Columbian staff reporter

Rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations slightly decreased for the second week in a row in Clark County this week, 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 75.3 last week to 74.7 as of Thursday, according to Public Health data.

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

Clark County Public Health reported 354 new cases this week, pushing the total recorded cases to 105,553 to date. There were four deaths from COVID-19 reported this week, bringing the county’s total to 926 to date.

Clark County hospitals were treating 40 people with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of this week, down from 42 last week and 51 the week before. The rate of new hospital admissions over seven days decreased to 4.4 per 100,000 over seven days, down from 6 last week.

Hospitals remain near capacity, though numbers are slightly down. Public Health data reported 96.3 percent of hospital beds occupied this week, down from 97.5 percent last week. They reported 93.1 percent of ICU beds occupied, down from 94.8 percent last week. Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 accounted for 7.4 percent of hospital beds and 6.9 percent of intensive care unit beds, according to Public Health data.

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.

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