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County COVID-19 rate down slightly this week

By Nika Bartoo-Smith, Columbian staff reporter
Published: March 16, 2023, 3:17pm

The Clark County case rate decreased slightly this week, with a seven day case rate, measuring new cases per 100,000 people, of 38.5 Thursday, down from 46.7 on March 2. The case rate and hospitalizations were not recorded March 9 due to a technical issue.

Clark County Public Health reported 195 new COVID-19 cases this week, bringing totals to 112,441 to date. Five new deaths were reported, bringing the county’s total to 1,062.

The total number of cases is likely a vast undercount, according to Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director for Clark County Public Health. At-home tests, even those reported to the state, are not counted, according to the Department of Health website.

Local hospitals remain near capacity with 96.9 percent of hospital beds occupied and 97.9 percent of intensive care beds occupied as of Thursday.

Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 occupied 15.3 percent of hospital beds and 10.4 percent of ICU beds this week.

Hospitals were treating 75 patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of Thursday, down from 86 as of March 2.

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