Below is the full COVID-19 report for Wednesday, July 28
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 26 COVID-19 deaths and 1,345 new cases in data released today.
And while hospitalizations dropped on Wednesday, the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) is estimating that number will grow by more than 250 over the next two and a half weeks, hitting 1,400 patients by the second week of August.
The health care system remains in good condition, NHA says.
Nevada’s test positivity rate is now at 14.3% up from 14.0% — and following Clark County’s steadily increasing rate of 15.5%.
Clark County continues to fuel the higher numbers, with about 89% of Nevada’s COVID-19 cases. Twelve of Nevada’s 17 counties are now flagged for elevated risk of transmission.
Twenty-four of Nevada’s 26 new deaths are from Clark County.
Clark County and Nevada remain places with high COVID-19 transmission and continue to linger on the White House’s list of “areas of concern,” according to an updated report released Wednesday morning.
Almost the entire state is red, leaving every county but one labeled a “high transmission” area. Nevada is listed among these other high transmission states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
A BREAKDOWN OF CASES & DEATHS & TESTING
Nevada’s case count grew by 1,345 in the past day, most from Clark County (1,160). The state’s total cases are now at 355,091. Clark County has a total of 279,142. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend or holidays, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.
Nevada’s test positivity rate is at 14.3%, up from 14.0%. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization’s goal, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28. Clark County’s rate is even higher, at 15.5%, up from 15.3%.
Nevada reported 26 COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, 24 from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 4,693 of the state’s 5,900 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is seven deaths per day.
As of Wednesday, a total of 3,712,707 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 11,116 in the past day.
*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.
TRACKING NV COUNTIES
July 6 was the first time since March 3 that Clark County had been flagged for elevated disease transmission (A county is flagged for elevated disease transmission if it meets two or three of the above criteria). In today’s report, Clark remains flagged, along with Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Washoe counties.
Clark County’s case rate (819 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (15.5%) are flagged in data reported today. Testing (242 tests per day per 100,000) is within the state’s acceptable range.
The state’s health department reports 2,679,018 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of July 28. Of Nevada’s total doses, 2,142,381 have been administered in the southern part of the state, according to the Health District’s daily dashboard update.
As of today, more than 47% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 56% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that more than 46% of its eligible residents are fully vaccinated, edging closer to its goal of 60%.
A BREAKDOWN OF NEVADA HOSPITALIZATIONS
NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization data on weekends or holidays.
According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was DOWN on Wednesday.
The current number of hospitalizations is 1,129 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 241 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 142 were on ventilators.
The healthcare system is considered good at this time, according to the most recent report from the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).
But NHA advises that the growing number of COVID-19 patients is a concern.
“Clinical and nursing staff shortages during this surge are an anticipated concern. There are no hospitals reporting shortages or anticipating shortages of medical supplies, PPE, ventilators, or medications at this time,” NHA said.
“Hospitals report that 95%+/- of all patients hospitalized are unvaccinated. Hence, robust vaccination campaigns remain the best mitigation strategy.”
“Based on the current southern hospitalization trendline, tier one acute care facilities can reasonably anticipate 1,400 hospitalized COVID patients by the second week of August,” NHA reports.
To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
RECOVERY CASES IN SOUTHERN NEVADA
The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Southern Nevada continues to increase. The latest county update estimates a total of 260,826 recovered cases; that’s 93.4% of all reported cases in the county, according to SNHD’s latest report.
The health district provides a daily map with the number of positive tests in each ZIP code in Clark County.
MITIGATION MEASURES IN NEVADA
Nevada reopened to 100% capacity on June 1 and social distancing guidelines lifted, helping the state return to mostly pre-pandemic times, with some exceptions.
The CDC reversed course 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 rise. Most of Nevada falls into those two risk categories.
Nevada said it would adopt the CDC’s guidance with a new mask guideline that goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 30. This overrides Clark County’s employee mask mandate, which went into effect in mid-July.
Masks still must be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.
SEE ALSO: Previous day’s report