Clark County reports 342 new COVID-19 cases since Friday as fourth wave continues

Mark Bowder, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
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May 3—Clark County recorded 342 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Monday as a fourth wave of infections continues to grow, according to data from Clark County Public Health.

The death was a woman in her 60s; it is not known if she had underlying health conditions, according to Public Health. Her death pushes the county's total to 259. Deaths are added to the county's total 10 to 12 days after they occur. Six deaths were reported last week.

The new cases include 306 that were confirmed by molecular (PCR) testing, bringing the total to 21,634 confirmed cases, and 36 diagnosed with antigen testing, pushing that total to 1,023 to date.

Combined, the new cases work out to an average of 114 new cases a day since Friday. That's up from last week's average of 93 cases a day and well above the average of 43 cases a day from March 15-21.

Hospitalizations held steady, with 33 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, down from 34 on Friday, and four people hospitalized awaiting test results, up from three on Friday.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated, though underage teens are advised to check with vaccination sites about what sort of parental consent might be needed.

To schedule an appointment at a number of locations throughout Clark County, including mass vaccination sites, visit the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Locator.

Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling an appointment can call Public Health from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 888-225-4625. Call center representatives can assist with scheduling. Language assistance is available.

Multiple counties in Washington are expected to be required to roll back to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's reopening plan. The announcement is expected Tuesday. Clark County does not appear to have failed both metrics for reopening — case rates and hospitalizations — and is not expected to be rolled back.