Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Jan. 26, 2021

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County adds 76 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

No new deaths reported in latest tally from Clark County Public Health

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County added 76 new COVID-19 cases over the past three days and no new deaths, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health.

The new cases brings the county’s total to 2,969 cases to date. COVID-19 has been blamed in 53 deaths to date. The last new death was reported Friday.

The 76 cases for Saturday through Monday average just over 25 per day, according to Public Health data.

The number of active cases, which counts people with confirmed COVID-19 cases still in their isolation period, rose from 120 on Friday to 134 on Monday.

Confirmed cases remain in isolation until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began.

That active case statistic doesn’t match the number of new cases reported in a week because people usually don’t get tested until they’ve had symptoms for several days, and test results can be slow in returning, according to Public Health spokesperson Marissa Armstrong. There are times when test results are officially reported when someone has only a few days left in their 10-day isolation period.

There are 19 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and five hospitalized awaiting test results, according to Public Health.

It reported that 68.3 percent of the county’s licensed hospital beds are occupied, and 4.5 percent of the beds are occupied by people either with COVID-19 or awaiting tests.