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NEW: COVID-19 test positivity rises to 7% in Nevada, biggest increase since early August

Below is the full COVID-19 report for November 8.

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — The Nevada COVID-19 test positivity rate has jumped from 6.7% to 7.0% in data released today — the biggest jump the rate has seen since the first week of August.

And while the test positivity rate is well below 8.0%, which is the threshold for increased transmission risk, it’s still a cause for concern. Clark County’s test positivity rate grew from 5.9% to 6.1%, and since most of the state’s population lives in the county, it’s clear that Southern Nevada is causing the increase.

Data from daily reports from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services shows that the positivity of the COVID-19 test rose from 15.1% to 15.5% on Aug. 3 as the summer peak peaked at 16.3% in the week of August 8-12. That was the beginning of a two-month period when daily cases were almost always above 1,000.

Today Nevada reported 737 new COVID-19 cases, with 456 cases from Clark County. Hospital admissions had increased slightly to 703 statewide and 516 in Clark County.

Statewide, there were 19 deaths, with seven from Clark County. The state reported 46 deaths in yesterday’s reports.

A look at the current COVID-19 numbers:

CLARK COUNTY

  • New cases: 456 (total: 335,869)
  • Deaths: 7 (total: 6,036)
  • Test positivity rate: 6.1% (versus 5.9% the previous day)

NEVADA

  • New cases: 737 (total: 445,879)
  • Deaths: 19 (total: 7,778)
  • Test positivity rate: 7.0% (versus 6.7% the previous day)

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.

Test positivity in Clark County is 6.1%. The current case count for Clark County is “high” at 117.2.

Nevada’s test positivity rate is 7.0%, up from 6.7% the previous day. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28. Clark County’s percentage stands at 6.1%, up from 5.9% the previous day.

Of the 19 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada, 7 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,036 of the state’s 7,778 deaths. The 14-day moving average is 5 deaths per day.

On November 4, the Southern Nevada Health District reported 190 breakthrough deaths (+7), 587 breakthrough hospitals (+21), and 11,695 breakthrough cases (+591). (Increases are compared to the numbers reported on Oct. 28.)

As of yesterday, a total of 5,391,573 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up from 8,516 since yesterday. 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.

NEXT NV COUNTIES

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 province 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 117.2 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, nine of Nevada’s 17 counties are still marked for high transmission.

Clark County’s number of cases (445 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) is highlighted in the data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.1%) and testing (341 tests per day per 100,000) are within the acceptable range of the state.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state health department reports: 3,401,467 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, from November 8

At this time, 56.51% of Nevada residents who are currently eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated and 65.56% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 55.78% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

AN OVERVIEW OF NEVADA HOSPITALIZATIONS

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 UPWARDS (+6) of the last report.

The current number of hospital admissions is 703 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 159 of those patients were in intensive care units and 101 on ventilators. To provide some perspective, the state set a record for hospitalized patients with 2,025 cases on Dec. 13.

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 319,587 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 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 have only one chance and are not “fully vaccinated” would still be allowed to participate, as would children under 12, but both would have to 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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