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Vancouver, WA — Clark County Public Health has been researching concerns and questions about the amount of COVID-19 vaccinations coming into Clark County and released their findings today. 

The health department looked at the amount of vaccine being allocated by the state to counties, and compared the allocation for 15 counties: The five counties with the highest, lowest and median population sizes. 

“While Clark County has the fifth highest population in the state, we ranked near the bottom (14th out of 15) in the allocation of first doses per 1,000 residents and first-dose allocation as a percentage of the total county population,” the health department said in a statement. “Through 11 weeks, the state has allocated 45,950 first doses of vaccine to Clark County. That’s 94.1 doses per 1,000 people or doses for 9.4% of our population. The next largest county, Spokane County, has received 30,325 more first doses than Clark County, but has only 35,000 more residents. Spokane County has received 145.9 doses per 1,000 people or doses for 14.6% of their population.”

The counties with the lowest and median size populations ranked higher in doses per 1,000 people. But the largest counties – King, Snohomish and Pierce counties – all received considerably more vaccine doses per 1,000 than Clark County (132.4, 121.1 and 111.9 doses per 1,000 respectively).

The only county in their 15-county comparison that has received fewer doses per 1,000 people than Clark County is Ferry County, which has a population of about 7,600 people.

“This allocation data comparison reinforces what we have suspected: Clark County is receiving less vaccine per capita than other counties,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. “This disparity is impacting our ability to get Clark County residents vaccinated and is hindering our efforts to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine in our community.”

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Clark County Public Health has been working closely with local health care providers, community partners and neighboring counties to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible and develop plans for community vaccination sites, as vaccine supply allows. 

“We’re working with community partners to identify key populations who are being underserved or disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, are identifying locations throughout the county where we could host accessible community vaccination sites, and are lining up the necessary volunteers and staffing to operate those sites,” the health department said. “Our biggest barrier has been vaccine supply.” 

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler addressed these same concerns today at a Congressional hearing.

“The news that Southwest Washington counties are being shorted COVID vaccines is absolutely unacceptable,” said Herrera Beutler. “I made this known when I had the opportunity to question Washington state’s Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah today at a congressional hearing.”  

As an example, she said Lewis County has a high population of elderly residents, but in terms of vaccine distribution is the worst in the state’s 39 counties. 

“And Clark County is the fifth largest county in the state, but is ranked 14th out of 15 counties in first dose allocations amongst counties with the highest, lowest, and median population sizes,” she said. “The state has to do better.”

In addition to the efforts by Clark County Public Health, local health care providers have the capacity to vaccinate several thousand people per week. 

“Clark County is ready to expand our vaccination efforts, once we receive the vaccine supply needed to serve our community,” said the health department.

Vancouver, WA — According to Clark County Public Health, COVID-19 activity rates plummeted from 209 cases per 100,000 to 137 cases per 100,000 this past week.

Here’s the latest COVID-19 update:

  • 24 new cases
  • 8,135 cases to date
  • No new deaths
  • 221 total deaths to date (199 confirmed, 22 suspect)
  • 245 active cases (in isolation period)
  • 34 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
  • 1 person hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results

Learn more on the Clark County Public Health COVID-19 data webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data

Vaccination Update

The Washington State Department of Health received its shipment of Pfizer vaccine for the Clark County Fairgrounds vaccination site. That means the fairgrounds will be open this week to fulfill its second-dose appointments.

Anyone who received their first dose at the fairgrounds site should have received an email from Safeway after receiving their first dose. That follow-up email contains a link to schedule an appointment for the second dose. 

Appointments are best. But anyone who was unable to get a second dose appointment scheduled or didn’t receive the confirmation email, can take their vaccination card and ID to the fairgrounds and receive their second dose without an appointment.

The fairgrounds site is open 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday and 9 am to 3 pm Saturday.

First-dose appointments are not available at the fairgrounds this week.

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Vancouver, WA — Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate declined again this week, down to 209.8 cases per 100,000, according to Clark County Public Health. Last week, the rate was 262.2 cases per 100,000.

“Keep up the good work, Clark County,” the health department said in a statement. “Let’s continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing and avoid gatherings so we can keep bringing that rate down!”

Latest COVID-19 Update:

  • 32 new cases 
  • 17,909 cases to date
  • No new deaths
  • 213 total deaths to date (191 confirmed, 22 suspect)
  • 255 active cases (in isolation period)
  • 36 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
  • 6 people hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results

You may learn more on the Clark County COVID-19 data webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data

Fairgrounds Vaccination Update

If you were scheduled to get your first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the fairgrounds on Tuesday (including those rescheduled due to snow) but were unable to get vaccinated, you can go the site anytime during operating hours today (9 am to 5 pm) to get vaccinated. Your vaccine will be waiting for you.

