Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 7, 2020
The Southern Nevada Health District is urging parents and guardians to ensure their pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders are appropriately immunized and ready to start school. Due to the COVID-19 response, the Health District is limiting the number of patients allowed in its clinics and immunization services are available by appointment only. Only one parent or guardian is allowed in the clinic with the child for services. Call (702) 759-0850 to schedule an appointment. Visit www.snhd.info/back-to-school.
The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolling in school: chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis A, hep `atitis B, polio, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (DTaP and Tdap), quadrivalent meningitis, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). Parents who recently moved to Nevada should note hepatitis A vaccination is required in the state. Immunizations that were up-to-date in other states that do not require hepatitis A vaccination might not be current in Nevada. For a list of immunization requirements for school, visit Immunize Nevada’s Nevada School Requirements page.
Children entering 7th grade must be immunized against tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) as well as Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis) in the form of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). The meningitis vaccine is also required for 8th through 12th grade students who are new to the Clark County School District. A booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate and the meningococcal B vaccines are recommended for teens who are 16 to 18 years old.
Parents vaccinating a child at a Health District clinic should bring immunization records. Parents who cannot locate immunization records should contact their health care provider. If their children were immunized in Nevada, parents can also visit Nevada WebIZ, a statewide immunization registry, at: https://izrecord.nv.gov/public/Application/PublicPortal or call Nevada WebIZ at 1 (877) 689-3249.
Today, the Health District reported 46,991 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 806 since yesterday. The full report, as well as a Trends Report that provides additional context to the impact of COVID-19 on the community are available on the Health District website at www.snhd.info/covid. Additionally, the information on these reports is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/covid-19-dashboard/.
Beginning this weekend, the individual reports will be posted Monday – Saturday. The dashboard will continue to be updated daily.
Based on the increased demand for COVID-19 testing services, the Health District implemented an online registration-based system for people requesting testing services at its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107, and All Saints Episcopal Church, 4201 W. Washington Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89107. The new registration service is available in English and Spanish at www.snhd.info/get-tested.
Disease Investigators and Contact Tracers
The Health District has started hiring contact tracers and will have more than 80 additional term-limited staff when the process is completed. The agency is also working with a local call center to provide an additional 200 case investigators, as well as additional contact tracers from the State and Deloitte, Clark County Department of Social Services and other partners.
The Health District continues to remind the public to stay home as much as possible, wear face coverings in public, wash hands frequently, and to stay home if they are sick.
The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.