Below is the full COVID-19 report for Wednesday, Sept. 15
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — About two weeks past the Labor Day weekend, Nevada is reporting more than 1,400 new COVID-19 cases, along with 32 deaths in data released today.
With 1,475 new cases — 780 in Clark County — the case counts continue to be above 1,000, which has been a trend with few exceptions since the middle of July.
The COVID-19 numbers have improved somewhat in Clark County, which has the bulk of the state’s population but now carries a shrinking share of the coronavirus cases in Nevada — at 53% today. But even with lower numbers, the dramatic decline of some indicators has slowed. Test positivity and hospitalizations are no longer falling fast.
Of the state’s 32 deaths, 27 were reported in Clark County.
Test positivity was down slightly statewide at 11.4% after yesterday’s report of 11.5%. Clark County’s test positivity rate dropped slightly from 8.9% to 8.8%.
Testing has recently increased, particularly in Nevada’s metro areas, where some people have chosen regular testing instead of getting vaccinated — requirements put in place by many Nevada employers even before President Biden issued the requirements for large companies. More than 12,000 test results were reported in today’s data, and weekend testing hit 55,000 in Monday’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. 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.
There are 180.1 new cases reported per 100,000 every seven days in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
A BREAKDOWN OF CASES, DEATHS AND TESTING
Nevada’s case count grew by 1,475 over the past day, 780 in Clark County — about 53% of the state total. The state’s total cases are now at 408,733. Clark County has a total of 313,601. 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 11.4%, down from 11.5% 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 has fallen to 8.8%, down from 8.9% reported yesterday.
Of the 32 additional COVID-19-related deaths, 27 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 5,429 of the state’s 6,821 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is 11 deaths per day.
As of Sept. 2, the health district reports there are 112 breakthrough deaths. The county’s dashboard has not updated information about breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths since that report.
As of yesterday, a total of 4,224,727 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 12,527 since yesterday.
*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, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Storey, and Washoe counties.
Clark County’s case rate (715 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (8.8%) are flagged in data reported today. Testing (335 tests per day per 100,000) is within the state’s acceptable range.
The state’s health department reports 3,017,008 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Sept. 15.
As of today, more than 53% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 63% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 53% 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 DOWN (-17) since yesterday.
The current number of hospitalizations is 1,073 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 247 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 159 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
In the Nevada Hospitalization’s most recent report, the decline in hospitalizations is “entirely driven by slowing hospitalizations within Clark County.”
Emergency rooms statewide are overcrowded, and are being inundated by people seeking rapid COVID-19 tests to return to work or school.
“The NHA is now encouraging everyone to avoid hospital emergency rooms for COVID-19 testing and instead visit one of the many other available options,” according to the report.
Staffing alerts remain in place for all Nevada medical facilities. That’s just one step below “crisis” level.
“Rural Nevada has reached a record high number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The majority of these patients are unvaccinated. The number may be skewed from previous waves because rural facilities are experiencing difficulty transferring patients to urban medical centers for intensive care.”
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 296,642 recovered cases; that’s 94.6% 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 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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