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Cowlitz COVID-19 cases jump by 24 Tuesday

Cowlitz COVID-19 cases jump by 24 Tuesday

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Cowlitz County reported 24 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the second biggest one-day increase since the pandemic began. The increase brings the county’s total caseload to 310.

At least 30 of the recent cases are tied to two gatherings, Dr. Steve Krager, county health officer, said on Monday. So far 20 cases are associated with a Fourth of July gathering, and another 10 are linked to a family get-together, he said.

Krager said he didn’t know how many of Tuesday’s cases were tied to the events, but that some are “second generation” cases related to the 4th of July gathering. Some of the individuals infected at that event have now passed the virus on to household members, he said. Many of the other cases are related to businesses, Krager said.

The county reported 28 new cases on Friday for the biggest single-day jump of cases. So far in July, the county has recorded 122 new cases, or a 65% increase.

Four virus patients are hospitalized, one inside the county and three outside, according to the Cowlitz COVID-19 Incident Management Team website. As of Friday, 106 of the cases are considered recovered. The county has reported zero virus-related deaths.

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