Clark County COVID-19 death toll reaches 21

Twelve more cases were reported over the weekend, bringing the total to 339

CLARK COUNTY — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County rose by a dozen over the weekend, reaching 339 since the outbreak began. The county also recorded two more deaths related to the infection, both women in their 80s, bringing the total number of fatalities to 21.

This graph shows the epidemiological curve of the COVID-19 outbreak in Clark County. Image courtesy Clark County Public Health
This graph shows the epidemiological curve of the COVID-19 outbreak in Clark County. Image courtesy Clark County Public Health

As of Monday, there were 14 people hospitalized in Clark County with confirmed COVID-19 cases, including four people in intensive care.

The number of daily new cases has topped five only twice in the past nine days, showing the epidemiological curve of the outbreak may have leveled off, or even be in a downward trend.

Of the 21 deaths, 16 have been men, and five have been women. Women account for 202 of the confirmed cases.

All but one of the deaths have been in someone over the age of 60.

Clark County Public Health says 68 cases have been linked to long-term care facilities. As of last Friday, 10 of the deaths had been linked to adult care homes, though the county did not have data on how many of those died in the hospital versus the facility where they lived.

As of April 25, there have been 3,800 total tests performed in Clark County, though that number does not include rapid tests being performed by many providers now. 

The Vancouver Clinic is also working with Clark County Public Health to perform testing at adult care facilities throughout the county, in an attempt to get a clearer picture of how prevalent the virus might be in those locations.

That may partially explain why more recent confirmed cases have largely been in people over the age of 60, while cases involving people younger than 50 have remained fairly steady.

Age CasesDeaths
19 and younger90
20-29 years350
30-39 years360
40-49 years661
50-59 years580
60-69 years602
70-79 years314
80 and older4414

Statewide, there have been approximately 13,700 confirmed cases, with 765 deaths blamed on the outbreak.

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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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