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Clark County adds 82 new COVID-19 cases, one new death over holiday weekend

County remains at moderate levels for school reopenings; new statistic tracks active cases

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County Public Health reported 82 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Tuesday in an expanded tally from the Labor Day weekend.

The fatality was a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions, according to Clark County Public Health. His death puts the county’s death toll from COVID-19 at 52.

The 82 new cases work out to an average of about 21 cases per day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It brings the county’s total to 2,797 cases to date, according to Public Health.

There are 23 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County and four people hospitalized awaiting test results, according to Public Health.

The county introduced a new statistic Tuesday, active cases, which tracks the number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 who are currently in their isolation period. Confirmed cases remain in isolation until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication), symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began.

There are currently 109 active COVID-19 cases in Clark County as of Tuesday, according to Public Health, which noted that being out of isolation does not mean the person has recovered. “Some cases may experience symptoms for weeks or months following infection,” a Public Health statement said.

Data released Tuesday also shows that the COVID-19 activity levels remains in the moderate category for school reopening in Clark County, at 64.07 new cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period. That is up slightly from 63.05 reported on Aug. 31, but down from 71.6 reported on Aug. 24 and 74.7 reported Aug. 17.

Clark County school districts have adopted remote learning for the upcoming year, and health officials have said the county would need to see activity levels remain in the moderate category for at least three weeks in a row after the Labor Day weekend before considering relaxing restrictions.

With COVID-19 activity at moderate levels, state health officials recommend that schools offer no sports or extracurricular activities and provide distance learning with the option for limited in-person learning for students who need it most, such as children with disabilities and students experiencing homelessness.