New federal guidance that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask in most indoor and outdoor settings is now effective in Nevada. Yet businesses in the state may still require masks for customers and employees, if they so choose.
Nevada on Thursday reported 436 new coronavirus cases and eight additional deaths over the preceding day as the state positivity rate remained unchanged at 5.4 percent.
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In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday.
The UMC Advanced Center for Health will offer vaccinations by appointment on weekdays.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the nations most populous state would stop requiring people to wear masks in almost all circumstances on June 15, describing a world he said will look “a lot like the world we entered into before the pandemic.”
Vaccine will be available at pharmacies, mass inoculation sites and some doctor’s offices following final review of new federal guidelines on the Pfizer shots.
Nevada on Wednesday reported 464 new coronavirus cases and six additional deaths over the preceding day, but hospitalizations were lowest in more than a month.
The Southern Nevada Health District has identified the first known case of the B.1.617.2 strain in Clark County, the agency said in a news release.
Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and paid volunteers are calling constituents to see whether they need help getting immunized.
All of the deaths recorded on Tuesday occurred in Clark County, according to data from the Southern Nevada Health District’s coronavirus website.
The health district’s chief health officer says about 50 percent of eligible Clark County residents 16 and older has received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine. Clark County has set a threshold of 60 percent before fully reopening.
COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer’s shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall.
But state test positivity rate drops slightly, to 5.5 percent, its lowest level since it recently peaked at 5.9 percent on April 17.
Formerly an emergency response to school closures, distance learning may become a permanent fixture on Nevada’s learning landscape.