Nevada coronavirus numbers continue to improve

Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has fallen to 4.6 percent and the 14-day rolling average of new virus cases dropped to 196, state officials said Wednesday.
Virus Task Force Director Caleb Cage also said there were 301 people hospitalized as of Wednesday, the lowest number since the hospital association began tracking hospitalizations nearly a year ago.
But he repeated the warning that, “now is not the time to become complacent.”
Candice McDaniel, who heads the state’s vaccination program, said more than 1.1 million first and second vaccine shots have been administered in Nevada.
She also issued a warning for those who have received vaccinations not to post pictures of their vaccination card on social media because there is personal information on that card.
She also said not enough has been done to say how much of the population has to be vaccinated before Nevada and the nation reach some level of herd immunity. She said they have some percentage numbers for other diseases but not for the coronavirus at this point.
Cage also urged Nevadans not to avoid being vaccinated because so many other people are getting the shots.
“Please don’t count on those around you being vaccinated to protect you,” he said.
As of Wednesday, only two of Nevada’s 17 counties remain flagged for elevated risk of transmission. Douglas has a 9.5 percent test positivity rate and 250 cases per 100,000 population, well above the 200 cutoff. Lincoln has too few daily tests and an 8.1 percent positivity rate.
Carson City’s positivity rate is now just 4.7 percent and Washoe’s 5.1 percent.
In Churchill it’s 3.1 percent but 6.9 in Lyon County.


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