Clark County reported a further drop in its COVID-19 activity rate this week as the omicron surge comes to an end.
The COVID-19 activity rate, which measures new cases per 100,000 people over 14 days, fell from 527.4 per 100,000 last week to 267.4 on Thursday. Anything over 200 is considered high by health officials.
At the end of September, at the height of the delta wave, the disease activity rate reached 549.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. In late January, at the height of the omicron wave, the disease activity rate reached a staggering 2,549.1 per 100,000.
This week is the first time since late December – when the omicron wave began – that the disease activity rate has been below 500 per 100,000.
Hospitalizations also fell this week, but hospital occupancy remains high.
New hospitalizations this week fell from 18.4 per 100,000 population over seven days to 9.6 per 100,000 over seven days, according to Public Health.
As of Tuesday, 97.5% of Clark County’s hospital beds and 96.2% of its intensive care beds were occupied. Hospitals reported that 69 beds – representing 13.2% of hospital beds and 11.3% of intensive care beds – were occupied by people with or suspected of having COVID-19.
Fourteen new deaths were reported in Clark County this week. The deaths include a woman in her 50s, two men and three women in her 60s, two men and three women in their 60s and three men aged 80 or over.
The new deaths bring the total number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Clark County to 754. Deaths are added to the county total usually 10 to 12 days after they occur.
Public Health has reported 866 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 84,482 to date. Public health subtracted 41 probable cases from its totals, bringing the total number of probable cases to 14,200.
The total number of probable cases was reduced by 41 this week due to data cleaning efforts. In these efforts, people who had tested positive with an antigen test and then later tested positive with a PCR test are removed from the probable total and added to the confirmed total.
Combined, the new cases represent an average of around 124 new cases per day, compared to around 86 new cases per day last week. The true number of new cases is likely higher due to unreported home testing, according to Clark County public health officials.
The Washington State Department of Health reported that as of February 25, 64.4% of Clark County residents age 5 or older were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.