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Nevada only state in US with all counties at ‘low’ COVID levels

COVID-19 in Clark County and the entire state has plummeted to low levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as hospitalizations and reported new cases declined for the sixth straight week.

Last week, Clark County’s levels were designated as medium and the week before that as high. When levels are high, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces.

When a community is at low levels, the agency recommends that people get tested if they have symptoms and stay up-to-date on vaccinations.

Last week, only White Pine county was at low levels in Nevada, with Churchill County and Carson City remaining at high levels. The rest of the state was at medium levels.

Nevada is the only state in the country with all its counties at low levels, according to the most recent CDC data. Nationwide, just 19.8 percent of counties are at low levels, with 40.55 at medium levels and 39.65 percent at high levels.

The COVID-19 community level is based on new hospital admissions, staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID patients and levels of new cases per 100,000.

In Clark County, there were 8.6 new hospital admissions per 100,000 population and 3.7 percent of staffed inpatient beds were filled by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19. There were 112.85 news cases per 100,000 population.

Hospitalizations in the county fell over the past week to 178 from the previous week’s 226, according to data released Wednesday by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Statewide, hospitalizations fell to 235 from 286.

The two-week average of daily new cases declined in the county to 244 from 326, the state data indicates. Statewide, cases fell to 330 from 433.

Authorities caution that actual case numbers are at least several-fold higher than confirmed cases, as people increasingly test using at-home rapid tests, whose positive results are not included in official tallies.

The two-week average for daily deaths — a disease indicator that lags behind cases and hospitalizations — increased in the county to two from one and in the state to three from two.

In total, there have been 588,926 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clark County and 772,676 in the state. There have been 8,878 deaths in the county and 11,353 statewide.

Contact Mary Hynes at mhynes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Follow @MaryHynes1 on Twitter.

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