July 20, 2021 Special Edition: COVID-19 Update

This afternoon, the Clark County Commission held a special meeting to discuss increasing positivity rates of Covid-19 in Clark County and recent recommendations from the SNHD. There has been a significant rise in key metrics, including test positivity rates, new cases, and hospitalizations.  After a presentation from the Southern Nevada Health District, questions, and discussion, the Board voted unanimously to require employees of business in Clark County to wear masks indoors while working inn public spaces effective July 21st at midnight through August 17th. The motion also included a requirement for businesses to post signage starting Friday morning letting people know that masks are recommended because COVID-19 cases are high in the community.

In Nevada, 51.9% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. In Clark County, the number drops to 48%, and Washoe County is at 54%. In total, 43% of Nevadans have been fully vaccinated.

Governor Sisolak released the following statement regarding this new mask mandate:

“I support the Clark County Commission for using their local authority to issue this mitigation measure amid significant community transmission in Southern Nevada and as we continue our joint effort to increase access and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. State agencies and leaders are working every day with my Office in joint unity with local leaders and health districts to combat recent increases. The State remains completely committed to provide every resource and support available to all of our counties as we see a rise in cases among the unvaccinated, driven by the Delta variant. If you are not vaccinated, or if you know someone who is not vaccinated, now is the time to get your shot and ensure that Nevada continues on our path to recovery.”  

Covid-19 in the News

Coronavirus in Nevada: Latest COVID-19 case counts, maps and graphs (NV Indy)

SNHD COVID-19 Case and Vaccine Data

Nevada adds highest 1-day tally of coronavirus cases since Jan. 30 (LVRJ)

Nevada ranks last among states for vaccinating nursing home residents (LVRJ)

“You never know”: Work and precarity in Las Vegas before and during COVID-19 (Brookings)

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