LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s test positivity rate has continued its steady climb for weeks, and once again, the state is reporting a record-high, jumping from 21 percent to 21.2 percent in data released Monday. The upward trajectory of the test positivity rate is a sign that the high numbers are not letting up.
After reporting a record 3,194 cases on Friday, Nevada reported an additional 2,448 positive COVID-19 tests. The state’s hospitalizations also marked a record Friday, with 1,789 patients reported.
The Nevada Hospital Association reports that 82 percent of licensed hospital beds in the state are full.
The number of people hospitalized in Nevada with COVID-19 has more than doubled over the last month. The Nevada Hospital Association reported Monday that hospitalized coronavirus patients increased more than 230% from Nov. 6 to Dec. 6 as the state continues experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases.
The relative demand, or percent of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in the state, is now near 32 percent, and the percent of patients in the ICU with the virus is near 36 percent, the NHA noted in its Dec. 6 report.
Nevada has now reported a total of 170,587 cases. Clark County reported 1,608 positive tests on Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 129,427 positive tests.
More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 33 of the past 34 days.
Nevada reported four COVID-19-related deaths in the last day, none of which were from Clark County.
According to Nevada Health Response, there were 13,853 tests performed on Sunday.
For the eighth 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 16 counties flagged in the tracker, updated daily on the DHHS Dashboard.
Clark County has a case rate of 1,723 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 17.3 percent.
Check back for the full COVID-19 report for Sunday, Dec. 6.
NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization data, including the number of patients in ICU units or on ventilators, on Sundays or holidays.
Nevada is continuing to see a resurgence in COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA). Hospitalizations in the state experienced a consecutive 10-day record-breaking streak from Nov. 22 until Dec. 1.
According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was DOWN on Saturday and then UP on Sunday, according to data released Monday.
The number of hospitalizations decreased by 72 on Saturday and then increased by 50 on Sunday, bringing the current total to 1,767 — the second highest number of hospitalized patients the state has recorded since the pandemic began.
In its Dec. 6 report, the NHA noted: “Nevada continues to be in the midst of an increasing COVID-19 (hospitalization) curve and is experiencing rising numbers of people requiring intensive care and mechanical ventilation.”
In the past month, the NHA says hospitalized patients with COVID-19 have increased more than 230 percent (from 692 to 1,617) and the need for mechanical ventilation has increased in excess of 250 percent with cases rising from 89 to 227 during this timeframe.
“Unlike earlier increases in the hospitalization curve, hospitals are reporting sufficient levels of personal protective equipment and, access to COVID-19 testing is significantly improved. New therapeutics also are available including antibody infusions and a vaccine should be forthcoming within days to weeks,” the NHA added.
- Statewide licensed beds occupied: 82%
- ICU units occupancy rate: 73%
- Ventilators in use: 40%
The state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 4 with 1,789 cases.
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ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR SUNDAY, DEC. 6:
There were 379 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Sunday, up 17 from the previous day.
The DHHS report showed 227 patients on ventilators, up three from the previous day.
NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS
There are now 170,587 confirmed cases and 2,319 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 2,448 new cases reported in the last day.
More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Nevada in 33 of the past 34 days. The state set a record for COVID-19 cases on Dec. 4 with 3,194.
Here are the largest single-day increases for COVID-19 cases in Nevada:
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The DHHS is reporting four new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The state is reporting a 14-day rolling average of 13 deaths daily.
“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. 6 had the highest count of fatalities with 27, followed by 26 deaths on Aug. 5.
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:
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The state’s health experts say as more COVID-19 tests are conducted, the state will see a rise in cases.
As of Sunday, a total of 1,747,116 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 13,853 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%.
The test positivity is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 21.2% as of Sunday. 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.
CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS
Of Nevada’s 2,448 new COVID-19 cases, more than 65 percent of them — 1,608 — were reported in Clark County on Sunday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Monday.
There is now a total of 1,852 deaths, 129,427 confirmed cases and 8,777 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.
Like Nevada, Clark County is experiencing a resurgence in hospitalizations.
There were no new deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 79.5 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.
SNHD data shows that 12,699 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.
More than a third of the cases (34.5%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (47.0%) 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. A new case reported Friday, Dec. 4, brings the total to 20.
An additional eight cases were added in November. 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 Sunday, the county estimates a total of 109,040 recovered cases; that’s 84.2% 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, 29 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, 21 among students, six involving staff, and two faculty members. A total of 492 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data on March 25.
NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS
As Nevada sees an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Governor Sisolak is tightening restrictions and the mask mandate across the state. During a virtual press conference on Nov. 22, Sisolak announced his plan to implement a three-week “statewide pause” to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The pause took effect Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 12:01 a.m. and will last, a minimum, of three weeks.
Nearly two weeks before the statewide pause announcement, Gov. Sisolak pleaded with Nevadans to follow a “Stay at Home 2.0” order for two weeks. Sisolak said the state needed these two weeks to bring testing timelines down, catch up on contact tracing and relieve Nevada’s healthcare infrastructure.
During a press conference on Oct. 20, Gov. Sisolak said the state is starting to see a fall surge of COVID-19. He made it clear that it is not the time to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday, Sept. 29, that the group gathering limit will adjust 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.
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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