Recent COVID-19 activity in Clark County is back on a slight decline since the Department of Health’s last report.
In the Dec. 23 update from Clark County Public Health, the department reported 263.2 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days, up from 273.6 the week before.
Between December 16 and 23, Clark County recorded 811 additional cases of COVID-19, including 747 confirmed cases and 64 probable cases based on antigen testing. The county has recorded a total of 42,489 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,017 probable cases since the start of the epidemic. There were 886 active cases as of December 23, which are still in isolation.
Clark County Public Health’s December 23 report included eight additional confirmed deaths and one suspected to be due to COVID-19.
Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 included a man in his 60s, a man in his 50s, a woman over 80, four women in her 60s and a woman in her 30s. The Department of Health also reported the death of a man in his 60s suspected of being due to the disease.
The additional deaths bring the Clark County total to 588, with 540 confirmed and 48 suspects.
The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County has declined slightly since the health department’s update. As of December 23, 9.7% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results, up from 10.7% last week. COVID-19 patients occupied 17.4% of the county’s intensive care unit (ICU) beds, up from 15.4% the week before.
New COVID-19 hospital admissions have seen a decrease as Clark County Public Health reported 7.2 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, up from 6.4 per 100,000 the previous week .
Total hospital bed occupancy declined slightly in Clark County as of December 23, although intensive care occupancy has increased. The health department reported that 92.5% of hospital beds and 91.3% of intensive care beds were occupied in the county, up from 93.9% and 89.2% respectively on December 9.
Clark County’s share of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths statewide remained roughly stable as of December 23. Data from the Washington State Department of Health showed the county had about 6% of confirmed cases and deaths in the state.