County case load reaches 260; booster eligibility may expand
November 18, 2021
Two more cases of covid-19 were reported in Wahkiakum County on Monday, bringing the cumulative total to 260, with 11 considered potentially active.
So far, this has resulted in 16 reported hospitalizations and five deaths.
On Tuesday, there were 13 patients being treated for covid-19 at St. John Hospital.
There wasn’t a big turnout for Wahkiakum Health and Human Services' first pediatric vaccine clinic on Tuesday. Two children showed up for shots, and five adults.
“We have seen a few kids each day of our regular clinic and some people are coming in for boosters,” WHHS Director Chris Bischoff said.
He said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering making the boosters available to everyone and are expected to meet on Friday to talk about it.
In Wahkiakum County, 47.6 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated, while 52.9 percent of the population 12 and over are fully vaccinated, much lower than Washington state’s rate of 73.9 percent.
By age, 25.6 percent of Wahkiakum residents aged 12-17 are fully vaccinated, 43.9 percent of residents aged 18-34 are fully vaccinated, 53.5 percent of people between the ages of 35-49 are fully vaccinated, 50.9 percent of residents aged 50-64 are fully vaccinated, and 60.6 percent of Wahkiakum residents over the age of 65 are fully vaccinated.