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NEW: Nevada test positivity could be under 10% soon as decline continues; state reports 26 deaths

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 26 additional COVID-19-related deaths as its test positivity rate drops to 10.7%, the latest data from the state shows. The test positivity rate recorded its biggest single-day drop since it began falling on Jan. 13, and appears headed below 10% within a few days.

Of Nevada’s 26 additional deaths in the past day, 25 were from Clark County, according to data released Friday. The state’s 14-day rolling average is now 13 deaths per day.

Nevada reports 420 new COVID-19 cases, with 336 from Clark County. The state’s total cases are now at 290,300. Clark County has a total of 223,960.

Daily case totals have dropped below 1,000 since Jan. 30.

The test positivity rate dropped again Thursday, falling from 11.3% to 10.7%, continuing a trend of declines that began on Jan. 14. The record — 22.3% — was reported on Dec. 8, 2020.

Hospitalizations are now below 700 COVID-19 patients in the state.

There were 7,193 tests performed in the last day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

For the 18th week in a row, Clark County was flagged for elevated disease transmission. Clark County remains in the red on Nevada Health Response’s “county criteria tracker.” The county was flagged for elevated disease transmission after meeting the criteria of high case rates and high test positivity. Clark is one of six counties flagged in the tracker, updated daily on the DHHS Dashboard.

Clark County has a case rate of 763 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 12.0%.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The DHHS Office of Analytics added a “vaccinations” tab to its dashboard on Wednesday, Feb. 3. It will provide immunization numbers and be updated 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 DHHS reports 518,135 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Feb. 18. Of the state’s total doses, 359,900 were administered in Clark County.

The CDC’s vaccination data shows that Nevada has received more than 593,275 vaccine doses as of Feb. 17.

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

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Thursday, Feb. 18.

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. 

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was DOWN on Thursday, according to data released Friday.

The number of hospitalizations decreased by 28 in the last day, and the current total is 670 confirmed/suspected cases.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Feb. 17):

  • Statewide licensed beds occupied: 77%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 63%
  • Ventilators in use: 31%

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 THURSDAY, FEB. 18:

There were 154 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, down 19 from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 106 patients on ventilators, down five from the previous day.

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

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 290,300 confirmed cases and 4,831 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 420 new cases reported in the last day.

More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Nevada in 84 of the past 108 days. 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 26 new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at 13.

“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 — 47 — on Jan. 11, followed by 46 deaths on Dec. 22.

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 reported147Jan. 11246Dec. 22345Dec. 10, Dec. 18444Jan. 6, Jan. 9543Dec. 6, Jan. 20You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Deaths” tab

As of Thursday, a total of 2,650,086 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 7,193 in the past 24 hours.

The test positivity is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 10.7% as of Wednesday, down from 11.3% the day before. It reached 10% on Oct. 24 but before then, Nevada had not recorded a test positivity at or above 10% since Sept. 1.

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

This info is under the “Current Status — Confirmed Cases” tab of the DHHS dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 420 new COVID-19 cases, about 80 percent of them — 336 — were reported in Clark County on Thursday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Friday.

There is now a total of 3,749 deaths, 223,960 confirmed cases and 12,814 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

Southern Nevada surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Jan. 17.

There were 25 deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 160.9 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 2,490 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

About a third of the cases (30.9%) 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. So far in February, 10 new cases have been reported, with the latest coming in reports on Feb. 18, bringing the total to 52.

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.

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Clark County continues to increase. The latest county update estimates a total of 213,701 recovered cases; that’s 95.4% 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 has changed the way it is reporting COVID-19 cases. At the end of each week, the university will update its graph noting new cases.

According to the most recent report, four new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, four among students, none involving staff, and none among faculty members. A total of 727 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data on March 25.

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

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

On Feb. 11, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a “safe reopening plan” that begins on Monday, Feb. 15, with capacity limits being lifted to 35% or 50% for certain businesses and activities. This will be determined by risk-level.

Gatherings will also be capped at 100 people or 35% capacity, whichever is less, though large gathering plans may be submitted for events. No approvals for large gatherings will be provided before March 1.

The reopening plan expands capacity to 50% on March 15 at almost all businesses and activities, and on May 1, decisions will shift from the state to local authorities:

More detail:

Nevada is currently working with the third version of the vaccine playbook, which outlines the state’s plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to its residents.

Gov. Sisolak is continuing to urge the public not to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.

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