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Clark County closes in on 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Clark County Public Health confirmed four new COVID-19 cases Thursday morning.

The county has 399 confirmed cases, and 24 deaths. No new deaths have been reported since Monday.

There were 11 cases confirmed Monday, seven Tuesday and two Wednesday. At least 6,713 people have been tested in Clark County.

There are 73 cases in staff or residents at long-term care facilities.

There are 10 people hospitalized for the virus in Clark County, according to data from Wednesday. Three people are in an intensive care unit.

According to state Department of Health data, which is incomplete, Clark County has averaged around 180 tests per day since late April, and surpassed 250 tests in a single day on April 30.

That’s an increase from March, when the county was closer to 100 tests per day.

State data, compiled by the Seattle Times, shows that Washington averaged 2,603 tests per day in March and 4,262 tests per day in April. The state has been close to 7,000 tests in a day multiple times in May.

According to data from Tuesday, at least 365 people were hospitalized for coronavirus in Washington. There were at least 111 people in the ICU.

There are 17,773 cases in Washington, and 983 deaths.

Hospitals ask people to seek care

Clinics across Washington are seeing abnormally low volumes of patients seeking routine medical care, according to a press release from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and the Washington State Hospital Association.

These low volumes coincide with patients visiting the emergency room with severe illness that has been worsened because of delayed care. The press release asks that patients seek medical care if they need it.

Hospitals are taking safety precautions such as the use of personal protective equipment for providers and caregivers, and screening patients with temperature and symptom checks. There are also physical distancing and sanitizing measures in place.

“We want to reassure the public that our hospital and our clinics are safe, and we continue to take extra precautions as we are mindful of the community’s concerns,” said Dr. Lawrence Neville, chief medical & safety officer for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. “We absolutely do not want people delaying needed care. We have seen delays in care resulting in poor outcomes that were preventable.”

Visit to read the latest news at PeaceHealth, as well as helpful education and prevention resources related to COVID-19.


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