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NEW: Nevada's test positivity remains at 5.7% for full week

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remained at 5.7% for the seventh consecutive day as the state reported more than 800 new cases over the weekend.

The statewide rate is holding steady as vaccination efforts continue. It climbed above 5% on April 12, and had been steadily rising since April 3.

Nevada reports 801 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (705) from the past weekend. Nevada’s total cases are now at 316,239. Clark County has a total of 244,647. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.

Nevada reports nine additional COVID-19-related deaths over the weekend, all from Clark County. Nevada’s most populous county now accounts for 4,309 of the state’s 5,473 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is three deaths per day.

Coronavirus vaccine data, updated every other weekday by the state’s health department, shows 26.4% of Nevada’s population has now been vaccinated.

There were 18,979 tests performed over the weekend, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Clark County was taken off the list of flagged Nevada counties on Wednesday, March 3, after 20 consecutive weeks. It has been flagged for case rate since April 13 — 269 per 100,000 over the past 30 days. Testing (215 tests per day per 100,000) and the test positivity rate (5.7%) are within state acceptable ranges.

March 12 marked the first time in more than six months that no counties were flagged in the tracker. A county is flagged for elevated disease transmission if it meets two or three of the above criteria. In today’s report, Carson City, Elko, and Lyon counties were flagged.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The “vaccinations” tab on the DHHS dashboard provides updated immunization numbers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Click HERE to see the dashboard. Be sure to click the “vaccinations” tab under the “Current Status” top tab.

The state’s health department reports 1,908,027 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of May 2. Of Nevada’s total doses, 1,430,606 have been administered in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s daily dashboard update.

More than 33% of Nevadans currently eligible have completed their vaccinations.

Clark County Vaccine Snapshot, as of April 28 (data provided weekly by the Southern Nevada Health District):

MANUFACTURERTOTALPfizer-BioNTech844,360Moderna503,111Johnson & Johnson (single-dose) — no longer on pause52,7761,400,247Data provided by SNHD

To find out when and where you can expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, click HERE.

Below is the full COVID-19 report from over the weekend, April 30-May 2.

NEVADA HOSPITALIZATIONS

NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization data, including the number of patients in ICU units or on ventilators, on Sundays or holidays.

Data from over the weekend was not fully updated today. Information below is from the state's report on Saturday.

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

The number of hospitalizations decreased by two from Friday, and the current total is 331 confirmed/suspected cases.

More information from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of April 28):

COVID-19 hospitalization are at a “near-record low” in all of Nevada’s hospital metrics and regions, according to the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).

“Day-over-day, hospital admissions have dropped from a (2021) high of 181 patients per day to less than 50 people per day, with some daily fluctuations. Current conditions appear to favor the
Roadmap to Recovery Transition Plan’s timing for reopening,” the NHA noted in its weekly report.

Those patients with severe COVID-19 disease continue to shift to a younger population, according to the organization. The NHA says this is a result of the older population receiving the vaccine.

The percentage of hospitalizations for individuals 60-years-old and older has fallen from 64% to 44% in the last four months. “The total numbers of hospitalizations has also been significantly
reduced month-over-month since vaccinations started,” the NHA reports.

The state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.

Top 5Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)Date reported12,025Dec. 1322,008Dec. 1532,001Dec. 2241,996Dec. 20, Dec. 2151,988Dec. 29You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Hospitalizations” tab

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR SATURDAY, MAY 1

There are 68 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, unchanged from the previous report.

The DHHS report showed 31 patients on ventilators, down three from the previous report.

You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Hospitalizations” tab

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 316,239 confirmed cases and 5,473 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 801 new cases reported over the weekend.

Daily case totals have been below 1,000 since Jan. 30. The state set a record for COVID-19 cases on Jan. 6 with 3,402.

