NEW: Nevadas COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases soar as state hits 12% test positivity over the weekend – KLAS – 8 News Now

Below is thefull COVID-19 report for the past weekend, July 16-18

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) Nevadas COVID-19 test positivity rate hit 12% on Monday as cases and hospitalizations soared over the weekend, data shows.

The states test positivity rate climbed from 11.3% to 12%, with Clark County hitting 13.5%.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Nevada hospitals jumped by 75 to a total of 894, according to data released Monday. Hospitals reported 196 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 92 were on ventilators all levels Nevada hasnt seen since mid-February.

New state COVID-19 cases jumped by more than 2,000 since Friday, with 1,900 reported in Clark County. About 92% of the states cases came from Southern Nevada.

On Friday, the Southern Nevada Health District recommended thateveryone vaccinated or not should wear a maskin crowded indoor public settings.

Nevadas case count grew by 2,067 over the weekend, most from Clark County (1,907). The states total cases are now at 345,163. Clark County has a total of 270,421.Its important to note thatthe state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekendor holidays, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.

Nevadas test positivity rate is at 12%, up from 11.3% on Friday. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organizations goal, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28. Clark Countys rate is even higher, at 13.5%, up from Fridays report of 12.7%.

Nevada reported three additional COVID-19-related deaths, all from Clark County in the past 24 hours. Nevadas most populous county now accounts for 4,566 of the states 5,761 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is three deaths per day.

As of Sunday, a total of 3,631,541 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 17,777 in the past day.

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

July 6 was the first time since March 3 that Clark County had been flagged for elevated disease transmission(A county is flagged for elevated disease transmission if it meets two or three of the above criteria). In todays report, Clark remains flagged, along with Churchill, Elko, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral and Nye counties.

Clark Countys case rate (570 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) and test positivity rate (13.5%) are flagged in data reported today. Testing (183 tests per day per 100,000) is within the states acceptable range.

Thestates health department reports2,611,811 dosesof the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada,as of July 18.Of Nevadas total doses, 2,070,421 have been administered in the southern part of the state, according to the Health Districtsdaily dashboard update.

As of today, 46% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 55% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that nearly 45% of its eligible residents is fully vaccinated, edging closer to its goal of 60%.

NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization dataonweekendsor holidays.

According to the statesDepartment of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada wasUPover the weekend, increasing by 75 patients.

The current number of hospitalizations is894 confirmed/suspected cases.

Nevadas resurgence continues with COVID-19-related hospitalizations increasing in the southern region, according to themost recent report from the Nevada Hospital Association.

Full statement released Wednesday, July 14, from the Nevada Hospital Association:

The general population appears desensitized to the threat, and individuals are not following CDC guidelines related to mask-wearing for unvaccinated persons or maintaining social distancing in crowdedindoor locations. Vaccinations have plateaued, and while most patients are unvaccinated, hospitals are seeing some breakthrough cases requiring advanced medical treatments.

COVID-19 patients account for approximately 14% of the relative demand placed on hospitals statewide and 16% of the relative demand in the southern region (confirmed and suspected/ total census). Some facilities are reporting increased hospital and ICU occupancy rates (at or above 90%); however, most of these patients are all-cause hospitalizations. Hospitals are not reporting shortages of ventilators, supplies, vaccines, or other therapeutics, although ICU and ventilator use is increasing.

To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Southern Nevada continues to increase. The latest county update estimates a total of 253,126 recovered cases; thats 94.3% of all reported cases in the county, according toSNHDs latest report.

The health district providesa daily map with the number of positive tests in each ZIPcodein Clark County.

Nevadareopened to 100% capacity on June 1and social distancing guidelines lifted, helping the state return to mostly pre-pandemic times, with some exceptions.

Fully-vaccinated Nevadans no longer have to wear masks. However, masks still must be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.

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