NEW: COVID-19 cases drop to 128 in Clark County, patient numbers drop
NEW: COVID-19 cases drop to 128 in Clark County, patient numbers drop

NEW: COVID-19 cases drop to 128 in Clark County, patient numbers drop

Below is the full COVID-19 report for February 16th.

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) – COVID-19 cases have reached their lowest levels in months in Clark County, with only 128 cases in data released today. The total nationwide was 247 cases.

The last time Clark County’s case numbers dropped lower than today’s 128 cases was Saturday, Nov. 27, two days after Thanksgiving.

Hospital admissions fell by more than 100 nationwide, with the total number of COVID-19 patients now at 741. Clark County’s total number fell to 587 patients, less than half the number of patients from two weeks ago.

The state reported 43 COVID-19 deaths, including 33 from Clark County.

Clark County’s test positivity rate continues to decline, falling to 15.7% in data released today. Across the country, the COVID-19 test positivity is 17.9%.

Before Governor Steve Sisolak ended Nevada’s mask mandate on Thursday, February 10, the CDC requirements were a test positivity rate of 8% or less, and a daily case rate below 50 cases (a 7-day average per 100,000 population). Currently, Clark County has a test positivity of 15.7% with a daily frequency of 82.3 – the lowest frequency for daily cases has been since the beginning of December.

The graphs below show the test positivity for the state (first image), followed by Clark County’s test positivity rate.

The county’s test positivity has now fallen every day since January 21, when it reached its highest with 38.2%. By then, it had risen in the air for 29 days from 8.0% on December 22nd.

The lower infection rate does not mean that the virus is not still circulating. The Omicron variant is highly contagious and vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness. Health authorities stress the importance of being vaccinated and wearing masks indoors in public places.

A total of 8,685 tests were reported in Clark County, and 10,806 tests across Nevada. People can now start ordering four COVID-19 home tests from the post office for free delivery (https://www.covidtests.gov/). Home tests are not even counted in the state figures.

Data from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory indicates that 100% of the recently tested samples in Clark County were from the omicron variant. Omicron accounts for 100% of recent cases across the state. About 4.5% of all tests are analyzed to determine which strain of COVID-19 is present, according to the laboratory’s website.

A look at current COVID-19 numbers:

CLARK COUNTY

  • New cases: 128 (total: 485,534)
  • Deaths: 33 (total: 7,319)
  • Test positivity rate: 15.7% (down from 16.9% the previous day)
  • Test: 5,089,124 (+8,685 from the previous day)
  • Admissions: 587 (decrease 82 from the previous day)

NEVADA

  • New cases: 247 (total: 641,446)
  • Deaths: 43 (total: 9,489)
  • Test positivity rate: 17.9% (down from 19.1% the previous day)
  • Test: 10,806 (+6,719,367 from the previous day)
  • Hospital admissions: 741 (down 106 from the previous day)

From 10 Feb., the Southern Nevada Health District reports that there are 392 breakthrough deaths (+36), 1,061 breakthrough admissions (+42) and 66,068 breakthrough cases (+1,834). (Increases are compared to figures reported on February 3.) Breakthrough cases now account for more than 40% of all new COVID-19 cases.

* NOTE: Daily laboratory data from DHHS and SNHD reports are updated every morning for previous day.

SPORING NV AMTER

The test positivity rate in Clark County is 15.7%, which keeps the county on the state’s observation list for increased risk of infection.

In today’s report, all of Nevada’s 17 counties are marked for high transmission.

Clark County’s case rate (1,544 per 100,000 over the last 30 days) and test positivity rate (15.7%) are marked in data reported today. Testing (330 tests per day per 100,000) is within the acceptable range of the state.

VACCINATION UPDATE

It informs the State Ministry of Health 4,271,993 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered in Nevada, pr. Feb 16

As of yesterday, 56.34% of Nevadans who are currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 67.31% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 55.72% of its eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

A BREAKDOWN OF NEVADA HOSPITALIZATIONS

NOTE: The state does not update admission data on weekends or holidays.

According to the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)was the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada down (-106) since yesterday. The number of patients dropped by 82 in Clark County.

The current number of admissions is 741 confirmed / suspected cases across the country. Hospitals reported that 179 of these patients were in intensive care units and 95 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set record highs for inpatients on December 13, 2020 with 2,025 patients.

The graphs below show hospitalizations in Nevada (first image) and in Clark County:

RESTORATION CASES IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in southern Nevada continues to rise. The latest county update estimates a total of 467,915 recovered cases; it is 96.4% of all reported cases in the county, according to SNHD’s latest report.


DEFINITION MEASURES IN NEVADA

Nevada reopened to 100% capacity on June 1, 2021and guidelines for social distancing were repealed, which helped the state return to mostly pre-pandemic times, with some exceptions.

The CDC reversed its course on July 27, saying that fully vaccinated Americans in areas with “significant and high” transmission should wear masks indoors when in public as COVID-19 cases increase. Most of Nevada falls into these two risk categories.

Nevada said it would adopt the CDC’s guidance with the new mask guideline which came into force at 12:01 on July 30, 2021. But Sisolak ended the nationwide mask mandate on February 10, even though the CDC had not changed guidelines. The requirements remain in place in accordance with federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance. Masks are still required in public transportation and at health facilities.

On August 16, 2021, Governor Sisolak signed a new directive which allows fully vaccinated participants at large gatherings to remove their masks, but only if the venue chooses to require everyone present to provide evidence of vaccination. Those who have only one shot and are not “fully vaccinated” will still be allowed to participate, as will children under the age of 12, but both should wear masks.

State approval for vaccination of children 5-11 years was granted on 3 November 2021, and the Southern Nevada Health District began vaccinations on Nov. 10.

ALSO SEE: Last day’s report

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