Here are the largest single-day increases for COVID-19 cases in Nevada:

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported13,402Jan. 623,194Dec. 433,159Nov. 2443,063Dec. 852,988Dec. 22You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Confirmed Cases” tab

The DHHS is reporting nine new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at three.

Nevada surpassed 5,000 deaths on March 3.

“Please keep in mind that the death rates we are seeing correspond to cases diagnosed up to 5 weeks ago,” Nevada Health Response stated in a news release.

A recent update to the state’s COVID-19 daily death graph (Mortality Trends tab of DHHS dashboard) shows the highest count of fatalities — 48 on Dec. 22 and Jan. 11, followed by 46 deaths on Dec. 18.

The Nevada DHHS says it is important to note that there is often a delay in death reporting. Cumulative daily death counts are displayed by the date of death, rather than the date the death was reported to the state. The total count for statewide deaths on the first tab may not equal the sum of the cumulative daily death counts because of cases where exact date of death is unknown or pending report.

Here are the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths recorded in a single day in Nevada:

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported148Dec. 22, Jan. 11246Dec. 18345Dec. 10, Jan. 9, Jan. 20444Jan. 6, Jan. 10543Dec. 30You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Deaths” tab

As of Sunday, a total of 3,202,314 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 18,979 in the past day.

The test positivity rate, reported as a 14-day average, is at 5.7% as of Sunday. The rate dropped below 5% on March 20, but began increasing steadily again on April 3 and is now above 5%.

The World Health Organization advises governments that before reopening, rates of positivity in testing should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days.

*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.

You can find this data under the “Current Status — Confirmed Cases” tab of the DHHS dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 801 new COVID-19 cases, about 88% of them — 705 — were reported in Clark County over the weekend, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Monday.

There is now a total of 4,309 deaths, 244,647 confirmed cases and 15,726 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

There were nine deaths reported in Clark County in the past day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 185.0 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 1,503 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

About a third of the cases (33.0%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (45.7%) of the positive cases reported in the county are in the age group of 25 to 49.

The SNHD is including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. Eleven cases were reported in January, 12 in February and seven in March. So far in April, three new cases have been reported, with the latest on April 15, bringing the total to 64.

All of these cases were reported in children under the age of 14, and all of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. 

According to the health district, MIS-C is rare and is still being studied by the CDC to learn more about it and its impact on children. While there isn’t a known cause, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or close contact with someone who did.

RECOVERY CASES

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Clark County continues to increase. The latest county update estimates a total of 233,977 recovered cases; that’s 95.6% of all reported cases in the county, according to SNHD’s latest report.

The health district provides a daily map with the number of positive tests in each ZIP code in Clark County.

SEE: Number of COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Clark CountyDOWNLOAD

UNLV COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

UNLV updates its graph noting new cases at the end of each week.

According to the most recent report, seven new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, six among students, none involving staff, and one faculty member. A total of 787 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data on March 25, 2020.

UNLV announced on Thursday that it would be ending first dose vaccinations after Friday, May 7, but will continue to administer second doses for anyone who received their first shot at UNLV.

CLICK HERE TO SEE UNLV’S COVID-19 REPORT.

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak set a goal on April 14 of having every Nevada county reopen to 100% capacity by June 1, and signed an emergency to directive on April 20 to see the plan through.

Clark County leaders approved a reopening plan Tuesday, April 20 that would increase capacity from 50% to 80% and reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet starting May 1, when the county takes control of mitigation efforts for COVID-19. The state approved the plan on April 27.

READ: Clark County's Mitigation PlanDownload

Some new changes include:

  • Increase capacity from 50% to 80%
  • Decrease social distancing from six feet to three feet
  • Remove all social distancing and capacity guidelines once 60% of population has received at least one vaccine dose
  • Increase the number of patrons per restaurant table from six to 12

Even though counties take over authority on May 1, the statewide mask mandate will remain in place.

While more Nevadans continue to get vaccinated, Gov. Sisolak and local health leaders are continuing to urge the public not to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.

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