State officials issue warnings to avoid Las Vegas as COVID-19 cases surge

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The Points Guy 24 July, 2021 - 11:00am 103 views

Several jurisdictions have advised their residents to avoid travel to Las Vegas or Nevada amid high rates of positive COVID-19 cases.

Hawaii’s Kauai warned its residents against traveling to Las Vegas. Mayor Derek Kawakami said Las Vegas was the “biggest hot spot” for bringing COVID-19 to the island, and a health official said a spike in positive cases was traced to travel to Las Vegas.

“This destination poses significant risks. The popular activities are largely indoors and can be crowded. Visitors stay indoors for prolonged periods, mingling with others from all over the country. Masks are not required,” Hawaii’s State Department of Health Kauai District Health Office wrote on July 19.

“The result is a set-up for the spread of COVID-19. If you plan a trip, please be vaccinated before you go,” the statement continued. The health department advises residents traveling to Las Vegas to be fully vaccinated.

The Hawaiian island isn’t the only place warning residents to stay away from Sin City or Nevada. A Contra County, CA, health official said that “as far as COVID goes, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.” A Los Angeles health official recommended that residents avoid Nevada, particularly those who are unvaccinated. And the city of Chicago added several states, including Nevada, to a travel advisory.

All Las Vegas employees who work indoors are now required to mask up again, as local officials try to contain the concerning upswing in COVID-19 cases related to the delta variant. But the mandate stops short of requiring tourists to wear masks for the time being. The new mask requirement will remain in place until at least August 17.

Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas, is amid a surge in positive cases. According to the New York Times, a 7-day average of 764 cases per day were reported in Clark County as of July 23 — a 74 percent increase from two weeks ago. According to a New York Times tracker, just 40% of all Clark County residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, more than 272,000 Clark County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and nearly 5,800 have died.

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Arizonans urged to get COVID-19 vaccine as cases rise

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No timeline for completion of Covid vaccine drive: Govt

The Tribune India 24 July, 2021 - 07:01am

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A health worker administers vaccine in Delhi. Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

The government on Friday informed Parliament that no fixed timeline could be indicated at present for the completion of the Covid vaccination drive, but the expectation was to cover the adult population of 90 crore by December this year.

Responding to a questions by Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, who asked whether the government proposed to complete the exercise of full vaccination of all adults by 2021 end, Minister of State for Health Bharati Panwar said, “The Covid-19 vaccination is an ongoing and dynamic process, which is being guided by National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 on the basis of concurrent scientific evidence. In view of the dynamic and evolving nature of the pandemic, no fixed timeline at present can be indicated for the completion of the vaccination drive, however, it is expected that beneficiaries aged 18 years and above will be vaccinated by December 2021.”

The government said between August 2021 to December 2021, a total of 135 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine were expected to be available.

Asked if there was delay in reaching agreements with domestic vaccine makers, the health ministry said no.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the government was in talks with Pfizer for import of the vaccine and added that Covid inoculation was not a matter of politics.

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COVID-19 breakthrough infections: Local physician explains rare cases, encourages vaccine for protection

KLAS - 8 News Now 24 July, 2021 - 12:40am

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Though someone contracting COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated is rare, it can happen, so 8 News Now spoke with a local doctor about the role immunization plays in community defense. 

The message to ‘get vaccinated’ isn’t new, but it’s even more important as COVID-19 cases soar across Southern Nevada. 

Though thousands are already immunized, others are still on the fence. 

“I’m fully vaccinated,” Tom Donahue told 8 News Now.

“I’m just a little skeptical right now,” Tommy Conover conversely said of the vaccine. 

As of Friday, more than 46% of those eligible in Nevada were fully inoculated against COVID-19. Experts attribute this rate below 50% to a spike in deaths and hospitalizations. 

For a look at Nevada’s latest COVID-19 numbers, CLICK HERE.

“At least 80 percent of people who are in the hospital situation, with COVID,” Family medicine physician Dr. Ati Hakimi, M.D. said. “Are unvaccinated people.”

Yet in rare cases, people still contract COVID-19 after they’re fully vaccinated, so 8 News Now asked Dr. Hakimi why this is happening. 

“People whose immune systems are still a little bit lower,” she explained. “And still have been vaccinated, we are still very concerned for.”

She said many factors can contribute to breakthrough infections, but the main thing these shots offer is protection from serious symptoms. 

According to The Centers for Disease Control, of 161 million people vaccinated across the country, only 5,914 contracted COVID-19 breakthrough infections that led to hospitalization or death. 

For a look at those statistics, CLICK HERE.

“Remember the more of us that are vaccinated,” Dr. Hakimi added. “The less likely the virus can learn to mutate on us.”

Another thing to consider is community defense, as high vaccination rates give variants like Delta less power to spread. 

“You don’t want the new variant,” Dr. Hakimi said of Delta. “It is very deadly.”

Therefore, those who spoke with 8 News Now encourage us all to appreciate the value this vaccine brings to everyone. 

“If you are going out in public not vaccinated,” Donahue concluded. “You’re asking for trouble.”

Dr. Hakimi said another misconception is those who’ve already contracted the virus believing they don’t need the COVID-19 vaccine. 

She said this notion is false, as a new strain like Delta will attack immune systems differently, and the vaccine protects against all COVID-19 strains.

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