Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 8, 2022
Today, the Southern Nevada Health District is announcing the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. As of January 7, there have been 392,971 cases of COVID-19 reported in Clark County, an increase of 6,110 cases over the previous day. In addition, the Health District is reporting 15 deaths. COVID-19 information is updated on the Health District’s Dashboard daily http://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/cases and reports are posted Monday through Friday and are available at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/cases/reports.
“Today we are adding the highest daily COVID-19 case count and we are continuing to see a significant increase in cases especially as the Omicron variant becomes more prevalent,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “The best tools we have against COVID-19 are safe and effective vaccines. They are the best protection against severe illness and hospitalizations, and multiple vaccination clinics are available throughout Clark County.”
The Health District reminds everyone to be fully vaccinated and get a booster dose when eligible, wear well-fitting masks when indoors and in crowded settings, frequent handwashing , and most importantly to stay home and away from others if sick. Vaccine clinic information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine or Nevada Health Response: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/covid-19-vaccine.
“We continue to see increases in the number of people getting tested, and in recent days the Health District has received as many as two to three times the number of daily lab testing reports we used to receive before the Omicron variant surge” said Leguen. “We encourage people to get tested, especially after the holidays so they can take steps to protect themselves and their families.”
The Health District expanded COVID-19 testing hours at its three College of Southern Nevada sites and beginning Monday, six additional mobile testing units will begin operations. For locations, hours of operation, or to make an appointment, visit at www.snhd.info/covid-testing. The Health District encourages people to visit a community testing site instead of a hospital emergency department to get tested.
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.