NEW: With 8.0% test positivity, Clark County closer to end of mask mandate

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Below is the full COVID-19 report for Sept. 27

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County’s test positivity rate has improved — now at 8.0% — and the state is no longer flagging the county for elevated COVID-19 transmission risk.

If the county can sustain that improvement, and get below a case rate of 100 per 100,000 population, the mask mandate could end. Clark County reports today that the case rate is 123.3 (for cases over the past seven days).

The state’s positivity rate continues to fall, following Clark County’s lead. The state reports a 10.5% test positivity rate, down from 10.6% the previous day, and Clark County’s rate of 8.0% is down from 8.2% the previous day.

Nevada reports 902 COVID-19 cases, 416 in Clark County — 46% of the state’s total. Historically, Clark County has reported 76% of the state’s cases.

Of Nevada’s 28 deaths, 15 were from Clark County.

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.

There are 123.3 new cases reported per 100,000 every seven days in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

A BREAKDOWN OF CASES, DEATHS AND TESTING

Nevada’s case count grew by 902 over the the past day, 416 in Clark County — 46% of the state total. The state’s total cases are now at 419,379. Clark County has a total of 319,081. 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.

You can find this data under the “Current Status — Confirmed Cases” tab of the DHHS dashboard

Nevada’s test positivity rate is at 10.5%, down from 10.6% yesterday. 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 has fallen to 8.0%, down from 8.2% yesterday.

Of the 28 additional COVID-19-related deaths, 15 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 5,594 of the state’s 7,073 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is 12 deaths per day.

As of Sept. 23, the health district reports there are 146 breakthrough deaths, 450 breakthrough hospitalizations and 9,729 breakthrough cases.

As of yesterday, a total of 4,358,509 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 8,621 since yesterday.

*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 to 8.0%, 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.

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, Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey and Washoe counties are flagged.

Clark County’s case rate (614 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) is flagged in data reported today. Test positivity rate (8.0%) and testing (342 tests per day per 100,000) are within the state’s acceptable range.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state’s health department reports 3,085,683 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Sept. 27. 

As of today, more than 55% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 64% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 54% 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 DOWN (-2) since yesterday.

The current number of hospitalizations is 897 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 224 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 133 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.

In the Nevada Hospitalization’s most recent report, a staffing alert remains statewide, placing limits on patient transfers and the ability to admit patients.

Most other concerns in the report are focused on medical facilities in Northern Nevada.

NHA notes continued pressure on hospitals in Northern Nevada, along with warnings in three categories: percentage of patients with COVID, hospital occupancy rates and ICU occupancy rates.

“During the past few months, staffed beds within Washoe County have contracted from 1,782 total beds (8/8/2021) to 1,320 staffed beds (9/21),” according to the report. “Staffed intensive care beds in Washoe County have been reduced from 233 (8/8) to 166 (9/21). Rural hospitals are also experiencing staffing shortfalls as larger facilities, and travel staffing agencies poach nurses. Similar issues are also being felt in the south.”

You can find this data under the “Current Status — Hospitalizations” tab of the DHHS dashboard

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 303,156 recovered cases; that’s 95% 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: Previous day’s report

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