Two more Clallam County residents have died from the COVID-19 virus, it was reported Wednesday.
Both of them – a man in his 90s and a woman in his 70s – were vaccinated but not boosted and had underlying health problems that contributed to their deaths, according to Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties.
The two most recent deaths have brought the county’s total number since the pandemic began to 101.
No new deaths from the COVID-19 virus were reported Wednesday in Jefferson County, which has lost 26 of its residents over the past two years.
Clallam County confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 10,652 cases from 10,645 reported Tuesday.
Jefferson County added 15 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing its total number since the pandemic began to 3,005 cases from 2,990 reported Tuesday.
Case rates continue to trend downwards as the omicron variant declines.
Clallam County’s case rate from Wednesday was 692 per. 100,000 people, down from Tuesday’s case rate of 732 per. 100,000.
Jefferson County’s case rate is 618 per. 100,000 inhabitants. The case rate is updated every Friday.
Case rates reflect cases reported over a period of two weeks. They are calculated using a formula based on 100,000 inhabitants, even for counties – such as Clallam and Jefferson – that do not have 100,000 inhabitants.
Jefferson County reported 112 people in isolation with active cases on Wednesday, up from 105 on Tuesday.
Clallam County does not report this metric, but reports a daily average over the past two weeks.
On its COVID-19 dashboard, Clallam County said Wednesday that the average daily number of cases over the past two weeks is 38. On Tuesday, that number was 40. A week ago, it was 58.
Hospital admissions are also declining in Clallam County with six residents reported being admitted with COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Two of the residents are in the intensive care unit at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, and the other four were in the intensive care unit outside the county.
Four Jefferson County residents were reported to the hospital with COVID-19 on Wednesday, two in the intensive care unit at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend and two in out-of-county hospitals.
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