If you received your first dose at the fairgrounds, you will get a second dose at the fairgrounds. The day after receiving your first dose, you should receive a follow-up message (email or text) with a link to schedule your second dose. 

If you experience difficulties with the scheduling system and are unable to schedule an appointment for a second dose, you will still get your second dose. Just bring your original confirmation email from Safeway/Albertsons or your vaccine record card and go to the fairgrounds on the date you are due for your second dose, and you will get vaccinated.

Olympia, WA — Clark County is moving to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide reopening plan, along with four other regions. 

“This will mean increased economic activity. We are very happy about it,” Inslee said. “Ninety-two percent of the state of Washington is now in Phase 2 or higher.”

Inslee said this will be effective starting Monday, but may open earlier for Valentine’s Day and current weather conditions. The only region in the state that isn’t in Phase 2 is the South Central region, including the Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Yakima areas.

Inslee said he doesn’t have a date for when Phase 3 guidelines/restrictions will be released. He said the state has been focused on getting to Phase 2. 

He said “this is now both a time for celebration for the state, but also a time for increased diligence due to new variants of COVID-19.”

In Phase 2, restaurants may open indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Indoor gatherings are also allowed, with a maximum of five people from outside a household per gathering, but limited to no more than two households. Outdoor gatherings allow 15 people present from outside a single household.

Movie theaters, concert venues, and museums can now operate at 25 percent capacity, and are subject to eating and drinking requirements.

Zoos, rodeos and concert venues can now host groups of 15 and up to 200 people at a time.

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Indoor weddings and funerals are now allowed, and must follow gathering requirements. Dancing is still prohibited. 

Low and moderate risk sports may resume indoors, and fitness centers may now operate at 25 percent capacity. Low, moderate and high-risk sports are all allowed outdoors with a 200-person limit, including spectators. The WIAA will provide specifics on this.

The decision to reopen most of the state despite risk of having to move back, Inslee said, was based on science and the fact that businesses have had to close for months. He added that if the numbers go back up, the state can go back in phases.

Regions could be moved back if metrics start going in the wrong direction. Under the state guidelines, in two week the regions must still meet three of four requirements. If the region meets two or fewer, they would return to Phase 1 the following Monday.

Washington is nearing 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, according to the Department of Health.

Inslee said getting close to 1 million doses is an achievement, but he also acknowledged that people are frustrated by the wait for their doses.

Inslee says they are making rapid progress in vaccination push and that “help is on the way” for those who haven’t had their shots yet. He emphasized there is equity in vaccine distribution among communities of color, and said that this helped determine where the mass vaccination sites were located. 

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Vancouver, WA — Clark County Public Health released the latest COVID-19 data, which includes a significant drop in activity rates from a week ago.

The health department, however, did say a delay in lab processing at the state may mean not all positive cases are reflected in today’s total. The state is working to resolve the issue, they said.

• 40 new cases
• 17,204 cases to date
• 1 new confirmed death
• 187 total deaths to date (172 confirmed, 15 suspect)
• 599 active cases (in isolation period)
• Clark County COVID-19 activity rate is 310.54 cases per 100,000 (down from 401.23 cases per 100,000 last week)
• 44 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
• 5 people hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results

Here is additional information about the new confirmed death:
• Man in his 70s with underlying conditions

Learn more at the county’s COVID-19 data webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data

Clark County Public Health issued a statement over the weekend that people who visited a Camas salon recently may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should quarantine at home:

Anyone who visited Stellar Hair Design in Camas between 10 am and 7 pm Jan. 19-23 or Jan. 26 may be at risk of contracting COVID-19. Skamania County Community Health and Clark County Public Health have been unable to identify and notify individuals who may have been exposed. It’s unclear how many people may have been exposed.

Individuals who visited the salon during those times should quarantine for 14 days from their most recent visit to the salon during that timeframe.

Health officials recommend anyone exposed to COVID-19 quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. People who do not live or work in a high-priority setting – such as long-term care facilities, health care facilities, food processing facilities or jails – may shorten their quarantine in the following circumstances:

• If a person who is in quarantine has no symptoms, quarantine can end after Day 10.
• If a person who is in quarantine receives a negative COVID-19 test and has no symptoms, quarantine can end after Day 7. The person must be tested on or after Day 5, and quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than Day 8. Even if a negative test is received before Day 8, the quarantine period should still be a full seven days.

Anyone who has been in quarantine should continue to monitor their symptoms through Day 14. If they develop symptoms, they should isolate themselves immediately to avoid infecting others and seek testing for COVID-19.

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Ridgefield, WA — As of Sunday, the Washington State Department of Health opened up appointments for COVID-19 vaccination at the Clark County Fairgrounds. 

