April 22, 2020 - 11:58 am
Updated April 24, 2020 - 5:26 pm
More than a million first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Clark County and Nevada officials have said vaccinations seem to be turning the tide against the virus.
The state is currently administering the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to all Nevadans age 12 and older. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for ages 12-17.
Public health authorities temporarily suspended the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in mid-April, after six recipients nationwide developed rare blood clots. One of those affected was an 18-year-old Clark County woman, who is now recovering.
The Southern Nevada Health District and partners continue to offer drive-thru COVID-19 vaccines at the Texas Station and Las Vegas Convention Center locations, and upcoming locations also include school district sites. Both drive-thru vaccines and testing are offered at Texas Station. Services will be available at the site through June 21.
Appointments can be scheduled through a statewide portal.
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 health officials.
Rare breakthrough cases expected by health officials have been reported 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.
Nevada is still facing difficulties immunizing Hispanic and Black residents.
Clark County officials launched campaigns aimed at reaching these populations.
On May 26, Nevada reported the lowest single-day increase of new coronavirus cases in nearly two months.
On May 1, county governments had control for setting capacity and social distancing requirements within their jurisdictions.
Nevadans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may now move about outdoors mask-free following the state’s move to align local restrictions with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Businesses in the state may still require masks for customers and employees, if they so choose.
All restrictions related to COVID-19 mitigation protocols in casinos come to an end when the clock strikes midnight May 31.
Many hotel-casinos have already received permission to operate at 100 percent capacity and aren’t requiring fully vaccinated guests and workers to wear masks. Pandemic capacity, gathering and social distancing restrictions are set to lift across Clark County June 1.
Nevada’s test positivity rate has recently stayed below 5 percent – the optimal goal set by the World Health Organization.
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 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 were 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