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Clark County crawls to 419 coronavirus cases

By , Columbian staff writer
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Clark County has added four new COVID-19 cases to its total, according to data released Thursday morning from Clark County Public Health.

The county now has confirmed 419 coronavirus cases and 25 deaths. There have been no deaths reported since May 15.

There were five new cases reported Monday, six Tuesday and three Wednesday.

Hospitalizations rose from four people on Tuesday to seven people Thursday.

Two patients are being treated in an intensive care unit.

There are 73 cases associated with staff or residents at long-term care facilities in Clark County.

At least 7,760 people have been tested in Clark County. At Wednesday’s Clark County Board of Health meeting, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said testing capacity in Clark County has greatly increased in recent weeks.

The county is aiming to conduct 50 tests per confirmed case, with less than 2 percent of tests returning positive. That’s part of the criteria needed for Clark County to gain approval to move into the state’s second phase of COVID-19 recovery, which would allow many businesses to reopen with safety precautions in place.

Cowlitz, Grant and Pacific counties were also deemed eligible to apply for Phase 2 on Thursday.

For the week ending May 2, the county had 23 positive cases, which meant the county needed to perform at least 1,150 tests that week to hit its threshold. It conducted 1,583 tests, with a 1.47 percent positivity rate.

For the week ending May 9, the county had 26 positive tests, which moved the target to 1,300 tests that week. There were 1,583 tests administered, with a 1.64 percent positivity rate.

Public Health is gathering data and information for the county’s Phase 2 application. The Clark County Council and Board of Health will need to approve the application before it’s sent to the state Department of Health.

The county hopes to submit its application by early next week.

At least 3,125 people have been hospitalized for the virus in Washington so far.

At least 242 patients were hospitalized in Washington for coronavirus Tuesday. There were 70 patients who were intubated, or on breathing devices.

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