Clark County COVID-19 case rate increases for second week in a row


COVID-19 activity in Clark County appears to be picking up based on the latest health department statistics.

Clark County Public Health’s Nov. 10 report included 46.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, up from the 43.3 per 100,000 reported the prior week. 

The rate has increased from a recent low of 43.1 per 100,000 two weeks prior.

The rate statewide also increased over the past week. As of Nov. 10, Washington had 49.3 cases per 100,000 population, up from 48.4 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. 25 to Oct. 31.

The health department reported 253 new COVID-19 cases between Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, more than the 230 new COVID-19 cases between Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. In total, there have been 107,070 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 Nov. 10 report included five additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths and two deaths suspected to be due to the disease, fewer than the two confirmed deaths and the no suspected deaths reported the prior week. 

The deaths bring Clark County’s total to 958, which includes 815 confirmed and 143 suspected deaths.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County saw an increase. As of Nov. 10, 10.2% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, up from 8% reported on Nov 3. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and patients awaiting test results landed at 7.1%, less than the 14.3% the prior week.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions increased in the latest data. In its Nov. 10 report, the health department reported 6.6 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, up from 5.2 admissions per 100,000 population reported on Nov. 3.

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.