Clark College student among COVID-19 cases as total rises to 116

The student was last on campus March 12 and tested positive on March 27

CLARK COUNTY — The number of COVID-19 cases in Clark County rose to 116 on Tuesday, with six more confirmed by Clark County Public Health.

The total number of fatalities related to the disease remains at six.

Clark College also confirmed on Monday that a student tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27. The student is reportedly experiencing only mild symptoms and has been self-isolating at home.

The college emphasizes that it is highly unlikely anyone was exposed on campus. The student who is infected said they believe it happened on March 20, and they haven’t been on campus since March 12.

Out of an abundance of caution, Clark College released the locations the infected student visited on March 10 and 12, including STEM Building 324 and STEM Building 306, as well as the coffee stand in the Main PUB at the Gaiser Hall building.

“Because the virus incubation period is 14 days, there should be little concern of contracting the virus if you did not experience symptoms by March 26,” wrote interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill in a letter to students. “At this point, the Health Department is advising Clark that  beyond our current COVID-19 event protocols, there is nothing the College needs to do at this time because of this student’s diagnosis.”

As of Tuesday, Clark County Public Health says there have been 879 tests that have come back negative, though the number is lagging behind the actual number of tests being conducted. 

Clark County Today has reached out to hospitals in the area to determine if testing capacity has increased, and will update this story when we receive a response.

The age of confirmed cases continues to primarily be in people between 30-60 years old, though all of the deaths in Clark County have been in people over the age of 70.

Age Cases Deaths
19 and younger20
20-29 years110
30-39 years130
40-49 years290
50-59 years220
60-69 years180
70-79 years121
80 and older95

For more information on the novel coronavirus outbreak in Clark County, click here.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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