County’s recent COVID-19 case rate the lowest since 2020


Every major metric of COVID-19 activity in Clark County saw a drop in the latest data.

Clark County Public Health’s May 4 report included 23.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, down from the 28 per 100,000 reported the prior week. The rate is the lowest reported since summer 2020, according to a graph from the health department.

The recent statewide case rate decreased and is higher than Clark County’s rate. As of May 4, Washington had 28.4 cases per 100,000 population, down from 30.5 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 April 18 to April 24.

Clark County Public Health tallied 69 additional cases between April 27 and May 4, lower than the 119 recorded between April 20 and April 27. The county’s case total includes 113,483 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 May 4 report included one additional confirmed COVID-19 death and one death suspected to be due to the disease since its report the prior week. On April 27, the health department reported two confirmed COVID-19 deaths and two deaths suspected to be due to the disease.

The two additional COVID-19 deaths bring Clark County’s total to 1,101, which includes 908 confirmed and 193 suspected deaths.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County dropped in the latest data. As of May 4, 14.3% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, less than the 17.1% reported on April 27. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and patients awaiting test results also dropped to 12.8%, compared to 15.1% from the prior week.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions dropped from the prior week. In its May 4 report, the health department reported 3 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, less than the 3.4 per 100,000 the prior week.

Clark County’s share of COVID-19 cases and deaths statewide stayed about the same in the latest data. According to the Washington State Department of Health, the county had about 5.8% of cases and about 6.8% of deaths in Washington.


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