NEW: COVID-19 test positivity, hospitalizations climbing as SNHD recommends masks

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Below is the full COVID-19 report for Thursday, July 15

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The number of COVID-19 patients in Nevada hospitals jumped by 48 to a total of 819 in data released Friday. Hospitals reported 175 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 81 were on ventilators — all levels Nevada hasn’t seen since mid-February.

The state’s test positivity rate climbed to 11.3%, with Clark County hitting 12.7%.

And going into the weekend, the Southern Nevada Health District recommended that everyone — vaccinated or not — should wear a mask in crowded indoor public settings.

New COVID-19 cases jumped by 866 in Nevada, with 780 reported in Clark County in data released Friday. About 90% of the state’s cases came from Southern Nevada.

Nevada reported six deaths — five from Clark County.

You can find this data under the “Trends — Test Positivity Rate” tab of the DHHS dashboard

A BREAKDOWN OF CASES & DEATHS & TESTING

Nevada’s case count grew by 866 on Thursday, most from Clark County (780). The state’s total cases are now at 343,096. Clark County has a total of 268,514. 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 11.3%, up from 10.7%. 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 12.7%.

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

Nevada reported six additional COVID-19-related deaths, five from Clark County in the past 24 hours. Nevada’s most populous county now accounts for 4,563 of the state’s 5,758 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is three deaths per day.

As of Thursday, a total of 3,613,764 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 7,325 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 Churchill, Elko, Esmeralda, Lyon and Nye counties.

Clark County’s case rate (502 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (12.7%) are flagged in data reported today. Testing (172 tests per day per 100,000) is within the state’s acceptable range.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state’s health department reports 2,595,728 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of July 14. Of Nevada’s total doses, 2,065,925 have been administered in the southern part of the state, according to the Health District’s daily dashboard update.

As of today, 46% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 54% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that nearly 45% of its eligible residents is 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 UP in the past day, increasing by 48 patients.

The current number of hospitalizations is 819 confirmed/suspected cases.

“Nevada’s resurgence continues with COVID-19-related hospitalizations increasing in the southern region,” according to the most recent report from the Nevada Hospital Association.

Full statement released Wednesday from the Nevada Hospital Association:

“The general population appears desensitized to the threat, and individuals are not following CDC guidelines related to mask-wearing for unvaccinated persons or maintaining social distancing in crowded
indoor locations. Vaccinations have plateaued, and while most patients are unvaccinated, hospitals are seeing some breakthrough cases requiring advanced medical treatments.

COVID-19 patients account for approximately 14% of the relative demand placed on hospitals statewide and 16% of the relative demand in the southern region (confirmed and suspected/ total census). Some facilities are reporting increased hospital and ICU occupancy rates (at or above 90%); however, most of these patients are all-cause hospitalizations. Hospitals are not reporting shortages of ventilators, supplies, vaccines, or other therapeutics, although ICU and ventilator use is increasing.”

NEVADA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

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 253,126 recovered cases; that’s 94.3% 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.


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.

Fully-vaccinated Nevadans no longer have to wear masks. However, 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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