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Novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Clark County
Visit the Public Health novel coronavirus webpage for the latest information on COVID-19 in Clark County. The webpage is updated by noon daily to include the latest number of positive test results and deaths related to COVID-19.
The webpage also has Public Health recommendations, guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, and links to additional resources.
Clark County also has a COVID-19 webpage with information about county office closures and cancellations, and online services, as well as links to additional community resources.
Public Health warns of potential COVID-19 exposure at Orchards Tap in Vancouver
Clark County Public Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a Vancouver food establishment and is concerned people who visited the facility June 19-25 may be at risk of getting sick.
Public Health has so far linked 18 cases – four employees and 14 customers – to Orchards Tap Bar and Grill. Anyone who visited Orchards Tap between June 19 and June 25 should contact their health care provider and request testing for COVID-19, even if they do not have symptoms.
Individuals who were at Orchards Tap should tell their health care provider that they were potentially exposed to the virus in a COVID-19 outbreak. Those individuals should also quarantine at home for 14 days from their last date of exposure at the facility. Read more.
Clark County to remain in Phase 2 as state pauses reopening process
Clark County’s application to move into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan has been put on pause. This afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a statewide two-week pause on the reopening process, following an increase in new COVID-19 cases and the percentage of tests coming back positive.
As a result, Clark County will remain in Phase 2.
In addition to the two-week pause on reopening, Gov. Inslee announced a new face covering requirement. Beginning Tuesday, July 7, the state will require all businesses to refuse service to customers who are not wearing face coverings. This requirement expands the current order in Yakima County to the rest of the state. Read more.
Public Health urges residents to stay home this Fourth of July
Clark County Public Health is urging people to stay home this Fourth of July weekend as the county experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases.
From June 23 to June 30, 162 Clark County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, for an average of more than 20 new cases per day. In the first three weeks of June, 164 people tested positive, for an average of more than seven new cases per day.
“Clark County’s case numbers are going up. This is a dangerous time for gatherings,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. “We cannot disregard physical distancing simply because it’s a holiday weekend.” Read more.
Proper fireworks disposal prevents injury, fires and waterway contamination
Fireworks remain potential sources of fire, injury and pollution long after they light up the night sky. Improper disposal of fireworks puts waste and recycling workers at increased risk of injury from fires in their trucks and at transfer stations.
Fireworks debris, if not properly cleaned up, can be washed into storm drains that lead to streams, rivers and lakes. Fireworks contain heavy metals and other chemicals that can harm fish and wildlife. Residents must sweep up and dispose of fireworks debris as soon as possible and avoid using fireworks near waterways. Read more.
Advisories posted at Lacamas and Round lakes due to blue-green algae
Clark County Public Health has issued advisories for Lacamas Lake and Round Lake due to cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.
Public Health advises people to avoid direct contact with lake water in areas of floating blue-green-colored scum. If fishing, be sure to clean fish well and discard organs. Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water.
Advisories are updated as conditions change. Additional information and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beaches webpage.
Public Health urges early testing of anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their health care provider about testing as soon as possible. Early testing is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Clark County.
Most health care facilities now offer COVID-19 testing. People who are unable to access testing through their regular health care provider, or those who do not have a health care provider, can contact one of four facilities open to the public to request testing. Read more.
Take steps to stay safe while swimming
With the recent opening of outdoor recreation by Gov. Inslee and warm weather on the horizon, Clark County residents may soon be heading to local waterways for the first swim of the season. But area lakes and rivers are still cold, and water may be moving quickly.
Public Health encourages everyone to follow a few simple strategies to stay safe while enjoying the water now and throughout the summer. Read more.
Request for public records
To request public records involving Public Health, please access the Public Records Request Portal, create an account and complete the submittal process.
Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory disease. Washington State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first U.S. case of COVID-19 in Snohomish County, Wash. on Jan. 21. Since then, the virus has spread across the state and country.
Clark County Public Health announced the first local case on March 6.
Public Health monitors water quality at three designated swim beaches – Vancouver Lake, Klineline Pond and Battle Ground Lake – between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Public Health also responds to reports of blue-green algae and other health concerns at bodies of water across Clark County. Find information about current advisories on the public beaches webpage.
Swimmers can keep themselves and others healthy by following these simple steps:
- Rinse off before and after swimming.
- Don’t swim if you’ve had diarrhea or vomiting in the last two weeks.
- Keep children who aren’t toilet trained and require swim diapers out of unchlorinated water.
- Know where the bathrooms and changing stations are located.
- Take frequent bathroom breaks. Young children should be taken to the bathroom every hour.
- Do not wade, swim or recreate in water that looks discolored or appears that algae may be present.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, 2019, after six weeks with no new cases.