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NEW: More than 5,600 COVID-19 cases in Clark County; test positivity rates continue to rise

NEW: More than 5,600 COVID-19 cases in Clark County;  test positivity rates continue to rise

Below is the full COVID-19 report for January 12.

LAS VEGAS (CLASS) — COVID-19 cases remain at the highest level of the pandemic, with data released today showing 5,612 new cases in Clark County — the second-highest one-day total on record.

The four highest numbers of cases from the Clark County pandemic have come in in the past six days, with a total of 27,918 cases in that period.

The surge in in-patients slowed, ending a string of surges dating back to Dec. 29 in Clark County. The number of patients dropped by four in Clark County and by three statewide. The state’s series of increases go back to December 21. The total number of COVID-19 patients now stands at 1,459 in Clark County and 1,623 statewide.

Test positivity rates continue to rise, reaching new records in Clark County (34.8%) and statewide (31.8%).

Nevada reported 22 deaths, 20 of them in Clark County.

Information from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory shows that 92% of the recently tested samples in Clark County were from the ommicron variety. The other 8% came from the delta variant.

The graphs below show test positivity for the state (first image), followed by Clark County’s test positivity percentage.

The previous Clark County high for COVID-19 cases reported in a single day was 6,110, announced Jan. 8 by the Southern Nevada Health District. The report for January 11 showed 4,946 and January 9 had 4,925 cases, the third-highest single-day count of the pandemic. The four highest totals have come in in the past six days.

Testing continues at high levels, with 19,599 test results reported in today’s data.

At-home tests aren’t even counted in the state’s numbers.

The current rise in cases during the spread of the omicron variant has prompted a five-day “Stop the Spread” break for schools in Clark County. There will be no classes on either side of the Martin Luther King Jr. Friday and Tuesday. Bank holiday.

Over the course of the pandemic, deaths have risen in the weeks following the peak in cases, but it’s possible the omicron variant won’t take the same lethal toll. Health officials continue to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated because it reduces the chances of serious illness.

A look at the current COVID-19 numbers:


  • New cases: 5,612 – second highest ever (total: 414,779)
  • Deaths: 20 (total: 6,608)
  • Test positivity rate: 34.8% (against 33.4% yesterday)
  • Testing: 4,677,633 (+13,685 from yesterday)
  • Hospital admissions: 1,463 (no change from yesterday)


  • New cases: 6,845 (total: 543.102)
  • Deaths: 22 (total: 8,606)
  • Test positivity rate: 31.8% (compared to 30.5% yesterday)
  • Testing: 6,167,589 (+19,599 from yesterday)
  • Hospital admissions: 1,623 (-3 from yesterday

From January 6, the Southern Nevada Health District reports that there are 261 breakthrough deaths (+12), 873 breakthrough hospitalizations (+28) and 19,501 breakthrough cases (+7,704). (Increases are compared to figures reported on December 29.) Breakthrough cases now account for nearly 40% of all new COVID-19 cases.

As of yesterday, a total of 6,167,589 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 19,599 from the previous day.

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


The test positivity rate in Clark County has risen to 34.8%, putting the county back on the state’s watch list for increased transmission risk. The rate must be below 8% and a separate measure of the county’s number of cases — currently “high” at 1,065.1 cases (per 100,000 residents in the past seven days) — must fall below 50 for two consecutive weeks before it hits. mask mandate may end .

Today’s report marks 13 of Nevada’s 17 counties for high transmission.

Clark County’s number of cases (2,862 per 100,000 in the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (34.8%) are highlighted in the data reported today. Testing (504 tests per day per 100,000) is within the acceptable range of the state.


The state health department reports: 4,077,258 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, from January 12.

As of yesterday, 55.12% of Nevada residents currently eligible for the vaccine have been fully vaccinated and 65.49% of the eligible population have started vaccinations. Clark County reports that 54.46% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.


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 (-3) since the previous day.

The current number of hospital admissions is 1,623 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported that 281 of those patients were in intensive care units and 141 on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on December 13, 2020, with 2,025 patients.

The number of patients has increased rapidly since Christmas (84% in the last two weeks, 93% in Clark County), and while the number of patients in ICU has also risen, the percentage was much lower (48% in the last two weeks) . The number of ventilator patients has increased less rapidly (30% in the past two weeks).

The Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) reports in its weekly update that hospitals in Southern Nevada and rural counties are at “crisis” staffing levels.

“Clark County continues to experience a significant increase in hospitalizations from COVID-19 and concurrent employee sick leave,” the NHA said. “Both the north and south of the state appreciate the increase in the number of ICU patients. The personnel situation remains in crisis for the second week. There is no evidence of an increase in hospital admissions and an increase in demand for COVID-19 hospitals is expected in the coming weeks.”

There are 240 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Clark County. NHA was given “warning” status when that number reached 221 earlier this week.

NHA also noted: “There is anecdotal evidence that people experience re-infection with COVID-19 in less than four months, including some vaccinated individuals. This number of reinfections could add to a long-term challenge for hospital staff if it becomes the ommicron standard.”

The charts below show hospitalizations in Nevada (first image) and Clark County:


THURSDAY NOT UPDATED YET: The number of people who have recovered from the virus in southern Nevada continues to increase. The latest provincial update estimates a total of 360,711 recovered cases; that’s 88.2% of all reported cases in the province, according to The latest report from SNHD.


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 increase. 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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