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COVID-19 levels rising in Las Vegas valley’s wastewater

Bucking pattern of declining instances and hospitalizations, virus DNA increased in sewers

The full COVID-19 report for Aug. 23-29 seems beneath.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The seven wastewater screens in the Las Vegas valley all confirmed will increase in COVID-19 genetic materials in the most recent surveillance stories.

That could possibly be an indication that extra COVID-19 instances are on the way in which after a protracted interval of declining levels of the virus in Clark County. Wastewater surveillance detects virus DNA — it’s a great indicator for the presence of the virus, and levels normally improve earlier than illness truly happens in the group.

New knowledge launched Wednesday signifies COVID-19 instances are nonetheless declining in the county, and hospitalizations additionally proceed to drop. The 14-day transferring common of latest instances (per 100,000 inhabitants) dropped by about 13% over the previous week, with case counts reported by the county additionally declining. The day by day common for the county is at 187 instances, down from 215 instances a day reported final week. Statewide, the common fell by 11%, now at 246 instances a day — down from 277 final week.

Hospitalizations additionally declined once more, falling to a complete of 138 sufferers in Clark County and 183 sufferers statewide. Currently there are 29 COVID-19 sufferers beneath intensive care in Nevada, and 13 utilizing ventilators.

The county reported 23 deaths, whereas Nevada’s complete was at 25. So far throughout the pandemic, 11,400 deaths have been reported in the state. Deaths are sometimes reported weeks — and even months — after they happen.

COVID-19 levels have been on the decline for the reason that first week of July.

While levels on the seven wastewater monitoring stations are nonetheless comparatively low, one station — in Henderson close to the Las Vegas Wash — confirmed levels just like mid-June, earlier than COVID-19 instances started to say no.

The COVID-19 variants concerned haven’t modified in latest weeks, however the omicron (BA.5) variant has continued to dominate — now accounting for 89.8% of the instances sequenced in Clark County, based on the Southern Nevada Health District.

The county’s COVID-19 group stage moved to “low” on Aug. 11, and has remained there, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web site.

Outside the Las Vegas valley, Boulder City and Searchlight additionally confirmed will increase. Data posted for surveillance in Beatty and Pahrump confirmed will increase — a giant one in Pahrump — however the knowledge is weeks previous. Three monitoring websites that seem as white dots on the map haven’t been reporting knowledge.

The viral counts proven on the dashboard are usually not the identical as COVID-19 instances — the counts are simply indicators that the virus is current in the group, and infrequently the will increase come earlier than anybody in the group will get sick.

A have a look at vaccinations exhibits that 55.43% of all eligible Nevadans are actually totally vaccinated. Statistics present that 64.93% of the inhabitants has initiated vaccination. The statistics have been adjusted to broaden the eligible inhabitants numbers now that youngsters as younger as 6 months are eligible for vaccination. SNHD started providing vaccinations for youngsters ages 6 months to five years previous in June.

COVID-19 vaccines, accessible without cost, drastically scale back the possibility of extreme sickness or dying.


  • New day by day confirmed instances (14-day transferring common, per 100,000 inhabitants) 187 — down from 244 final week
  • Total instances: 591,689*
  • Deaths: 23 since final week (complete: 8,917)
  • Hospitalizations: 138 (down 17 since final week)
    *-A distinction in case counts exists between SNHD and the state. SNHD has reported for a number of weeks that it’s working to deal with the distinction. By SNHD’s present rely, Clark County has had 574,685 instances as of this week.


  • New day by day confirmed instances (14-day transferring common, per 100,000 inhabitants) 246 — down from 277 final week
  • Total instances: 776,879
  • Deaths: 25 (complete: 11,400)
  • Hospitalizations: 183 (down 8 since final week)

The state and county are actually offering weekly updates on COVID-19 instances, deaths and hospitalizations. Data launched right this moment contains data collected from Tuesday, Aug. 23, by way of Monday, Aug. 29.

See final week’s report right here.

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