NEW: Nevada’s test positivity continues steady decline, now below 20%

Coronavirus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s test positivity rate dropped again Saturday, falling from 19.8% to 19.5%, continuing a week of declines. The test positivity rate had climbed steadily since Jan. 3 before declines over the past week. The record — 22.3% — was reported on Dec. 8, 2020. Clark County’s test positivity rate is 20.9%.

Nevada reports 15 COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, with five coming from Clark County, according to data released Sunday.

Nevada’s 14-day rolling average is now 20 deaths per day.

The state is reporting 1,194 new COVID-19 cases, with 907 from Clark County. Nevada’s total cases are now at 270,907. Clark County has a total of 208,147.

More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 80 of the past 82 days.

There were 9,308 tests performed in the last day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

For the 14th 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 15 counties flagged in the tracker, updated daily on the DHHS Dashboard.

Clark County has a case rate of 1,840 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 20.9%.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The CDC reports 137,031 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, including 19,296 second doses. As of Jan. 18, 60,632 doses have been administered in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

The CDC’s vaccination data shows that Nevada has received more than 286,950 vaccine doses as of Jan. 23.

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 Saturday, Jan. 23.

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. 

Nevada DHHS does not upload hospitalization data on Sundays. The most recent hospitalization report is from FridayJan. 22.

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 50 in the last day, and the current total is 1,499 confirmed/suspected cases.

The Nevada Hospital Association said if the trend continues, fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients will be in hospitals by the end of February.

“Nevada enters the weekend with a declining trajectory of confirmed COVID-19 cases. If this trend continues, hospitalized case counts should be below the 500 mark by late February. All cause intensive care use remains elevated within the southern region. Occupancy rates at several facilities are at near capacity, while the overall occupancy rate is at 77%. (41% COVID),” according to NHA’s daily report.

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

  • Statewide licensed beds occupied: 82%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 71%
  • Ventilators in use: 43%

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
Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 6

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 22:

There were 357 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, down two from Thursday.

The DHHS report showed 258 patients on ventilators, up two from Thursday.

Click HERE to view DHHS hospitalizations

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 270,907 confirmed cases and 4,026 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 1,194 new cases reported in the last day.

More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Nevada in 80 of the past 82 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 Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 2

The DHHS is reporting 15 new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at 20.

“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 Dec. 22 had the highest count of fatalities with 46, followed by 44 deaths on Dec. 6 and Dec. 10.

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
244Dec. 6, Dec. 10
341Dec. 18, Jan. 11
440Dec. 30, Jan. 6
539Dec. 8
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 3

As of Saturday, a total of 2,419,035 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 9,308 in the past 24 hours.

The test positivity is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 19.5% as of Saturday, down from 19.8% 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.

Click HERE to view the DHHS Dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 1,194 new COVID-19 cases, about 76 percent of them — 907 — were reported in Clark County on Saturday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Sunday.

There is now a total of 3,066 deaths, 208,147 confirmed cases and 11,353 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 five new deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 132.3 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 7,270 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

About a third of the cases (30.4%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (46.0%) 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. Twelve new cases were reported in December, 2020. Ten new cases have been reported in January, with the most recent reported on Jan. 23, bringing the total to 41.

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 Friday, the county estimates a total of 188,203 recovered cases; that’s 90.8% 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, 28 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, 16 among students, seven involving staff, and five faculty members. A total of 656 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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