NEW: COVID-19 cases in Nevada break 75K mark, new cases above 500

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada has topped 75,000 COVID-19 cases, just a day after reporting 1,500 deaths during the pandemic. New cases were above 500 for only the second time in September.

Two weeks after the Labor Day holiday weekend, everyone is watching to see if COVID-19 levels will rise again as they did following the Fourth of July weekend.

Nevada is reporting 18 new deaths in the past 24 hours — 16 in Clark County.

The state now has a total of 1,524 deaths, with 1,325 in Clark County.

Data released Friday notes 501 new COVID-19 cases in Nevada and 302 in Clark County.

Statewide, 8,001 tests were reported on Thursday. Nevada typically reports between 8,000 and 10,000 tests a day.

The number of hospitalized patients in Nevada dropped for the second day in a row after rising earlier in the week.

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 Thursday, Sept. 17.

NEVADA HOSPITALIZATIONS

NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization data, including the number of patients in ICU units or on ventilators, on weekends or holidays.

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

Nevada reported 461 confirmed/suspected cases on Thursday, a decrease of 23 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.

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 THURSDAY, SEPT. 17:

There were 136 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Thursday, down 14 from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 85 patients on ventilators, down 13 from the previous day.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Sept. 17):

  • Statewide hospital occupancy rates: 74%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 61%
  • Ventilators in use: 35%
Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 8

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 75,096 confirmed cases and 1,524 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada. There were 501 new cases reported in the last day.

The DHHS is reporting 18 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 have all been reported in July and August.

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported
126 deathsAug. 5
224 deathsAug. 6
323 deathsAug. 11
422 deathsAug. 15
520 deathsJuly 29, Aug. 8
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 Thursday, a total of 967,840 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 8,001 from the previous day.

The cumulative test positivity rate is 10.1 percent. The daily positivity rate is 8.2 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

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 501 new COVID-19 cases, 302 of them were reported in Clark County on Thursday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Friday.

The health district is reporting 16 new COVID-19-related deaths and 54 new hospitalizations.

There is now a total of 1,325 deaths, 63,603 confirmed cases and 5,860 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

In its most recent report, the health district states that 56.9 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 1,519 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

More than a quarter of the cases (38.4%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (47.9%) 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 Thursday, the county estimates a total of 58,994 recovered cases; that’s 92.8% 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

As of Friday, there have been 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported since UNLV started its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 24. Of the 16 cases, 13 are students and three are employees, according to UNLV.

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

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

As Nevada continues to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Steve Sisolak has laid out a new plan to help stop the spread of the virus. During a press conference on Monday, Gov. Sisolak announced that Nevada will be keeping the emphasis on enforcement as the state’s response heads in a different direction. His new long-term plan will be state managed, but locally executed.

Here is a quick breakdown of how it will work:

  • 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.

During a press conference on Monday, July 27, Sisolak announced the state would be moving away from the Phased reopening approach, saying that enforcement needs to be more targeted. The latest numbers show some improvement, but he’s making it clear, now is not the time to stop social distancing wearing masks.

As Nevada saw its percentage of positive cases and hospitalizations rise weeks ago, Sisolak announced the previous directive on July 9 aimed at bars in certain counties. He mandated that specific bars had to return to Phase 1 restrictions on Friday, July 10, to prevent further spread of the virus.

On July 27, Sisolak announced bars in Clark County, as well as in Elko, Washoe and Nye counties, will remain closed for at least the next week. Previously, bars were closed in seven Nevada counties.

The directive is the second time Nevada has tightened restrictions since the state started reopening in early June, allowing businesses including bars, restaurants, casinos and hotels to accept customers.

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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