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NEW: 3 COVID-19 deaths reported statewide; health district reports new MIS-C case

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One new case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) has been reported by the Southern Nevada Health District in reports released Thursday.

MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. 

The most recent case is the first in the past three weeks. The total now stands at 10 cases, all of which were reported in children under the age of 14, and all of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the health district, MIS-C is rare and is still being studied by the CDC to learn more about it and its impact on children. While there isn’t a known cause, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or close contact with someone who did.

Nevada is reporting 1,603 COVID-19-related deaths with the addition of three fatalities in the past 24 hours.

Of Nevada's 1,603 deaths, 1,394 are from Clark County.

Data released Thursday notes 430 new cases in the state and 323 in Clark County. There is now a total of 84,410 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide.

According to Nevada Health Response, 5,806 tests were conducted in Nevada in the last day. The state typically reports between 8,000 and 10,000 tests a day.

Recent COVID-19 data suggests the slowing of growth rates related to new cases and hospitalizations in Nevada. Scroll to read to the full COVID-19 report for Wednesday, Sept. 30.

NEVADA HOSPITALIZATIONS

NOTE: The state is not updating hospitalization data, including the number of patients in ICU units or on ventilators, on Sundays or holidays. 

According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of hospitalized patients in Nevada was down on Wednesday, according to data released Thursday.

Nevada reported 449 confirmed/suspected cases on Wednesday, a decrease of three from the previous day.

The state set a record for hospitalized patients on July 31 with 1,165 cases. Declines over the past week have brought hospitalizations below half that level.

On Monday, University Medical Center (UMC) announced it is has experienced a “significant decline” in COVID-19 patients in recent weeks.

The hospital’s COVID-19 inpatient census has decreased by about 73% since late July, going from a high of 121 patients to the current daily inpatient total of 33 patients. Read the full report from UMC here.

The highest numbers of hospitalizations have all been reported since July 23.

Top 5Number of Hospitalizations (statewide)Date reported11,165July 3121,160July 2331,159July 3041,152August 251,148August 4Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 8

ICU/VENTILATOR DATA FOR TUESDAY, SEPT. 29:

There were 125 patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the state Wednesday, down four from the previous day.

The DHHS report showed 63 patients on ventilators, down seven from the previous day.

More data from the Nevada Hospital Association (as of Sept. 29):

  • Statewide hospital occupancy rates: 71%
  • ICU units occupancy rate: 58%
  • Ventilators in use: 31%

Click HERE to see the DHHS dashboard, page 8

NEVADA CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

There are now 80,410 confirmed cases and 1,603 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, with 430 new cases reported in the last day.

The DHHS is reporting three new COVID-19-related deaths statewide in the past 24 hours.

Over the past few weeks, the state has seen an uptick in the number of COVID-19-related deaths. It is important to note there is a delay in death reporting by both the state and county.

“Please keep in mind that the death rates we are seeing correspond to cases diagnosed up to 5 weeks ago,” Nevada Health Response stated in a news release.

A recent update to the state’s COVID-19 daily death graph (page 6 of DHHS dashboard) shows Aug. 5 had the highest count of fatalities with 26, followed by 25 deaths on Aug. 6.

NOTE: The highest count of deaths can change as the DHHS modifies the data with new fatalities reported in the past few days.

The highest number of fatalities recorded in a single-day:

Top 5Number of deaths (statewide)Date reported126 deathsAug. 5225 deathsAug. 6322 deathsAug. 11, 15420 deathsJuly 29, Sept. 4519 deathsAug. 8, 9You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 6

The Nevada DHHS says it is important to note that there is often a delay in death reporting. Cumulative daily death counts are displayed by the date of death, rather than the date the death was reported to the state. The total count for statewide deaths on the first tab may not equal the sum of the cumulative daily death counts because of cases where exact date of death is unknown or pending report.

Here are the largest single-day increases for COVID-19 cases in Nevada:

Top 5Number of COVID-19 cases (statewide)Date reported11,447July 1521,380July 1631,288July 1841,264July 3051,262July 22You can find this data on Nevada’s DHHS coronavirus dashboard, page 5

The state’s health experts say as more testing sites open and more COVID-19 tests are conducted, the state will see a rise in cases.

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,058,242 tests have been conducted in Nevada, up 5,806 from the previous day.

With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations stabilizing over the past several weeks, Nevada’s test positivity rate has fallen below 10 percent. The cumulative test positivity rate is currently 9.8 percent. The daily positivity rate is 11.1 percent.

*NOTE: Daily lab data from DHHS and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.

Click HERE to see the DHHS Dashboard

CLARK COUNTY CASES, TESTING, DEATHS

Of Nevada’s 430 new COVID-19 cases, 323 of them were reported in Clark County on Wednesday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Thursday.

The health district is reporting three new COVID-19-related deaths and 55 new hospitalizations.

There is now a total of 1,394 deaths, 67,499 confirmed cases and 6,424 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

In its most recent report, the health district states that 59.8 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

SNHD data shows that 2,029 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

More than a third of the cases (39.3%) reported in Clark County are among Hispanics, making it the most impacted ethnic group locally and nearly half (47.8%) of the positive cases reported in the county are in the age group of 25 to 49.

Click HERE to see the SNHD dashboard

The SNHD has began including the number of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in its daily report. The most recent report included a new case -- the first new case since Sept. 10. The total now stands at 10 cases, all of which were reported in children under the age of 14, and all of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. 

According to the health district, MIS-C is rare and is still being studied by the CDC to learn more about it and its impact on children. While there isn’t a known cause, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or close contact with someone who did.

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Clark County continues to increase. As of Wednesday, the county estimates a total of 62,193 recovered cases; that’s 92.1% of all reported cases in the county, according to SNHD’s latest report.

The health district provides a daily map with the number of positive tests in each ZIP code in Clark County.

SEE: Number of COVID-19 cases by zip code in Clark CountyDownload

UNLV COVID-19 CASE UPDATE

As of Wednesday, there have been 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported since UNLV started its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 24. Of the 27 cases, 23 are students and four are employees, according to UNLV.

Click HERE to read about the most recent confirmed cases at UNLV.

NEVADA COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that he is adjusting the group gathering limit to 250 people — five times the current limit of 50 people under COVID-19 regulations.

The change will take effect Thursday, Oct. 1.

This means that many events can soon return to Nevada, including live performances and church services.


WATCH: Gov. Sisolak raises cap on crowds to 250, effective Thursday

Nevada is still continuing to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic, and is seeing progress with the downward trend of hospitalizations and cases. In August , Gov. Sisolak announced that Nevada's new long-term plan will be state managed, but locally executed.

Here is a quick breakdown of how it works:

  • Every week, the state will update the Elevated Disease Transmission Criteria for each county. That includes testing, case rates and positivity rates.
  • Counties at high risk will need to create and implement an action plan that targets sources of infection and community spread.

For more on this new approach, click HERE.

After Gov. Sisolak extended Phase 1 restrictions of bars in Clark County on July 10, the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force voted Sept. 17 to allow Clark County bars, taverns, wineries, and similar businesses to reopen. The establishments reopened on Sept. 20.


Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force votes to allow Clark County bars, taverns to reopen

The state transitioned into Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, May 29, after a directive in mid-March that forced all non-essential businesses to close to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Nevada Health Response officials noted Tuesday, June 9, that Nevada’s COVID-19 data is showing an above-average daily increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. They are reminding Nevadans of precautionary measures that can be taken to minimize the spread of the virus such as staying at home when possible, wearing a face-covering in public, maintaining six feet of social distancing and keeping up with proper hand hygiene.

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