April 22, 2020 - 11:58 am
Updated April 24, 2020 - 5:26 pm
All Nevadans age 16 and older are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19.
The state is currently administering the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Nevada public health authorities temporarily suspended the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in mid-April, after six recipients nationwide developed rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. One of those affected was an 18-year-old Clark County woman.
Testing for the coronavirus continues in several locations, too. Find dates and times here.
COVID-19 variants have been reported in the state and cases are continuing to be monitored by state health officials.
Rare breakthrough cases expected by health officials are growing in the state. The number of Nevadans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 that later tested positive for the disease had almost doubled by mid-April.
Despite increased vaccine supply, Nevada is still facing difficulties immunizing Hispanic and Black residents.
Clark County officials have launched campaigns aimed at reaching these populations.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has eased restrictions and state officials predicted that the relaxing of rules would result in new cases climbing slowly. They have, but officials say they are not alarmed.
Beginning May 1, county governments will control setting capacity and social distancing requirements within their jurisdictions.
Sisolak said he hopes 100 percent capacity at all businesses will return by June 1. Nevada’s statewide mask mandate remains in effect.
Clark County will increase business capacity to 80 percent starting May 1 and reduce social distancing to 3 feet. Those restrictions will be lifted entirely once 60 percent of the county’s eligible population has initiated the vaccination process.
As the state reopens, Nevada’s test positivity rate has once again risen above recommended levels.
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.
The state released an official definition of a COVID-19 death last year.
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.
COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state have begun to slowly rise again, the Nevada Hospital Association reports.
Flu patients did not place 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 reported confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Clark County, home to two-thirds of the state’s population, reported the vast majority of cases and deaths.
In the Las Vegas Valley, the virus has had its strongest foothold in the north and east.
The hardest hit neighborhoods are also home to the valley’s greatest population of Latinos.
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.
Residents and staff members at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Nevada had some of the earliest doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This data is updated every Tuesday.
Research, graphics credit: Wes Rand, Michael Scott Davidson, Severiano del Castillo Galvan