LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Local leaders continue to push for Nevadans to get their COVID-19 vaccine as the state’s test positivity rate holds steady.
A graph on the state’s health department shows that the rate of vaccinations have declined in the last month. More than 36,000 doses were administered on April 7, the highest day of inoculation. Nearly a month later, less than half — 13,339 doses — were administered on May 4.
Data shows 27.13% of Nevada’s population has been fully vaccinated.
The statewide test positivity rate remained at 5.7% for the ninth consecutive day. It climbed above 5% on April 12, and had been steadily rising since April 3.
Nevada reports 373 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (324) in the past 24 hours. Nevada’s total cases are now at 317,088. Clark County has a total of 245,358. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.
Nevada reports seven additional COVID-19-related deaths over the weekend, all from Clark County. Nevada’s most populous county now accounts for 4,322 of the state’s 5,487 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is three deaths per day.
There were 13,784 tests performed in the past day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Clark County was taken off the list of flagged Nevada counties on Wednesday, March 3, after 20 consecutive weeks. It has been flagged for case rate since April 13 — 274 per 100,000 over the past 30 days. Testing (213 tests per day per 100,000) and the test positivity rate (5.7%) are within state acceptable ranges.
March 12 marked the first time in more than six months that no counties were flagged in the tracker. A county is flagged for elevated disease transmission if it meets two or three of the above criteria. In today’s report, Elko and Lyon counties were flagged.
The “vaccinations” tab on the DHHS dashboard provides updated immunization numbers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Click HERE to see the dashboard. Be sure to click the “vaccinations” tab under the “Current Status” top tab.
The state’s health department reports 1,940,266 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of May 4. Of Nevada’s total doses, 1,476,570 have been administered in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s daily dashboard update.
More than 34% of Nevadans currently eligible have completed their vaccinations.
Clark County Vaccine Snapshot, as of April 28 (data provided weekly by the Southern Nevada Health District):
|Johnson & Johnson (single-dose) — no longer on pause||52,776|
Below is the full COVID-19 report from Tuesday, April 4.
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 Tuesday.
The number of hospitalizations decreased by 43 in the past day, and the current total is 345 confirmed/suspected cases.
More information from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of April 28):
COVID-19 hospitalization are at a “near-record low” in all of Nevada’s hospital metrics and regions, according to the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).
“Day-over-day, hospital admissions have dropped from a (2021) high of 181 patients per day to less than 50 people per day, with some daily fluctuations. Current conditions appear to favor the
Roadmap to Recovery Transition Plan’s timing for reopening,” the NHA noted in its weekly report.
Those patients with severe COVID-19 disease continue to shift to a younger population, according to the organization. The NHA says this is a result of the older population receiving the vaccine.
The percentage of hospitalizations for individuals 60-years-old and older has fallen from 64% to 44% in the last four months. “The total numbers of hospitalizations has also been significantly
reduced month-over-month since vaccinations started,” the NHA reports.
The state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
|Top 5||Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)||Date reported|
|4||1,996||Dec. 20, Dec. 21|
ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR TUESDAY, MAY 4
There are 75 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, down one from the previous report.
The DHHS report showed 30 patients on ventilators, down one from the previous report.
NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS
There are now 317,088 confirmed cases and 5,487 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 373 new cases reported in the past day.
Daily case totals have been below 1,000 since Jan. 30. 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 5||Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)||Date reported|
The DHHS is reporting seven new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at three.
Nevada surpassed 5,000 deaths on March 3.
“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 — 48 on Dec. 22 and Jan. 11, followed by 46 deaths on 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 5||Number of deaths (statewide)||Date reported|
|1||48||Dec. 22, Jan. 11|
|3||45||Dec. 10, Jan. 9, Jan. 20|
|4||44||Jan. 6, Jan. 10|
As of Tuesday, a total of 3,222,597 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 13,784 in the past day.
The test positivity rate, reported as a 14-day average, is at 5.7% as of Tuesday. The rate dropped below 5% on March 20, but began increasing steadily again on April 3 and is now above 5%.
The World Health Organization advises governments that before reopening, rates of positivity in testing should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days.
*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 373 new COVID-19 cases, about 87% of them — 324 — were reported in Clark County in the past day, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Wednesday.
There is now a total of 4,322 deaths, 245,358 confirmed cases and 15,817 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.
There were seven deaths reported in Clark County in the past day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 185.5 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.
SNHD data shows that 1,501 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.
About a third of the cases (33.1%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (45.7%) 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, 12 in February and seven in March. So far in April, three new cases have been reported, with the latest on April 15, bringing the total to 64.
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 234,566 recovered cases; that’s 95.6% 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 updates its graph noting new cases at the end of each week.
According to the most recent report, seven new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, six among students, none involving staff, and one faculty member. A total of 787 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data on March 25, 2020.
UNLV announced on Thursday that it would be ending first dose vaccinations after Friday, May 7, but will continue to administer second doses for anyone who received their first shot at UNLV.
NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak set a goal on April 14 of having every Nevada county reopen to 100% capacity by June 1, and signed an emergency to directive on April 20 to see the plan through.
Clark County leaders approved a reopening plan Tuesday, April 20 that would increase capacity from 50% to 80% and reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet starting May 1, when the county takes control of mitigation efforts for COVID-19. The state approved the plan on April 27.
Some new changes include:
- Increase capacity from 50% to 80%
- Decrease social distancing from six feet to three feet
- Remove all social distancing and capacity guidelines once 60% of population has received at least one vaccine dose
- Increase the number of patrons per restaurant table from six to 12
Even though counties take over authority on May 1, the statewide mask mandate will remain in place.
While more Nevadans continue to get vaccinated, Gov. Sisolak and local health leaders are continuing to urge the public not to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.
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