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COVID-19 cases dip in Clark County schools

April 1, 2022, 6:01am Clark County Health

Clark County school districts are reporting 49 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, a slight decrease from the 53 cases last week. Weekly virus cases in schools are now experiencing a plateau in recent weeks after a monthslong pattern of steep decline began following the omicron surge in… Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 activity rate hits plateau

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March 31, 2022, 2:57pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported that its COVID-19 activity rate plateaued this week, meaning the precipitous drop in cases that began in February has ended. The rate of new hospitalizations continued to decrease this week, however. Read story

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The company announced early findings from a study of children younger than 6 on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Clark County vaccine supply good as second COVID booster OK’d

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The company announced early findings from a study of children younger than 6 on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

March 30, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 vaccine recommendations to align with the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of a second booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines — Pfizer and Moderna — for certain groups at higher risk of severe illness. Read story

Contagious omicron subvariant in Oregon

March 24, 2022, 4:19pm Health

An extra-contagious version of the omicron variant that is fueling COVID-19 surges in parts of Europe and Asia has been found in the wastewater of some Oregon communities. Read story

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Clark County reports drop in COVID-19 activity rate, hospitalizations, deaths

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March 24, 2022, 3:48pm Clark County Health

Clark Country reported yet another drop in its COVID-19 activity rate and hospitalizations this week, as well as the fewest number of deaths since the week of Sept. 2. Read story

COVID-19 cases hit plateau in Clark County schools

March 24, 2022, 6:03am Clark County Health

Clark County school districts are reporting 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, a slight uptick from 51 cases last week. Weekly virus cases in schools had previously been experiencing a pattern of steep decline since late January. Read story

COVID-19 outbreak ends at Larch Corrections Center

March 24, 2022, 6:01am Clark County Health

For the first time since early February, the Washington Department of Corrections reported no active COVID-19 cases at Larch Corrections Center, according to a Wednesday bulletin. Read story

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The company announced early findings from a study of children younger than 6 on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Moderna says its low-dose COVID shots work for kids younger than 6

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The company announced early findings from a study of children younger than 6 on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

March 23, 2022, 12:15pm Health

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers, the company announced Wednesday -- and if regulators agree it could mean a chance to finally start vaccinating the littlest kids by summer. Read story

Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest looks across the room while treating a COVID-19 patient in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma.

Omicron subvariant found in 25 percent of cases tested at UW lab

Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest looks across the room while treating a COVID-19 patient in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma.

March 23, 2022, 7:25am Health

Health officials say the subvariant of omicron known as BA.2 accounts for about one-fourth of COVID-19 cases sequenced in Washington. Read story

A lone pedestrian strolls through an empty campus at Washington State University Vancouver in late March.

Advisers at Clark County high schools say students exhausted by remote learning, pandemic disruptions

A lone pedestrian strolls through an empty campus at Washington State University Vancouver in late March.

March 23, 2022, 6:02am Clark County News

With just a few months until high school graduation, advisers and career counselors are growing concerned about what lies ahead for the class of 2022. Read story