NEW: COVID-19 hospitalizations increasing as Nevada gives go-ahead to vaccinate kids age 5-11

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Below is the full COVID-19 report for Nov. 2.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada gave the go-ahead Wednesday for all health care providers to start vaccinating kids 5-11 years old, beginning a new stage in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

A news release from Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office in Carson City announced the approval.

National pharmacies had already started making appointments.

The change comes as 56.50% of eligible Nevadans had been fully vaccinated, and 65.13% of the eligible population had initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 55.77% of its eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

Those percentages should drop as the number of eligible Nevadans grows to include the new group.

Hospitalizations in Nevada have been on the rise over the past week, climbing near 700 in data released today. Clark County patients account for 488 of the 693 COVID-19 patients across the state.

Clark County reports 432 new COVID-19 cases and the state’s total was 770 cases. Nine new deaths were reported, all in Clark County.

Test positivity rates were unchanged since yesterday.

A look at current COVID-19 numbers:

CLARK COUNTY*

  • New cases: 432 (total: 333,478)
  • Deaths: 9 (total: 5,992)
  • Test positivity rate: 5.8% (unchanged from the previous day)

NEVADA

  • New cases: 770 (total: 441,916)
  • Deaths: 9 (total: 7,677)
  • Test positivity rate: 6.6% (unchanged from the previous day)

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.

Test positivity in Clark County is at 5.8%. The current case rate for Clark County (per 100,000 over 7 days) is 110.3.

Nevada’s test positivity rate is at 6.6%, unchanged from the previous day. 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 at 5.8%, unchanged from the previous day.

Nine additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Nevada — all from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 5,992 of the state’s 7,677 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is 6 deaths per day.

As of Oct. 28, the Southern Nevada Health District reports there are 183 breakthrough deaths, 566 breakthrough hospitalizations and 11,104 breakthrough cases.

As of yesterday, a total of 5,310,259 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 12,618 since yesterday. 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 dropped below 8%, which takes the county off the state’s watch list for elevated transmission risk. If the county can sustain levels for test positivity and testing, state restrictions — including mask requirements — could be relaxed. A separate measure of the county’s case rate — currently 110.3 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, 13 of Nevada’s 17 counties are still flagged for high transmission.

Clark County’s case rate (452 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) is flagged in data reported today. Test positivity rate (5.8%) and testing (347 tests per day per 100,000) are within the state’s acceptable range.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state’s health department reports 3,348,388 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Nov. 2. 

As of today, 56.50% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 65.13% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 55.77% 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 (+24) from the last report.

The current number of hospitalizations is 693 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 188 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 115 were on ventilators. 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 317,496 recovered cases; that’s 95.2% 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 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.

SEE ALSO: Previous day’s report

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