Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate is up slightly this week. New hospital admissions fell this week, but hospital occupancy remains high.
The COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 people over seven days, rose to 175.1 on Thursday from 159.3 last week, according to Clark County Public Health data.
The rate rose in May before trending down in early June. Last week it started to rise again.
As of Tuesday, 98.7 percent of Clark County hospital beds and 96.3 percent of ICU beds were occupied. Hospitals reported that 74 beds — accounting for 12.4 percent of hospital beds and 14.8 percent of intensive care beds — were occupied by people who have or are suspected to have COVID-19 .
Seven new deaths from COVID-19 were reported this week. The deaths include three men in their 70s, and two men and two women aged 80 or older.
The new deaths bring the total number of people who have died from COVID-19 in Clark County to 837. Deaths are typically added to the county total 10 to 12 days after they occur.
Public Health reported 921 new cases this week, up from 96,850 so far. Clark County public health officials say the true number of new cases is likely much higher due to unreported positive tests at home.
If you test positive for COVID-19 with a home test, you can call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127 to report your positive result.
Clark County remains at low risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Levels — a data tool that determines a county’s COVID-19 risk level based on the current number of cases, hospitalizations and overall hospital occupancy.
Recommendations for residents of low-risk counties include staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and getting tested if you have symptoms. Masks are not required in low-risk countries, although masks and social distancing are still recommended for those at high risk of serious illness. In addition, people exposed to or showing symptoms of COVID-19 must continue to follow quarantine guidelines.
As of Thursday, 15 counties in Washington were at intermediate risk, including Skamania and Klickitat.
The Washington State Department of Health and Human Services reported that as of June 20, 66.3 percent of Clark County residents age 5 and older were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Food and Drug Administration this week approved both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older.
Clark County Public Health suggests that parents with children under the age of 5 who wish to be vaccinated contact their primary care physician. The CDC ships cans directly to vendors.
Parents can use the options below to find a vaccination center near them. Some may not yet have been updated to include children under the age of 5, but Public Health expects these updates to come soon.
Text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX)
According to Public Health, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters offer the best protection against COVID-19.