COVID-19 activity in Clark County fell this week for the first time since early April. However, the number of hospitalizations remains high.
According to Clark County Public Health, COVID-19 activity, which measures new cases per 100,000 population in seven days, fell from 217.5 last week to 217.3 as of Thursday.
New hospitalizations this week rose from 7.8 to 8 per 100,000 residents in seven days, according to public health.
As of Tuesday, 98 percent of Clark County hospital beds and 96.2 percent of intensive care unit beds were occupied. Hospitals reported that 49 beds – 9 percent hospital beds and 11.3 percent resuscitation beds – were occupied by people with or suspected of COVID-19.
Five new deaths from COVID-19 were reported this week. Among the deaths were one woman aged 40, one man aged 60, one woman aged 70 and two men aged 80 and older.
New deaths increase the total number of people who died from COVID-19 in Clark County to 816. Deaths are added to the total number in the county, usually 10-12 days after they occurred.
Public health reported 754 new cases this week, up from 91,431 to date. The actual number of new cases is likely higher due to unregistered tests at home, according to Clark County health officials.
If you get a positive result on COVID-19 using a home test, you can call the COVID-19 state hotline at 1-800-525-0127 to report your positive result.
According to the community levels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – a data tool that determines the risk level of COVID-19 in the county based on the current number of cases, hospitalizations and total hospital occupancy – Clark County remains at low risk.
Recommendations for residents of low-risk counties include staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and being screened if you have symptoms. Masks are not needed in low-risk counties, although masks and social distancing are still recommended for people at high risk for serious illness. In addition, people who are exposed to COVID-19 or who show symptoms should still follow quarantine regulations.
The Washington State Department of Health reported that as of May 30, 66.1 percent of Clark County residents aged 5 and older had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines and boosters provide the best protection against COVID-19, according to Clark County Public Health.
Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible for a repeat dose of COVID-19 in Washington and may receive a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 5 months after the end of the main vaccine series. According to public health, children with weakened immune systems should receive a revaccinator at least 3 months after their primary series.
Here are ways you can find a place for the vaccine near you:
Now Washington residents can access eight free tests for COVID-19 at home through a federal government program. To place an order, go to www.COVIDtests.gov. Orders require a name and address, and tests will be delivered to your door by the U.S. Postal Service for free. If you need help with ordering, call 800-232-0233.