NEW: Clark County shows improved case count; COVID-19 hospitalizations dropping – KLAS – 8 News Now

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Dec. 2.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — New COVID-19 cases dropped below 500 for the first time this week in Clark County, and hospitalization numbers are improving in Southern Nevada and across the state.
Clark County reports 483 new cases, and Nevada’s count was 708 in data released today.
Hospitalizations dropped by 20 statewide, and by 34 in Clark County. The county reports 530 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.
The Nevada Hospital Association’s weekly report indicates COVID-19 patients occupy 10% of available hospital beds statewide.
Twenty deaths were reported in Nevada, with 14 in Clark County.
Test positivity rates were unchanged. The daily case rate in Clark County jumped again, and now stands at 106.9 — “high” transmission risk.
A look at current COVID-19 numbers:
The state is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the mask rule. The mandate will remain in place in each county until the following conditions are met:
Test positivity in Clark County is at 6.8%, unchanged from the previous day. The current case rate for Clark County is “high” at 106.9.
Nevada’s test positivity rate is at 7.3%, unchanged from the previous day. It fell below 5.0%, the World Health Organization’s goal, on May 17 and climbed above it on June 28.
Of the 20 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Nevada, 14 were from Clark County. Southern Nevada now accounts for 6,227 of the state’s 8,070 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is at 6 deaths per day.
As of Nov. 24, the Southern Nevada Health District reports there are 210 breakthrough deaths (+8), 687 breakthrough hospitalizations (+35) and 13,476 breakthrough cases (+578). (Increases are compared to numbers reported on Nov. 18.)
As of yesterday, a total of 5,618,513 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Nevada, with an increase of 14,961 since the previous day’s report. The number of tests reported has gone up as more employers require employees to be vaccinated or go through weekly testing.
*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.
The test positivity rate in Clark County has dropped below 8%, which takes the county off the state’s watch list for elevated transmission risk. If the county can sustain levels for test positivity and testing, state restrictions — including mask requirements — could be relaxed. A separate measure of the county’s case rate — currently “high” at 106.9 cases (per 100,000 population over the past seven days) — needs to drop below 50 for two straight weeks before the mask mandate can end.
In today’s report, 10 of Nevada’s 17 counties are still flagged for high transmission.
Clark County’s case rate (447 per 100,000 over the past 30 days) is flagged in data reported today. Test positivity rate (6.8%) and testing (294 tests per day per 100,000) are within the state’s acceptable range.
The state’s health department reports 3,654,807 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of Dec. 2.
As of today, 52.68% of Nevadans currently eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 61.83% of the eligible population has initiated vaccinations. Clark County reports that 51.82% of its eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization data on weekends or holidays.
According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was DOWN (-20) since the previous day.
The current number of hospitalizations is 648 confirmed/suspected cases. Hospitals reported 163 of those patients were in intensive care units, and 95 were on ventilators. To give some perspective, the state set a record high for hospitalized patients on Dec. 13 with 2,025 cases.
The Nevada Hospital Association’s latest report indicates COVID-19 patients currently account for 10% of all hospital patients statewide. ICU levels have dropped in Northern Nevada.
“The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nevada has leveled off in the range of 600-650. While this plateau is higher than the peak of the first wave’s confirmed cases, hospitals have learned to better treat this disease, they have new therapies available, and are not experiencing PPE, supply, and ventilator shortages. This level of hospital demand is not currently stressing the healthcare system particularly with the absence of significant flu cases,” NHA reports.
The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Southern Nevada continues to increase. The latest county update estimates a total of 328,858 recovered cases; that’s 95.1% 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.
Nevada reopened to 100% capacity on June 1 and social distancing guidelines lifted, helping the state return to mostly pre-pandemic times, with some exceptions.
The CDC reversed course on July 27, saying fully vaccinated Americans in areas with “substantial 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 the CDC’s guidance with the new mask guideline that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 30. This overrides Clark County’s employee mask mandate, which went into effect in mid-July.
On Aug. 16, Gov. Sisolak signed a new directive that allows fully vaccinated attendees at large gatherings to remove their masks, but only if the venue chooses to require everyone in attendance to provide proof of vaccination. Those who have just one shot and are not “fully vaccinated” would still be allowed to attend, as would children under 12, but both would need to wear masks.
Masks still must be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.
State approval for vaccinating children 5-11 years old was given on Nov. 3, with plans by the Southern Nevada Health District to begin vaccinations on Nov. 10. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for children at this time.
SEE ALSO: Previous day’s report
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