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NEW: COVID-19 test positivity rises; 5 breakthrough deaths in the past week

Below is the full COVID-19 report for November 12-14.

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — COVID-19 positivity rates continue to rise in Nevada and Clark County, a sign that the virus is still spreading in the community.

The state reports 7.6%, up 7.4% on Friday, and the county now stands at 6.8%, up 6.6% on Friday. Those numbers have risen in the past week and a half, but they remain below the state threshold of 8.0%.

New figures on breakthrough cases of COVID-19 show five deaths in the past week, along with 20 new hospitalizations and a total of 430 new cases.

Today’s update includes data from Nov. 12-14 as the agencies’ reports add up through the weekend.

A look at the current COVID-19 numbers:

CLARK COUNTY

  • New cases: 1,087 (total: 338,166)
  • Deaths: 24 (total: 6,073)
  • Test positivity rate: 6.8% (versus 6.6% reported on Friday)
  • Hospital admissions: 559 (up 7 from Friday’s total)

NEVADA

  • New cases: 1,585 (total: 449,331)
  • Deaths: 36 (total: 7,844)
  • Test positivity rate: 7.6% (versus 7.4% on Friday)
  • Hospital admissions: 727 (16 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 has to reach “moderate” for two full weeks.

The test positivity in Clark County is 6.8%, up from 6.6% on Friday, Nov. 12, when the numbers were last reported.

Nevada’s test positivity rate is 7.6%, an increase of 7.4%. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28.

Of the 36 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada, 24 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,073 of the state’s 7,844 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 5,435,613 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 22,124 since Friday’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.

TRACE NV COUNTRIES

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 113.0 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, 11 of Nevada’s 17 counties are still marked for high transmission.

Clark County’s number of cases (447 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) is highlighted in the data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.8%) and testing (317 tests per day per 100,000) are within the acceptable range of the state.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state health department reports: 3,471,173 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, from Nov. 14.

At this time, 56.95% of Nevada residents who are currently eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated and 65.36% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 56.24% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NEVADA

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

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of patients hospitalized in Nevada DOWN (-16) from the last report.

The current number of hospital admissions is 727 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 170 of those patients were in intensive care units and 100 on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record for hospitalized patients with 2,025 cases on Dec. 13.

The most recent report from the Nevada Hospital Association describes a “minor to moderate” resurgence statewide. “Hospital admissions are slowly increasing across the state, causing Nevada to experience a small to moderate COVID-19 uptick.

Hospitals remain on “alert” status for staff, warning that an outbreak of “a new surge in all-cause hospitalizations” — such as the flu — could overwhelm the steps hospitals have taken to maintain workforces.

The report also indicates that hospitals expect more activity regarding vaccination requirements for those with companies with 100 or more employees.

RECOVERY CASES IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in southern Nevada continues to increase. The latest provincial update estimates a total of 321,808 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.


RESTRICTIVE MEASURES IN NEVADA

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 took 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.

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