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NEW: Nevada reports 655 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is reporting seven new COVID-19 related deaths, with three coming from Clark County in the past 24 hours. Of Nevada's 1,698 deaths, 1,461 are in Clark County.

Data released Thursday notes 655 new COVID-19 cases in Nevada and 412 in Clark County. There is now a total of 87,969 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide with 73,154 in Clark County.

According to Nevada Health Response, 5,266 COVID-19 tests were conducted in Nevada on Tuesday. The state typically reports between 8,000 and 10,000 tests a day.

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 totaled 205 as of Wednesday, according to data released Thursday.

Nevada reported 399 confirmed/suspected cases on Wednesday.

The state is seeing an increase in confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalizations, according to the latest report by the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA). The NHA referred to the recent increase as “an indication of serious disease” in its Oct. 12 report. 

The organization says the increase in hospitalized patients is too early to define, but notes this could signal “the beginning of a fall resurgence” or the public’s lack of concern with COVID-19 guidelines.

The state set a record for hospitalized patients on July 31 with 1,165 cases.

The highest numbers of hospitalizations have all been reported since July 23.

Top 5Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)Date reported11,165July 3121,160July 2331,159July 3041,152August 251,148August 4Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 8

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14:

There were 142 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Wednesday, up nine from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 63 patients on ventilators, down one from the previous day.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Oct. 14):

  • Statewide hospital occupancy rates: 73%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 56%
  • Ventilators in use: 32%

Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 6

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 87,969 confirmed cases and 1,698 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 655 new cases reported in the last day.

The DHHS is reporting seven new COVID-19-related deaths statewide in the past 24 hours.

It is important to note there is a delay in death reporting by both the state and county.

“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 (page 3 of DHHS dashboard) shows Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 had the highest count of fatalities, tied with 26, followed by 23 deaths on Aug. 15.

NOTE: The highest count of deaths can change as the DHHS modifies the data with new fatalities reported in the past few days.

The highest number of fatalities recorded in a single-day:

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported126 deathsAug. 5, Aug. 6223 deathsAug. 15322 deathsAug. 11421 deathsAug. 9520 deathsJuly 29You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 3

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

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported11,447July 1521,380July 1631,288July 1841,264July 3051,262July 22You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 5

The state’s health experts say as more testing sites open and more COVID-19 tests are conducted, the state will see a rise in cases.

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,111,192 tests have been conducted in Nevada. (Note: This number is less than the 1,154,583 which was reported the previous day) According to the state, is has transitioned to a “testing encounters” methodology to account for people who receive both a rapid and PCR test on the same day will result in an overall decrease in the total reported number of tests by 3.8%.

With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations stabilizing over the past several weeks, Nevada’s test positivity rate has fallen below 10 percent. The test positivity rate is now being reported as a 14-day average which puts it at 8.5% for Wednesday.

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

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 655 new COVID-19 cases, 412 of them were reported in Clark County on Wednesday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Thursday.

There is now a total of 1,461 deaths, 73,154 confirmed cases and 6,885 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

In its most recent report, the health district states that 62.7 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 2,781 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

More than a third of the cases (39.5%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (47.6%) of the positive cases reported in the county are in the age group of 25 to 49.

Click HERE to see the SNHD dashboard

The SNHD is including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. Since Sept. 10, two additional cases have been reported; one on Sept. 30 and one on Oct. 2, bringing the total to 11 cases. 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 Tuesday, the county estimates a total of 66,916 recovered cases; that’s 91.5% 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 cases. At the end of each week, the university will release a file noting new cases.

According to the report from Friday, Oct. 9, 30 new COVID-19 cases, were reported in the last week. Twenty-nine of the cases were students, while one of the cases is a staff member. A total of 208 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data.

READ: UNLV COVID-19 REPORT FOR WEEK ENDING OCT. 9

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday, Sept. 29, that he is adjusting the group gathering limit to 250 people — five times the current limit of 50 people under COVID-19 regulations.

The change took effect Thursday, Oct. 1.

This means that many events can soon return to Nevada, including live performances and church services. WATCH: Gov. Sisolak raises cap on crowds to 250, effective Thursday.

Nevada is still continuing to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic, and is seeing progress with the downward trend of hospitalizations and cases. In August , Gov. Sisolak announced that Nevada’s new long-term plan will be state managed, but locally executed.

Here is a quick breakdown of how it works:

  • Every week, the state will update the Elevated Disease Transmission Criteria for each county. That includes testing, case rates and positivity rates.
  • Counties at high risk will need to create and implement an action plan that targets sources of infection and community spread.

For more on this new approach, click HERE.

After Gov. Sisolak extended Phase 1 restrictions of bars in Clark County on July 10, the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force voted Sept. 17 to allow Clark County bars, taverns, wineries, and similar businesses to reopen. The establishments reopened on Sept. 20.Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force votes to allow Clark County bars, taverns to reopen 

The state transitioned into Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, May 29, after a directive in mid-March that forced all non-essential businesses to close to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Nevada Health Response officials noted Tuesday, June 9, that Nevada’s COVID-19 data is showing an above-average daily increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. They are reminding Nevadans of precautionary measures that can be taken to minimize the spread of the virus such as staying at home when possible, wearing a face-covering in public, maintaining six feet of social distancing and keeping up with proper hand hygiene.

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