Clark County Public Health is sending seven specimens to Washington’s Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline today for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing. Results are expected to be returned to Public Health by Tuesday or Wednesday. There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County now.
The seven specimens were taken from people who don’t have a recent travel history, and haven’t had contact with a confirmed case, according to Clark County Public Health Public Information Officer Marissa Armstrong.
That means the cases have met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria for people without known exposures, Armstrong said in an email. In order to be tested with known exposures, people have to have a fever and/or shown signs of a lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath or coughing), according to the CDC.
Washington’s COVID-19 outbreak began expanding over the weekend. There are now 18 confirmed cases, six deaths and 231 people under public health supervision for coronavirus, according to the Washington Department of Health.
This story will be updated.