Clark County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by six on Friday to 137 total cases. Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick confirmed that five long-term care facilities in the county have had a case since the virus was discovered in Clark County in early March.
Two of the first cases identified in Clark County were a married couple, Merle and Dee Tofte, who lived in different long-term care facilities. One lived in an adult family home, which are licensed for two to six beds in Washington. The other case lived at Van Mall retirement center, a larger Vancouver facility that has roughly 180 residents. Both Toftes died of the disease.
Melnick did not provide any more information about the locations of the five long-term care facilities, or whether Van Mall and the small adult family home were included in the count. He said he would likely be able to provide more information Monday.
Public Health doesn’t disclose the location or name of adult family homes with positive tests, because those homes are small and have greater patient privacy concerns.
Melnick said the proper protocol has been followed at all five facilities once a case has been identified. Each patient is quarantined, as are all close contacts.