I-Team: State data shows rising rate of coronavirus transmission, hospitalizations; experts seeing ‘COVID fatigue’


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A closer look at new data from the state of Nevada shows a rising rate of transmission in COVID-19 cases. There’s also a new peak for the number of COVID patients who are in the hospital.

The new data draws the question: Are we in the middle of a third wave of the coronavirus? Experts say it’s too early to tell, but state health leaders are warning of so-called “COVID fatigue.” According to officials, COVID Fatigue sets in as we get more comfortable seeing people again.

An example of COVID fatigue is not wearing masks as much as we should, and that is adding to the current increase.

“It could be a group of people carpooling, and you had four infections as a result of a carpool,” said Julia Peek, Deputy Administrator of Community Health Services. “Or a certain get together — albeit format and information where people felt a level not to mask or did not honor social distance. So I encourage people not to get COVID fatigue.”

Peek adds that it’s really important to avoid COVID-fatigue and stick to the safety guidelines put in place to help protect against the coronavirus as we head into Halloween and the holiday season.

The I-Team took some time to examine the current rise in cases and hospitalizations.

Let’s start with the number of COVID-19 cases in Clark County. The case rate is 421 per 100,000, which is still considered high. But it’s also important to note data lags several days, so none of these numbers includes any possible transmission from this weekend’s political rallies or early voting.

There was a peak in April, and then that second wave in August, and right now — it looks like a third peak may be happening, but experts say it’s too soon to say if that is the case for sure.

Watch the video above to see the I-Team’s David Charns break down the rest of the numbers on the current rise in cases and hospitalizations.

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