Nevada Leads Nation in Covid Cases as 300000 Descend on Vegas

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Nevada seeks additional FEMA resources to help with COVID-19 cases, Delta variant, vaccination rates

KTNV Las Vegas 31 December, 1969 - 06:00pm

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak says the State of Nevada will seek assistance from the federal government in response to the increasing trend in COVID-19 cases, the emergence and increase in the Delta variant and the stagnation in vaccination rates in Clark County.

The White House announced their intention to create “surge teams” on Thursday and the state is working with federal agencies to request more support to aid in the Get Out The Vaccine efforts in Southern Nevada.

As of Thursday, Nevada’s statewide 14-day test positivity rate is 5.8% and hospitalizations have shown an increase over the last two weeks.

The state is currently implementing an interagency effort targeting Southern Nevada to deploy mobile vaccine units, set up new testing and vaccination sites and increase community outreach and education efforts.

Which Las Vegas neighborhoods have the most new COVID-19 infections?

FOX5 Las Vegas 02 July, 2021 - 11:02pm

Las Vegas cases, last 7 days. July 2, 2021. (Southern Nevada Health District)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) --Where do people with the newest COVID-19 infections live? 

The east Las Vegas ZIP code of 89110, which includes Desert Pines High School, the Stewart Place neighborhood and Eldorado High School, had 84 new cases in the past seven days, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

Lake Las Vegas, Seven Hills and Anthem, Enterprise and Summerlin follow closely, each showing at least 73 new cases in the past seven days. 

As of June 30, the test positivity rate for COVID-19 tests collected in Clark County was 12%. The World Health Organization has recommended a test positivity rate of 5% before lifting disease transmission mitigation measures. 

The Nevada State Public Health Lab has said that 46% of new COVID-19 cases in Nevada are the delta variant, which scientists have said is more contagious than other strains of the virus.

According to the state lab, three COVID-19 tests collected in Clark County on June 15 showed three new "delta-plus" variant cases, in addition to the delta variant that has been circulating in the state. 

As of Friday, Clark County has recorded 263 cases of the delta variant. The UK variant is the most prominent with 731 cases detected. 1,132 COVID-19 cases in Clark County have been considered "variants of concern" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. 

In response to these variants and increased cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rate since the state's June 1 reopening, Gov. Steve Sisolak has said the state will ask the federal government to assist with vaccine outreach in Southern Nevada.

Officials and doctors say the majority of new infections are in unvaccinated people. As of Friday, the Southern Nevada Health District had recorded 946,421 vaccinations initiated in Clark County. 

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Nearly 150 Delta variant cases confirmed in Nevada, but what is it?

8 News NOW Las Vegas 02 July, 2021 - 11:02pm

Summer COVID cases concentrated in wealthier suburbs

Las Vegas Review-Journal 02 July, 2021 - 01:57pm

As the highly contagious delta strain takes hold in the Las Vegas Valley, the disease is spreading fastest in affluent suburbs in the west and south, data shows.

COVID-19 is spreading fastest in wealthy suburbs in the west and south Las Vegas Valley, as a highly contagious strain establishes a growing foothold.

Health data shows the trend occurs as Nevada reports the nation’s highest rate of new cases per capita, more of which are being attributed to the delta variant first identified in India. Overall, the state’s current increase in cases remains relatively low compared with 2020 surges.

Locally, ZIP codes containing neighborhoods like Rhodes Ranch, Southern Highlands and areas of Henderson have seen the most spread, according to a Review-Journal analysis of Southern Nevada Health District data.

The delta strain now accounts for nearly half of Nevada’s cases genetically analyzed by the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in the past two weeks, indicating it is now the most widespread strain in the state.

The suburban case increases this summer have bucked trends experienced in winter.

At that time, COVID-19 had its strongest grip in North Las Vegas and eastern Las Vegas, home to many low-wage essential workers. Those same communities saw relatively few new cases this June despite having lower vaccination rates, data shows.

UNLV epidemiologist Brian Labus said the shift is likely because of residents having fewer options to seek free COVID-19 testing.

As mass testing sites have closed, Labus said more people are getting tested at their doctor’s office. It’s a resource that often is not available to lower-income neighborhoods.

“Often the places that see the highest disease rates are just the places with best access to (medical) care, and that can hide disparities in our community,” he said.

The health district is closely monitoring data tracking disease spread, health district spokeswoman Stephanie Bethel wrote in a statement Friday.

“We are seeing pockets of lower vaccination rates in ZIP codes throughout the community, and we know that unvaccinated people are driving the increase in cases,” she wrote. “We want to remind Southern Nevadans that vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of infection.”

Henderson resident Peter Gerali found out he was COVID-positive on Saturday after receiving a rapid test at a local urgent care clinic. The clinic charges $145 for the procedure, but Gerali, who is vaccinated, said he only paid $36 out-of-pocket because he is insured.

