Below is the full COVID-19 report for Monday, Aug. 9
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 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 released Tuesday. The county was first labeled a “sustained hot spot” on July 5.
This comes as the state reports 40 deaths in the past day (32 from Clark County), data released today shows. This is the largest number of deaths reported since Feb. 4’s report when 39 deaths were recorded.
The state’s test positivity rate sits at 16.3% while Clark County’s rate is currently 17%.
Clark County continues to fuel the higher numbers, with about 65% of the state’s daily COVID-19 cases.
Almost all of Nevada is labeled as a “high transmission” area, and it is now one of 36 listed as high transmission states. The CDC is using cases per 100,000 over the past seven days to determine high transmission.
There are 240 new cases reported per 100,000 every seven days in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
Eleven of the state’s 17 counties are now flagged for substantial or high transmission, sparking the Nevada Health Response to remind residents last week to wear masks in public indoor settings, even if fully vaccinated.
A BREAKDOWN OF CASES & DEATHS & TESTING
Nevada’s case count grew by 1,125 in the past day, most from Clark County (733). The state’s total cases are now at 367,709. Clark County has a total of 289,114. 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 16.3%, unchanged from the previous day’s report. 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 17%.
Nevada reported 40 COVID-19-related deaths in the past day, 32 from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 4,860 of the state’s 6,080 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is ten deaths per day.
This is the largest number of deaths reported since Feb. 16’s report when 41 deaths were recorded.
As of July 29, the health district reports there are 178 breakthrough hospitalizations and 40 breakthrough deaths.
As of Monday, a total of 3,816,756 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 6,677 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 Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Lincoln, Lyon, Nye and Washoe counties.
Clark County’s case rate (1,002 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (17%) are flagged in data reported today. Testing (270 tests per day per 100,000) is within the state’s acceptable range.
The state’s health department reports 2,763,569 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Aug. 9. Of Nevada’s total doses, 2,211,428 have been administered in the southern part of the state, according to the Health District’s daily dashboard update.
As of today, 48% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 59% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 47% 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 in the past day.
The current number of hospitalizations is 1,279 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 269 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 181 were on ventilators.
“Unvaccinated COVID-19 patients continue to fill southern Nevada hospitals contributing to hospital overcrowding and staffing shortages,” according to the most recent report from the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).
“Hospitals report that 95%+/- of all patients hospitalized are unvaccinated. Hence, robust vaccination campaigns remain the best mitigation strategy,” the organization stated in last week’s report.
The NHA says the growing number of COVID-19 patients is a concern.
Approximately 26% of all hospitalized patients in the south have COVID, and 31% of the people in the ICUs, the organization noted Thursday.
“Southern hospitals are reporting adequate supplies, medications, and ventilator inventories. “Staffing remains a concern, with multiple hospitals reporting shortages. The number of facilities reporting staffing shortages has been reduced from seven in week 31 to five this week,” NHA said.
To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
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 270,232 recovered cases; that’s 93.5% 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 a new mask guideline that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 30. This overrides Clark County’s employee mask mandate, which went into effect in mid-July.
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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