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Clark County adds 34 new COVID-19 cases, still ‘moderate’ for school reopening

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

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County added 34 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as new data showed the rate of cases per 100,000 population remained in the “moderate” category for school reopening.

The new cases brings the county’s total to 3,003 cases to date, according to Clark County Public Health. The number of deaths held steady at 53 to date. The last fatality was reported Friday.

There are 22 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County and 16 people hospitalized awaiting test results, according to Public Health.

The data showed a COVID-19 activity level at 69.4, in the “moderate” range for school reopening based on the number of new cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period.

Tuesday’s activity level is up slightly from 64.07 reported last week and the 63.05 reported Aug. 31, but down from 71.6 reported 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.

The number of active cases, which measures people with confirmed COVID-19 cases within a 10-day isolation period, fell to 128 on Tuesday, according to Public Health.

That number varies from confirmed case tallies due to a time lag between the onset of first symptoms and when test results are certified. By the time some cases are reported to Public Health, the person may be near or beyond their 10-day isolation period.