NEW: Nearly 800 COVID-19 cases reported statewide, test positivity rate increases to 9.6%

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is reporting nearly 800 new COVID-19 cases and increase in its test positivity rate. Over the past day, the state’s 14-day test positivity rate has grown from 9.3% to 9.6 percent.

Data released Thursday notes 789 new COVID-19 cases in Nevada and 573 in Clark County. There is now a total of 92,853 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide with 76,817 in Clark County.

Nevada is reporting four new COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, with one from Clark County. Of Nevada’s 1,736 deaths, 1,488 are in Clark County.

According to Nevada Health Response, 10,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted in Nevada on Wednesday. The state typically reports between 8,000 and 10,000 tests a day.

This week, Clark County was flagged again for elevated disease transmission after meeting the criteria of high case rates and high test positivity. Clark is one of eight counties flagged in the Nevada Health Response’s report.

Clark County has a case rate of 463 per 100,000 and a test positivity of 9.1 percent.

Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 10

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Wednesday, Oct. 21.

NEVADA HOSPITALIZATIONS

NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization data, including the number of patients in ICU units or on ventilators, on Sundays or holidays. 

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was down on Wednesday, according to data released Thursday.

Nevada reported 520 confirmed/suspected cases on Wednesday, down 15 from the previous day.

The state is seeing an increase in confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalizations, according to the latest report by the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA). The NHA referred to the recent increase as “an indication of serious disease” in its Oct. 12 report. 

The organization says the increase in hospitalized patients is too early to define, but notes this could signal “the beginning of a fall resurgence” or the public’s lack of concern with COVID-19 guidelines.

The state set a record for hospitalized patients on July 31 with 1,165 cases.

The highest numbers of hospitalizations have all been reported since July 23.

Top 5Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)Date reported
11,165July 31
21,160July 23
31,159July 30
41,152August 2
51,148August 4
Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 8

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21:

There were 161 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Wednesday, up 14 from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 53 patients on ventilators, up six from the previous day.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Oct. 21):

  • Statewide hospital occupancy rates: 76%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 64%
  • Ventilators in use: 23%
Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 6

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 92,853 confirmed cases and 1,736 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 789 new cases reported in the last day.

The DHHS is reporting four new COVID-19-related deaths statewide in the past 24 hours.

It is important to note there is a delay in death reporting by both the state and county.

“Please keep in mind that the death rates we are seeing correspond to cases diagnosed up to 5 weeks ago,” Nevada Health Response stated in a news release.

A recent update to the state’s COVID-19 daily death graph (Mortality Trends, page 3 of DHHS dashboard) shows Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 had the highest count of fatalities, tied with 26, followed by 23 deaths on Aug. 15.

The highest number of fatalities recorded in a single-day:

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported
126 deathsAug. 5, Aug. 6
223 deathsAug. 15
322 deathsAug. 11
421 deathsAug. 9
520 deathsJuly 29
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 3

The Nevada DHHS says it is important to note that there is often a delay in death reporting. Cumulative daily death counts are displayed by the date of death, rather than the date the death was reported to the state. The total count for statewide deaths on the first tab may not equal the sum of the cumulative daily death counts because of cases where exact date of death is unknown or pending report.

Here are the largest single-day increases for COVID-19 cases in Nevada:

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported
11,447July 15
21,380July 16
31,288July 18
41,264July 30
51,262July 22
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 2

The state’s health experts say as more testing sites open and more COVID-19 tests are conducted, the state will see a rise in cases.

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,175,414 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 10,000 in the past 24 hours. According to the state, a transition to a “testing encounters” methodology to account for people who receive both a rapid and PCR test on the same day will result in an overall decrease in the total reported number of tests by 3.8%.

With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations stabilizing over the past several weeks, Nevada’s test positivity rate has fallen below 10 percent. The test positivity rate is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 9.6% as of Wednesday.

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

Click HERE to view the DHHS Dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 789 new COVID-19 cases, 573 of them were reported in Clark County on Wednesday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Thursday.

There is now a total of 1,488 deaths, 76,817 confirmed cases and 7,060 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

There was one new death reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 63.9 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 3,381 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

More than a third of the cases (39.2%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (47.6%) of the positive cases reported in the county are in the age group of 25 to 49.

Click HERE to see the SNHD dashboard

The SNHD is including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. Since Sept. 10, two additional cases have been reported; one on Sept. 30, and one on Oct. 2, bringing the total to 11. There was an additional case reported on Oct. 16, bringing the total to 12 cases, but the county went back to reporting 11 cases on Saturday, Oct. 17. All of these cases were reported in children under the age of 14, and all of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. 

According to the health district, MIS-C is rare and is still being studied by the CDC to learn more about it and its impact on children. While there isn’t a known cause, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or close contact with someone who did.

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Clark County continues to increase. As of Wednesday, the county estimates a total of 69,711 recovered cases; that’s 90.7% 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.

UNLV COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

UNLV has changed the way it is reporting cases. At the end of each week, the university will update its graph noting new cases.

According to the most recent report, 32 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week. Twenty-nine of the cases were students, while one of the cases is a staff member and two are faculty. A total of 240 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data.

CLICK HERE TO SEE UNLV’S COVID-19 REPORT.

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

As Nevada sees an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Sisolak is encouraging Nevadans to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or the state-wide situation might worsen.

During a press conference on Oct. 20, Gov. Sisolak said the state is starting to see a fall surge of COVID-19. He is making it clear that now is not the time to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday, Sept. 29, that he is adjusting the group gathering limit to 250 people — five times the current limit of 50 people under COVID-19 regulations.

The change took effect Thursday, Oct. 1.

This means that many events can soon return to Nevada, including live performances and church services. WATCH: Gov. Sisolak raises cap on crowds to 250, effective Thursday.

Nevada is still continuing to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic, and is seeing progress with the downward trend of hospitalizations and cases. In August , Gov. Sisolak announced that Nevada’s new long-term plan will be state managed, but locally executed.

Here is a quick breakdown of how it works:

  • Every week, the state will update the Elevated Disease Transmission Criteria for each county. That includes testing, case rates and positivity rates.
  • Counties at high risk will need to create and implement an action plan that targets sources of infection and community spread.

For more on this new approach, click HERE.

After Gov. Sisolak extended Phase 1 restrictions of bars in Clark County on July 10, the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force voted Sept. 17 to allow Clark County bars, taverns, wineries, and similar businesses to reopen. The establishments reopened on Sept. 20. Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force votes to allow Clark County bars, taverns to reopen 

The state transitioned into Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, May 29, after a directive in mid-March that forced all non-essential businesses to close to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Nevada Health Response officials noted Tuesday, June 9, that Nevada’s COVID-19 data is showing an above-average daily increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. They are reminding Nevadans of precautionary measures that can be taken to minimize the spread of the virus such as staying at home when possible, wearing a face-covering in public, maintaining six feet of social distancing and keeping up with proper hand hygiene.

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