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NEW: COVID-19 Test Positivity Rising Again in Clark County; fewer patients on the ventilator

Below is the full COVID-19 report for December 6.

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — Clark County’s test positivity rate continues to climb, reaching 7.2% — up from 7.0% — in data released today. The county is still listed with a “high” transmission risk by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nevada’s test positivity remained stable at 7.4%.

New COVID-19 cases in Clark County came in at 528, with 680 statewide. The county had more than three-quarters of the state’s new cases.

The state reported 16 deaths, with 10 in Clark County.

Hospital admissions rose 33 statewide and 35 in Clark County, but the number of patients on ventilators fell after rising over the weekend. Patients on ventilators grew 38 over the weekend and fell by the exact same number in today’s reports. A total of 95 patients now use ventilators.

A look at the current COVID-19 numbers:

CLARK COUNTY

  • New cases: 528 (total: 347,369)
  • Deaths: 10 (total: 6,268)
  • Test positivity rate: 7.2% (increase from 7.0% the previous day)
  • Hospital admissions: 557 (up 35 from the previous day)

NEVADA

  • New cases: 680 (total: 462,159)
  • Deaths: 16 (total: 8,126)
  • Test positivity rate: 7.4% (unchanged from the previous day)
  • Hospital admissions: 674 (more than 33 since 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 has to reach “moderate” for two full weeks.

The test positivity in Clark County stands at 7.2%, up from 7.0% the previous day. The current case count for Clark County is “high” at 134.5.

Nevada’s test positivity rate is 7.4%, 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 16 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada, 10 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,268 of the 8,126 deaths in the state. The 14-day moving average is 5 deaths per day.

On December 2, the Southern Nevada Health District reports that there are 218 breakthrough deaths (+8), 731 breakthrough hospitals (+44), and 14,187 breakthrough cases (+711). (Increases are compared to the numbers reported on Nov. 24.)

As of yesterday, a total of 5,657,858 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 10,819 from the previous day. 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 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 137.1 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, 10 of Nevada’s 17 counties are still marked for high transmission.

Clark County’s number of cases (461 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) is highlighted in the data reported today. Test positivity (7.2%) and testing (287 tests per day per 100,000) are within the acceptable range of the state.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state health department reports: 3,700,971 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, from Dec 6.

As of today, 53% of Nevada residents who are currently eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated and 62.17% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 52.27% 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 UPWARDS (+33) since the previous day.

The current number of hospital admissions is 674 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 151 of those patients were in intensive care units and 95 on ventilators. The number of ventilator patients decreased by 38 in one day. To give 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 330,241 recovered cases; that’s 95.1% 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 taking effect July 30 at 12:01 a.m. This lifts Clark County’s mandate for worker masks, which took 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