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COVID case rate up; Clark County hospitals remain near capacity

By Nika Bartoo-Smith, Columbian staff reporter
Published: February 2, 2023, 12:11pm

The Clark County COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 people over seven days, slightly increased this week from 43.3 as of Jan. 26 to 50.3 as of Thursday.

County case totals reached 111,179 this week, with 202 new cases reported. This number is likely a vast undercount due to at-home testing that goes unreported to health authorities, according to Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director for Clark County Public Health. Three new deaths were reported this week, bringing the county’s total to 1,027.

Local hospitals remain at near capacity with 95.8 percent of hospital beds and 93.6 percent of intensive care beds occupied. Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 occupied 9.3 percent of hospital beds and 6.4 percent of ICU beds this week.

Hospitals were treating 49 patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of Thursday, up from 36 as of Jan. 26.

If you test positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test health officials ask you report it to the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127. For more information on where to schedule a vaccine or booster, visit VaccineFinder.org.

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