VANCOUVER, Wa. – Clark County Public Health reports two new positive cases of COVID-19 Friday.
Public Health Officer Dr. Alan L. Melnick says it’s an elderly married couple, both people in their 80’s, “This couple live in separate long term care facilities, but were in close contact with each other.”
One case is a resident of a small adult family home. Residents and staff at the facility have been quarantined for 14 days.
The other case lives at Van Mall, an assisted living facility, “Several first responders…were potentially exposed…They’re being quarantined. They do not have symptoms.”
Here’s more from Public Health:
Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health was notified this morning of two confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The new cases are a married couple – a man and a woman both in her 80s. The couple live in separate long-term care facilities but were in close contact. Both were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center this week. They remain hospitalized.
One case is a resident of a small adult family home. We will not be identifying the name of that facility, in order to protect residents’ privacy.
All residents and staff of the adult family home are considered close contacts. They will be quarantined for 14 days and monitored by Public Health.
The other case is a resident at Van Mall, an assisted and independent living community.
Public Health staff is working to identify all potential close contacts – staff and residents – at Van Mall. They will be notified and quarantined for 14 days and monitored by Public Health.
Several first responders were potentially exposed during the transport. Those responders have been identified and, as of today, do not have symptoms but are being quarantined for 14 days.
Public Health recommendations
Public Health is recommending – but not requiring – that people at higher risk stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible.
People at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 include people:
Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for COVID-19 should consult their health care provider.
Everyday practices to prevent colds, influenza and other respiratory illnesses can also protect people against COVID-19. Public Health recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy: