Cowlitz County health officials reported three new COVID-19 cases late Friday morning, bringing the county’s total to 10.
The new cases all were confirmed in the last week, and seven of them were reported in the last two days.
The latest confirmed cases include a man in his 30s who has been discharged from Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Clark County; a woman in her 80s at Legacy as of Thursday; and a woman in her 20s recovering at home, according to the health department.
The number of negative test results in the county increased to 116 from 79 earlier this week, according to the department.
On Thursday, four new cases were reported in Cowlitz County, including two patients, a man and a woman their 70s, at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in “satisfactory condition,” according to the hospital and health department. The other two cases, a man in his 30s and a man in his 60s, are recovering at home, the agency said.
Health officials are identifying and contacting the close contacts of the confirmed cases. They will be instructed to stay home for 14 days since they last contact the positive case.
Clark County Public Health reported 28 new cases on Friday and one additional death, bringing the total cases there to 76 and deaths to six.
Cases in Washington also increased Friday to more than 3,700, with 175 deaths.
Globally, more than 593,000 cases have been reported, with about 101,700 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 130,900 recoveries have been reported, according to the university, with 870 in the U.S.
Anticipating a further increase in local cases, St. John is working to increase its supply of ventilators and personal protective equipment, said Randy Querin, hospital spokesman.
This week, St. John has received donations of masks, gloves, face shields, shoe covers, eye protection, protective suits and anti-bacterial wipes from All Phase Construction, Got Mold Pros, Twin City Bank, Troy Family Dental, Kolorkraze, Smiles Dental, Apollo Mechanical Contractors and Mar-Con Products.
The hospital also began accepting handmade face masks and posted guidelines for making them at http://ow.ly/XX7150yXOJl.
Those who wish to donate supplies can call the St. John Medical Center Foundation at 360-414-7900 to arrange a drop-off.
Next week the Cowlitz Incident Management Team will take over the storage and distribution of supplies to clinics, emergency responders, nursing homes and other facilities in the county, Querin said. The hospital will still accept donations from the public but will give them to Incident Management to distribute, he said.
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