COVID-19 infection rate falls again in Clark County – The Columbian

The COVID-19 infection rate in Clark County fell for a second week in a row following the holiday weekend, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health.
Still, the county continues to be in the medium-risk category for disease transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When the COVID-19 community level is medium, the CDC recommends individuals at a high risk of illness wear a mask when indoors in public. In Clark County, health officials have urged all residents to consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces.
The Clark County COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 population over seven days, declined from 66.5 on Dec. 22 to 61.3 as of Thursday, according to Clark County Public Health data.
This week, 189 new cases were reported, bringing county totals to 109,937. This is the lowest number of new cases reported by Clark County Public Health since July 15, 2021.
Public Health reported five new deaths this week, bringing totals to 985. Deaths are typically recorded 10-12 days after they occur.
Clark County hospitals remain near capacity with 97.7 percent of hospital beds and 96.6 percent of intensive care beds occupied.
Hospitals in Clark County were treating 73 people with or suspected of having COVID-19 as of this week, up from 64 people Dec. 22. The rate of new hospital admissions over seven days decreased to 7.4 per 100,000, down from 9.4 last week.
Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 occupied 13 percent of hospital beds this week, up from 11.5 percent on Dec. 22. Patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 occupied 13.8 percent of ICU beds, up from 13.6 percent Dec. 22.
If you test positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test, health officials ask you report it to the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127. The CDC recommends you stay home for at least five days upon testing positive and wear a mask if going out for five additional days.
The CDC encourages everyone 5 and older to get an updated bivalent COVID-19 booster, which is available for free across Clark County.
For more information on where to schedule a vaccine or booster, visit
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