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Fifty new cases, one death as Clark County’s COVID-19 total surges past 4,000

Fatality was a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions, according to Clark County Public Health

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County recorded 50 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death as the county’s total case count surged past the 4,000 mark, according to data from Clark County Public Health.

The fatality was a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions, according to Public Health. It is the third death reported this week, and it brings the county’s COVID-19 death total to 65.

The 50 new cases bring the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 4,029 and put this week’s average daily case increase at 46, up an average of 10 cases per day over the previous week.

There are 22 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and nine hospitalized awaiting test results. The number of active cases — positive cases still in their isolation period— was 139 Wednesday, according to Public Health.

People in their 20s are still the most infected with COVID-19, according to Public Health data through Monday, but this past week saw substantial increases in the number of new cases among people in their 40s and people age 80 or older.

People in their 20s accounted for 74 of the 300 new cases reported in the seven days ending Monday, or about 25 percent of all cases, up from 59 the previous week, which saw a total of 255 new cases.

The second-largest number of new cases as of Monday was among people in their 40s, with 54 new cases, up about 135 percent from the previous week’s case count of 23.

The second smallest weekly increase in number but the largest by percentage was among people age 80 or older, with 11 cases reported this week, compared with four the previous week. People age 80 or older account for more than half of all COVID-19 fatalities in Clark County.

The number of new COVID-19 cases declined among people younger than age 20 compared with the previous week, according to Public Health data. There were three new cases reported among children younger than 10, down from 11 the previous week, and there were 22 new cases reported among youths age 10-19, down from 42 the previous week.

In other age groups, people in their 30s accounted for 53 new cases, or about 18 percent of the total, up from 45 the previous week; people in their 50s accounted for 40 new cases, about 13 percent of the total, up from 33 the previous week; people in their 60s accounted for 24 new cases, about 8 percent of the total, up from 23 the previous week; and people in their 70s accounted for 19 new cases, or about 6 percent of the total, up from 15 the previous week.

Further data, including sorting cases by ZIP code, race and ethnicity, can be found on Clark County Public Health’s COVID-19 website.