- No evidence points to a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 in Nevada according to a state official
- The increase in the new positive cases is attributed to the expanding test capacity in the state
- Nevada has confirmed 10,678 positive cases with 462 deaths as of Friday, June 12th
- Despite the increasing cases, Caleb Cage states that it is under 10% that is recommended by the WHO
- Nevada has experienced six straight days of increased COVID-19 positive cases hospitalizations
Public health officials in Nevada are not seeing any evidence pointing to a possible ‘second wave’ of the COVID-19 virus in the state according to Caleb Cage, Nevada’s COVID-19 response director. This is despite the increased cases and hospitalizations in the state during the past week.
Some of the increased cases in the state are attributed to the expanding test capacity in Nevada.
Cage stated this on an online briefing for reporters’ hours after 185 new cases and 8 more deaths were recorded in Clark County on Thursday, June 11, as reported by the Southern Nevada Health District.
The 185 new cases pushed Clark’s County total tally to 8,100 positive cases with 365 deaths recorded, according to the district’s coronavirus web page data.
Clark County estimates that 6,226 of the confirmed cases have since recovered.
Increased cases and deaths
The new cases and reported deaths went above the daily average of 141 and 6 respectively for the preceding week.
237 new cases plus an additional 10 deaths were reported by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
As of Friday, June 12th, 2020, the positive cases confirmed in Nevada stood at 10,678 with 462 deaths recorded. The state also estimates over 7,723 recoveries.
This was the second time in a week the state recorded over 200 new cases in one day. The daily average of the cases in the preceding week stood at 175. The fatalities daily average of nearly three during the period also went above.
The state’s cumulative positivity rate stands at 5.4%. This week saw the rate increase after remaining flat during the last week. The past months had also seen steady declines.
According to Cage, despite the increase in the cases, the state’s average percentage remained under 10% which is the recommended figure by the WHO.
This remark seemed to reference a March outdated benchmark. As of mid-May, WHO set a recommended percentage of 5% or less for any reopening in a jurisdiction with higher testing capability. However, Nevada’s would boast a 4.7% if the positivity rate would not be based on people tested but by all the tests performed. This is because some people have been tested more than once.
Cases still manageable
According to the Nevada Hospital Association, the state has also seen six days of increased COVID-19 hospitalizations. In his statement, Cage stated that the hospitalizations continued to ‘plateau’ and that they remained ‘within the expected range’.
Quizzed to define ‘expected range’, Meghin Delaney, the state’s spokeswoman stated in an email that Nevada COVID-19 hospitalizations had gone below the established plateau level of 340-372 cases observed in a 2-weeks period, according to the Nevada Hospital Association.
She said that despite the rise, the hospital infrastructure was in good shape to offer all levels of care to the patients.
However, the hospitalization rate also continues to slide lower generally despite the jump in the daily positive cases and deaths. The hospitalization rate as of April 10 was at 27.50% but as of Thursday, June 11, the rate stood at 16.96%. The rate is calculated as follows; no. of confirmed cases/ no. of hospitalized cases.