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Clark County COVID-19 cases up 22.5 percent for the week

Public Health reports 32 new cases Friday, no new deaths

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County recorded 32 new COVID-19 cases Friday, closing out a week that saw new cases rise by 22.5 percent over the previous week, according to data from Clark County Public Health.

No new deaths were reported Friday, leaving the total to date at 55. Two fatalities were reported this week. No fatalities were reported in the previous week.

The number of active cases, which counts people with positive COVID-19 tests still in their 10-day isolation period, rose to 163 on Friday. There are 25 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 10 hospitalized awaiting test results, according to Public Health.

The new cases brings the county’s total to 3,298 cases of COVID-19 to date and pushes the weekly total of new cases to 223, up from 182 from the week ending Sept. 18. The total works out to an average of almost 32 new cases per day, according to data from Public Health.

Previous weekly case totals were 178 for the week ending Sept. 11, 181 for the week ending Sept. 4 and 149 for the week ending Aug. 28, according to data from Public Health.

The increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks pushed the county’s rate of new cases per 100,000 population to 76.15, in the state’s most restrictive “high” range for school reopening. In that range, the state recommends distance learning with the option for limited in-person learning for students who need it most, such as children with disabilities and students living homeless.

Clark County school districts have already started bringing in small groups of students, including students receiving special education services or homeless services. Evergreen School District is bringing in small groups of kindergarten students for two hours at a time on alternating schedules.

Clark County health officials have said the county’s activity levels need to fall back into the “moderate” range (25-75 new cases per 100,000 over two weeks) and stay there for at least three weeks in a row before considering relaxing restrictions further.