New COVID-19 cases in Clark County continue to decline 


Clark County’s COVID-19 activity continues to decline as the county reported a decrease in new cases and its hospitalization rate in its latest report.  

Clark County Public Health’s Aug. 18 report included 105.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, down from the 121.2 per 100,000 reported the prior week. 

The case rate decreased for its fourth-straight week.

The recent case rate statewide also dropped. As of Aug. 18, Washington had 147 cases per 100,000 population, down from 174 per 100,000 the week prior.

Recent case rates lag behind the most recent counts of cases. The health department’s most recent case rate was based on activity from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8.

The health department reported 450 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18, fewer than the 662 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 4 and Aug. 11. In total, there have been 103,172 confirmed and probable cases in Clark County since the outbreak began.

Clark County Public Health’s Aug. 18 report included five additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths and three deaths suspected to be due to the disease, compared to four confirmed deaths and one suspected death reported the prior week. 

The confirmed deaths included a woman in her 60s, two women older than 80 and two men older than 80. The deaths suspected to be due to COVID-19 was a woman in her 70s, and a man and a woman older than 80. 

The deaths bring Clark County’s total to 895, including 770 confirmed and 125 suspected to be due to the disease.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County increased. 

As of Aug. 18, 11.3% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, up from 10.2% reported Aug. 11. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and patients awaiting test results was 57.6%, more than the 9.4% reported the week prior.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions dropped in the latest data. In its Aug. 18 report, the health department reported 7 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, down from 8.6 admissions per 100,000 population reported on Aug. 11.

Total hospital bed occupancy in the county decreased as of Aug. 18. The health department reported 95.7% of hospital beds and 96.6% of ICU beds in the county were occupied, compared to 99.1% of all beds and all of the ICU beds on Aug. 11.

Clark County’s statewide share of COVID-19 cases and deaths stayed about the same as of Aug. 18 compared to the prior week. The Washington State Department of Health reported the county had about 5.8% of cases and 6.4% of deaths.


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