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Another COVID-19 death reported | Daily news on the peninsula

Another death from COVID-19 has been confirmed in Clallam County, pushing the total number of deaths in the county to 68 and 85 for the Northern Olympic Peninsula since the start of the pandemic.

The most recent death was a man in his 60s who had not been vaccinated, said Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Jefferson County recorded no new deaths on Wednesday. The province has had 17 of these since the start of the pandemic.

Berry expressed his condolences to the man’s family.

“I think fortunately many of us haven’t had to see in person how serious this disease can be,” Berry said.

“But for those health professionals who have worked on the front lines, too many times we have seen how bad the situation can get for someone infected with this virus, even if they are healthy, which was the case here.

“We don’t want to see this happen again, especially when we talk about these young and healthy people. These are preventable deaths.”

Berry continues to urge all residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19, if they have not already done so.

Officials have begun providing the pediatric doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to children 5 to 11 years old.

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Appointments are still available for the mass vaccination clinic set up on Nov. 20 by Jefferson County Public Health and Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management in the Chimacum School District for 5- to 11-year-olds. They can be made by going to co.jefferson.wa.us/1429/COVID-19.

Vaccination clinic appointments for 5- to 11-year-olds in Clallam County are available every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through the Olympic Medical Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Front Street Clinic, 901 E. Front St. in Port Angeles. Appointments can be made by calling 360-565-0999.

The state’s vaccination locator, at vaccinlocator.doh.wa.gov, lists pharmacies that offer the pediatric doses.

According to the latest data from the Department of Health, 81.1 percent of the population age 12 and older in Jefferson County has started vaccinations, of which 77.3 percent are fully vaccinated.

Of the entire population, 74.6 percent have started vaccination and 71.1 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.

In Clallam County, 75.4 percent of the population age 12 and older has started vaccinations, of which 70.6 percent are fully vaccinated.

Of the total population, 67 percent have started vaccinations, and 62.7 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.

Due to a state-level processing error, Clallam County’s case count and totals were unable to update Wednesday. Berry expects the updated data to be resolved today.

That may mean the total number of cases appears to have a larger peak than has been seen on average, as data will be collected over two days, she said.

However, the updated case count isn’t affected by the later recording, because it’s compiled based on the date of testing and not reporting, Berry said.

As of Tuesday, Clallam County had confirmed a total of 5,050 cases since the start of the pandemic, and the county had a number of 292 cases per 100,000 residents for the past two weeks, according to county public health data.

Jefferson County data has been updated as much of the COVID-19 testing came from rapid antigen testing, which is registered directly in the county. Seven new cases were added on Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 1,209 since the start of the pandemic, according to the county’s public health data.

In Jefferson County, health officials recorded about 181.82 cases per 100,000 for the two weeks leading up to Nov. 3. Before that, the province had 250.78 cases per 100,000 for the two weeks leading up to Oct. 27.

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Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, extension. 5, or at [email protected]