Clark County COVID-19 case rate has sixth-straight week of decline


Clark County’s recent COVID-19 case rate saw another week of decline, though week-by-week more cases were reported.

Clark County Public Health’s Oct. 27 report included 43.1 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, down from the 47.3 per 100,000 reported the prior week. 

The rate has been declining since Sept. 15 when it was at 78.3 cases per 100,000 population and is the lowest it has been since April.  

As Clark County’s rate continues to decline, the rate statewide also saw a decrease in the past week. As of Oct. 20, Washington had 57.5 cases per 100,000 population, down from 67.4 per 100,000 the prior week.

Recent case rates lag behind the most recent counts of cases. The health department’s most recent case rate was based on activity from Oct. 11 to Oct. 17.

The health department reported 259 new COVID-19 cases between Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, more than the 206 new COVID-19 cases between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. In total, there have been 106,587 confirmed and probable cases in Clark County since the outbreak began, although that number does not include at-home tests, which often go unreported. 

Clark County Public Health’s Oct. 27 report included three additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths and three deaths suspected to be due to the disease, fewer than the four confirmed deaths but more than the zero suspected deaths reported the week prior. 

The deaths bring Clark County’s total to 949, which includes 808 confirmed and 141 suspected deaths.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County saw a slight increase. As of Oct. 27, 7.3% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, up from 7.1% reported on Oct. 20. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and patients awaiting test results landed at 10.2%, more than the 8.2% the prior week.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions decreased in the latest data. In its Oct. 27 report, the health department reported 4 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, down from 5.2 admissions per 100,000 population reported on Oct. 20.

Clark County’s statewide share of COVID-19 cases and deaths stayed about the same. The Washington State Department of Health reported the county had about 5.8% of cases and 6.5% of deaths.


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