Clark County’s recent COVID-19 case rate hits lowest point since April


Clark County’s recent case rate of COVID-19 decreased in the latest data as it dropped to a level not seen since last spring.

Clark County Public Health’s Feb. 9 report included 39.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, down from the 50.3 per 100,000 reported on Feb. 2. The rate has not been that low since April 21.

The statewide case rate also dropped. It remains higher than Clark County’s rate. As of Feb. 9, Washington had 64.6 cases per 100,000 population, down from 65.4 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 Jan. 24 to Jan. 30.

The county’s weekly count of COVID-19 cases rose based on the latest data. The health department reported 244 new COVID-19 cases between Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, more than the 202 reported between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2. In total, there have been 111,423 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 Feb. 9 report included two additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths and four deaths suspected to be due to the disease since its Feb. 2 update. The prior week, the health department reported one confirmed death and two suspected deaths. The deaths bring Clark County’s total to 1,033, which includes 867 confirmed and 166 suspected deaths.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County decreased in the latest data. As of Feb. 9, 7% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, down from 9.3% reported on Feb. 2. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and patients awaiting test results landed at 9.4%, more than the 6.4% the prior week.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions dropped in the latest data. In its Feb. 9 report, the health department reported 4.8 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, down from 5.2 admissions per 100,000 population reported on Feb. 2.

Clark County’s statewide share of COVID-19 cases and deaths stayed about the same compared to the prior week. The Washington State Department of Health r eported the county had about 5.8% of cases and 6.7% of deaths.