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Clark County reports 46 new cases, no new deaths on Thursday

Demographic data shows infection rates highest in most populated areas

By , Columbian Metro Editor
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Clark County reported 46 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as the pandemic continues at elevated levels. No new deaths were reported.

The new cases raise the county’s total to 4,075 and puts the average number of daily cases since Friday at 46, about 10 cases per day more than last week.

The number of deaths held steady at 65. Clark County Public Health has reported three deaths this week, the latest on Wednesday.

There are 21 people hospitalized in Clark County with COVID-19 and 14 people hospitalized awaiting test results.

The number of active cases, which counts only positive cases in their isolation period, rose by 20 to 159 on Thursday, according to Public Health.

Demographic data released this week from Public Health shows that more densely populated parts of Clark County have had the greatest number and rate of COVID-19 infections.

As of Monday, the 98682 ZIP code, which covers parts of Vancouver, Camas, Hockinson and Orchards, had the largest number of cases, with 571. The second-highest total, with 446 cases, was the 98661 ZIP code, which includes much of central Vancouver, Walnut Grove and Minnehaha. The third-most cases, with 365, were among people who live in the 98662 ZIP code, which covers parts of Vancouver, Brush Prairie, Five Corners and Barberton.

Public Health officials caution that the statistics show only where patients live, not where they contracted the disease.

Looking at the rate of cases per 100,000 population, the highest density with 1,080 per 100,000 population was the 98665 ZIP code, which covers Hazel Dell, parts of Vancouver, Lake Shore and Walnut Grove, followed by 1,042 cases per 100,000 in the 98662 ZIP code and 952 per 100,000 in the 98661 ZIP code.

The lowest rate of infection was 271.9 cases per 100,000 in the 98675 ZIP code, which serves Yacolt, Amboy, Moulton Falls and Dole Valley.

Other data, including infection rates by race and ethnicity, can be found on Clark County Public Health’s website, clark.wa.gov/public-health/novel-coronavirus.

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