RENO, Nev. (AP) — The COVID-19 positivity price in Nevada has greater than doubled during the last month to 7.9%, and the typical variety of new daily cases statewide has climbed to its highest stage since February, well being officers say.
Meanwhile, Nevada reported its second demise from the COVID-19 delta variant, a Washoe County man in his 50s with an underlying well being situation who had not been vaccinated.
Nevada’s 14-day rolling common for brand spanking new cases had dropped to 132 the primary week of June, with the positivity price bottoming out at 3.3% on June 9. But the 377 new cases on common reported July 4 was the highest it has been since 375 in February.
That can be the final time the state’s positivity price had reached as excessive as 8% — 8.3% on Feb. 23.
As of Tuesday, Nevada trailed solely Missouri and Arkansas with the third-highest depend of latest coronavirus cases per capita of any state with 14 per 100,000 folks.
COVID-19 associated hospitalizations in Nevada, rising since the start of June, even have surpassed 500 for the primary time since February.
Nevada’s positivity price peaked at 21.2% on Jan. 12, a month after the typical variety of new cases reached a record-high of two,740 on Dec. 12, 2020.
Clark County, together with Las Vegas, is driving the present dramatic climb in the positivity price at 8.7%, in contrast with 4.6% in the Reno-Sparks space of Washoe County. The highest charges in Nevada are in Storey County, at 20%, and Elko County, at 17.2%.
Las Vegas and most of Nevada totally reopened and lifted restrictions on most companies June 1, although many casino-resorts had already returned to 100% capability earlier than that with approval from state regulators. Visitor numbers, whereas not at their pre-pandemic highs, have grown by double digits 4 months in a row.
More than two-thirds of the nation’s grownup inhabitants has been at the very least partly vaccinated. But in Nevada, solely 53% of those that are eligible have obtained one shot at 45% are totally vaccinated.
“We are a state of skeptics when it comes to vaccines,” state biostatistician Kyra Morgan informed The Associated Press final week. “We have a lot of anti-vaxxers, frankly, in the state of Nevada.”
Dr. Cassius Lockett, the Southern Nevada Health District’s director of illness surveillance and management, mentioned the current rise in positivity is being pushed in giant half by the delta variant. Nevada’s first demise from the variant was confirmed in Washoe County final week.
“It’s really alarming,” he informed KSNV-TV in Las Vegas over the weekend. “We are in a serious race against the fast spread of the delta variant.”
The variant first recognized in India accounted for practically half of the Nevada cases analyzed by the state’s public well being laboratory the final two weeks of June.
“My level of concern is moderate to high, but only for unvaccinated individuals,” Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory on the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, informed the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
On Thursday, Gov. Steve Sisolak plans to announce the preliminary winners of a brand new statewide lottery meant to encourage Nevadans to get the COVID vaccine.
He is scheduled unveil the names of the winners on the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas.
Inoculated residents can win as much as $5 million in money and prizes by means of the “Vax Nevada Days” public well being initiative launched final month. Winners shall be introduced every Thursday by means of Aug. 26, with a grand prize of $1 million.
Source: Associated Press