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Clark County reports four more deaths as COVID-19 rate hits new record high

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity level rebounded to record highs in the latest data released Tuesday by Clark County Public Health. Four new deaths were reported.

Clark County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 population over 14 days surged to 473.69, up from 397.95 reported one week earlier. Both of those levels were in the “high” range for school reopening guidance, after falling into the “moderate” range at the turn of the year.

The new data comes as Public Health reports 503 new cases over four days – an average of about 126 new cases a day – pushing the county’s total to 15,871 COVID-19 cases to date.

Four deaths were reported Tuesday, pushing the county’s total deaths from COVID-19 to 164 to date, three confirmed and one suspected. The confirmed fatalities were a man in his 30s, a man in his 60s and a woman age 80 or older, all with underlying conditions. The suspected death was a woman age 80 or older with underlying conditions.

A confirmed death means COVID is listed as cause of death or contributing factor on the death certificate and the case has a positive COVID test, according to Public Health. A suspect death means COVID is not listed as a contributing factor on the death certificate but wasn’t ruled out as cause of death and the person died after testing positive for COVID within 28 days.

The number of active cases has dropped to 794 as of Tuesday, according to Public Health, down from 1,036 on Friday.

There were 65 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County on Tuesday, down from 78 on Friday; eight people were hospitalized awaiting test results, down from nine on Friday.