The number of recent COVID-19 cases in Clark County saw a third-straight week of decline as of the latest health department report.
Clark County Public Health’s Feb. 17 report showed 1,017 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days, down from 1,627.6 reported the week prior. The latest case rate was a 37.5% drop over last week’s report.
The seven-day case count also saw a decline, as the health department reported 2,219 new cases between Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, compared to 3,457 reported between Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. New cases included 1,897 confirmed cases and 322 probable cases based on antigen testing. In total, there have been 68,718 confirmed and 14,293 probable cases in Clark County since the outbreak began. As of Feb. 17, Clark County Public Health reported 2,361 active cases, which are ones still in the isolation period. Active cases were about 32% lower than they were the previous week.
Clark County Public Health’s Feb. 17 report tallied 11 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, slightly lower than the 13 confirmed deaths reported Feb. 10. The health department also reported seven deaths suspected to be due to the disease, more than the two reported the week prior.
The additional confirmed deaths included two men older than 80, three men in their 70s, a man in his 60s, a man in his 50s, a man in his 40s, two women older than 80, and a woman in her 70s. The suspected deaths were two men in their 70s, three women older than 80, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 40s.
The additional deaths put Clark County’s total at 730, including 661 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 69 suspected to be due to the disease.
The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County saw a slight increase in the latest report. As of Feb. 17, 26.8% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, up from 26.3% last week. COVID-19 patients occupied 26.9% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in the county, up from 25.9% the week prior.
New COVID-19 hospital admissions increased as Clark County Public Health reported 24 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, up from 22 per 100,000 the week prior.
Total hospital bed occupancy in the county decreased slightly while there was a larger drop of patients in the ICU as of Feb. 17. The health department reported 97% of hospital beds and 96.2% of ICU beds were occupied in the county, compared to 97.2% and 98.3%, respectively on Feb. 3.
Clark County’s statewide share of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths saw some slight fluctuation as of Feb. 17. The Washington State Department of Health reported the county had about 5.9% of cases and 6.3% of deaths, compared to 5.8% and 6.4%, respectively, reported Feb. 10.
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