NEW: Nevada’s cases, test positivity rate stable through the weekend; hospitalizations up

Coronavirus

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Oct. 22-24.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports nearly 1,400 new COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Overall, the numbers from the weekend were stable.

Test positivity rates that had been falling statewide remained unchanged at 7.1%, but Clark County dropped slightly from 6.3% to 6.2%.

The state reports 1,378 new cases, with 936 cases from Clark County, about 68% of the case total.

Of the 24 deaths reported statewide, 16 were in Clark County.

Hospitalizations have increased since the middle of last week, with 683 patients reported statewide. There were 55 more patients in Clark County since Friday.

And while stable is good news in some areas, it’s still not enough to end the mask mandate.

The state is following the 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.

Test positivity in Clark County is at 6.2%. The current case rate for Clark County (per 100,000 over 7 days) is 99.7.

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 1,378 since Friday, with 936 in Clark County. The state’s total cases are now at 436,276. Clark County has a total of 329,942. 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 7.1%, unchanged from Friday. 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 6.2%, down from 6.3% on Friday.

Of the 24 additional COVID-19-related deaths, 16 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 5,916 of the state’s 7,547 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is 8 deaths per day.

As of Oct. 21, the Southern Nevada Health District reports there are 170 breakthrough deaths, 539 breakthrough hospitalizations and 10,601 breakthrough cases.

As of yesterday, a total of 5,208,656 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 30,896 since Monday.

*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 99.7 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, 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties are still flagged for high transmission.

Clark County’s case rate (469 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) is flagged in data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.2%) and testing (344 tests per day per 100,000) are within the state’s acceptable range.


On Friday, 8NewsNow did not post updated COVID-19 numbers. Here is a summary of how those numbers changed from Thursday to Friday:
STATE (Department of Health and Human Services):
New cases: 735 (total: 434,898)
Deaths: 10 (total: 7,523)
Test positivity rate: 7.1% (down from 7.3%)
Hospitalizations: 662 (up 34 from 628)
COUNTY (Southern Nevada Health District):
New cases: 383 (total: 329,006)
Deaths: 6 (total: 5,900)
Test positivity rate: 6.3% (down from 6.4%)
Hospitalizations: 22 (total: 21,282)

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state’s health department reports 3,261,825 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Oct. 24. 

As of today, 55% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and more than 64% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 55% 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 (+21) over the weekend.

The current number of hospitalizations is 683 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 175 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 106 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’s weekly report continues to post an “alert” status for staffing statewide, with more than a third of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting staffing shortages. Those shortages are expected to continue for a “significant timeframe.”

NHA attributes the slow decline of COVID-19 cases to “behavioral stability” — people are wearing masks, social distancing and other infection control measures. NHA also says there is “a slow uptake of vaccine booster shots.”

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 314,473 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.

SEE ALSO: Thursday’s report

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