As 2022 ends, we want to reflect on what has happened in the past and plan for the new year. At Lewis and Clark Public Health (LCPH), this year marked a bit of a return to normal. While COVID-19 certainly took up a major part of our focus, thanks to the success of our vaccination program and support from community members, our case numbers and deaths declined for the most part. This allowed us to begin reengaging in other essential work here at your health department. We thought residents would like to hear about a few things we carried out at LCPH in the past year, and what might be coming in the new year and beyond.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 201 Lewis and Clark County residents have died from COVID-19. In 2022, 37 individuals lost their lives to this disease, a 68% decrease from the previous year.
Last year, the Fairground Community Testing Clinic administered almost 4,700 COVID-19 antigen diagnostic tests. The overall positivity rate was about 27%.
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