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Clark County reports 39 new COVID-19 cases, new demographic data

Clark County Public Health reported 39 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday as it released new statistics detailing the age and place of residence of the county’s COVID-19 cases.

The new cases bring’s Clark County’s total count to 2,160, according to Public Health. The number of deaths held steady at 42.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to 16 as of Wednesday, and the number of people hospitalized awaiting test results fell slightly to 12.

The new data released Wednesday shows that people in their 20s now represent the largest group of those infected with the novel coronavirus, with 19.1 percent of the cases.

People in their 30s had the second-most cases, with 18.2 percent of the total, while people in their 40s accounted for 15.9 percent and people in their 50s accounted for 13.7 percent.

Children ages 10 to 19 had the next highest number of cases, with 9.4 percent, followed by people in their 60s with 9.3 percent, people in their 70s with 5 percent and children younger than age 9 at 4.9 percent.

People in their 80s, who represent the highest number of deaths, represented the smallest percentage of cases, with 4.1 percent of the total.

Geographic data put the highest rate of cases in the 98665 ZIP code (Hazel Dell and Lake Shore) with 717.7 cases per 100,000. ZIP code 98662 (Brush Prairie, Five Corners and Barberton) had the second highest rate, with 568.3 cases per 100,000, and ZIP code 98661 (Vancouver, Minnehaha and Walnut Grove) was the third highest with 535.8 cases per 100,000.

The rate does not reflect the actual number of cases in each ZIP code but projects the total as if there were at least 100,000 people in that area.

Lower rates were reported in outlying rural areas, with the lowest rate reported in the 98629 ZIP code (La Center, Fargher Lake), at 157.7 cases per 100,000.

Public Health officials stressed in a social media post that the geographic data shows where positive cases live, not where they were exposed. It should not be seen as an indicator of risk.

The county’s infection rate, which measures the number of new cases over a two-week period per 100,000 population is at 88, a level that puts the county in the highest risk category for school openings, according to state health officials. The statistic is updated weekly and was last updated Tuesday.


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