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Clark County reports one new death, 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Clark County Public Health announced one new death and 11 new cases related to COVID-19 on Monday.

The new data, which reflects confirmed cases and deaths since Friday, brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 386 and fatalities to 24. The latest death, a woman age 80 or older, was the first death reported since Wednesday.

The data was released Monday as Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved an application from Skamania County and two other counties to move into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start plan.

Public Health reported that 6,219 people have been tested in Clark County.

The number of cases among staff and patients in long-term care facilities was unchanged at 71. The number of people hospitalized fell to nine, with three patients receiving treatment in an intensive care unit.

Easing restrictions

Skamania, Wahkiakum and Stevens counties were approved to move into Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan, bringing the total to eight. Last week, variances were approved for Columbia, Garfield, Lincoln, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties.

Phase 2 allows outdoor recreation involving fewer than five people and gatherings of no more than five people outside a household per week. It also opens up remaining manufacturing, additional construction phases, in-home and domestic services, limited in-store retail purchases, real estate, hair and nail salons and barbers, pet grooming, and restaurants at no more than 50 percent capacity and tables sizes no larger than five.

Businesses in the counties approved to move into Phase 2 still must wait to reopen until guidance has been released for their industry on how to keep workers and the public safe. They must comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in that guidance to reopen, according to the state.

Variances are being granted to counties with populations of 75,000 or less and no new cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks, with the support of the local health officer, the local board of health, local hospitals, and the county commission or council.

Washington has 16,891 confirmed cases and 931 deaths. Nearly 249,000 tests have been performed in the state, with a 6.8 percent positive rate.


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