The 63-year-old said he developed a sore throat and fever a few days after attending a sold-out Vegas Golden Knights playoff game. The outing put him in close proximity with thousands of other cheering fans.

“It was pre-pandemic levels of interactions with people,” Gerali said. “None of the fans were wearing masks.”

Gerali said he and his wife didn’t leave their house for much more than groceries during most of the pandemic. The couple began to feel more at ease after they were vaccinated in March, and they stopped wearing masks after the government no longer required them.

“We pretty much thought we were home-free,” he said.

Stories like Gerali’s serve as a reminder that vaccinated people can still catch COVID-19 and become symptomatic.

In rare cases, some breakthrough cases have had severe outcomes. In Clark County, 70 vaccinated people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and 11 of those have died. The majority had underlying health conditions, according to data released Thursday.

Meanwhile, health officials said this week they are not returning to mask mandates and restrictions on large gatherings, even as new vaccinations have largely stagnated.

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday announced he would seek more federal aid to increase immunization efforts across the state.

Public health officials say the greatest risk remains to those who haven’t received their inoculation.

In the past three months, approximately 95 percent of hospitalizations and deaths here caused by COVID-19 have been among the unvaccinated, Southern Nevada Health District district health officer Dr. Fermin Leguen said this week.

Only about half of county residents eligible for vaccination have begun the process.

“Our community vaccination rate is low compared to the rest of the nation, and that increases our risk for having increased transmission of COVID in our community,” Leguen said.

He and other public health officials have stressed that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is for more people to get vaccinated. If the virus continues to proliferate, it could mutate into an even more dangerous strain.

Service providers are working to bring medical care directly to residents of under-vaccinated communities in North Las Vegas and east Las Vegas, said Guy Girardin, president of the Las Vegas nonprofit Puentes.

Puentes volunteers are going door-to-door at apartment complexes in the area, offering free vaccinations, Girardin said. They plan to add testing this month.

“People want to receive care in an environment they feel safe and comfortable with,” he said.

Contact Michael Scott Davidson at sdavidson@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3861. Follow @davidsonlvrj on Twitter.

Former Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg failed to file required disclosures, hired his girlfriend’s company and did not appear to have properly logged vacation hours.

“The viruses that unvaccinated people are facing right now are the Olympic champions of infecting people, ” said Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory.

Legal aid attorneys allege Siegel Suites navigated loopholes in Nevada and federal eviction moratoriums during the pandemic.

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The Nevada DMV will continue its scandal-plagued computer modernization program despite the state Supreme Court striking down a key funding source.

A Review-Journal investigation found Henderson officers with years of misconduct kept their jobs. Confidential police records revealed why.

Dozens of Nevada residents have been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated; two deaths were reported in Clark County.

Records show two arrests, and a series of sexual harassment allegations – including sending nude pictures – but officer Darius Brown is still on duty at the Henderson jail.

The former Henderson officer earned the nickname “Creepy Cop” and was the subject of 60 internal affairs investigations stemming from a dozen incidents, files show.

Sgt. Michael Gillis had more than 30 internal affairs allegations tied to a dozen personal and professional incidents.

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Nevada COVID test positivity rate tops 6% for 1st time since March 7

Las Vegas Review-Journal 02 July, 2021 - 01:41pm

New cases, deaths and hospitalizations also remain on the upswing, according to data published by the state on Friday.

Nevada on Friday reported 508 new coronavirus cases and five additional deaths, as the state’s test-positivity rate reached its highest point in nearly four months, state data shows.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control, meanwhile, showed that Nevada’s seven-day case rate per 100,000 people remained highest in the nation on Friday for the third day in a row. The metric rose from 108.8 to 118.8, the agency reported.

Updated figures posted by the state Department of Health and Human Services on the state’s coronavirus dashboard brought totals in the state to 334,763 cases and 5,697 deaths since the pandemic began.

New COVID-19 cases remained higher than the two-week moving average of daily cases, which declined slightly to 303. Deaths were also higher than the average of three fatalities reported daily over the same time period.

The two-week moving average of new cases increased nearly every day for the past three weeks before registering back-to-back declines on Thursday and Friday, state data shows. Public health officials say that the so-called delta coronavirus variant first detected in India appears to be driving much of the recent increase in cases.

The state’s two-week moving average of fatalities, meanwhile, has held steady at three per day for the past six weeks.

State and county health agencies often redistribute the daily data after it is reported to better reflect the date of death or onset of symptoms, which is why the moving-average trend lines frequently differ from daily reports and are considered better indicators of the direction of the outbreak.

The state’s two-week positivity rate, which essentially tracks the percentage of people tested for COVID-19 who are found to be infected, continued its recent surge on Friday.

