Clark Co. Health confirms first coronavirus case

Coronavirus

The confirmed case is a man in his 70s

FILE: A microscopic view of the coronavirus. (China’s National Microbiology Data Center)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in Clark County, Washington, marking the county’s first case of the novel COVID-19, Clark County Public Health officials announced Friday night.

The confirmed case is a male patient in his 70s. The man has been in isolation while the test results were pending, said CCPH. With positive test results, that patient will remain in isolation at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Officials did not give details on how the man may have contracted the virus.

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Health officials are now working to identify people who have come into contact with the patient.

In a statement, PeaceHealth said this was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 at one of their facilities and that health care providers involved in the care of this patient “followed recommended protocols to keep our patients, families and fellow caregivers safe.” PeaceHealth also asked that anyone who feels ill or visitors who are under the age of 16 not visit their hospital at this time.

If you develop symptoms such as a fever or those related to respiratory illness, contact your health care professional for guidance before going to a hospital or clinic.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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