Clark County COVID-19 case rate’s slow increase continues for third week


COVID-19 activity in Clark County has been on a slight increase for three weeks, though it still remains below the state average which is also on the rise.

Clark County Public Health’s Nov. 17 report included 47.9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, up from the 46.9 per 100,000 reported the prior week. 

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

As of Nov. 17, Washington had 50.5 cases per 100,000 population, up from 49.3 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 Nov. 1 to Nov. 7.

The health department reported 216 new COVID-19 cases between Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, fewer than the 253 new COVID-19 cases between Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. In total, there have been 107,286 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. 17 report included two additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths and one death suspected to be due to the disease, fewer than the five confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths reported the prior week. 

The deaths bring Clark County’s total to 961, which includes 817 confirmed and 144 suspected deaths.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County decreased. As of Nov. 17, 7.5% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, down from 10.2% reported on Nov. 10. 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 7.1% the prior week.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions increased in the latest data. In its Nov. 17 report, the health department reported 6.8 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, up from 6.6 admissions per 100,000 population reported on Nov. 10.

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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