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Vancouver resident Laura Ellsworth sits on a park bench for a portrait on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Esther Short Park. Ellsworth is a fully vaccinated kidney transplant recipient but doesn’t have full protection from the vaccine. She’s part of a study on COVID-19 vaccines in immunocompromised patients.

COVID vaccines fall short for transplant recipients

Vancouver resident Laura Ellsworth sits on a park bench for a portrait on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Esther Short Park. Ellsworth is a fully vaccinated kidney transplant recipient but doesn’t have full protection from the vaccine. She’s part of a study on COVID-19 vaccines in immunocompromised patients.

August 5, 2021, 6:05am Clark County Health

In spite of being fully vaccinated, Laura Ellsworth lives in fear of catching COVID-19. Read story

Blue-green algae blooms have plagued Lacamas Lake this summer.

Clark County Public Health issues warning for Lacamas, Round lakes due to toxin levels

Blue-green algae blooms have plagued Lacamas Lake this summer.

August 4, 2021, 12:35pm Clark County Health

Clark County Public Health issued warning advisories Wednesday for Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas due to elevated levels of cyanotoxins from blue-green algae. Read story

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

PeaceHealth to require vaccinations for workers

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

August 3, 2021, 12:29pm Clark County Health

Vancouver-based medical provider PeaceHealth has reversed its policy and will require its caregivers to receive a COVID-19 immunization. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 cases surge by 26.5 percent over last week

Wuhan, China - East Asia, Corona virus, Pneumonia

July 29, 2021, 11:08am Clark County Health

Clark County's rate of COVID-19 infections continued to surge this week, up by about 26.5 percent over last week's numbers, with 382 new cases over seven days and one new death, according to Clark County Public Health. Read story

Charles Stuart of Vancouver, right, cools off with an orange popsicle while taking refuge from the heat at the Living Hope Church cooling center on June 28.

Clark County cooling centers open with heat setting in

Charles Stuart of Vancouver, right, cools off with an orange popsicle while taking refuge from the heat at the Living Hope Church cooling center on June 28.

July 29, 2021, 9:39am Clark County Health

With temperatures expected in the high 90s and low triple digits starting today, cooling centers and services are open around the county.  Read story

Safeway pharmacist Kristen Morin administers a dose of vaccine to Carol Hoak of Vancouver.

SW Washington study: Vaccination reduced senior COVID-19 hospitalizations by 90%

Safeway pharmacist Kristen Morin administers a dose of vaccine to Carol Hoak of Vancouver.

July 28, 2021, 9:56am Clark County Health

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 reduced the risk of hospitalization by 90 percent for people age 65 and older, according to a report released Wednesday by public health officials. Read story

(The Columbian files)

Battle Ground schools delay changes to sexual education curriculum

(The Columbian files)

July 28, 2021, 6:03am Clark County Health

Call it a pause — for now — on the approval of Battle Ground Public Schools’ new middle school sexual health education curriculum. Read story

Bartender Britton Brown disinfects a table after customers leave Heathen Brewing in Vancouver in July.

Clark County Public Health: Mask up indoors, vaccinated or not

Bartender Britton Brown disinfects a table after customers leave Heathen Brewing in Vancouver in July.

July 27, 2021, 4:16pm Clark County Health

Facing surging COVID-19 cases, Clark County Public Health is  recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, resume wearing masks indoors to help prevent the spread of the disease. Read story

Elahan Place, which has provided long-term residential mental health treatment for decades, will be closing soon, leaving county residents with nowhere to go for that sort of treatment.

Clark County’s only long-term mental health facility closing

Elahan Place, which has provided long-term residential mental health treatment for decades, will be closing soon, leaving county residents with nowhere to go for that sort of treatment.

July 27, 2021, 6:05am Clark County Health

The only long-term facility for mental health care in Clark County is closing soon, and people in need of residential treatment here will have nowhere to go. Read story

Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Ruth Gorley gives Vancouver resident Ryan Tydingco a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine May 8 at Clark County Public Health's short-term vaccination pod at Woodland High School. After an early rush of people, the flow had slowed down by the late morning for the drop-in vaccination event.

Vaccinations urged as COVID-19 cases rise in Clark County

Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Ruth Gorley gives Vancouver resident Ryan Tydingco a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine May 8 at Clark County Public Health's short-term vaccination pod at Woodland High School. After an early rush of people, the flow had slowed down by the late morning for the drop-in vaccination event.

July 24, 2021, 6:03am Clark County Health

As the coronavirus pandemic regains steam in Clark County, health officials are urging those who have not been vaccinated to wear face coverings in indoor spaces and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Read story