Pacific County case rate drops, vaccinations scheduled this week

COVID-19 case rates continue to fall in Pacific County, and appointments are being made for more vaccinations this week, according to public health.

In an update provided Wednesday, the county’s case rate per 100,000 population over the previous two weeks has dropped by about half from the previous week’s report — 78.6, compared to 157.1 in the Feb. 10 report.

Of the 731 cases reported for the duration of the pandemic, 722 were considered “closed” and are no longer monitored by public health, leaving just nine active cases. That’s a sharp decline from previous reports — there were 29 cases being monitored by public health Feb. 3, 26 as of Feb. 10. During that time, there were 22 new cases reported in the county, with three new hospitalizations reported Feb. 10.

Pacific County Health and Human Services is making just under 1,000 first dose vaccination appointments this week. Most will be in north Pacific County — the previous week the majority were south. Providers will be calling individuals from the wait list in the coming days for clinics that will happen at the end of the week.

“Scheduling 1,000 appointments takes a few days, so please be patient with providers,” read the public health statement. “Local providers will also be vaccinating all the previously scheduled second-dose appointments. There is no need to call, you will get a call from the vaccine provider to confirm your second dose appointment.”

Pacific County residents can sign up with the county’s wait list at As of Wednesday, the county had given 3,728 doses of vaccine.