NOTE: As of 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Nevada Department of Health has NOT released COVID data for Monday, August 2. Daily figures are usually released at 10 a.m. 8 News Now has gathered the latest information from other reports released today.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Clark County and Nevada have been labeled as places of high COVID-19 transmission for over a month now, and continue to linger on the White House’s list of “areas of concern”, report says updated released today. The White House first called Clark County a “sustained hot spot” on July 5.
It comes after Nevada reported 2,531 cases over the weekend, July 30 to August 1, and Clark County’s test positive rate rose to 16%. NOTE: Nevada has yet to upload COVID data for Monday, August 2.
Almost all of Nevada is labeled as a “high transmission” area and it is now one of 25 states listed as high transmission.
Clark County continues to fuel the highest numbers, with about 85% of Nevada’s COVID-19 cases recorded over the weekend.
Twelve of Nevada’s 17 counties are now reported for heavy or high transmission, triggering the Nevada Health Response will remind residents on Tuesday to wear masks in indoor public places, even if they are fully vaccinated.
“The CDC has recommended that everyone, including fully immunized people, wear a mask in indoor public places in high and high transmission counties. In accordance with Emergency Directive 045 (signed and effective May 3, 2021), the state of Nevada automatically adopts the latest CDC mask guidelines as a statewide requirement, ” the state noted in a press release.
As hospitalizations continue to increase daily, the healthcare system remains in good shape, the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) said in its latest report.
“Hospitals report that 95% +/- of all hospital patients are not vaccinated. Therefore, robust vaccination campaigns remain the best mitigation strategy, ”said the NHA.
MITIGATION MEASURES IN NEVADA
Nevada reopened to 100% capacity on June 1 and social distancing guidelines were lifted, helping the state return primarily to pre-pandemic times, with a few exceptions.
The CDC turned the tide on July 27, saying fully vaccinated Americans in areas with “substantial and high” transmission should wear masks indoors when in public as COVID-19 cases increase . Most of Nevada falls into these two risk categories.
Nevada has said it will adopt the CDC guidelines with a new mask directive that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30. This replaces the Clark County employee mask mandate, which went into effect in mid-July.
Masks should always be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidelines.
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