April 22, 2020 - 11:58 am
Updated April 24, 2020 - 5:26 pm
Nevada is facing one of the nation’s fastest growing COVID-19 outbreaks this summer, as officials renew their vaccination efforts.
A growing share of the state’s new cases are being attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the novel coronavirus, according to the state public health laboratory.
Nevada’s test positivity rate has once again passed 5 percent – the optimal goal set by the World Health Organization. In January 2021, it was above 20 percent at the highest point of the winter wave.
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.
Several strains of COVID-19 have been tied to cases in Nevada.
The delta variant was first identified in India. The alpha variant stems from the U.K.
Both variants are more contagious than those that circulated in the U.S. in summer 2020, and they currently are the strains most commonly identified by the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory.
This data is updated every Monday.
The number of new cases identified in Nevada each day still remains far below peaks seen in summer and winter 2020.
However, the rate began increasing again in June.
Testing for the coronavirus continues. Find dates and times here.
Despite the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases, officials say they have no plans at this time to reimpose mask mandates and restrictions on large gatherings.
Instead, they are renewing their efforts to get more Nevadans vaccinated — an effort that has lost considerable momentum since April.
Free vaccination appointments can be scheduled through a statewide portal.
The COVID-19 vaccines used in Nevada protect against serious illness and death from the disease, except in extremely rare cases, officials say.
The largest growth has been seen in Clark County, the Nevada Hospital Association reports. Southern Nevada Health District officials reported in early July that more than 90 percent of recent hospitalizations and deaths have been among the unvaccinated.
Officials say these cases are nearly all among unvaccinated residents.
Nevada 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.
Neither are currently at risk of being overwhelmed.
The state released an official definition of a COVID-19 death last year.
Most who died were 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.
State health officials are still 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.
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: Michael Scott Davidson, Wes Rand, Severiano del Castillo Galvan