COVID-19 update: Four new cases confirmed in Clark County

Total cases in county is now 20

VANCOUVER — Clark County Public Health reported Wednesday four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 20.

COVID-19 testing is ordered at the discretion of local health care providers. Public Health does not provide COVID-19 testing and does not need to approve testing for COVID-19. 

Of the 20 positive tests in the county, there have been four deaths related to COVID-19. The number of negative tests is 350.  

Positive test results are immediately notifiable to Clark County Public Health; negative test results are not. The number provided represents those individuals with negative test results that have been reported to the Washington Disease Reporting System, but does not represent the total number of individuals that have tested negative for COVID-19 in the Clark County  community.

The four new positive cases announced on March 25 include:

• Woman in her 40s. No known contact with a confirmed case. Recovering at home.

• Woman in her 20s. Close contact with a confirmed case. Recovering at home.

• Woman in her 90s. No known contact with a confirmed case. Recovering at home.

• Woman in her 50s. Close contact with a confirmed case. Recovering at home.

The previously announced positive cases were:

• Man in his 70s. No known contact with a confirmed case. Died March 17.

• Man in his 80s. No known contact with a confirmed case. Died March 16.

• Woman in her 80s. No known contact with a confirmed case. Died March 16.

• Woman in her 40s. Close contact of a confirmed case in Oregon. 

• Woman in her 60s. No known contact with a confirmed case. 

​• Man in his ​​70s. No known contact with a confirmed case. 

• Woman in her 80s. Close contact of a confirmed case in Clark County. 

• Woman in her 40s. No known contact with a confirmed case. 

• Man in his 80s. No known contact with a confirmed case.

• Man in his 70s. Close contact with a confirmed case in Clark County. 

• Man in his 50s. Close contact of a confirmed case in Clark County. 

• Man in his 80s. Hospitalized prior to his death. Died March 19.

• Woman in her 30s. No known contact with a confirmed case. 

• Woman in her 40s. No known contact with a confirmed case.

• Woman in her 40s. No known contact with a confirmed case.

• Man in his 40s. Public Health is investigating whether any known contact with confirmed case. 

Public Health identifies and notifies all close contacts of confirmed cases. Those individuals are placed in quarantine for 14 days. Public Health monitors those individuals for symptoms.

Unlike with confirmed measles cases, Public Health is not announcing public locations the COVID-19 case visited. COVID-19 is spread through close contact (within 6 feet) and via respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza spreads. It is not spread the same way as measles, which is airborne and can linger in the air for several hours. For this reason, listing places where a person with COVID-19 has been is not effective. Without close contact with an infected person, you are at extremely low risk of contracting COVID-19.

Information provided by Clark County Public Health.

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