Clark County adds 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases, one more death over the weekend

Statewide hospitalization rates for COVID-19-like illnesses appear to be falling

CLARK COUNTY — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 19 over the weekend, and the outbreak claimed a 15th life, according to numbers released by Clark County Public Health.

That brings the total of confirmed cases to 239. The most recent death was of a man in his 80s.

COVID-19 continues to affect far more women than men, with 137 of the confirmed cases being female. Yet men are dying at a much higher rate, with 13 of the 15 fatalities being male.

The county has seen five cases in people under the age of 19. Beyond that, the majority (58 percent) of cases have been in people 40-69 years old.

Age CasesDeaths
19 and younger50
20-29 years290
30-39 years250
40-49 years531
50-59 years420
60-69 years432
70-79 years234
80 and older198

As for hospitalizations, the numbers have dropped slightly from last week. Currently, 19 people are hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County. Seven of those are in intensive care units.

There have been eight cases in adult family homes, nine in assisted or independent living facilities, and 12 connected to skilled nursing programs. 

NOTE: Clark County has not updated total testing numbers since April 3, due to problems with reporting that data at a state level.

Statewide, as of Sunday night there were 10,411 confirmed cases, with 508 fatalities. 

Hospitalizations for illnesses similar to COVID-19 had fallen to 2.8 percent on Saturday, from a high of 4.6 percent on March 22, though the state public health department warned that data from the last three weeks may be incomplete.

Clark County Public Health is continuing to recommend people wear masks if they have to be in public. While N95 masks, which can effectively stop the virus, are being reserved for healthcare workers and first responders, the thinking is that even cloth masks can help to limit the spread of the virus via droplets, given that many people may be transmitting the virus without exhibiting symptoms.

To be effective, masks should be worn constantly. Be sure to wash hands before putting on a fabric mask and after taking it off, and be careful not to touch your face with unwashed hands if adjusting the mask. Fabric masks should be changed when moist and washed after use. Masks that are worn may be contaminated.

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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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