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Columbian staff reporter

Clark County COVID-19 infection rate rises

January 12, 2023, 2:02pm Clark County Health

This week, 331 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing county totals to 110,472, according to Clark County Public Health data. Twelve new deaths were reported, bringing county totals to 995. Read story

Dr. Michael Paull, from left, medical director at Vancouver Clinic Mental Health Center, joins geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Tenley Rivera and clinic manager Stacey Regalado during a tour of the new facility. The facility has one traditional exam room for use in administering medication to some patients.

Vancouver Clinic to open center dedicated to mental health care

Dr. Michael Paull, from left, medical director at Vancouver Clinic Mental Health Center, joins geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Tenley Rivera and clinic manager Stacey Regalado during a tour of the new facility. The facility has one traditional exam room for use in administering medication to some patients.

January 12, 2023, 6:01am Business

During the pandemic, the team at the Vancouver Clinic noticed a sudden and drastic increase in rates of mental health decline, according to Dr. Michael Paull, medical director of Primary Care, Urgent Care and Continuous Improvement at the Vancouver Clinic. Read story

Vancouver philanthropists Gary, Christine Rood gift $33M to charity

January 11, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

The national organization Friends of the Children announced Tuesday that it received a three-year, $33 million gift from philanthropists Gary and Christine Rood of Vancouver. Read story

Jack O'Claire, right, and Jordan Mastrud, left, of Scouts BSA Troop 370, stack trees in a dumpster during the annual Scouts BSA Christmas tree recycling.

Vancouver-area Scouts recycle Christmas trees

Jack O'Claire, right, and Jordan Mastrud, left, of Scouts BSA Troop 370, stack trees in a dumpster during the annual Scouts BSA Christmas tree recycling.

January 8, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

Dozens of Scouts BSA troop members and their families gathered in the Thomas Jefferson Middle School parking lot Saturday, prepared for a long day of picking up old Christmas trees for recycling. Read story

Jonathan Cline, left, who is recovering from opioid abuse and currently on medication-assisted treatment, chats with housemate Kedric Gibbs, who is also in recovery and taking part in the treatment program, at Xchange Recovery's Vancouver house Friday morning.

Medication-assisted treatment key to Vancouver man’s recovery from opioid addiction

Jonathan Cline, left, who is recovering from opioid abuse and currently on medication-assisted treatment, chats with housemate Kedric Gibbs, who is also in recovery and taking part in the treatment program, at Xchange Recovery's Vancouver house Friday morning.

January 7, 2023, 6:12am Clark County Health

For well over a decade, Jonathan Cline has struggled with opioid addiction. About two years ago, he started using the medication Suboxone to help him get clean. He didn’t follow a specific program with it and quickly began to use fentanyl while taking Suboxone, rationalizing it to himself because it… Read story

Cody Goldberg, co-founder of Harper's Playground, looks over fundraising bricks and paver stones as construction continues at Marshall Park. The group is working to build a new, inclusive playground for varying ability levels.

Inclusive playground project at Vancouver’s Marshall Park progresses

Cody Goldberg, co-founder of Harper's Playground, looks over fundraising bricks and paver stones as construction continues at Marshall Park. The group is working to build a new, inclusive playground for varying ability levels.

January 6, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Health

When the Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station reopens at Marshall Park this spring, following months of construction, it will be Vancouver’s first inclusive playground built with Harper’s Playground. Read story

Clark County COVID-19 rate falls; 10 deaths reported

January 5, 2023, 3:27pm Clark County Health

This week, 224 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing county totals to 110,161, according to Clark County Public Health data. 10 new deaths were reported, bringing county totals to 995. Read story

Clark County Fire District 6 EMS Training Captain, Eric Simukka, demonstrates on a mannequin how the LUCAS device works to perform CPR.

Clark County firefighters get mechanical help for CPR

Clark County Fire District 6 EMS Training Captain, Eric Simukka, demonstrates on a mannequin how the LUCAS device works to perform CPR.

January 4, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Health

Clark County Fire District 6 recently started using a mechanical device called LUCAS to help assist in CPR with patients suffering from a cardiac arrest — replacing the need for manual CPR. Training began in November and the new device has been used on their five main trucks since Dec.… Read story

First-time parents Kimberly and Charles Mastberg-Hanen hold their newborn son, Grayson Daryl-Lynn Mastberg-Hanen, the first baby born in 2023 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Clark County families ring in New Year’s with baby boys

First-time parents Kimberly and Charles Mastberg-Hanen hold their newborn son, Grayson Daryl-Lynn Mastberg-Hanen, the first baby born in 2023 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

January 2, 2023, 5:15pm Clark County Health

First-time parents Kimberly and Charles Mastberg-Hanen welcomed Grayson Daryl-Lynn Mastberg-Hanen into the world at 12:39 a.m. Sunday, making him PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s New Year’s baby. Read story

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COVID-19 infection rate falls again in Clark County

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December 29, 2022, 1:26pm Clark County Health

The COVID-19 infection rate in Clark County fell for a second week in a row following the holiday weekend, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health. Read story