The rate increased by 0.4 percentage points to reach 6.2 percent — the first time the metric has surpassed 6 percent since March 7, when it stood at 6.3 percent, according to state data. The rate is well above the 5.0 percent threshold recommended by the World Health Organization to prevent the disease from spreading.

After steadily decreasing from mid-April through early June, the test positivity rate has either remained the same or increased every day for the past three weeks, the data shows.

The 14-day average of daily tests per 100,000 people, meanwhile, has remained relatively flat for about two weeks in the 4,000-plus a day range, state data shows.

There were 440 people in Nevada hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases as of Friday’s report, 16 more than the previous day. Hospitalization figures also have been climbing steadily since reaching a recent low point of 212 on May 31, though they remain far below the levels seen during the peak of the last wave of cases in December and January.

The state will next update its coronavirus website on Tuesday due to the Fourth of July holiday.

The Southern Nevada Health District, meanwhile, reported 449 new coronavirus cases and four additional deaths in Clark County, according to data posted to coronavirus website.

Data posted Friday to the district’s coronavirus webpage pushed cumulative totals for the county to 260,838 cases and 4,508 deaths.

The county’s positivity rate increased by 0.5 percentage points, reaching 6.7 percent, according to state data.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

Sources: Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Census Bureau

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Nevada on Thursday reported 543 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths as the state’s test positivity rate continued to climb.

A Douglas County town and regional Native American tribe have announced a “collaborative agreement” that will allow the sounding of the town’s one-time racist municipal siren, a signal since recast as a latter-day tribute to first responders.

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A search committee began the process Wednesday to hire a new chief of staff and special counsel for Nevada’s higher education board.

Two-time Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo outlined his campaign platform in a sit-down interview with the Review-Journal, pledging not to raise taxes and to defend the Second Amendment.

Water officials in Las Vegas are backing a proposal to create a federal grant program for major water recycling projects.

Nevada on Tuesday reported 625 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths as the state’s major metrics continued to rise.

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NEW: Clark County’s COVID-19 test positivity hits 6.7% with ‘resurgence’ of hospitalizations

KLAS - 8 News Now 02 July, 2021 - 01:19pm

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Thursday, July 1

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate jumped to 6.2% in data released today, and Clark County hit 6.7%. While case numbers dropped, the Nevada Hospital Association advised that there is a “resurgence of COVID-19 hospitalizations” in Southern Nevada.

The overwhelming majority of patients requiring hospitalization are unvaccinated, according to Nevada doctors.

A new study — from Becker’s Hospital Review — showed Nevada with the highest rate of all U.S. states’ new cases as of June 29, 2021.

The state reported 508 new cases, with 449 from Clark County, along with five deaths, with four coming from Clark County.

Hospitalizations increased to 440, continuing a trend that has persisted since the beginning of June.

Nevada’s case count grew by 508 on Friday, most from Clark County (449). The state’s total cases are now at 334,763. Clark County has a total of 260,838. 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.

The state’s test positivity rate is at 6.2%, up from yesterday’s report of 5.8%, data shows. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization’s goal, on May 17. Clark County’s rate is at 6.7%, compared to yesterday’s 6.2% report.

A statement released by the Nevada Hospital Association said:

A news release Friday afternoon from the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) reports that the Delta variant is still behind the U.K. variant in Clark County. There have been 731 cases involving the U.K. variant, with 269 cases involving the Delta variant.

In total, “variants of concern” account for 1,132 cases, SNHD officials said.

Nevada reported five additional COVID-19-related deaths, four from Clark County. Nevada’s most populous county now accounts for 4,508 of the state’s 5,697 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is three deaths per day.

As of Wednesday, a total of 3,535,971 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 5,200 over the past day.

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

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, Elko and Lyon counties were flagged.

Clark County cleared all state COVID-19 standards on Wednesday, May 27, when the case rate fell below 200 per 100,000 population over the past 30 days.

The case rate now stands at 247 per 100,000 over the past 30 days. Testing (150 tests per day per 100,000) and the test positivity rate (6.7%) are within state acceptable ranges.

The state’s health department reports 2,523,548 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of July 1. Of Nevada’s total doses, 2,002,630 have been administered in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s daily dashboard update.

The state’s health department reports 45% of Nevadans currently eligible are fully vaccinated, and 53% of the people eligible have initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 46% of its eligible population is fully vaccinated, edging closer to its goal of 60%.

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was UP in the past day.

The current number of hospitalizations is 440 confirmed/suspected cases.

To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 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 248,026 recovered cases; that’s 95.1% 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.

Nevada reopened to 100% capacity on June 1 and social distancing guidelines lifted, helping the state return to mostly pre-pandemic times, with some exceptions.

Fully-vaccinated Nevadans no longer have to wear masks. However, masks still must be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.

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