NEW: Over 1,400 COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths reported in Nevada
Below is the Full COVID-19 report from Wednesday, September 15
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – About two weeks after Labor Day weekend, Nevada is reporting more than 1,400 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 32 deaths in data released today.
With 1,475 new cases – 780 in Clark County – the number of cases continues to exceed 1,000, which is a trend with a few exceptions since mid-July.
COVID-19 numbers have improved somewhat in Clark County, which is home to most of the state’s population but now carries a declining share of coronavirus cases in Nevada – to 53% today. But even with lower numbers, the dramatic drop in some indicators has slowed down. The positivity of the tests and the hospitalizations do not decrease any more quickly.
Of the state’s 32 deaths, 27 have been reported in Clark County.
Testing positivity declined slightly statewide to 11.4% after yesterday’s report of 11.5%. Clark County’s test positivity rate declined slightly from 8.9% to 8.8%.
Testing has recently increased, especially in metropolitan areas of Nevada, where some people have chosen regular testing instead of getting the vaccine – requirements put in place by many Nevada employers even before President Biden released the. requirements for large companies. More than 12,000 test results were reported in today’s data, and weekend testing reached 55,000 in Monday’s reports.
Nevada continues to be labeled as a location with high transmission of COVID-19 and Clark County remains “an area of ââconcern,” 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.
There are 180.1 new cases reported per 100,000 every seven days in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
A BREAKDOWN OF CASES, DEATHS AND TESTS
The number of cases in Nevada increased by 1,475 in the last day, with 780 in Clark County, or about 53% of the state total. The state’s total number of cases now stands at 408,733. Clark County has a total of 313,601. 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 11.4%, down from 11.5% yesterday. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17 and exceeded it on June 28. Clark County’s rate fell to 8.8%, from 8.9% reported yesterday.
Of the 32 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, 27 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 5,429 of the state’s 6,821 deaths. The 14-day moving average is 11 deaths per day.
As of September 2, the health district reports that there are 112 major deaths. The county dashboard has not updated information on breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths since this report.
Yesterday, a total of 4,224,727 COVID-19 tests were performed in Nevada, with an increase of 12,527 since yesterday.
* NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.
MONITORING NV COUNTIES
July 6 was the first time since March 3 that Clark County had been reported for high transmission of the disease (A county is reported for high disease transmission if it meets two or three of the above criteria). In today’s report, Clark remains reported, along with the counties of Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey, and Washoe.
Clark County’s case rate (715 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (8.8%) are reported in data reported today. Testing (335 tests per day per 100,000) is within the acceptable range for the state.
The state health department reports 3,017,008 doses COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Nevada, to September 15.
To date, over 53% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated and 63% of the eligible population has started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 53% 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 (-17) since yesterday.
The current number of hospitalizations is 1,073 confirmed / suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 247 of these patients were in intensive care units and 159 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record for inpatients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
In the most recent report from Nevada Hospitalization, the drop in hospitalizations is “entirely due to the slowdown in hospitalizations in Clark County.”
Emergency rooms across the state are overcrowded and inundated with people looking for rapid COVID-19 tests to return to work or school.
“The NHA now encourages everyone to avoid hospital emergency rooms for COVID-19 testing and instead visit one of the many other options available,” according to the report.
Staffing alerts remain in place for all Nevada medical facilities. It’s just a cut below the âcrisisâ level.
âRural Nevada has reached a record number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The majority of these patients are not vaccinated. The number may be skewed from previous waves as rural facilities find it difficult to transfer patients to urban medical centers for intensive care. “
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 296,642 recovered cases; this represents 94.6% 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 primarily 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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