Clark County’s COVID-19 case rate increases in latest update


Clark County’s recent case rate of COVID-19 increased for a second week, though hospitalizations dropped in the latest data.

Clark County Public Health’s Jan. 19 report included 55.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, up from the 51.9 per 100,000 reported on Jan. 12. 

The statewide case rate also rose. As of Jan. 12, Washington had 71.4 cases per 100,000 population, slightly up from 70.6 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 Jan. 3 to Jan. 9.

The county’s weekly count of COVID-19 cases decreased based on the latest data. The health department reported 238 new COVID-19 cases between Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, fewer than the 311 reported between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. In total, there have been 110,710 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 Jan. 19 report included three additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths and six deaths suspected to be due to the disease since its Jan. 12 update. The number is less than the 10 confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths reported the prior week. The deaths bring Clark County’s total to 1,016, which includes 860 confirmed and 156 suspected deaths.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County dropped in the latest data. As of Jan. 19, 6.1% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, down from 11% reported on Jan. 12. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and patients awaiting test results landed at 1.6%, less than the 10.2% the prior week.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions dropped in the latest data. In its Jan. 19 report, the health department reported 7.4 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, down from 8.2 admissions per 100,000 population reported on Jan. 12.

Clark County’s statewide share of COVID-19 cases and deaths stayed about the same as the prior week. The Washington State Department of Health reported the county had about 5.8% of cases and 6.6% of deaths.