Clark County Public Health confirmed Friday morning that a man in his 80s is the 16th, and latest, COVID-19 death in Clark County. Public Health also confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 277 cases.
It’s the county’s first reported death since Monday. Fourteen of the county’s deaths have been men, and nine of the county’s deaths have been people who are 80 and older.
Close to 2,700 people in Clark County have been tested, but the number is an undercount because the state isn’t processing negative tests from rapid testing, which is now available at three clinics in the county.
There are 19 people hospitalized for coronavirus in Clark County, and nine people in an intensive care unit. Those numbers have remained mostly the same throughout the week.
There are now 49 cases associated with long-term care facilities in Clark County. The cases are a mixture of staff and residents. Nine cases are tied to small adult family homes, and 28 cases are tied to assisted/independent living facilities. Another 12 cases are associated with skilled nursing facilities.
The highest cohort of cases is people in their 40s (57 cases), even though only one person in their 40s has died from the virus. Another 52 people in their 60s have contracted coronavirus.
Six zip codes in Clark County have the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population: 98671, 98607, 98606, 98662, 98664 and 98665.
According to the state Department of Health, nine percent of tests have come back positive so far, for a total of 11,152 cases in Washington. More than 117,000 people have tested negative.
Also Friday, Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes released two new emergency orders in response to the pandemic.
One order suspends park picnic shelter rentals, keeps all city-run community gardens, playgrounds and water features closed through July 31, extends the cancellation of city-permitted events with planned attendance of 250 or more through July 31 and pushes back a number of other restrictions to May 31.
A second order temporarily suspends a state requirement that all check and cash payments to the city of Vancouver be processed and deposited by city staff within 24 hours of receipt through May 31.
The full text of the orders can be viewed online at www.cityofvancouver.us/coronavirus.