Recent Clark County COVID case rate drops below 300 per 100,000 population

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COVID-19 activity in Clark County saw decreases in recent cases and hospitalizations in the latest health department report.

In Clark County Public Health’s Nov. 24 update, the department reported 279.1 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days, down from 305.7 the week prior. The county’s rate has been declining for three weeks.

Between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24, Clark County had 719 additional COVID-19 cases, including 573 confirmed cases and 146 probable cases based on antigen tests. The county has had a total of 40,047 confirmed and 4,622 probable cases since the outbreak began. There were 737 active cases as of Nov. 24, which are ones still in the isolation period.

Clark County Public Health reported 12 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in its Nov. 24 update. The deaths included a man older than 80, four men in their 70s, two men in their 60s, a man in his 50s, three women older than 80, and a woman in her 50s. The deaths put the county’s total at 538 as of Nov. 24, which includes 495 deaths confirmed to be because of COVID-19 and 43 suspected to be from the disease. 

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County saw a decrease as of the health department’s update. As of Nov. 24, 10.7% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or ones awaiting test results, down from 12.5% last week. COVID-19 patients occupied 20.3% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in the county.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions saw an increase, as Clark County Public Health reported nine admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, down from 11.8 per 100,000 the week prior. Total hospital bed occupancy saw a slight increase in Clark County while ICU bed occupancy dropped as of the health department’s Nov. 24 report. The health department reported 96.1% of hospital beds and 89.1% of ICU beds were occupied in the county, compared to 95.1% and 87.5%, respectively on Nov. 18.

Clark County’s share of confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide stayed about the same, while its share of deaths rose. Washington State Department of Health data showed the county had roughly 5.9% confirmed cases and about 5.8% of deaths in the state.

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