Clark County Public Health provided additional information today about the vaccination site:

  • The state only had appointments available for this week (Tues-Fri), and those slots filled up quickly. We’re hearing they intend to add appointment slots for future dates in the coming days.
  • Appointments at the fairgrounds can be made for first or second doses. If you’re going for your second dose, you need to bring the card indicating the date of the first dose and the type of vaccine.
  • The fairgrounds site will administer Pfizer vaccine.
  • The fairgrounds is a drive-thru site.  

If you have questions about the fairgrounds site or need help scheduling an appointment, you can call the state COVID call center, 1.800.525.0127, then press #.  If you can’t reach the hotline via that number, you can call the state’s alternate number, 888.856.5816. 

You can also visit the state website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/VaccineInformation/MassVaccinationSites 

Vaccine supply continues to be very limited, according to the health department. There are more people eligible than there is vaccine available. 

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Latest Clark County COVID-19 numbers:

  • 305 new cases over the weekend – average 102 cases/day Fri-Sun
  • 16,502 cases to date
  • 4 new confirmed deaths
  • 170 total deaths to date (156 confirmed, 14 suspect)
  • 709 active cases (in isolation period)
  • 55 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
  • 5 people hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results

Here is additional information about the new confirmed deaths:

  • Woman 80+ years old with underlying conditions
  • Man in his 40s with underlying conditions
  • Man in his 70s with underlying conditions
  • Man 80+ years with underlying conditions

A confirmed death means COVID is listed as cause of death or contributing factor on the death certificate and the case has a positive COVID test. A suspect death means COVID is not listed as a contributing factor on the death certificate (but wasn’t ruled out as cause of death) and the person died after testing positive for COVID within 28 days.

Olympia, WA — Governor Jay Inslee announced today that Washington state will expand access to available COVID-19 vaccines to include 65-year-olds as the state advances to Phase 1b of its vaccine distribution plan. 

He also said those who are 50 years and older living in multi-generational households will also be eligible. State health officials planned on limiting distribution to 70-year-olds.

As of last week, Washington ranked 26th in the nation for vaccine distribution, which is slightly above the national average. 

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Inslee said there will soon be 45,000 vaccinations available every day, as soon as possible, which is higher than the current federal allocation. The state is vaccinating 13,000 to 15,000 people a day. 

Inslee announced that providers must use 95% of the doses allocated within the first week of arrival. He said doses received before this week must be used by January 24.

During today’s press conference Inslee said mass vaccination sites will be coming soon statewide. The Clark County Fairgrounds will be one of the sites. 

Olympia, WA — Clark County and the Southwest Region will remain in Phase 1 under Gov. Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan.

The state health department released updated data today for the state’s eight regions. No region is meeting the metrics necessary for advancing to Phase 2.

The Southwest Region includes Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties. Our region is only meeting one of the four metrics needed to move to the next phase:

❌Decreasing trend in COVID-19 case rate
❌Decreasing trend in COVID hospital admissions
✅ICU occupancy
❌Percentage of COVID tests coming back positive

Please review the table below for the Southwest Region’s current metrics. The data is also posted on the COVID-19 data page: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data

You may view the full report here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/421-006-RoadmapToRecovery-20210115.pdf

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Vancouver, WA — Clark County Public Health provided an update today about COVID-19 vaccine distribution and issued this statement:

“We continue to work with local health care facilities to vaccinate people who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Clark County and Washington state are currently in Phase 1a of the state’s vaccine plan.

“Health care facilities have already vaccinated thousands of health care workers and first responders, and pharmacies are vaccinating staff and residents at long-term care facilities through a partnership with the federal government.

“People who are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1a and need help accessing COVID-19 vaccine can submit a request form on our website and we will connect them with a facility that has vaccine. 

“In the last week and a half, we’ve received about 3,000 individual requests; we continue to receive several hundred requests a day. We are working as quickly as possible to get people who are eligible connected to a facility that has vaccine. However, the number of requests from people in 1a exceeds the capacity of our local health care facilities.

“Clark County will not begin vaccinating people eligible in 1b until the number of requests from 1a begins to decrease. We will make an announcement and update our webpage when we begin accepting requests for 1b.

“We are also working with partners in Southwest Washington to explore opportunities for opening community vaccination sites in order to more quickly vaccinate people. We hope to have more info to share in the coming weeks.”

You may learn more at their COVID-19 vaccine webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-vaccine

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Thursday COVID-19 update: 

  • 106 new cases 
  • 15,223 cases to date
  • No new deaths 
  • 160 total deaths to date (147 confirmed, 13 suspect)
  • 1,025 active cases (in isolation period)
  • 73 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
  • 5 people hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results