Nevada is one of the 4 states with the lowest COVID-19 rates in the US


The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline in Clark County, with Nevada among several states with low rates of the disease in all of its counties.

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Washington are the only states with low rates of COVID-19 in all counties, a metric based on the number of cases and hospitalizations.

According to Brian Labus, an epidemiologist and biostatistician at UNLV’s School of Public Health, one of the reasons Western states do better statistically is that they have fewer counties and are larger than eastern states. Eastern states with more counties are more likely to have at least one state with moderate to high COVID-19.

Nationwide, the number of new cases has dropped 24 percent from the previous week, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). State data shows the decline in Nevada is even steeper.

In Clark County, the 14-day average of new confirmed cases dropped to 104, down 31 percent from 150 the previous week, according to data released Wednesday by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Statewide, the number of cases dropped to 132 from 188 the previous week, a 30 percent drop.

Labus does not expect to see a major wave of COVID-19 either in the community or in the country before the end of winter.

“Unless we have some major seismic shift in the strains that exist there, I don’t think anyone would expect us to see some kind of massive rise in COVID,” he said. This is because the population has developed some level of immunity from prior infection and from vaccination.

According to the Nevada Hospital Association’s weekly report, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state appears to have stabilized. Eleven percent of emergency room visits are related to COVID-19 symptoms, the same percentage as last week and the proportion is decreasing.

Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations increased 19 percent in the county to 226 from 190 a week ago. Statewide, they increased 13 percent to 248 from 219 a week ago. Despite fluctuations, both the number of hospitalizations and the number of cases are on a downward trend.

The state hospital association said Nevada’s hospital system is experiencing less strain from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. According to him, the number of hospitalizations for influenza and RSV continues to decline.

Labus noted that the dreaded “triple disease” of COVID-19, influenza and RSV did not occur this winter. And he doesn’t think it will happen.

“We are past the point where we are really worried that the COVID virus or other viruses will come together and overwhelm our hospital system,” he said.

However, for several months, the pediatric departments of the hospitals experienced a significant load. Pediatric intensive care unit occupancy in Nevada is 92%, but is below 98% for the first time in nearly nine weeks, according to the Hospital Association. The occupancy of children’s departments is 69 percent.

Health authorities warn that there could be a new flu wave this winter.

“While the incidence of influenza and RSV is declining, COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are still highly recommended as influenza continues to circulate and there may be more than one wave of respiratory illness during the season,” the County Health Department said in a statement. Washoe. release.

State statistics show that the 14-day average of new COVID-19 deaths remains at one in both Clark County and Nevada.

Nevada has recorded 11,875 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 9,285 in Clark County, according to the state.

Contact Mary Hynes at [email protected] or call 702-383-0336. Follow @MaryHynes1 on Twitter.

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