NEW: 40 deaths, nearly 1,300 cases statewide; Clark County test positivity down again

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CORRECTION: This story incorrectly reported the number of cases statewide. The story has been adjusted to reflect the correct number.


Below is the full COVID-19 report for Thursday, Aug. 12

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports nearly 1,300 new COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths in COVID-19 data released today.

Clark County continues to fuel the higher numbers, with about 68% of the state’s daily COVID-19 cases.

Nevada reported 1,280 new cases, with 870 coming from Clark County.

The state’s test positivity rate sits at 16.3% — unchanged all week — while Clark County’s rate is currently 16.7%, down from 16.8% the previous day.

Coronavirus hospitalizations are slowing in the southern region of the state, according to the report released Wednesday from the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).

“Nevada is experiencing a slowing of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the southern region and increases within the northern region. We remain cautiously optimistic that Nevada may be reaching the peak of the current wave,” the NHA noted.

The number of hospitalized patients across the state increased by 18 in today’s reports.

Nevada continues to be labeled a place with high COVID-19 transmission and Clark County remains “an area of concern,” according to an updated White House report released Wednesday. The county was first labeled a “sustained hot spot” on July 5.

Almost all of Nevada is labeled as a “high transmission” area, and it is now one of 36 listed as high transmission states. The CDC is using cases per 100,000 over the past seven days to determine high transmission.

There are 251 new cases reported per 100,000 every seven days in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

A BREAKDOWN OF CASES & DEATHS & TESTING

Nevada’s case count grew by 1,280 in the past day, most from Clark County (870). The state’s total cases are now at 371,126. Clark County has a total of 291,502. 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 16.3%, unchanged from the previous day’s report. 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 16.7% — but down from 16.8% the previous day and steadily declining.

You can find this data under the “Current Status — Confirmed Cases” tab of the DHHS dashboard

Of the 40 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported today, 38 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 4,936 of the state’s 6,160 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is 12 deaths per day.

As of Aug. 11, the health district reports there are 225 breakthrough hospitalizations and 49 breakthrough deaths.

As of Thursday, a total of 3,849,552 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 12,694 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, Eureka, Lincoln, Lyon, Nye and Washoe counties.

Clark County’s case rate (1,013 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (16.7%) are flagged in data reported today. Testing (276 tests per day per 100,000) is within the state’s acceptable range.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state’s health department reports 2,785,984 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Aug. 12. Of Nevada’s total doses, 2,228,193 have been administered in the southern part of the state, according to the Health District’s daily dashboard update.

As of today, 49% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 59% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 47% of its eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

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 UP in the past day.

The current number of hospitalizations is 1,294 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 287 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 185 were on ventilators.

“Nevada is experiencing a slowing of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the southern region and increases within
the northern region. We remain cautiously optimistic that Nevada may be reaching the peak of the current
wave,” according to the most recent report from the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).

However, NHA notes that “even as cases slow, historically, significant case counts remain within the hospitals for close to a month once the peak has been reached.”

The Nevada seven-day moving averages are beginning to flatten for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations, the organization stated in this week’s report. “This is being driven by the slowing admission rates in southern Nevada.”

“Hospitals report that 95%+/- of all patients hospitalized are unvaccinated. Hence, robust vaccination campaigns remain the best mitigation strategy,” the organization stated two weeks ago.

To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.

You can find this data under the “Current Status — Hospitalizations” tab of the DHHS dashboard

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 272,782 recovered cases; that’s 93.6% 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 went 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

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