NEW: COVID-19 test positivity rates drop slightly towards holiday weekend

Below is the full COVID-19 report for November 23.

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — COVID-19 test positivity rates are once again declining in Clark County and statewide, a promising sign heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Clark County’s test positivity rate is 6.9%, down 7.0%, and the state’s rate is 7.5%, down 7.6%.

Cases were higher statewide (629) and countywide (479).

Hospital admissions were higher, and deaths were higher statewide, but lower in Clark County.

A look at the current COVID-19 numbers:

CLARK COUNTY

  • New cases: 479 (total: 342,098)
  • Deaths: 16 (total: 6,161)
  • Test positivity rate: 6.9% (down from 7.0% the previous day)
  • Hospital admissions: 575 (22 more than the previous day)

NEVADA

  • New cases: 629 (total: 454,980)
  • Deaths: 19 (total: 7,972)
  • Test positivity rate: 7.5% (down from 7.6% the previous day)
  • Hospital admissions: 719 (up 18 from the previous day)

The state follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the mask rule. The mandate will remain in effect in each province until the following conditions are met:

  • The positivity rate of the COVID-19 test must be less than 8%
  • The number of cases (per 100,000 inhabitants for 7 days) must be below 50 for two full weeks. A rating of more than 100 cases per 100,000 people or higher is considered a “high” transmission risk, while 50-99.99 per 100,000 is considered “substantial” by the CDC. The province has to reach “moderate” for two full weeks.

The test positivity in Clark County stands at 6.9%, down from 7.0% the previous day. The current case count for Clark County is “high” at 122.2.

Nevada’s test positivity rate is 7.5%, down from 7.6% the previous day. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28.

Of the 19 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada, 16 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,161 of the state’s 7,972 deaths. The 14-day moving average is 7 deaths per day.

From November 18th, the Southern Nevada Health District reports that there are 202 breakthrough deaths (+7), 652 breakthrough hospitals (+45), and 12,898 breakthrough cases (+773). (Increases are compared to the numbers reported on Nov. 11)

As of yesterday, a total of 5,530,963 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 9,782 since the previous day’s report. The number of reported tests has risen as more employers demand that employees be vaccinated or tested weekly.

*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports are updated every morning for the yesterday.

TRACE NV COUNTRIES

The test positivity rate in Clark County has fallen below 8%, leaving the county off the state waiting list due to increased transmission risk. If the county can maintain test positivity and testing levels, state restrictions — including mask requirements — could be relaxed. A separate measure of the county’s case count — currently “high” at 122.2 cases (per 100,000 residents in the past seven days) — must fall below 50 for two weeks before the mask mandate can end.

In today’s report, eight of Nevada’s 17 counties are still marked for high transmission.

Clark County’s number of cases (468 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) is highlighted in the data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.9%) and testing (309 tests per day per 100,000) are within the acceptable range of the state.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The state health department reports: 3,565,294 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, from November 23.

As of today, 52.12% of Nevada residents who are currently eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated and 61.11% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 51.36% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

Percentages shifted downward in reports as of Monday, Nov. 23, indicating they have been adjusted to include children ages 5-11, who are now eligible for vaccination.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NEVADA

NOTE: The state does not update hospital admission data on: weekends or holidays.

According to the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was UPWARDS (+18) from the last report.

The current number of hospital admissions is 719 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 172 of those patients were in intensive care units and 111 on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record for hospitalized patients with 2,025 cases on Dec. 13.

RECOVERY CASES IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in southern Nevada continues to increase. The latest provincial update estimates a total of 325,319 recovered cases; that’s 95.1% of all reported cases in the province, according to The latest report from SNHD.

The health district offers a daily map showing the number of positive tests in each Clark County zip code.


RESTRICTIVE MEASURES IN NEVADA

Nevada reopened to 100% capacity on June 1st and social distancing guidelines have been lifted, bringing the state, with few exceptions, back to pre-pandemic times.

The CDC reversed course on July 27, saying fully vaccinated Americans in areas of “significant and high” transmission should wear masks indoors when in public as COVID-19 cases rise. Most of Nevada falls into those two risk categories.

Nevada said it would adopt CDC guidelines with new mask directive which came into effect at 12:01 PM on July 30. This overrides Clark County’s employee mask mandate, which came into effect in mid-July.

On August 16, Sisolak government signed a new directive which allows fully vaccinated participants at large gatherings to remove their masks, but only if the venue chooses to require all attendees to provide proof of vaccination. Those who only have one chance and are not “fully vaccinated” are still allowed to participate, as are children under 12, but both should wear masks.

Masks must still be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace counseling.

State approval to vaccinate children aged 5-11 was given on November 3rd, with plans by the Southern Nevada Health District to begin vaccinations on Nov. 10. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for children.

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