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Two new COVID-19 cases appear at long-term care facilities in Clark County

Clark County declared a local public health emergency this afternoon, hours after the county announced two new COVID-19 cases in Clark County.

These two cases are a man and a woman, both in their 80s, who are married, but live in different long term facilities. One facilty in Van Mall Retirement in Vancouver, and the other facility is a small adult family home.

Clark County Public Health isn’t releasing information on the location of the adult family home, because it’s so small that releasing information on the home could endanger the infected person’s identity, said Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick.

“It’s a small facility and we want to protect the resident’s privacy,” Melnick said.

The first Clark County case of COVID-19 was confirmed in a man in his 70s late March 6. The county has had 13 tests come back negative and is still waiting for several tests to come back.

Across the state, health officials had conducted about 4,800 tests and more than 450 came back positive. Twenty-four percent of the positive tests were people over the age of 80. The smallest age group, 2%, was children under the age of 19. Pierce County reported a boy under 10 and another just over 10 were positive for the virus.

At least 31 people have died from the disease in Washington.

This story will updated throughout the day.



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