A new death blamed on COVID-19; case numbers increase; hospitalizations down

A man in his 70s with undetermined underlying health conditions has died of the virus

CLARK COUNTY — Clark County Public Health (CCPH) reported an increase of 38 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the county today. The increase brings the total number of cases up from yesterday’s 2,181 to 2,219. 

A new death blamed on the virus was also reported today, of a man in his 70s with undetermined underlying health conditions. This most recent death brings the county’s total number to 43.  

Hospitalization rates have declined since yesterday, with a slight drop in occupied hospital beds by a confirmed COVID-19 case from 21 to 19. A more significant drop in beds occupied by a suspected case was seen, going from 10 to only two. 

These drops bring a subsequent decrease in the percentages of Clark County hospital beds occupied across both Legacy Salmon Creek and PeaceHealth Southwest from 65.9 percent yesterday to 64.8 percent today. 

Over 60,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted as of last month, and the percentage testing positive from that pool remains the most up-to-date, at 2.85 percent.

Per the recommendation of the state superintendent, Clark County schools will be online learning this upcoming school year. Battle Ground, Vancouver and Evergreen school boards approved their plans for the school year earlier this week, and will be released soon.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced yesterday two new funds to be used across the state to assist workers who test positive for COVID-19 but are unable to work from home, such as the agricultural industry workers. The first fund of $40 million will assist undocumented workers who are ineleigble for stimulus money. The second fund of $3 million will go towards assisting food production workers who are in quarantine. 

“This is really important because we have heard about folks have been unable or unwilling to isolate, even though they were positive, because they had to feed their families,” Inslee said in a press conference yesterday. “So these mechanisms are now going to help not only their families, but the whole communities.”