Nevada’s virus positivity rate is rising again, albeit slowly.
From a low of 4.2 percent a week ago, the rate is now up to 4.5 percent of those tested. That’s a rolling rate of the past 14 days.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus is also up from just a couple of days ago but only from 292 to 315. Average new cases daily are also up but only slightly.
Task Force Director Caleb Cage said that is consistent with what has been seen previously when restrictions are lifted. He said Nevada is closer to the end than the beginning of the pandemic shutdown, but that it’s critical to continue following mitigation measures to slow the spread.
He said that means wearing a mask in public, social distancing and sanitizing hands often.
But vaccinations are proceeding well and 35.5 percent of Nevada’s population 16 and older has now received at least one shot. The Coronavirus Task Force reports that 20.7 percent of Nevadans have completed vaccination
Cage said Nevada’s rural areas are now getting served by the two Mobile Vaccination Units that went into action Tuesday. About 300 people were vaccinated at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and about 115 doses administered at the Las Vegas Paiute tribe.
The Washoe Tribe in Carson City gets a visit from one of those mobile units Thursday and, in the south, the unit will be in Pahrump April 8-10.
Those units are targeting rural areas that don’t necessarily have medical facilities to administer vaccine doses.