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Clark County confirms 12 new COVID-19 cases

Clark County Public Health confirmed 12 new novel coronavirus cases Thursday morning and no new deaths.

The county continues to see up and down case numbers each day, while it remains in good standing for entering Phase 3, possibly before the end of the month.

Clark County has 671 confirmed cases and 28 deaths. On Monday, 17 cases were confirmed, followed by nine cases on Tuesday and three cases Wednesday.

Over the last two weeks, Clark County’s rate of newly diagnosed people is at 15.6 people per 100,000 population. That’s well below the rate of 25 new diagnoses per 100,000 that the state considers an important threshold for entering Phase 3.

Clark County also remains in good standing on its positive testing rate as well as hospital bed capacity. There are 12 people hospitalized for the virus right now, according to Public Health data from Wednesday.

At least 11,397 people have been tested in Clark County. Clark County has subtracted thousands of test results, because the tests were serology, or antibody testing, and not antigen test results.

Antibody testing detects if someone may have already had the virus, while antigen testing detects if someone is currently infected with the virus.

On Thursday, the state Department of Health announced that it had been reporting incorrect COVID-19 testing numbers by over counting negative tests, which lowered the state’s positive test rate. The error did not impact the state’s positive test results.

The error came because a missing line of code resulted in some antibody tests being lumped in with antigen tests, according to The Seattle Times.

The department of health also adjusted its COVID-19 death count by removing seven deaths from Yakima and King counties, where coronavirus was found to not be the primary cause of death.

Washington has 26,784 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,226 deaths, according to the department of health. The state has tested 435,016 people, with a 6.2 percent positive test rate.


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