NEW: 1,824 COVID-19 cases set Nevada record, test positivity now at 12.8%

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Record numbers of new COVID-19 cases are being reported by the state for the second day in a row, with 1,824 new positive tests in data released Saturday morning.

That follows Friday’s report of 1,562 new cases.

The Southern Nevada Health District reported 1,342 cases in Friday’s data, a day after 1,032 cases were reported.

Nevada is reporting five deaths, bringing the state’s total to 1,850.

Test positivity has grown to 12.8 percent in data for tests performed on Friday, continuing an upward trend that has seen the rate climb sharply since the end of October. The positivity rate had been reported at 12.0 percent for Thursday’s tests. The rate for Clark County is at 10.7 percent.

Governor Sisolak has expressed it’s important for the state to stay below 10 percent, as a higher test positivity correlates to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

According to Nevada Health Response, Nevada reported 13,886 tests were performed on Friday. The state typically reports between 8,000 and 10,000 tests a day.

Cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) have been growing, with three new cases reported in Clark County this week. The total in the county is now 14.

The state and Clark County are continuing to see a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, with increases over the past week that have put an additional 150 people in hospitals. There are now 826 hospitalizations across the state.

Nevada surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, Oct. 31, and for the fourth week in a row, Clark County was flagged for elevated disease transmission.

There is now a total of 108,746 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide, with 88,015 in Clark County, since the pandemic began.

Clark County remains in the red on Nevada Health Response’s “county criteria tracker.” The county was flagged for the fourth straight week for elevated disease transmission after meeting the criteria of high case rates and high test positivity. Clark is one of nine counties flagged in the tracker, updated daily on the DHHS Dashboard.

Clark County has a case rate of 675 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 10.7 percent.

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Friday, Nov. 6.

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. 

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was UP on Friday, according to data released Saturday.

Nevada reported 826 confirmed/suspected cases on Friday, up 56 from the previous day.

Nevada is continuing to see a resurgence in COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the Nevada Hospital Association.

Despite the recent increase, “Nevada’s healthcare infrastructure remains in good condition with some individual facilities experiencing higher occupancy rates,” NHA noted in its Nov. 1 report

In the Nov. 6 report, NHA noted, “The health care infrastructure in the northern part of the state is beginning to feel the stress of increased all-cause hospitalizations coupled with COVID-19.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Nov. 5):

  • Statewide hospital occupancy rates: 78%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 66%
  • Ventilators in use: 26%

The state set a record for hospitalized patients on July 31 with 1,165 cases.

The highest numbers of hospitalizations have all been reported since July 23.

Top 5Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)Date reported
11,165July 31
21,160July 23
31,159July 30
41,152August 2
51,148August 4
Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 8

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR FRIDAY, NOV. 6:

There were 206 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Friday, up 23 from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 89 patients on ventilators, up four from the previous day.

Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 6

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 108,746 confirmed cases and 1,850 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 1,824 new cases reported in the last day.

The DHHS is reporting five new COVID-19-related deaths statewide in the past 24 hours, and a 14-day rolling average of five deaths daily.

It is important to note there is a delay in death reporting by both the state and county.

“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 highest number of fatalities recorded in a single-day:

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported
127 deathsAug. 6
226 deathsAug. 5
323 deathsAug. 15
422 deathsAug. 11
521 deathsAug. 9
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 3

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 largest single-day increases for COVID-19 cases in Nevada:

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported
11,824Nov. 7
21,562Nov. 6
31,447July 15
41,380July 16
51,288July 18
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 2

The state’s health experts say as more COVID-19 tests are conducted, the state will see a rise in cases.

As of Friday, a total of 1,326,378 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 13,886 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%.

With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising over the past several weeks, Nevada’s test positivity rate has risen above 10 percent. The test positivity is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 12.8% as of Friday. It reached 10% on Oct. 24 but before then, Nevada had not recorded a test positivity at or above 10% since September 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 1,824 new COVID-19 cases, 1,342 of them were reported in Clark County on Friday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Saturday.

There is now a total of 1,571 deaths, 88,015 confirmed cases and 7,537 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

Like Nevada, Clark County is experiencing a resurgence in its hospitalizations, according to the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA). However, the healthcare infrastructure in Clark County “is currently in good condition with individual facilities experiencing increased occupancy rates within the wards and ICUs,” NHA noted in its Nov. 1 report.

An update on Nov. 2 indicated: “These increases, along with all-cause hospitalizations unrelated to COVID-19, are pushing some facilities to the upper limits of their staffed bed counts.”

There were seven new deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 67.4 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 5,401 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

More than a third of the cases (38.5%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (47.5%) of the positive cases reported in the county are in the age group of 25 to 49.

Click HERE to see the SNHD dashboard

The SNHD is including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. Three new cases were added this week.

Since Sept. 10, five additional cases have been reported; one on Sept. 30, one on Oct. 2, and one each on Nov. 4-6, bringing the total to 14. 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 77,707 recovered cases; that’s 88.3% 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.

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, two new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week. There was one student who tested positive, and one staff member. A total of 360 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

As Nevada sees an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Sisolak is encouraging Nevadans to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or the state-wide situation might worsen.

During a press conference on Oct. 20, Gov. Sisolak said the state is starting to see a fall surge of COVID-19. He is making it clear that now is not the time to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday, Sept. 29, that he is adjusting the group gathering limit 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.

For more on this new approach, click HERE.

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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