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Clark County continues coronavirus rise: 20 more cases confirmed

By , Columbian staff writer

Clark County Public Health confirmed 20 more COVID-19 cases Monday morning.

There now have been 110 cases confirmed in Clark County, including six deaths, and at least 653 negative tests. No new deaths were confirmed Monday.

The county has diagnosed two cases in patients that are 19 and younger, and 21 in patients ages 21 to 39. The largest group of local patients (27 cases) are in their 40s.

There have been 68 female cases and 40 male cases, but four of the six deaths are male. The sex is unknown for two of the confirmed cases.

Public Health identifies and notifies all close contacts of confirmed cases, according to its novel coronavirus webpage. Those individuals are asked to stay in quarantine for 14 days. Public Health monitors those individuals for symptoms.

Clark County has seen a rapid ascent in cases in the last week. On both Thursday and Friday, 28 cases were confirmed. There was a slowdown over the weekend, with six cases confirmed Saturday and eight on Sunday.

Clark College alerted its students and staff that one of those cases confirmed Friday was a college student who was likely exposed to the virus on March 20. The student hadn’t visited campus since March 12, eight days before the suspected exposure.

Clark reported the student had visited rooms 306 and 324 in the STEM Building, as well as the coffee stand in Gaiser Hall, on March 10 and 12.

“If you were in one of those locations during that time, it’s important that you self-monitor your health,” Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill said in a campus email, adding, “there should be little concern of contracting the virus if you did not experience symptoms by March 26.”

Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick has stated that the rapid rise in cases is likely due to increases in testing capacity and community spread of the virus.

Katie Gillespie of The Columbian contributed to this report.

Columbian staff writer