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Clark County COVID-19 activity down

Eight deaths recorded in latest public health data

By , Columbian staff reporter

The Clark County COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 population over seven days, decreased this week from 55.7 as of Jan. 19 to 43.3 as of Thursday.

The latest omicron subvariant, XBB. 1.5, currently accounts for the highest percentage of cases, according to Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director for Clark County Public Health

Clark County Public Health recorded 267 new cases this week, bringing county totals to 110,977. Eight new deaths were reported, bringing county totals to 1,024 to date.

“There’s also a caveat here,” Melnick said in a Clark County Board of Health meeting Wednesday. “With all the at-home testing, you can multiply these numbers, at least the case rate, significantly.”

Clark County hospitals remain near capacity with 96.3 percent of hospital beds and 92.7 percent of intensive care beds occupied. Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 occupied 6.7 percent of hospital beds and 7.3 percent of ICU beds this week.

Hospitals were treating 36 patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of Thursday, down from 43 as of Jan. 19.

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.

“The data continues to show that the vaccines are preventing infection, hospitalization and death,” Melnick said.

Columbian staff reporter