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NEW: Nevada reports 50 COVID-19 deaths, consistent climb in test positivity rate

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reported 50 additional COVID-19 deaths as the test positivity rate climbed again in the last day. Data shows the virus is not letting up in Nevada.

Data reported in the past 24 hours shows 42 of the 50 deaths were reported in Clark County. Nevada’s 14-day rolling average is now 20 deaths per day.

The state’s test positivity rate is steadily climbing, and currently sits at 21.5 percent. The record — 22.3 percent — was reported on Dec. 8, 2020.

Nevada is reporting 1,143 new COVID-19 cases, with 737 from Clark County. Nevada’s total cases are now at 253,985. Clark County has a total of 194,220.

Nevada health officials noted that Wednesday's case total is "a result of delayed laboratory reporting." The numbers "may seem low today and will increase more than normal when the data is received," state officials said.

More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 69 of the past 71 days.

There were 13,943 tests performed in the last day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

For the 13th week in a row, Clark County was flagged for elevated disease transmission. Clark County remains in the red on Nevada Health Response’s “county criteria tracker.” The county was flagged for elevated disease transmission after meeting the criteria of high case rates and high test positivity. Clark is one of 16 counties flagged in the tracker, updated daily on the DHHS Dashboard.

Clark County has a case rate of 2,057 per 100,000, and a test positivity of 22.6 percent.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The CDC reports 61,653 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state.

The CDC’s vaccination data shows that Nevada has received more than 207,000 vaccine doses.

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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. 

The statewide “pause” appears to have helped end the increasing trajectory of Nevada’s COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).

The NHA reiterates Gov. Sisolak’s point that Nevada has not seen the full effects of the holiday season, and most likely won’t for another several weeks.

"Nevada hospitalizations remain plateaued at near peak levels with appreciable declines only in the northern part of the state," the NHA noted in its Dec. 12 report. Southern Nevada hospitals are still experiencing a “significant strain” from elevated hospital admissions and ICU admissions, the NHA says.

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was DOWN on Tuesday, according to data released Wednesday.

The number of hospitalizations decreased by 43 in the last day, and the current total is 1,784 confirmed/suspected cases.

Currently, one-third of all people hospitalized in Nevada have COVID-19.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Jan. 12):

  • Statewide licensed beds occupied: 85%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 74%
  • Ventilators in use: 44%

The state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.

Top 5Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)Date reported12,025Dec. 1322,008Dec. 1532,001Dec. 2241,996Dec. 20, Dec. 2151,988Dec. 29Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 6

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 12:

There were 411 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, down 14 from Monday.

The DHHS report showed 280 patients on ventilators, down from Monday.

Click HERE to view DHHS hospitalizations

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 253,985 confirmed cases and 3,596 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 1,143 new cases reported in the last day.

More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Nevada in 69 of the past 71 days. The state set a record for COVID-19 cases on Jan. 6 with 3,402.

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

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported13,402Jan. 623,194Dec. 433,159Nov. 2443,063Dec. 852,988Dec. 22You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 2

The DHHS is reporting 50 new COVID-19-related deaths statewide. The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths now stands at 20.

“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 (Mortality Trends tab of DHHS dashboard) shows Dec. 10 and Dec. 22 had the highest count of fatalities with 44, followed by 42 deaths on Dec. 6 and Dec. 22.

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 highest number of COVID-19-related deaths recorded in a single day in Nevada:

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported144Dec. 10, Dec. 22242Dec. 6339Dec. 18438Dec. 8537Dec. 2, Dec. 20You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 3

As of Monday, a total of 2,268,691 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 13,943 in the past 24 hours.

The test positivity is now being reported as a 14-day average, which puts it at 21.5 percent as of Tuesday, up from 21.3 percent the day before. It reached 10 percent on Oct. 24 but before then, Nevada had not recorded a test positivity at or above 10 percent since Sept. 1.

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

Click HERE to view the DHHS Dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 1,143 new COVID-19 cases, more than 64 percent of them — 737 — were reported in Clark County on Tuesday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Wednesday.

Nevada health officials noted that Wednesday's case total is "a result of delayed laboratory reporting." The numbers "may seem low today and will increase more than normal when the data is received," officials said.

There is now a total of 2,716 deaths, 194,220 confirmed cases and 10,725 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

Like Nevada, Clark County is experiencing a resurgence in hospitalizations.

There were 42 new deaths reported in Clark County in the last day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 117.2 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 12,791 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

About a third of the cases (30.9%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (46.2%) of the positive cases reported in the county are in the age group of 25 to 49.

The SNHD is including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. Twelve new cases were reported in December, 2020. Six new cases have been reported in January, with the most recent reported on Jan. 13, bringing the total to 37.

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 170,081 recovered cases; that’s 87.6% 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 COVID-19 cases. At the end of each week, the university will update its graph noting new cases.

According to the most recent report, 25 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, nine among students, 13 involving staff, and three faculty members. A total of 610 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data on March 25.

CLICK HERE TO SEE UNLV’S COVID-19 REPORT.

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

Governor Sisolak extended the state’s current mitigation measures another 30 days, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the state. It was due to end Jan. 15, 2021.

During a news conference on Jan. 11, health officials Shannon Bennett and Candice McDaniel provided an update on revisions to the state’s vaccine playbook. Nevada is doing away with tiers and implementing a strategy meant to clarify priorities for vaccinating some people, while explaining that not everyone within an age group will be treated equally.

An important distinction comes in the two “lanes” to vaccination outlined in the playbook. There’s the “general population” lane, and there’s the “frontline/essential workforce” lane. To learn more, click HERE.

Nevada is currently working with the third version of the vaccine playbook, which outlines the state’s plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to its residents.

Gov. Sisolak is continuing to urge the public not to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.

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