NEW: Nevada reaches 1,600 COVID-19 deaths

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada has reached a grim milestone of 1,600 COVID-19-related deaths with the addition of seven fatalities in the past 24 hours.

Of Nevada’s 1,600 deaths, 1,391 are from Clark County.

Data released Wednesday notes 385 new cases in the state and 277 in Clark County. There is now nearly 80,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide.

According to Nevada Health Response, 7,902 tests were conducted in Nevada in the last day. The state typically reports between 8,000 and 10,000 tests a day.

Recent COVID-19 data suggests the slowing of growth rates related to new cases and hospitalizations in Nevada. Scroll to read to the full COVID-19 report for Tuesday, Sept. 29.


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 Tuesday, according to data released Wednesday.

Nevada reported 452 confirmed/suspected cases on Tuesday, an increase of six from the previous day.

The state set a record for hospitalized patients on July 31 with 1,165 cases. Declines over the past week have brought hospitalizations below half that level.

On Monday, University Medical Center (UMC) announced it is has experienced a “significant decline” in COVID-19 patients in recent weeks.

The hospital’s COVID-19 inpatient census has decreased by about 73% since late July, going from a high of 121 patients to the current daily inpatient total of 33 patients. Read the full report from UMC here.

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


There were 129 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Tuesday, down seven from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 70 patients on ventilators, up one from the previous day.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Sept. 29):

  • Statewide hospital occupancy rates: 71%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 58%
  • Ventilators in use: 31%
Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 8


There are now 79,980 confirmed cases and 1,600 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 385 new cases reported in the last day.

The DHHS is reporting seven new COVID-19-related deaths statewide in the past 24 hours.

Over the past few weeks, the state has seen an uptick in the number of COVID-19-related deaths. 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 (page 6 of DHHS dashboard) shows Aug. 5 had the highest count of fatalities with 26, followed by 24 deaths on Aug. 6.

NOTE: The highest count of deaths can change as the DHHS modifies the data with new fatalities reported in the past few days.

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

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported
126 deathsAug. 5
224 deathsAug. 6
322 deathsAug. 11, 15
420 deathsJuly 29, Sept. 4
519 deathsAug. 8, 9
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 6

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
11,447July 15
21,380July 16
31,288July 18
41,264July 30
51,262July 22
You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 5

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

As of Tuesday, a total of 1,052,436 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 7,102 from the previous day.

With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations stabilizing over the past several weeks, Nevada’s test positivity rate has fallen below 10 percent.

When COVID-19 initially spread in Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak set the bar at 10% positivity — among other factors — in making his decision to allow businesses to reopen. During the second wave of COVID-19 infections, the rate shot above 10% for nearly two months — from July 26 to Sept. 24.

The cumulative test positivity rate is currently 9.8 percent. The daily positivity rate is 7.7 percent.

*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.

Click HERE to see the DHHS Dashboard


Of Nevada’s 385 new COVID-19 cases, 277 of them were reported in Clark County on Tuesday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Wednesday.

The health district is reporting six new COVID-19-related deaths and 54 new hospitalizations.

There is now a total of 1,391 deaths, 67,176 confirmed cases and 6,369 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

In its most recent report, the health district states that 59.7 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 1,992 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

More than a quarter of the cases (39.2%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (47.8%) 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 has began including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. The most recent report included nine cases, all of which 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 Tuesday, the county estimates a total of 61,842 recovered cases; that’s 92.1% 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.


As of Wednesday, there have been 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported since UNLV started its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 24. Of the 27 cases, 23 are students and four are employees, according to UNLV.

Click HERE to read about the most recent confirmed cases at UNLV.


Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday 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 will take effect Thursday, Oct. 1.

This means that many events can soon return to Nevada, including live performances and church services.

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.

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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