COVID-19

Vancouver, WA — The Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center (CREOC) issued their latest COVID-19 update. Here’s the report by the numbers, as of August 24, 2020:

Clark County

  • Number of Positive Tests: 2,435 (cumulative since March 2020)
  • Current COVID-19 Cases Hospitalized: 17
  • Number of Deaths: 47
  • Rate of new cases per 100,000 population: 74.7 (goal is to get to a rate of 25 new cases per 100,000).
  • COVID-19 persons under investigation (PUI) hospitalized: 11
  • Percent licensed hospital beds occupied: 67.5%
  • Percent licensed hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and PUIs: 4.5%

Washington State

  • Number of Positive Tests: 71,012 (cumulative since March 2020)
  • Number of Hospitalized: 6,530 (cumulative since March 2020)
  • Number of Deaths: 1,863

Individual and Business Assistance Information

A team of state agencies hosts a monthly ​webinar series​ with experts who discuss information specific to Washington small businesses. A panel of state and federal partners respond to live Q&A regarding unemployment insurance, returning employees to the workplace, small business relief funding, workplace safety measures, and other topics important to employers. The next webinar will be held on September 9 at 1:30 p.m. There is also a Spanish-language webinar​ on August 27 at 4 pm. Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-requirements-and-resources-sbrr-covid-19-impact-webinar-tickets-105298340170?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch%5C

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are available to help rural areas struggling with the costs of the pandemic. Washington State Department of Commerce is now accepting applications from CDBG non-entitlement (rural) city and county governments for the first round of these CDBG-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV1) funds. Visit Commerce’s ​CDBG-CV website​ for details on eligible activities and how to apply. Applications are due by September 3, 2020. Here’s the link: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/community-development-block-grants/cares-act-community-development-block-grant/

The Washington ​State Department of Commerce is distributing approximately $100 million​ in state Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through its existing network of homeless services grantees and organizations serving homeless youth to operate a new rent assistance program launched Aug. 1. The program will focus on preventing evictions by paying up to three months of past due, current and future rent to landlords for eligible participants. Here’s the link to the site: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/community-grants/100-million-rental-assistance-headed-to-washington-communities/

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