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Clark County new daily, weekly COVID-19 cases rise

There were 27 new cases reported Friday; seven-day total is up 21 percent from the previous period

By , Columbian Metro Editor
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Clark County Public Health reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Friday. The seven-day total of new cases rose by just over 21 percent this week after two weeks of declines.

The new cases brings the county’s total to 2,715 cases to date. The number of deaths from COVID-19 remains at 51.

Clark County Public Health reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Friday. The seven-day total of new cases rose by more than 21 percent this week after two weeks of declines.

The new cases bring the county’s total to 2,715 cases to date. The number of deaths from COVID-19 remains at 51.

There are 18 people hospitalized in Clark County with COVID-19 and seven people hospitalized awaiting test results.

Friday’s 27 cases follows 39 new cases reported Thursday, 18 on Wednesday, 21 reported Tuesday and 76 reported for the previous Saturday, Sunday and Monday — a total of 181 cases.

That total is up 21.4 percent from the 149 new cases reported in the seven days ending Aug. 28. There were 166 cases reported the seven days ending Aug. 21,  201 new cases reported the seven days ending Aug. 14, and 252 new cases reported in the seven days ending Aug. 7.

Health officials have said they have been encouraged about what had been a downward trend in cases but expressed concern about increased disease transmission due to the holiday weekend, the flu season and school reopenings.

Clark County Public Health confirmed Friday afternoon that four employees at the Fred Meyer in the Orchards neighborhood have tested positive for COVID-19. Two more employees are considered “probable” cases, according to Public Health Public Information Officer Marissa Armstrong.

Armstrong said in an email that Public Health has worked with the store to quarantine other employees who might have been exposed.

She said the outbreak poses low risk to the public.

“The employees were wearing face coverings when interacting with customers, and we have not identified any situation in which an infected employee spent more than 15 minutes in close proximity (6 feet or less) with customers,” Armstrong said.

Additionally, one employee at the Fred Meyer Grand Central location has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining, according to Jeffery Temple, director of corporate affairs for Fred Meyer. 

“The store has had a professional third party sanitation company provide recent deep cleaning on multiple occasions,” Temple said in an email. He said there are 240 employees at the Grand Central store.

“At Fred Meyer, our associates are like family. We are in communication with our associate that has tested positive to assist in their needs,” Temple said in the email. “Our thoughts are with them as they recover, and we wish them well.”

Statewide, health officials have reported 75,856 confirmed cases, 1,945 deaths, and 1.5 million tests administered as of Wednesday.

Reporters Wyatt Stayner and Anthony Macuk contributed to this report.

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