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COVID-19, respiratory ailments ‘slowing down’ in Clark County

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 13, 2024, 6:08am

“Respiratory illness in general in Clark County seems to be slowing down,” Clark County Public Health spokesperson Marissa Armstrong said, and that includes COVID-19. (See the data for yourself at clark.wa.gov/public-health/respiratory-illness-data.)

Data for the week of Feb. 25-March 2 shows that COVID-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations were down slightly from the previous reporting period.

However, it’s impossible to determine the actual number of people now infected with COVID-19 in Clark County because most testing, if done at all, is done at home, Armstrong said.

“The shift has been to look at hospitalizations and ER visits. We monitor that for COVID and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus),” Armstrong said.

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Clark County Public Health data shows that flu-related emergency room visits are down slightly from the previous reporting period, although hospitalizations for flu are up slightly. Across the state, hospitalizations from all respiratory viruses are trending down.

If you’re unsure whether you have COVID-19 or the flu, you can get an over-the-counter Lucira COVID-19 & Flu Home Test, approved last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Normally, sick folks who tough it out at home wouldn’t be tested, unless they’re hospitalized for complications.

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