LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada health officials are recording jumps in key coronavirus measures, including more than 3,800 new cases of COVID-19 in Clark County over the past week.
The Las Vegas area has passed 6,400 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic, or 77% of the more than 8,300 people who have died statewide.
The Southern Nevada Health District on Tuesday reported 974 new cases and 15 deaths in Clark County since Monday, while the state added 1,139 cases and 28 deaths, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
State health officials confirmed three new cases of the fast-spreading omicron variant in Nevada on Monday, including two in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County.
That has brought the number of omicron cases statewide to five since the first was detected last week, including three in Clark County.
Much of the omicron coronavirus variant remains unknown, including whether it causes more or less severe illness. Scientists say omicron spreads even more easily than other strains of coronavirus, including delta, and is expected to become dominant in the United States by early next year.
Statewide, authorities reported an increase of 499 COVID-19 cases on Monday, using a 14-day moving average, and seven new deaths. Nevada has reported 8,339 deaths from the coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The positivity of the tests, a measure of the number of people tested and found to have COVID-19, fell from 6.8% in mid-October to 11.3% on Monday. The World Health Organization’s target is 5% or less to relax mitigation measures.
Masks are required for everyone indoors in most Nevada counties and in the cities of Las Vegas and Reno, unless they are actively eating or drinking.
About 63.5% of people statewide received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and nearly 54% received more than one injection, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. State.
In the Las Vegas area, home to about 2.4 million of the state’s 3.2 million people, health officials report those numbers are slightly higher: 67.5% and 55.5% , respectively.
Tourism officials announced last week that a large New Year’s Eve fireworks display that typically draws 300,000 people or more to the Las Vegas Strip will return this year, although some events elsewhere are canceled due to the spread. of the omicron variant in more states.
The choreographed fireworks show was canceled last year due to the pandemic, though thousands still gathered in the heart of the casino hallway.
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