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Clark County sees smallest bump in COVID-19 cases in more than a month

By , Columbian Web Editor

Only 10 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Clark County Public Health this morning, far below the average of about 30 cases per day the county has seen for the month of July.

No new deaths were reported Wednesday; the death toll in Clark County has been at 37 since July 22. The county has tallied a total of 1,727 cases since the first positive case was reported March 7.

Wednesday’s case count is the smallest number of daily cases in Clark County since June 25, when nine cases were reported.

According to Public Health, more than 31,000 people in the county have been tested for COVID-19, though that number may not include all negative results. All positive results are reported to Public Health.

In Clark County, there are 17 people hospitalized for novel coronavirus and an additional 12 hospital patients waiting on test results. As of Wednesday morning, 60.8 percent of beds at PeaceHealth Southwest and Legacy Salmon Creek medical centers are occupied — 4.6 percent of patients are being treated for COVID-19.

Clark County is currently in Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start reopening plan. The county applied for Phase 3 at the end of June but all applications for changing phases were put on hold shorty thereafter. On Tuesday. Gov. Jay Inslee said that the statewide pause for counties looking to advance from their current stage of COVID-19 economic reopening will continue indefinitely.

More than 54,000 people in Washington have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, with more that 1,500 deaths. The state is approaching 1 million total tests; Washington’s population is about 7.5 million people.