Clark County saw a significant rise in pending COVID-19 tests Monday morning, jumping from four to 18 since Sunday night.
Clark County Public Health reported the new numbers on its website shortly before 11 a.m. Public Health also reported that one more test returned negative. There are five negative tests and one positive test, according to Public Health.
The one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Clark County is a man in his 70s, who is isolated and receiving treatment at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.
Medical providers now have the ability to send specimens directly to the University of Washington Medicine virology laboratory for testing, which should increase the state’s ability to test. The UW laboratory can administer more than 1,000 tests per day, while the state’s laboratory in Shoreline administers closer to 100 tests per day.
Public Health’s statistics don’t include negative and pending tests from the UW virology lab, so there might be more negative and pending tests than have been reported. But positive results, regardless of where the specimens are tested, will be reported by Public Health.
This story will be updated.