Local daily coronavirus infections continue to increase. According to data from the US Department of Health, virus activity is increasing in Clark, Snohomish, Pierce and Thurston counties.
The reproductive number (how many new people will be infected by each COVID-19 patient) in Western Washington State is 1.34, which is much higher than 1. In order to reduce the infection rate, the reproductive rate must fall below this level.
The total death toll in Clark County remained at 69 on Wednesday. The last death was reported on Monday.
So far, the highest COVID-19 infection rate is among people in their 20s, that is, 1,578 per 100,000 people, followed by people in their 30s, 1,292.3 per 100,000; people in their 40s , There are 1,195.9 per 100,000 people; people aged 80 or over are 1,088.8; and people under 50 years old, there are 982.4 cases per 100,000 people.
The largest COVID-19 spreader in Clark County (after the home transmission device) has always been a small private gathering. Melnik said the crowd at these gatherings tends to be young.
He told the Health Commission: “This may be why we have not seen hospitalizations and deaths.”
But Melnik points out that many young people interact with older people, whether with their parents or in other environments. He worries that if the number of cases is not reduced as soon as possible, the county’s surge in medical care will put more pressure on hospitals and become more deadly.
So far, the incidence rate for people in their 60s is 724.8 cases per 100,000; among the population in their 70s, there are 647.9 cases per 100,000.
Melnik emphasized that flu vaccines are more important this year because they can help reduce pressure on the hospital system. Reducing influenza infections will also make it easier for healthcare providers to diagnose COVID-19.
He said: “We don’t want to burden our medical system.”
Racism and public health
At the health committee meeting on Wednesday, Clark County Congressman Tanz Lentz introduced a first draft resolution asking the committee to declare racism a public health emergency.
Lentz asked the health committee (which also includes the county council) to consider discussing the resolution at the council meeting next week and then voting on the resolution at the health committee meeting in early December.
Lentz wrote to Clark County Public Health in a letter to Columbia, explaining that “social, economic, and environmental conditions cause inequalities in the health of people of color.”
For example, Latinos account for nearly 34% of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County, but only 10% of the county’s population. The life expectancy of people of color is also lower than that of whites in Clark County.
In June, county chairperson Eileen Quiring said that she did not think there was systemic racism in Clark County. Lentz said community leaders and elected officials have called on the county to address racism as a public health problem.
Southwest United Citizens Council Southwest Union 47013 President Ed Hamilton Rosales (Ed Hamilton Rosales) asked the county to declare racism as a public health threat, so that the county can open funding channels from the state’s emergency crisis model To solve the problem of racism in Clark County.
Lentz said that the resolution will prove the county’s seriousness in combating racism, help public health improve and guide its work, resolve racial differences in health, and improve the county’s eligibility and competitiveness for funding. Address the threat of racism to health.
Lentz said: “The adoption of a resolution by the Health Commission to address the impact of racism on public health is naturally the next step for a county committed to this work.”
More data on infections, including demographic data, can be found on the Clark County Public Health website.