April 22, 2020 - 11:58 am
Updated April 24, 2020 - 5:26 pm
Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination effort is underway.
Hundreds of thousands of state residents have already received the first of the vaccine’s two doses. Second doses are also being administered.
New efforts by local health officials are underway to bring the vaccine to diverse neighborhoods after Gov. Steve Sisolak called for improved vaccine equity.
The state has adopted a two-lane vaccination plan that focuses on inoculating specific groups of essential workers alongside our older residents. Some education staff are now eligible – all of Clark County School district employees and those of public charter schools.
Gov. Steve Sisolak in February began easing restrictions from his statewide economic “pause.”
Sisolak cited a decline in newly reported cases that began in mid-January. The rate has not been this low since fall.
However, some restrictions on gathering sizes and business occupancy limits remain. The measures will help reduce COVID-19 spread, officials say.
One key metric that has accompanied the declining cases is Nevada’s falling test positivity rate.
The rate is calculated by dividing positive tests by the total number of tests administered. State officials measure the average rate of the past 14 days, with test results reflecting the date the testing specimen was collected.
The optimal goal set by the World Health Organization is a 5 percent test positivity rate.. Nevada’s rate has not been that low since June, but it has fallen since mid-January.
The state released an official definition of what constitutes a COVID-19 death in October.
Most who died have been age 60 or older with underlying health issues. In Clark County, a large majority had underlying health conditions, making them more susceptible to severe outcomes, according to data.
Deaths have slowed over the past few weeks.
COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state have fallen for several weeks, the Nevada Hospital Association reports.
However, hospitalizations remain above where they were prior to Nevada’s winter surge.
Flu patients have not placed a significant burden on the state’s hospitals this year.
The state measures what portion of its staffed acute-care hospital beds are currently full. It also measures the number of licensed intensive care unit beds that are full.
* Confirmed cases + suspected cases.
State health officials are flagging counties that risk “elevated transmission” of COVID-19 on a daily basis.
Whether a county is at risk is determined by the average number of tests processed per day, what percentage of those tests are positive and the rate of COVID-19 cases based on the county’s population.
All of Nevada’s counties have reported confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Clark County, home to two-thirds of the state’s population, has reported the vast majority of cases and deaths.
In the Las Vegas Valley, the virus has its strongest foothold in the north and east.
The hardest hit neighborhoods are also home to the valley’s greatest population of Latinos.
Comparing Nevada’s outbreak with other states can be achieved by measuring the number of cases for every 100,000 residents.
Of our neighbors, Utah has seen the greatest share of population infected.
Nevada and all neighboring states are seeing a decrease in their average number of new cases.
State health officials are tracking the age, gender and race of everyone who tests positive for COVID-19.
The same demographic information is being tracked for infected people who die.
Hundreds of Nevada college students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since the state’s outbreak began.
The largest number of cases have been identified at the state’s public four-year universities, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno.
This data is updated every Monday or Tuesday.
COVID-19 vaccination of residents and staff members at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Nevada were getting underway in December.
This data is updated every Tuesday.
Research, graphics credit: Wes Rand, Michael Scott Davidson, Severiano del Castillo Galvan