NEW: Nevada hospitalizations drop below 1,000, 33 deaths reported

Coronavirus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is continuing its three-week downward trend and hospitalizations have dropped below 1,000, according to the state’s latest report.

Of the 33 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the past day, 23 were in Clark County, data released Saturday shows. The state’s 14-day rolling average is now 17 deaths per day.

Nevada reports 898 new COVID-19 cases, with 657 from Clark County. The state’s total cases are now at 283,391. Clark County has a total of 218,178.

Daily case totals have dropped below 1,000 since Jan. 30.

The test positivity rate dropped again Friday, falling from 16.3% to 16.0%, continuing a trend of declines that began on Jan. 14. The record — 22.3% — was reported on Dec. 8, 2020. Clark County’s test positivity rate is 17.5%.

There were 10,408 tests performed in the last day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

For the 16th week in a row, Clark County was flagged for elevated disease transmission. Clark County remains in the red on Nevada Health Response’s “county criteria tracker.” The county was flagged for elevated disease transmission after meeting the criteria of high case rates and high test positivity. Clark is one of 11 counties flagged in the tracker, updated daily on the DHHS Dashboard.

Clark County has a case rate of 1,310 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 17.5%.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The DHHS Office of Analytics added a “vaccinations” tab to its dashboard on Wednesday, Feb. 3. It will provide weekly immunization numbers and includes total doses reported as administered in Nevada WebIZ, total vaccinations reported as initiated and total vaccinations reported as completed.

This info is under the “Current Status — Vaccinations” tab of the DHHS dashboard

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reports 288,531 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Feb. 2. According to the dashboard, 192,577 doses have been administered in Clark County.

The CDC’s vaccination data shows that Nevada has received more than 427,800 vaccine doses as of Feb. 6.

To find out when and where you can expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, click HERE.


Below is the full COVID-19 report for Friday, Feb. 5.

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 Friday, according to data released Saturday.

The number of hospitalizations decreased by 89 in the last day, and the current total is 983 confirmed/suspected cases.

In its Feb. 1 report, the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) said that while COVID hospitalizations are declining, the state is still at levels higher than the previous wave’s peek.

Hospitalizations in the north and south are declining, but northern Nevada is experiencing “significant drops.” COVID-19 patients are occupying 8% of staffed hospital beds, are utilizing just 2% of available ventilators and 6% of licensed ICU beds, according to the NHA.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Feb. 3):

  • Statewide licensed beds occupied: 81%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 64%
  • Ventilators in use: 37%

The state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.

Top 5Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)Date reported
12,025Dec. 13
22,008Dec. 15
32,001Dec. 22
41,996Dec. 20, Dec. 21
51,988Dec. 29
You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Hospitalizations” tab

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 5:

There were 250 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, down 18 from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 151 patients on ventilators, down four from the previous day.

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 283,391 confirmed cases and 4,496 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 898 new cases reported in the last day.

More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Nevada in 84 of the past 95 days. The state set a record for COVID-19 cases on Jan. 6 with 3,402.

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

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported
13,402Jan. 6
23,194Dec. 4
33,159Nov. 24
43,063Dec. 8
52,988Dec. 22
You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Confirmed Cases” tab

The DHHS is reporting 33 new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at 17.

“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 tab of DHHS dashboard) shows the highest count of fatalities — 46 — on Dec. 22 and Jan. 11, followed by 45 deaths on Dec. 10 and Dec. 18.

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 highest number of COVID-19-related deaths recorded in a single day in Nevada:

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported
146Dec. 22, Jan. 11
245Dec. 10, Dec. 18
343Dec. 6, Jan. 6
442Jan. 20
541Jan. 9
You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Deaths” tab

As of Friday, a total of 2,542,294 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 10,408 in the past 24 hours.

The test positivity is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 16.0% as of Friday, down from 16.3% the day before. It reached 10% on Oct. 24 but before then, Nevada had not recorded a test positivity at or above 10% since Sept. 1.

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

This info is under the “Current Status — Confirmed Cases” tab of the DHHS dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 898 new COVID-19 cases, about 73 percent of them — 657 — were reported in Clark County on Friday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Saturday.

There is now a total of 3,453 deaths, 218,178 confirmed cases and 12,117 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

Southern Nevada surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Jan. 17.

There were 23 deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 149.0 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 4,492 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

About a third of the cases (30.5%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (45.8%) of the positive cases reported in the county are in the age group of 25 to 49.

The SNHD is including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. Eleven cases were reported in January. So far in February, two new cases have been reported, with the latest coming in reports on Feb. 5, bringing the total to 44.

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. The latest county update estimates a total of 205,218 recovered cases; that’s 94.1% 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 COVID-19 cases. At the end of each week, the university will update its graph noting new cases.

According to the most recent report, 25 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, 19 among students, four involving staff, and two faculty members. A total of 702 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data on March 25.

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

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

Governor Sisolak extended the state’s current mitigation measures another 30 days, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the state. It was due to end Jan. 15, 2021.

During a news conference on Jan. 11, health officials Shannon Bennett and Candice McDaniel provided an update on revisions to the state’s vaccine playbook. Nevada is doing away with tiers and implementing a strategy meant to clarify priorities for vaccinating some people, while explaining that not everyone within an age group will be treated equally.

An important distinction comes in the two “lanes” to vaccination outlined in the playbook. There’s the “general population” lane, and there’s the “frontline/essential workforce” lane. To learn more, click HERE.

Nevada is currently working with the third version of the vaccine playbook, which outlines the state’s plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to its residents.

Gov. Sisolak is continuing to urge the public not to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.

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