Below is the full COVID-19 report for Dec. 30-Jan. 2.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Starting with a record-shattering number of cases reported on New Year’s Eve, Clark County has had three of the highest case numbers reported in the COVID-19 pandemic within the past four days.

On Friday, Clark County reported 3,363 cases — the highest number so far. Saturday’s report showed the second-highest ever, with 3,261 cases in the county. On Sunday, the county reported 2,985 cases — the third-highest single day total. And Monday shows 1,858 cases.

The four-day total adds up to 11,467 COVID-19 cases in Clark County alone. Statewide, the four-day total was 12,443. Overall, the county had more than 92% of the cases reported in Nevada.

Test positivity rates jumped significantly, increasing to 14.1 in the county (up from 11.1% last week) and 12.6% statewide (up from 10.1% last week).

The omicron variant now accounts for just over a quarter of all cases in Clark County, according to data from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. Omicron has grown faster in Washoe County, where 40% of all cases are the fast-spreading omicron variant.

Hospitalizations have grown to 1,006 statewide — 890 of those in Clark County.

Gov. Steve Sisolak delivered a message to Nevadans as the high case numbers came in today:

“Today, we are seeing an alarming number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations reported after the end of year holidays. My team is continuing to analyze the numbers and we are working with health districts and other partners to provide resources to combat the surge we are facing,” Sisolak said. 

“Nevadans – we have the resources to fight this pandemic, keep businesses and schools open, and to help bring case numbers down,” he said.

He reminded people who are not yet vaccinated to get the vaccine, and to get a booster shot when they are eligible. “Please wear your face mask in indoor public settings, regardless of your vaccination status. If you are sick, please stay at home and seek out COVID-19 testing,” Sisolak said. And he reminded people to get their information from a trusted source — their doctor or another medical provider.

For more information, visit NVCOVIDFighter.org.  

A look at current COVID-19 numbers:

CLARK COUNTY

  • New cases: 11,467 (total: 377,518)
  • Deaths: 0 (total: 6,461)
  • Test positivity rate: 14.1% (up from 11.1% last week)
  • Hospitalizations: 890 (up 137 from last week)

NEVADA

  • New cases: 12,443 (total: 497,084)
  • Deaths: 8 (total: 8,428)
  • Test positivity rate: 12.6% (up from 10.1% last week)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,006 (up 127 from last week)

The graphs below show the test positivity for the state (first image), followed by Clark County’s test positivity rate.

The state is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the mask rule. The mandate will remain in place in each county until the following conditions are met:

  • The COVID-19 test positivity rate must be below 8%
  • The case rate (per 100,000 population over 7 days) must be below 50 for two full weeks. A rating above 100 cases per 100,000 individuals or higher is considered “high” transmission risk, while 50-99.99 per 100,000 is considered “substantial” by the CDC. The county must reach “moderate” for two full weeks.

Test positivity in Clark County is at 14.1%, up from 11.1% the previous day. The current case rate for Clark County is “high” at 711.1, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

Nevada’s test positivity rate is at 12.6%, up from 10.1% last week. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization’s goal, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28.

None of the 8 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,461 of the state’s 8,428 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is at 3 deaths per day.

As of Dec. 29, the Southern Nevada Health District reports there are 249 breakthrough deaths (+3), 845 breakthrough hospitalizations (+15) and 19,501 breakthrough cases (+2,762). (Increases are compared to numbers reported on Dec. 22.)

As of yesterday, a total of 5,968,148 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 56,581 since last week. The number of tests reported has gone up as more employers require employees to be vaccinated or go through weekly testing.

*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.

TRACKING NV COUNTIES

The test positivity rate in Clark County has risen to 14.1%, which puts the county back on the state’s watch list for elevated transmission risk. The rate must be below 8% and a separate measure of the county’s case rate — currently “high” at 711.1 cases (per 100,000 population over the past seven days) — needs to drop below 50 for two straight weeks before the mask mandate can end.

In today’s report, seven of Nevada’s 17 counties are flagged for high transmission.

Clark County’s case rate (1,347 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (14.1%) are flagged in data reported today. Testing (308 tests per day per 100,000) is within the state’s acceptable range.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state’s health department reports 3,976,652 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Jan. 2.

As of today, 54.53% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 64.51% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 53.85% 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 (+127) since last week.

The current number of hospitalizations is 1,006 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 188 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 108 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.

A statement released by University Medical Center CEO Mason Van Houweling cautions that wait times are likely to increase as more COVID patients are hospitalized:

“As the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads across our community, UMC’s Emergency Department and Quick Care locations continue to experience significant increases in patient volumes. UMC is here to care for our community, just as we have throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic. In the interest of maintaining complete transparency with our patients, UMC would like to make community members aware that people visiting the ER or Quick Care locations for non-urgent, routine medical needs may experience increased wait times. As always, our team will provide immediate care to all patients with emergent medical needs.

As our world-class team members respond to this surge, we encourage community members to support our efforts by avoiding unnecessary ER and Quick Care visits for non-urgent medical needs. Patients with asymptomatic COVID-19 or mild symptoms do not typically require medical treatment, unless they have risk factors for developing severe cases of COVID-19. Otherwise healthy people with mild or no symptoms should isolate at home, monitor their symptoms and seek medical care if their condition worsens. 

Please rest assured that UMC remains fully prepared to meet the health care needs of our community. We have planned for this scenario, and we have the staffing, supplies and bed space needed to ensure our patients receive the high-quality care they deserve in the safest possible clinical environment.”

— UMC CEO Mason Van Houweling

The graphs below show hospitalizations in Nevada (first image) and in Clark County:

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 343,491 recovered cases; that’s 91% of all reported cases in the county, according to SNHD’s latest report.


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 the new mask guideline that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 30. This overrides Clark County’s employee mask mandate, which went into effect in mid-July.

On Aug. 16, Gov. Sisolak signed a new directive that allows fully vaccinated attendees at large gatherings to remove their masks, but only if the venue chooses to require everyone in attendance to provide proof of vaccination. Those who have just one shot and are not “fully vaccinated” would still be allowed to attend, as would children under 12, but both would need to wear masks.

Masks still must be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.

State approval for vaccinating children 5-11 years old was given on Nov. 3, with plans by the Southern Nevada Health District to begin vaccinations on Nov. 10. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for children at this time.

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