Twelve more positive for COVID-19, one additional death in Clark County

The latest death was of a man in his 80s

CLARK COUNTY — Twelve more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Clark County, and one more person has died, according to Public Health officials.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 277, with 16 fatalities. The most recent death was of a man in his 80s.

Fourteen men have died from COVID-19 in Clark County since the outbreak began, to just two women, while 163 of the 277 confirmed cases were in women.

So far, nine of the 16 deaths have been in people over the age of 80, with six for people 60-79 years old, and one death in a man in his sixties.

The age breakdown is as follows:

Age CasesDeaths
19 and younger50
20-29 years310
30-39 years310
40-49 years571
50-59 years450
60-69 years522
70-79 years234
80 and older339

As for which parts of the county are getting hit the hardest, public health has updated their zip code map, which breaks down cases per 100,000 of population.

This map shows the number of COVID-19 cases by zip code in Clark County, per 100,000 residents. Image courtesy Clark County Public Health Department
This map shows the number of COVID-19 cases by zip code in Clark County, per 100,000 residents. Image courtesy Clark County Public Health Department

As of Friday, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County has fallen by one to 19, but 9 people are in intensive care, which is up from 7 on Thursday.

Testing results show 2,693 negative tests as of April 17, but Clark County Public Health says that is an undercount, as it doesn’t include results from rapid-result testing being done by some providers at point of medical care clinics. The Vancouver Clinic, for instance, is providing such tests in Ridgefield and Tech Center in east Vancouver. Legacy Health is also providing rapid testing at several of their GoHealth urgent care clinics.

The Vancouver Clinic says they currently have the capacity to run up to 1,900 tests per week, and are expanding to include testing for healthcare workers and first responders.

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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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