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NEW: Nevada COVID-19 cases, test positivity rate show downward trend over holiday weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada's coronavirus cases and test positivity rate showed a downward trend over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Nevada’s test positivity rate decreased for the fourth day in a row on Tuesday after steadily climbing since Jan. 3, data shows. It currently stands at 20.8%. The record — 22.3% — was reported on Dec. 8, 2020. Clark County’s test positivity rate is 22%.

Nevada is reporting 1,178 new COVID-19 cases, with 952 from Clark County. Nevada’s total cases are now at 263,972. Clark County has a total of 202,471.

Clark County reported a sobering milestone on Sunday as it surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 cases.

The state is reporting eight COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, seven from Clark County, according to data released Tuesday. A record-high 63 deaths were reported on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Nevada’s 14-day rolling average is now 18 deaths per day.

More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 75 of the past 77 days.

There were 11,156 tests performed in the last day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

For the 14th 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 14 counties flagged in the tracker, updated daily on the DHHS Dashboard.

Clark County has a case rate of 1,931 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 22%.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The CDC reports 83,674 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada. As of Jan. 11, 28,978 doses have been administered in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

The CDC’s vaccination data shows that Nevada has received more than 211,750 vaccine doses as of Jan. 15.

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 Monday, Jan. 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 UP on Monday, according to data released Tuesday.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 62 in the last day, and the current total is 1,716 confirmed/suspected cases.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Jan. 18):

  • Statewide licensed beds occupied: 80%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 73%
  • Ventilators in use: 45%

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. 29Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 6

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR MONDAY, JAN. 18:

There were 404 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, up 13 from Sunday.

The DHHS report showed 289 patients on ventilators, down three from Sunday.

Click HERE to view DHHS hospitalizations

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 263,972 confirmed cases and 3,792 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 1,178 new cases reported in the last day.

More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Nevada in 75 of the past 77 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 Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 2

The DHHS is reporting eight new COVID-19-related deaths statewide after reporting a record-high 63 deaths on Saturday, Jan. 16. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at 18.

“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 Dec. 6, Dec. 10 and Dec. 22 had the highest count of fatalities with 44, followed by 41 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 reported144Dec. 6, Dec. 10, Dec. 22241Dec. 18339Dec. 8438Dec. 9537Dec. 20, Dec. 24, Dec. 26You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 3

As of Sunday, a total of 2,350,428 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 11,156 in the past 24 hours.

The test positivity is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 20.8% as of Monday, down from 21.1% 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.

Click HERE to view the DHHS Dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 1,178 new COVID-19 cases, more than 80 percent of them — 952 — were reported in Clark County on Monday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Tuesday.

There is now a total of 2,873 deaths, 202,471 confirmed cases and 11,006 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 seven new deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 123.9 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 8,651 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

About a third of the cases (30.5%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (46.1%) 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. Twelve new cases were reported in December, 2020. Seven new cases have been reported in January, with the most recent reported on Jan. 16, bringing the total to 38.

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. As of Monday, the county estimates a total of 179,384 recovered cases; that’s 88.6% 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 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, 17 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, seven among students, six involving staff, and four faculty members. A total of 632 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

Governor Sisolak extended the state’s current mitigation measures another 30 days, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the state. It was due to end Jan. 15, 2021.

During a news conference on Jan. 11, health officials Shannon Bennett and Candice McDaniel provided an update on revisions to the state’s vaccine playbook. Nevada is doing away with tiers and implementing a strategy meant to clarify priorities for vaccinating some people, while explaining that not everyone within an age group will be treated equally.

An important distinction comes in the two “lanes” to vaccination outlined in the playbook. There’s the “general population” lane, and there’s the “frontline/essential workforce” lane. To learn more, click HERE.

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.

SEE ALSO: Previous day’s report

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