Clark County’s COVID-19 case rate hits highest point since winter


The number of newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County increased by more than 50 percent as of the latest data, putting the county at its highest activity of the disease since February.

Clark County Public Health’s weekly COVID-19 update released Aug. 19 shows the county’s recent case rate jump to 288.7 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, up from 191.1 cases per 100,000 the week prior. The uptick marks the fourth straight week of increasing cases and is nearly six times the rate the county had on July 22, according to health department data.

Between Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, Clark County Public Health reported 1,171 additional cases, including 966 confirmed cases and 205 probable cases based on antigen testing. In total, the health department has reported 27,466 confirmed cases and 2,212 probable cases since the outbreak began.

There were 1,284 active COVID-19 cases in Clark County as of Aug. 19, which are ones still in the isolation period.

Though cases surged, weekly reported COVID-19 deaths were down to one in Clark County Public Health’s Aug. 19 update. The confirmed death was a woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions. Clark County’s total COVID-19 deaths are at 301, including 268 confirmed to be due to the disease and 33 suspected.

Recent COVID-19 hospital admissions also saw another week of increases. Clark County Public Health reported 9.4 patients with the disease per 100,000 population admitted in the past seven days, up from 6.4 per 100,000 reported on Aug. 12. There were 90 patients occupying hospital beds in the county with confirmed COVID-19, with an additional patient awaiting test results. 

In total, those patients occupied 15.7 percent of hospital beds in the county as of the Aug. 19 update, which according to a graph from Clark County Public Health, was the highest it has been on record since the outbreak began.

The county’s share of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths statewide has remained about the same. Washington State Department of Health data from Aug. 12 showed the county had roughly 5.8 percent of confirmed cases and about 5 percent of deaths.


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