The COVID-19 outbreak at Clallam Bay Correctional Center that began in early August is over, authorities report.
It was officially over after more than two weeks since a new case of COVID-19 was confirmed.
In the three months the facility experienced an outbreak, authorities confirmed a combined total of 284 cases among inmates and staff, according to the state’s dashboard.
Of these, 217 were detainees and 67 were staff.
“It is a relief to see this epidemic come to an end,” said Dr Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties.
“We hope that with the requirement for staff vaccination, and certainly with some improvement in the protocols for masking and safety screening, we can prevent future outbreaks of this magnitude.”
Another Clallam County resident was reported to have died from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county’s total death toll to 69 and 86 for the entire Northern Olympic Peninsula since the start of the pandemic, according to county public health data.
Jefferson County remained stable and no new deaths were reported on Friday. The county has confirmed 17 deaths among residents since the start of the pandemic.
The most recent death in Clallam County was a woman in her 60s who was not vaccinated and was not a resident of a long-term care facility, Berry said.
Berry expressed his condolences to the woman’s family and friends.
“I really encourage all of our citizens to move forward with the vaccination as the holiday season approaches,” Berry said.
“We’re starting to see cases increase across the country, and we expect them to increase here as well, and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated.”
Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for booster doses for all Americans 18 years and older who received their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago.
“I would encourage our eligible citizens to get a recall as it will add that extra layer of protection for the holiday season,” Berry said.
“But know that your full set of immunizations still gives you great protection. It’s just an extra layer of protection you can add as the holidays approach.
Infection with the virus is greater in those who are not vaccinated than those who are, authorities said.
Boosters are expected to be available for the new age group early this week, Berry said.
There will be no mass recall clinics this time around. Vaccine boosters are more readily available at pharmacies and local health clinics, Berry said.
“We have had vaccination clinics running since January of this year and they are almost exclusively staffed by volunteers,” Berry said. “I think our very dedicated staff of volunteers deserve a break for the holidays. ”
Residents can use the state vaccination locator at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/?language=en to find pharmacies and clinics offering booster, adult and / or pediatric.
According to the latest data from the state Department of Health, 82.2 percent of the population aged 12 and older in Jefferson County have started getting vaccinated, with 78.1 percent fully vaccinated.
Of the general population, 75.6% have started vaccination and 71.9% are fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.
In Clallam County, 76.3 percent of the population aged 12 and over have started to be vaccinated, of which 71.5 percent are fully vaccinated.
Of the total population, 67.8% have started vaccinations, with 63.5% fully vaccinated, according to the state scorecard.
County Clallam has added 10 new cases of COVID-19. The county has confirmed a total of 5,170 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to county health data.
Jefferson County added nine new cases on Friday. The county has confirmed a total of 1,254 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to county public health data.
Clallam County had a case rate of 254 per 100,000 population in the past two weeks on Friday, according to county public health data.
In Jefferson County, health officials recorded a case rate of 192.61 per 100,000 for the two weeks preceding Nov. 17. Prior to that, the county had a case rate of 201.93 per 100,000 for the two weeks preceding November 10.
Six residents of Jefferson County and seven residents of Clallam County were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday.
Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]