Three die from COVID-19 in Clallam County

Health officer expects more hospitalizations, deaths

Three Clallam County residents died of COVID-19, the North Olympic Peninsula health officer said Tuesday.

Two of the deceased were an unvaccinated elderly couple, Dr. Allison Berry said. The third was a man in his 60s who was vaccinated but not boosted and had underlying health conditions that contributed to his death, she said.

The total number of deaths in Clallam County rose to 95.

While case numbers also continue to rise, the case rate continued in a downward trend, Berry said.

“We are likely to see more deaths and hospitalizations in the coming days,” she said.

Clallam County’s case rate was 1,775 per 100,000 population on Tuesday. Total cases increased to 8,872, up 35 from Monday’s 8,837.

Hospitalizations also increased, with 15 patients in hospitals for COVID-19. There were 11 patients at Olympic Medical Center and four being treated in hospitals in Kitsap and King counties, Berry said.

Three are in intensive care at OMC and four were being treated in ICUs at other hospitals in neighboring counties, she said.

Jefferson County also is seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations.

Three Jefferson County residents were hospitalized Tuesday with COVID-19. One was in the ICU at Jefferson Healthcare and the other two were hospitalized in King County, Berry said.

“We are slowly seeing more beds open up in King County for patients that need more care, so we’ve been able to send some of our patients there,” she said.

Jefferson County reported 49 new cases since Monday, bringing its total to 2,420 from 2,371. The county updates its case rate every Friday. Last week, the rate for the two weeks prior was 1,397.95 per 100,000 population.

Jefferson County has had 22 total deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.