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Clark County has first COVID-19 deaths since May 15

By , Columbian staff writer

Clark County had its first COVID-19 deaths since May 15. A man in his 30s and a man in his 80s are the 26th and 27th deaths in Clark County.

The outbreak at Pacific Crest Building Supply in Ridgefield stands at five confirmed cases, with three of those people residing in Clark County. The county has a total of 571 cases.

Public Health will test all 168 employees at the facility, according to a statement from the cabinet manufacturing company.

The first case connected to the outbreak was discovered Thursday. Since the county was waiting on Phase 2 approval, the outbreak’s timing mirrored the Firestone Pacific Foods outbreak that happened the same day the county announced it was applying for Phase 2 the first time. The county was approved for Phase 2 earlier today.

If the Pacific Crest outbreak greatly increases, it’s unknown at this time if that would prompt the state to revoke the county’s Phase 2 status. The Columbian is waiting on comment from the state for more information.

Community infection rates have remained low in Clark County this week. There were eight cases Monday, two Tuesday, six Wednesday and three Thursday.

At least 11,673 people have been tested for the virus. There is one person hospitalized for the virus locally.

Washington has 22,729 confirmed cases and 1,138 deaths.

Columbian staff writer