Local COVID-19 cases increase slightly
After more than four months of the coronavirus pandemic, Columbia County has seen just 26 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, June 23. Four of the cases were reported in the last week (June 16 to 22) and five the week prior.
Of those 26 cases, 23 individuals have recovered, according to the county's public health website. The county has not reported any deaths.
The state releases data on cases by age group and gender. Columbia County's public health department has released age range and gender for some of the local cases, but has declined or ignored requests for age range and gender in other cases.
The state also releases case numbers by zip code each week. For zip codes with less than 10 cases, the state does not release the exact number. Most areas of Columbia County had at least one but less than 10 cases as of June 7, except 97016 (Clatskanie), 97018 (Columbia City) and 97054 (Deer Island), which all had zero cases. Those figures remained the same in the week following June 7, except for 97016, which had at least one case over the week.
Public health officials have also monitored the frequency of testing and the percentage of tests that come back positive for COVID-19. An increase in the portion of tests that are positive could indicate that the amount of testing is insufficient since the percentage of positive tests was higher when the only people tested were those known to have been in contact with someone who had COVID-19.
As of June 23, approximately 398 of every 10,000 Columbia County residents had been tested. Just 1% of those tests were positive. That means the county has tested fewer people than the statewide average (424 tests per 10,000 people) and has had a lower percentage of positive results (3.4% statewide).
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