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Clark County reports nine new COVID-19 deaths as number begins to decline

Clark County reported 846 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths on Wednesday as disease activity began to decline after a weeks-long plateau.

The fatalities include a woman in her 50s, two women in her 60s, a man in his 70s, two women and three men aged 80 or older, bringing the total death toll in Clark County to 511 since the start of the pandemic. Deaths are added to the province’s total 10-12 days after they occurred.

The deaths came as the COVID-19 activity rate fell to 350.6 per 100,000 residents for two weeks, still high but lower from 398.6 last week and peaking at 549.3 as of Sept. 9, according to public health data.

COVID data is usually released on Thursday, but this week’s data was released on Wednesday due to the Veterans Day holiday. However, there were still seven days left.

The new cases reported Wednesday include 710 confirmed using PCR testing, for a total of 38,881 cases to date, and 136 diagnosed using antigen testing, for a total of 4,391 so far, according to data from public health.

Combined, the new cases came in at about 121 new cases per day, down from about 140 new cases per day last week and 141 cases the week before, according to public health data.

According to public health data, 934 active cases were still isolated as of Wednesday, up from 1,050 last week.

Hospital admissions rose slightly, with 11.2 new hospital admissions per 100,000 residents over seven days, compared to 9.6 per 100,000 last week, public health data shows.

Clark County hospitals reported that 92.1 percent of hospital beds and 92.2 percent of ICU beds were occupied as of Tuesday, with 11.9 percent of hospital beds and 17.2 percent of ICU beds occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19, according to Public Health.

As of Monday, 71.1 percent of Clark County residents age 12 or older had at least one dose of vaccine, and 65.1 percent had been fully vaccinated. Taking into account all residents of the county, 60.5 percent had one dose of vaccine and 55.4 percent were fully vaccinated, according to the Washington Department of Health.