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Clark County reports 80 new COVID-19 cases as data shuffle changes totals

No new deaths reported since Monday

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Clark County reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, though a data adjustment by Clark County Public Health changed running totals of confirmed and probable cases. No new deaths were reported.

A routine data clean-up identified a number of cases to be transferred to other counties, according to Clark County Public Health. With those changes affecting totals, the county’s tally of confirmed cases rose by 35 confirmed by molecular (PCR) testing, bringing the county’s total confirmed cases to 21,770, and the number of probable cases rose by 12, to a total to 1,024.

Combined, the county has averaged about 114 new cases a day since Friday. The county averaged 93 new cases a day last week and 87 a day the week ending April 24, according to Public Health data.

The number of active cases, which tracks both confirmed and probable cases still in their isolation period, rose to 687 on Wednesday, up from 682 on Tuesday, according to Public Health data. There were 30 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, up from 29 on Tuesday, with no patients hospitalized awaiting test results, down from four on Tuesday.

Test positivity continued to rise in the most recent data available. For the week of April 11-17, 5.9 percent of tests came back positive — 465 positive tests out of 7,876 administered, according to Public Health. Positivity rates had fallen as low as 2.44 percent the week of  March 7-13 before rising with what is being described as a fourth surge in COVID-19 cases.

With no deaths reported Wednesday, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 held at 259 in Clark County. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur, and the latest death was reported Monday. Six deaths were reported last week, according to Public Health data.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated, though underage teens are advised to check with vaccination sites about what sort of parental consent might be needed.

To schedule an appointment at a number of locations throughout Clark County, including mass vaccination sites, visit the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Locator.

Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling an appointment can call Public Health from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 888-225-4625. Call center representatives can assist with scheduling. Language assistance is available.