Below is the full COVID-19 report for November 24-28.
LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — A welcome dose of good news came in COVID-19 numbers as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend ended.
All key measures of the spread of the disease fell — and not just a little bit. Cases, deaths, hospitalizations and the test positivity rate all improved at both the state and county levels. And Clark County took a big step to say goodbye to the mask mandate.
With data from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday delivered in one big clump, more bad news could have been magnified. But instead:
CASES: 1,823 new cases statewide, averaged over five days, was only about 365 cases per day; Clark County’s 1,301 new cases mean only about 260 cases per day.
DEATHS: 13 total deaths statewide, with just 8 in Clark County.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: Down by 46 statewide, and by 26 in Clark County.
TEST POSITIVITY RATE: Down to 7.2% statewide (from 7.5% before the holiday weekend) and 6.7% in Clark County (from 6.9% before the holiday weekend).
And the number that could have taken the most dramatic turn was the daily number of cases, which plays a role in answering the question, “When does the mask mandate end?”
After about five weeks of floating around in the “high” transmission risk in Clark County, the daily case count dropped more than 40 points to reach 83.9 – “significant” transmission risk. While it’s still not low enough to start the countdown on masks, the dramatic improvement in speed could bring a glimmer of hope to those fed up with masks. In the sections below you will find more information about what is required to end the mandate.
A look at the current COVID-19 numbers:
- New cases: 1,301 (total: 343,399)
- Deaths: 8 (total: 6,169)
- Test positivity rate: 6.7% (down from 6.9% last week)
- Hospital admissions: 549 (26 less than last week)
- New cases: 1,823 (total: 456,803)
- Deaths: 13 (total: 7,985)
- Test positivity rate: 7.2% (down from 7.5% last week)
- Hospital admissions: 673 (46 less than last week)
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.
Test positivity in Clark County is 6.7%, down from 6.9% for the holiday weekend. The current case count for Clark County is “substantial” at 83.9.
Nevada’s test positivity rate is 7.2%, down from 7.5% last week. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization target, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28.
Of the 13 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada, 8 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,169 of the state’s 7,985 deaths. The 14-day moving average is 4 deaths per day.
From November 24th, the Southern Nevada Health District reports that there are 210 breakthrough deaths (+8), 687 breakthrough hospitalizations (+35), and 13,476 breakthrough cases (+578). (Increases are compared to the numbers reported on Nov. 18.)
As of yesterday, a total of 5,570,433 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 39,470 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 number of cases — currently “substantial” at 83.9 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, nine of Nevada’s 17 counties are still marked for high transmission.
Clark County’s number of cases (441 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) is highlighted in the data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.7%) and testing (315 tests per day per 100,000) are within the acceptable range of the state.
The state health department reports: 3,602,171 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, from Nov. 28.
At this time, 52.33% of Nevada residents currently eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated and 61.44% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 51.59% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
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 DOWN (-46) from the latest report.
The current number of hospital admissions is 673 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 157 of those patients were in intensive care units and 95 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 327,202 recovered cases; that’s 95.3% 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 took effect on July 30 at 12:01 PM. 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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