Clark County COVID-19 activity rate plummets to lowest level since November

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Mark Bowder, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
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Feb. 23—Clark County's COVID-19 activity rate plummeted this week, falling to a level not seen since early November and clearing the way for the return of high school students, according to data released Tuesday by Clark County Public Health.

The number of new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days fell to 137 as of Monday, down from 209.8 on Feb. 15.

It was the lowest case rate since Nov. 9, according to Public Health data. Case rates peaked at 473.7 on Jan. 18.

The drop-off in cases puts Clark County well into the "moderate" range for disease activity and below the threshold suggested by state officials to allow high school students to resume in-person education.

Public Health reported only 24 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Tuesday. There have been 18,135 COVID-19 cases in Clark County since the pandemic began and 221 deaths from the disease.

There has been an average of 37 new cases per day since Friday, close to last week's average of 36.

There were 245 active COVID-19 cases in Clark County as of Tuesday, down from 259 on Monday, according to Public Health data.

Hospitalizations fell, with 34 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County on Tuesday, down from 38 on Monday, and one person hospitalized awaiting test results, down from nine on Monday, according to Public Health.

Public Health reported that 62.5 percent of the county's licensed intensive care unit beds were occupied as of Tuesday, down from 75 percent on Monday.