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Clark County adds 19 coronavirus cases and one death over weekend

Clark County Public Health confirmed 19 new novel coronavirus cases Monday morning and one new death.

The county now has 239 confirmed cases and 15 deaths. The newest death was a man in his 80s. Public Health does not report cases or deaths on Saturday or Sunday, so these are the first numbers reported since Friday.

One new positive case is a Clark County Jail correctional deputy, according to Chief Corrections Deputy Ric Bishop, who said on Monday that the positive test was reported to him over the weekend.

It’s the first positive case among jail staff, but on April 7 the jail reported that a recently released inmate had tested positive for COVID-19.

The inmate was released a day before the jail was notified of the test results, and had been housed in a negative-airflow cell, which is protocol for quarantined inmates.

The corrections officer who has tested positive is off duty until the officer is deemed healthy enough to safely return, Bishop said. According to the jail’s weekly report, there were 339 inmates housed as of Friday.

The report says six inmates and three corrections officers were placed in quarantine within the last week. All of them had contact with the released inmate who tested positive.

The jail is providing information to the state Department of Health, which will guide the jail on how to deal with sick staff and inmates.

Clark County has had 13 men die from the virus, and two women, while 137 of the county’s cases — 57 percent — are women.

According to Public Health data, there are 19 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and seven people in intensive care. Public Health is also now reporting the number of cases associated with long-term care facilities, which can be residents or staff.

There have been 29 local cases associated with long-term care facilities since the pandemic began, according to Public Health. Eight of those cases are associated with adult family homes, which are small facilities, licensed for two to six residents. Another nine cases are associated with assisted/independent living facilities, and 12 cases have been associated with skilled nursing facilities.

Testing data has not been updated by the state Department of Health since April 3, so Clark County’s number of individuals tested stands at 1,616, even though the number is likely much higher.

According to Public Health data released Friday, the ZIP codes in Clark County with the largest concentration of cases are 98606, which covers parts of Hockinson and Brush Prairie; 98607, which includes Camas and areas north and east, including Fern Prairie; and 98662, encompassing an area bounded by Burton Road to the south in central Vancouver and heading north through Five Corners toward Brush Prairie. All three ZIP codes have more than 60.1 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents.

The highest cohorts of cases in Clark County are people in their 40s (53 cases), 60s (43 cases) and 50s (42 cases). Only five people 19 and younger have tested positive in Clark County.

For more information, visit Clark County’s novel coronavirus webpage, or the state Department of Health’s webpage.


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