Below is the full COVID-19 report for Oct. 18.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s test positivity rate continues to fall, a continuing sign that the spread of COVID-19 is on the decline. And while that’s a good sign overall, the case rate in Clark County is still double where it needs to be before mask mandates can end.
Clark County’s case rate has to drop below 50 for two full weeks before the mandates go away. It’s currently at 99.8. The rate increased today, and while it is far lower than it was a few weeks ago, it hasn’t been a steady decline.
Nevada’s test positivity fell from 7.7% to 7.5% in data released today. Clark County’s rate dropped from 6.7% to 6.6%. Both are well below the state’s goal of 8%.
Case counts statewide were at 862, and 456 of those cases were reported by Clark County. That’s about 53% of the state’s total. Nevada reports 15 deaths, with seven from Clark County.
Hospitalizations statewide grew by 13, rising to 711. The number of patients had fallen below 700 for the first time since early July in reports from the weekend.
Cases have shifted away from Clark County over the past month of the current COVID-19 spike, but the mask mandate has remained in place statewide. The state is following 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.
Clark County is currently at 6.6% test positivity and the case rate is at 99.8, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
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. The county was first labeled a “sustained hot spot” on July 5.
Almost all of Nevada is labeled as a “high transmission” area. The CDC is using cases per 100,000 over the past seven days to determine high transmission.
A BREAKDOWN OF CASES, DEATHS AND TESTING
Nevada’s case count grew by 862 in the past day, with 456 in Clark County. The state’s total cases are now at 432,861. Clark County has a total of 327,885. 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 7.5%, down from 7.7% yesterday. 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 6.6%, down from 6.7% on Friday.
Of the 15 additional COVID-19-related deaths, seven were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 5,862 of the state’s 7,466 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is 10 deaths per day.
As of Sept. 30, the Southern Nevada Health District reports there are 158 breakthrough deaths, 482 breakthrough hospitalizations and 10,449 breakthrough cases. The county has not provided an update this month.
As of yesterday, a total of 5,134,718 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 13,233 since Friday.
*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 99.8 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, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey and Washoe counties are flagged.
Clark County’s case rate (492 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) is flagged in data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.6%) and testing (356 tests per day per 100,000) are within the state’s acceptable range.
The state’s health department reports 3,218,171 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Oct. 18.
As of today, 55% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and more than 63% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 54% 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 (+13) in the past day.
The current number of hospitalizations is 711 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 163 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 99 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
The Nevada Hospital Association did not file a weekly COVID update last week. It was expected to return on Oct. 13, but no update has been provided.
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 311,907 recovered cases; that’s 95.3% 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.
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.
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