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Clark ranks eighth in state in COVID-19 per capita death rate

In at least one morbid statistical measure, Clark County ranks near the top of the state in COVID-19 data. With three more deaths from COVID-19 added to the county’s total on Tuesday, it now ranks eighth among the state’s 72 counties in the per capita death rate.

Clark County has now attributed 41 deaths to COVID-19 since the global pandemic first officially appeared here in March. That death total does not rank near the top of the state in and of itself, but since Clark County’s total population is only the 41st largest, its per capita rank is high. At 118 deaths per 100,000 residents, Clark County rates only behind Florence (271 deaths per 100,000), Forest (185), Menominee (183), Iron (171), Waupaca (166), Langlade (147) and Grant (122) in terms of the per capita death rate from the disease, according to data from the state Department of Health Services.

Clark County has now recorded 2,154 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases, with 365 of them active as of Tuesday, according to data posted on the county’s website. Of the total number of cases, 156 people have been hospitalized in the county for COVID-19 treatment.

The county’s data dashboard as of Tuesday afternoon showed nine active COVID-19 cases in the city of Loyal and seven in the city of Greenwood. The town of Sherman also has seven active cases at this time.

Active virus cases are found through most of the county, with only the towns of Butler, Foster, Green Grove, Hewett, Seif, Sherwood, Thorp and Washburn showing no active cases.