The recent increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases in Clark County


The Reflector

Clark County’s recent COVID-19 case rate continues to fluctuate as it increased by about a quarter in the latest data, with the all-time total case count surging past six digits.

The July 21 report from Clark County Public Health included 178.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days, up from 145 per 100,000 reported the previous week.

Both the Clark County rate and the statewide rate saw increases this week. The county remains below Washington’s overall rate of 256.7 per 100,000 population as of July 21.

Recent case rates lag behind the most recent case counts. The health department’s most recent case rate was based on activity from July 5 through July 11.

The health department reported 930 new cases of COVID-19 between July 14 and July 21, slightly more than the 901 reported between July 7 and July 14. In total, there have been 100,603 confirmed and probable cases in Clark County since the outbreak began.

The July 21 report from Clark County Public Health included four additional confirmed deaths from COVID-19 and two additional deaths suspected of being due to the disease, compared to three confirmed deaths and five suspected deaths reported the previous week.

The confirmed deaths included three women over 80 and one woman in her 60s. The presumed dead were a man and a woman, both over the age of 80.

The deaths bring Clark County’s total to 865, with 747 confirmed and 118 suspected to be due to the disease.

The number of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in Clark County remained the same as the previous week.

As of July 21, 12.6% of beds had either patients with confirmed COVID-19 or patients awaiting test results. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupied by COVID-19 patients was 11.8%.

New COVID-19 hospital admissions have seen a decrease in the latest data. In its July 21 report, the health department reported 9.4 admissions per 100,000 population over the past seven days, compared to 10 admissions per 100,000 population reported on July 14.

Total hospital bed occupancy in the county remained the same as last week, while intensive care beds in the county fell on July 21. all beds and 96.1% of intensive care beds on July 14.

Clark County’s statewide share of COVID-19 cases and deaths remained about the same as of July 21 compared to the previous week. The Washington State Department of Health reported the county had about 5.9% of cases and 6% of deaths.

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