NEW: Nevada COVID-19 reports show decline in cases, hospitalizations, deaths

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s hospitalizations dropped as the state’s COVID-19 test positivity rate continued to fall. The test positivity rate hasn’t risen since Dec. 8 and now stands at 20.6 percent.

A day after a record 57 deaths in Nevada, the state reported 20 deaths in the past 24 hours. The state’s 14-day rolling average is at 21, according to data released today.

Nevada is reporting an additional 2,281 positive COVID-19 tests, and a total of 196,371 cases.

Clark County reported 1,688 positive tests on Wednesday. That brings the county’s total to 148,411 cases.

After a brief pause in consecutive record-breaking days, Nevada reported its highest number for hospitalized patients on Sunday — 2,025. Hospitalizations decreased to 1,979 Monday but then increased on Tuesday to 2,008 — the state’s second highest number of hospitalized patients since the pandemic began. On Wednesday, 1,975 patients were in Nevada hospitals.

More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 43 of the past 44 days.

According to Nevada Health Response, there were 14,474 tests performed on Wednesday.

For the ninth 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 2,066 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 21.2 percent.

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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

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

The number of hospitalizations decreased by 33 on Wednesday, bringing the current total to 1,975. This is the second-highest number of hospitalized patients that state has recorded since the pandemic began.

In its Dec. 15 report, the NHA noted: “For the second time in the last three days, Nevada has had 2,000+ people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Despite these large numbers,
the curve appears to be flattening on a statewide basis. The majority of hospital admissions remain in the 60+ year old age groups.”

“In the north, wild daily variation has been observed… It is important to note, even with these new highs, northern hospitals are accepting critical and ICU level transfers from rural Nevada,” the NHA reported.

NHA says Southern Nevada is “consistently admitting confirmed COVID-19 patient daily, but the rate of new hospital admissions is gradually declining.” The organization noted that staffing remains a challenge.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Dec. 16):

  • Statewide licensed beds occupied: 85%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 75%
  • Ventilators in use: 44%

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
31,979Dec. 14
41,975Dec. 16
51,934Dec. 12
Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 6

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16:

There were 416 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Wednesday, down six from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 282 patients on ventilators, down eight from the previous day.

Click HERE to view DHHS hospitalizations, page 6

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 196,379 confirmed cases and 2,673 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 2,281 new cases reported in the last day.

More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Nevada in 43 of the past 44 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:

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported
13,194Dec. 4
23,159Nov. 24
33,063Dec. 8
42,912Nov. 27
52,902Dec. 3
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 2

The DHHS is reporting 20 new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at 21.

“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. 6 had the highest count of fatalities with 36, followed by 34 deaths on Nov. 29.

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
136Dec. 6
234Nov. 29
327Aug. 6, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 8, Dec. 9
426Aug. 5, Nov. 19, Nov. 24, Dec. 2
525Dec. 10
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 3

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

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,900,403 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 14,474 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 20.6% as of Wednesday. 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 2,281 new COVID-19 cases, nearly 75 percent of them — 1,688 — were reported in Clark County on Wednesday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Wednesday.

There is now a total of 2,094 deaths, 148,411 confirmed cases and 9,423 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

Like Nevada, Clark County is experiencing a resurgence in hospitalizations.

There were 14 new deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 89.9 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 12,620 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

More than a third of the cases (33.6%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (46.7%) 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. Five new cases have been reported in December, including the most recent on Dec. 17, bringing the total to 24.

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 Wednesday, the county estimates a total of 125,210 recovered cases; that’s 84.4% 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, 23 among students, four involving staff, and one faculty members. A total of 518 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 announced Dec. 13 that he would be extending the statewide pause, due to end Dec. 15, through Jan. 15, 2021. This comes as Nevada continues to see an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

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.

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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