State’s positivity rate soars as virus spreads

Nevada reported 2,337 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the totals released by the state Department of Health and Human Services to 504,729 cases and 8,506 deaths.

The state’s 14-day moving average of new cases rose to 2,285 per day, from 2,092 on Wednesday. The two-week average of deaths remained at five per day.

Among other closely watched state measures, the two-week test positivity rate rose 2.6 percentage points to 21.1%, while the number of people in Nevada hospitalized for confirmed cases or COVID-19 suspects rose to 1,281.93 more than Wednesday.

That number has been on the rise for weeks, and led the Nevada Hospital Association to say Wednesday that hospitals in southern and rural Nevada are facing a staffing crisis.

Although the omicron variant is considered less severe than previous variants of COVID-19, it has been shown to be significantly more transmissible and is playing a major role in the increase in cases across the state, health officials say. public.

The increase has started to have a negative effect on hospitals, especially as demand for tests increases and people flock to emergency rooms to find an available COVID-19 test.

Health officials have repeatedly asked people to find other testing sites, but the demand is still out of control at most testing sites.

The largest test site in the Las Vegas Valley will move to a new location this weekend after demand on the UNLV campus caused traffic problems and hours of waiting in the area.

State and county health agencies often redistribute daily data after it is reported to better reflect the date of death or onset of symptoms, which is why moving average trend lines frequently differ from daily reports and are considered to be better indicators of the direction of the epidemic.

As of Thursday’s report, state data showed 54.73 percent of Nevadans ages 5 and older had been fully immunized.

This number fluctuates widely across the state.

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