Clark County COVID-19 cases hit 250

More healthcare providers are rolling out expanded testing in some areas

CLARK COUNTY — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County hit 250 on Tuesday, with 11 newly confirmed cases, according to Clark County Public Health.

The number of fatalities remained the same, at 15.

Currently, there are 20 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County, up from 19 on Monday. Seven of those are in intensive care.

Of the 250 cases, 145 have been women, while 13 of the 15 deaths have been men. 

Fifty-five cases are in people 40-49 years old, with 46 among people 60-69, and 43 for those 50-59 years old. There have been 61 cases in people under the age of 40, including five in people 19 years or younger.

Testing data has not been updated since April 3, when 1,616 tests had been conducted. The state public health office provides those numbers, and has run into issues with reporting them.

There are some growing signs that testing may be getting easier to obtain. Legacy Health has announced that some of their urgent care clinics in the Portland-Vancouver area now have access to tests that can give results in as little as 15 minutes.

If you are a Legacy Health customer, you’ll still need a referral from your healthcare provider. To schedule a video consultation, visit Legacy’s COVID-19 portal here.

The Vancouver Clinic has announced that rapid point of care testing is now available on a limited basis, at the discretion of healthcare providers. Patients are encouraged to schedule a video consultation with their physician, who can then schedule them to obtain testing.

PeaceHealth Southwest says they are still in the process of evaluating and planning for drive-through testing sites, though a continuing shortage of personal protective equipment and testing supplies has them limiting tests to high risk patients, as well as healthcare and public safety workers.
“As more testing kits and laboratory options are becoming available, we are exploring every viable option for increasing testing in our communities,” the provider says in an FAQ on their website.

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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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