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Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Clark County

Clark County Public Health reported two new cases of novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 560 since the first case was confirmed March 7.

No new deaths have been reported since May 15; the total remains at 25. More than 10,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the county though that total doesn’t include all rapid testing and point-of-care testing, according to Public Health.

Clark County saw an uptick in cases last week as an outbreak at Firestone Pacific Foods in Fruit Valley pushed the county’s total over 500 cases. Public Health has reported a total of 130 cases connected to the company, among workers and their close contacts.

The outbreak forced the state to put Clark County’s application to enter Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan on pause. Earlier today the state asked the county to reapply.

The state is waiving the requirement for another vote by the Board of Health and Clark County Council. Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director, said Public Health will submit the application as soon as possible. No timeline has been announced for when the county may be approved for the more relaxed Phase 2 status.

Statewide, nearly 22,000 cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed since January. Some 3,500 people have died of the disease in the state.


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