Three residents of Clallam County have died from COVID-19, bringing the total to 72 in the county and 91 for the Northern Olympic Peninsula since the start of the pandemic, public health officials said.
The most recent deaths include a man in his 80s who was not vaccinated; a man in his 60s who received a dose of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine and suffered from underlying conditions; and a man in his forties who was unvaccinated and had no underlying conditions, said Dr Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties.
All three deaths were reported on Monday and occurred over the weekend, Berry said.
Jefferson County reported no new deaths on Monday. The county has seen 19 residents die from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
When the man in his 40s was admitted to hospital, he told health workers how he would have liked to be vaccinated, Berry said.
“I’ve seen unfortunate comments online saying, ‘If you die and you weren’t vaccinated, you sort of saw it coming,’ and I think it’s important to remember that everyone world makes mistakes and no one deserves to die for their mistakes, ”Berry said. “I think what we can do is learn from these kinds of tragedies.
“This gentleman really wanted people to go out and get vaccinated so that it wouldn’t happen to them or their families. I think we can honor his memory by doing what we can to reduce the risk of contracting COVID or passing it on to others. “
According to the latest data from the state Department of Health, 82.7% of the population aged 12 and older in Jefferson County have started getting vaccinated, with 78.4% fully vaccinated.
Of the general population, 76.1% have started vaccination and 72.1% are fully vaccinated, according to the state scorecard.
In Clallam County, 77 percent of the population aged 12 and over have started to be vaccinated, of which 72 percent are fully vaccinated.
Of the total population, 68.4 percent have started vaccinations, including 64 percent fully vaccinated, according to the state’s dashboard.
Health officials continue to work to immunize children ages 5 to 11, Berry said.
Jefferson County Public Health and the Department of Emergency Management will be holding two Pfizer vaccination clinics in December for the first and second doses for children 5 to 11 years old.
The first clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon on December 4 at Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Ave. in Port Townsend. Appointments can be made at prepmod.doh.wa.gov//appointment/en/reg/9124679067.
The second clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on December 18 in the Chimacum Junior / Senior High School Multipurpose Room at 93 West Valley Road in Chimacum. Appointments can be made at prepmod.doh.wa.gov/appointment/en/reg/9069924918.
For those without internet access, appointments for both clinics can be made by calling the Emergency Management Department at 360-344-9791.
In County Clallam, Olympic Medical Center is the spearhead of immunizations for children, with walk-in appointments available Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the hospital’s Front Street Clinic, 901 E Front St. in Port Angeles.
You can find more information on OMC vaccinations at olympicmedical.org/covid-19-vaccine-information.
Residents can also use the state immunization locator at vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/?language=en to find children’s immunizations, booster doses, and initial immunizations.
On Monday, Clallam County added 39 new cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed since Wednesday, as the county’s two public health departments did not update their figures during the Thanksgiving holiday. The county has confirmed a total of 5,257 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to county health data.
Jefferson County has added 15 new cases since Wednesday. The county has confirmed a total of 1,297 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to county public health data.
Clallam County had a case rate of 167 per 100,000 population over the past two weeks on Monday, according to county public health data.
Jefferson County will update its case rate on Friday, due to last week’s vacation. Health officials recorded a case rate of 192.61 per 100,000 for the two weeks preceding November 17.
Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]