Southern Nevada Reaches COVID-19 Vaccination Milestone



Wade Vandervort

Southern Nevada Health District Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Fermin Leguen speaks to media about the impact of COVID-19 on Latinos at the Southern Nevada Health District office in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 13 2020.

Clark County said Monday it has reached a key milestone as other important measures to track the transmission of COVID-19 indicate that southern Nevada could turn a corner in the pandemic.

More than 70% of residents aged 12 and older living in Clark County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the Southern Nevada Health District has administered 2,486,149 doses of the vaccine, the report said. agency in a press release.

In total, more than 75% of residents over the age of 18 have been at least partially vaccinated and more than 62% of adults have completed the vaccination.

The news comes as the positivity rate for the novel coronavirus continues to decline in the county.

“This achievement is a demonstration of the commitment of our community members to caring for themselves and others,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, director of health for the Southern Nevada Health District, in a statement. “It is also a reflection of the hard work of our staff and our intervention partners. “

In addition to getting the vaccine, the health district urges residents to continue to mask themselves in indoor public places, wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths whenever they sneeze or cough, and get the vaccine. against the flu. The agency also recommends that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or anyone suspected of having been exposed, get tested regardless of their vaccination status.

From Friday until October 25, the health district is extending the hours of operation of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the evenings and on weekends at its 280 S. Decatur Blvd. location, according to the press release. The new hours will extend from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cases have shown signs of declining in recent days, with the state having an average of 793 daily cases and 11 daily deaths on a 14-day moving average, according to Nevada Health Response. Nevada averages a 10.6% positivity rate on tests during the 14-day moving average, slightly higher than the 8.2% recorded in Clark County.

Statewide, 64.6% of Nevadans have received at least one jab and 55.3% are fully vaccinated, according to the NHR.

“With our combined and sustained efforts, we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and start enjoying our pre-pandemic lives again,” Leguen said.



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