NEW: COVID-19 hospitalizations, test positivity rates drop over weekend
Below is the full COVID-19 report from October 15-17.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Hospitalizations fell by more than 50 and COVID-19 test positivity rates for Nevada and Clark County both declined over the weekend, data released today showed.
The decline in numbers continued the trend of recent weeks.
Nevada’s test positivity rate fell from 7.9% to 7.7%, the lowest since before the July 4 weekend. In Clark County, the rate fell from 6.9% to 6.7%.
Statewide hospitalizations have now fallen below 700, dropping from 51 to 698 patients over the weekend.
New COVID-19 cases from Friday, Saturday and Sunday totaled 1,334 statewide, including 891 in Clark County, or about 66% of Nevada’s total.
Nevada reports 29 deaths over the weekend, including 20 in Clark County.
Cases have drifted away from Clark County in the past month from the current peak of COVID-19, but the mask’s warrant has remained in place statewide. The state is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on the mask rule. The mandate will remain in place in each county until the following conditions are met:
- COVID-19 test positivity rate must be less than 8%
- The case rate (per 100,000 inhabitants over 7 days) must be less than 50.
Clark County is currently at 6.7% testing positivity and the case rate is 94.0, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
Nevada continues to be labeled as a location with high transmission of COVID-19 and Clark County remains “an area of concern,” according to an updated White House report. The county was first called a “sustained hot spot” on July 5.
Almost all of Nevada is labeled as a “high transmission” area. The CDC uses cases per 100,000 in the past seven days to determine high transmission.
A BREAKDOWN OF CASES, DEATHS AND TESTS
The number of cases in Nevada increased by 1,334 in the last day, with 891 in Clark County since Friday. The state’s total number of cases now stands at 431,999. Clark County has a total of 327,429. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on weekends or holidays, which may explain why the Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.
Nevada’s test positivity rate is 7.7%, down from 7.9% on Friday. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17 and exceeded it on June 28. Clark County’s rate is 6.7%, down from 6.9% on Friday.
Of the 29 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, 20 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now has 5,855 of the state’s 7,451 deaths. The 14-day moving average is 10 deaths per day.
As of September 30, the Southern Nevada Health District reports that there are 158 revolutionary deaths, 482 revolutionary hospitalizations and 10,449 revolutionary cases. The county did not provide an update this month.
Yesterday, a total of 5,121,485 COVID-19 tests were performed in Nevada, with an increase of 35,351 since Friday.
* NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.
MONITORING NV COUNTIES
The test positivity rate in Clark County has fallen below 8%, removing the county from the state’s watch list for high transmission risk. If the county can maintain positivity and testing levels of testing, state restrictions – including mask requirements – could be relaxed. A separate measure of the county’s case rate – currently 94.0 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days – must drop below 50 for two consecutive weeks before the mask’s tenure can end.
In today’s report, the counties of Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey and Washoe are reported.
Clark County’s case rate (489 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) is reported in data reported today. The positivity rate for testing (6.7%) and testing (351 tests per day per 100,000) are within the acceptable range for the state.
The state health department reports 3,212,822 doses COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Nevada, to October 17.
To date, 55% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated and over 63% of the eligible population has started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 54% of its eligible residents are fully immunized.
DISTRIBUTION OF HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NEVADA
NOTE: The state does not update hospitalization data on weekends or public holidays.
According to the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospital patients in Nevada was DOWN (-51) since Friday.
The current number of hospitalizations is 698 confirmed / suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 157 of these patients were in intensive care units and 92 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record for inpatients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
The Nevada Hospital Association did not file a weekly COVID update last week. He was due to return on October 13, but no update was provided.
SOUTHERN NEVADA RECOVERY CASE
The number of people who have recovered from the virus in southern Nevada continues to rise. The county’s latest update estimates a total of 311,907 recovered cases; this represents 95.3% of all reported cases in the county, according to the latest SNHD report.
The health district provides a daily card with the number of positive tests in each Clark County zip code.
MITIGATION MEASURES IN NEVADA
Nevada reopened to 100% capacity on June 1 and social distancing guidelines were lifted, helping the state return mostly to pre-pandemic times, with a few exceptions.
The CDC turned the tide on July 27, saying fully vaccinated Americans in areas with “substantial and high” transmission should wear masks indoors when in public as COVID-19 cases increase . Most of Nevada falls into these two risk categories.
Nevada has said it will adopt the CDC guidelines with the new mask directive that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 30. This replaces the Clark County employee mask mandate, which went into effect in mid-July.
On August 16, Governor Sisolak signed a new directive that allows fully vaccinated participants at large gatherings to remove their masks, but only if the venue chooses to require everyone present to provide proof of vaccination. Those with only one injection and not “fully immunized” would still be allowed to attend, as would children under 12, but both would have to wear masks.
Masks should always be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidelines.
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