One new death from COVID-19 has been confirmed in Clallam County, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 68 and 85 for the northern Olympic Peninsula since the start of the pandemic.
The most recent death is that of a man in his 60s who was unvaccinated, said Clallam and Jefferson county health officer Dr. Allison Berry.
Jefferson County recorded no new deaths Wednesday. The county has had 17 since the pandemic began.
Berry expressed condolences to the man’s family.
“I think a lot of us thankfully haven’t had to see in person how bad this disease can be,” Berry said.
“But, for health care workers who have worked on the front line, we have seen too often how very desperate a situation can become for someone infected with this virus, even if they are in good health, which was the case here. .
“We don’t want to see that happen here anymore, especially when we’re talking about these young, healthy people. These are preventable deaths.
Berry continues to urge all residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they haven’t already.
Authorities have started providing pediatric doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to children ages 5 to 11.
Appointments are still available for the Mass Immunization Clinic hosted by Jefferson County Public Health and the Jefferson County Emergency Management Department Nov. 20 in the Chimacum School District for children ages 5-11 year. They can be done by going to co.jefferson.wa.us/1429/COVID-19.
Immunization clinic appointments for children ages 5-11 in Clallam County are available through the Olympic Medical Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at the Front Street Clinic, 901 E. Front St. in Port Angeles. . Appointments can be made by calling 360-565-0999.
The state vaccination locator, at vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov, lists pharmacies that offer the pediatric doses.
According to the latest data from the State Health Department, 81.1% of Jefferson County’s population ages 12 and older have started vaccinations, with 77.3% fully immunized.
Of the entire population, 74.6% have started vaccination and 71.1% are fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.
In Clallam County, 75.4% of the population age 12 and older has started vaccinations, with 70.6% fully vaccinated.
Of the total population, 67% have started vaccinations, including 62.7% fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.
Due to a processing error at the state level, Clallam County’s case rate and total case count could not be updated on Wednesday. Berry expects the updated data to be corrected today.
This may mean that the total number of cases will appear to have a larger spike than what has been seen on average, as two days’ data will be compiled, she said.
The updated case rate, however, will not be affected by subsequent recording, as it is compiled from the date of the test, unrelated, Berry said.
As of Tuesday, Clallam County had a total of 5,050 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and the county had a case rate of 292 per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks, according to county public health data.
Jefferson County’s data was updated because many COVID-19 tests came from rapid antigen tests, which are recorded directly in the county. Seven new cases were added Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 1,209 since the start of the pandemic, according to county public health data.
In Jefferson County, health officials recorded about 181.82 cases per 100,000 for the two weeks prior to November 3. Before that, the county had 250.78 cases per 100,000 for the two weeks prior to Oct. 27.