NEW: COVID-19 cases in 855 with 28 deaths; mask mandate doesn’t end soon – Community News

NEW: COVID-19 cases in 855 with 28 deaths; mask mandate doesn’t end soon

Below is the full COVID-19 report for November 16.

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — Nevada reports 855 new COVID-19 cases, along with 28 deaths in data released today.

Clark County reports 527 new cases and 13 deaths.

Little movement in other readings indicates the virus is still spreading, but at speeds hospitals can handle. The state’s test positivity rate remained unchanged at 7.6%, with Clark County increasing from 6.8% to 6.9%. Hospital admissions were about the same, with 735 (-2) statewide and 569 (+10) in Clark County.

If the numbers have smoothed out, they are still well above the requirements for ending the mask mandate.

Mask mandates remain in effect for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, and the daily number of cases shows no sign of declining. Clark County will need to make significant progress over the next month or the mandate will be in place before the end of the year. Currently, at 116.2 “high”, the daily number of cases must fall below 50 for two weeks before masking rules are relaxed. The price has risen in the past month from 94 on October 18 to the current level.

A look at the current COVID-19 numbers:


  • New cases: 527 (total: 338,693)
  • Deaths: 13 (total: 6,086)
  • Test positivity rate: 6.9% (versus 6.8% reported the previous day)
  • Hospital admissions: 569 (up 10 from the previous day)


  • New cases: 855 (total: 450,186)
  • Deaths: 28 (total: 7,872)
  • Test positivity rate: 7.6% (unchanged from the previous day)
  • Hospital admissions: 725 (2 less than Friday’s total)

The state follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the mask rule. The mandate will remain in effect in each province until the following conditions are met:

  • The positivity rate of the COVID-19 test must be less than 8%
  • The number of cases (per 100,000 inhabitants for 7 days) must be below 50 for two full weeks. A rating of more than 100 cases per 100,000 people or higher is considered a “high” transmission risk, while 50-99.99 per 100,000 is considered “substantial” by the CDC. The province must reach “moderate” for two full weeks.

The test positivity in Clark County is 6.9%, up from 6.8% the previous day. The current case count for Clark County is “high” at 116.2.

Nevada’s test positivity rate is 7.6%, unchanged from the previous day. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28.

Of the 28 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada, 13 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,086 of the state’s 7,872 deaths. The 14-day moving average is 4 deaths per day.

On November 11, the Southern Nevada Health District reported 195 breakthrough deaths (+5), 607 breakthrough hospitals (+20), and 12,125 breakthrough cases (+430). (Increases are compared to the numbers reported on Nov. 4)

As of yesterday, a total of 5,447,509 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 11,896 since the previous day’s report. The number of reported tests has risen as more employers demand that employees be vaccinated or tested weekly.

*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports are updated every morning for the yesterday.


The test positivity rate in Clark County has fallen below 8%, leaving the county off the state waiting list due to increased transmission risk. If the county can maintain test positivity and testing levels, state restrictions — including mask requirements — could be relaxed. A separate measure of the county’s case count — currently “high” at 116.2 cases (per 100,000 residents in the past seven days) — must fall below 50 for two weeks before the mask mandate can end.

In today’s report, 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties are still marked for high transmission.

Clark County’s number of cases (450 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) is highlighted in the data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.9%) and testing (319 tests per day per 100,000) are within the acceptable range of the state.


The state health department reports: 3,478,467 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, from 15 Nov.

At this time, 56.99% of Nevada residents currently eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated and 66.43% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 56.28% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.


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

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of patients hospitalized in Nevada was DOWN (-2) of the last report.

The current number of hospital admissions is 725 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 146 of those patients were in intensive care units and 102 were on a ventilator. To give some perspective, the state set a record for hospitalized patients with 2,025 cases on Dec. 13.


The number of people who have recovered from the virus in southern Nevada continues to increase. The latest provincial update estimates a total of 322,284 recovered cases; that’s 95.2% of all reported cases in the province, according to the latest report from the SNHD.

The Health District provides a daily map showing the number of positive tests in each Clark County zip code.


Nevada reopened to 100% on June 1, and social distancing guidelines were lifted, returning the state, with few exceptions, to pre-pandemic times.

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

Nevada said it would adopt the CDC’s guidelines with the new mask directive that went into effect July 30 at 12:01 a.m. This overrides Clark County’s mandate for worker masks, which went into effect in mid-July.

On Aug. 16, Governor Sisolak signed a new directive allowing fully vaccinated attendees to remove their masks at large gatherings, but only if the venue chooses to require all attendees to provide proof of vaccination. Those who only have one chance and are not “fully vaccinated” are still allowed to participate, as are children under 12, but both should wear masks.

Masks must still be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace counseling.

State approval to vaccinate children ages 5-11 was given on Nov. 3, with Southern Nevada Health District planning to begin vaccinations on Nov. 10. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for children.

SEE ALSO: Report of the previous day