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NEW: Nevada reports 498 COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths heading into weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 498 new cases of COVID-19 heading into the weekend, along with eight deaths. The state's test positivity rate held steady at 5.6%.

The state reports that 28% of Nevada's population is now fully vaccinated, and 46.5% of the people eligible for COVID-19 shots have initiated vaccinations.

Nevada's COVID-19 test positivity rate dropped to 5.6% on Wednesday after nine days at 5.7%. The rate started climbing on April 3, passing 5% on April 12. But it leveled off in late April and has been steady since.

Clark County's test positivity is slightly higher, at 5.7% in data released Friday.

Nevada reports 498 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (413) in the past 24 hours. Nevada’s total cases are now at 317,980. Clark County has a total of 246,106. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.

Nevada reports eight additional COVID-19-related deaths over the weekend, seven from Clark County. Nevada’s most populous county now accounts for 4,330 of the state’s 5,498 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is three deaths per day.

There were 9,136 tests performed in the past day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Clark County was taken off the list of flagged Nevada counties on Wednesday, March 3, after 20 consecutive weeks. It has been flagged for case rate since April 13 — 274 per 100,000 over the past 30 days. Testing (215 tests per day per 100,000) and the test positivity rate (5.7%) are within state acceptable ranges.

March 12 marked the first time in more than six months that no counties were flagged in the tracker. A county is flagged for elevated disease transmission if it meets two or three of the above criteria. In today’s report, Elko, Lyon and Storey counties were flagged.

VACCINATION UPDATE

The “vaccinations” tab on the DHHS dashboard provides updated immunization numbers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Click HERE to see the dashboard. Be sure to click the “vaccinations” tab under the “Current Status” top tab.

The state’s health department reports 1,976,570 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of May 5. Of Nevada’s total doses, 1,541,733 have been administered in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s daily dashboard update.

More than 35% of Nevadans currently eligible have completed their vaccinations.

Clark County Vaccine Snapshot, as of May 5 (data provided weekly by the Southern Nevada Health District):

MANUFACTURERTOTALPfizer-BioNTech889,897Moderna530,385Johnson & Johnson (single-dose) — no longer on pause56,2881,476,570Data provided by SNHD

To find out when and where you can expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, click HERE.

Below is the full COVID-19 report from Thursday, May 6.

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 was UP on Thursday.

The number of hospitalizations increased by seven in the past day, and the current total is 331 confirmed/suspected cases.

More information from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of May 5):

NHA continues to report hospitalization statistics that are at the low end of the ranges seen during the pandemic. A new record low for patients on ventilators (27) was set this week.

"Nevada continues to experience daily fluctuations in hospitalizations as the state reopens. Patient acuity is in decline. Severe illness is becoming reduced," according to NHA's weekly update.

NHA also expressed concern over vaccine misinformation in the state.

"An anti-vaxx movement is trying to take hold in Nevada. A rally in rural Lander County has been planned for the coming week. Aside from not supporting vaccination efforts, some physicians in these groups are still promulgating misinformation such as the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine and other homeopathic therapies for COVID treatment.

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. 29You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Hospitalizations” tab

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR THURSDAY, MAY 5

There are 75 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state, up five from the previous report.

The DHHS report showed 33 patients on ventilators, up six from the previous report.

You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Hospitalizations” tab

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 317,980 confirmed cases and 5,498 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 498 new cases reported in the past day.

Daily case totals have been below 1,000 since Jan. 30. 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 the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Confirmed Cases” tab

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

Nevada surpassed 5,000 deaths on March 3.

“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 the highest count of fatalities — 48 on Dec. 22 and Jan. 11, followed by 46 deaths on Dec. 18.

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 reported148Dec. 22, Jan. 11246Dec. 18345Dec. 10, Jan. 9, Jan. 20444Jan. 6, Jan. 10543Dec. 30You can find this data on the Nevada DHHS coronavirus dashboard, under the “Trends — Deaths” tab

As of Wednesday, a total of 3,240,529 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 9,136 in the past day.

The test positivity rate, reported as a 14-day average, is at 5.6% as of Thursday. The rate dropped below 5% on March 20, but began increasing steadily again on April 3 and is now above 5%.

The World Health Organization advises governments that before reopening, rates of positivity in testing should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days.

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

You can find this data under the “Current Status — Confirmed Cases” tab of the DHHS dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 498 new COVID-19 cases, about 83% of them — 413 — were reported in Clark County in the past day, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Friday.

There is now a total of 4,330 deaths, 246,106 confirmed cases and 15,925 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

There were seven deaths reported in Clark County in the past day. In its most recent report, the health district states that 185.9 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 1,439 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

About a third of the cases (33.1%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (45.8%) 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. Eleven cases were reported in January, 12 in February and seven in March. So far in April, three new cases have been reported, with the latest on April 15, bringing the total to 64.

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.

RECOVERY CASES

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Clark County continues to increase. The latest county update estimates a total of 235,330 recovered cases; that’s 95.6% 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 updates its graph noting new cases at the end of each week.

According to the most recent report, four new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week, four among students, none involving staff, and one faculty member. A total of 791 cases, including both students and employees, have been recorded since UNLV began tracking COVID-19 data on March 25, 2020.

UNLV announced on Thursday that it would be ending first dose vaccinations after Friday, May 7, but will continue to administer second doses for anyone who received their first shot at UNLV.

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

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak set a goal on April 14 of having every Nevada county reopen to 100% capacity by June 1, and signed an emergency to directive on April 20 to see the plan through.

Clark County leaders approved a reopening plan Tuesday, April 20 that would increase capacity from 50% to 80% and reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet starting May 1, when the county takes control of mitigation efforts for COVID-19. The state approved the plan on April 27.

READ: Clark County's mitigation planDownload

Some new changes include:

  • Increase capacity from 50% to 80%
  • Decrease social distancing from six feet to three feet
  • Remove all social distancing and capacity guidelines once 60% of population has received at least one vaccine dose
  • Increase the number of patrons per restaurant table from six to 12

Even though counties take over authority on May 1, the statewide mask mandate will remain in place.

While more Nevadans continue to get vaccinated, Gov. Sisolak and local health leaders are continuing to urge the public not to let up on mask-wearing and social distancing.

SEE ALSO: Previous day’s report