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Clark County jumps to 258 COVID-19 cases

Clark County Public Health confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases Wednesday morning.

The county now has 258 confirmed cases, and 15 deaths — no new deaths were reported Tuesday or Wednesday. More than 2,600 people have been tested in Clark County, according to state Department of Health data.

Public Health said the state data, which was updated for the first time since April 3, is an undercount because it doesn’t include results for rapid testing, or people being tested at the point of medical care, which is becoming more common in Clark County.

There were nine new cases reported in long-term care facilities Wednesday, all coming from assisted and independent living facilities, which have 22 total cases since the pandemic began. The cases are a mixture of staff and residents. Nine cases are associated with adult family homes, which have between two and six beds. And 12 cases are associated with skilled nursing facilities.

Public Health has not updated hospitalization information since Tuesday, according to its website. The latest update tracked 20 hospitalized cases in Clark County, with seven cases in an intensive care unit.

After a dip in hospitalization across the state on April 12, Department of Health statistics show that COVID-19 hospitalizations rose on Monday.

On April 12, 46 hospitals reported COVID-19 cases. The next day, 89 hospitals reported cases, a high for the past week. On April 13, 645 patients were hospitalized for the virus, and 194 people were in an intensive care unit.

Washington has also started to release data on COVID-19 demographics. Fifty-six percent of the cases are non-Hispanic white. The biggest racial disparity for infections is that Hispanics make up 24 percent of Washington’s cases, even though Hispanics only make up 13 percent of the state’s population, according to the statistics.

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


Source: https://www.columbian.com

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