Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 21, 2022
Following is the Southern Nevada Health District’s weekly summary of COVID-19 data and new or updated information about COVID-19 clinics and resources.
The Southern Nevada Health District has received 120 treatment courses of the COVID-19 medication, PAXLOVID. This will enable the Health District to provide treatment to 120 individuals. The Health District will order additional courses of treatment when supplies become available. Due to limited supplies, initially this treatment will be offered preferably to patients who arrive at the Health District’s testing site who are symptomatic, have a COVID-19 positive test, and are over the age of 65. This treatment is an option that can be offered to people early in their infection to prevent complications and deaths.
Extended testing hours are now available at three library COVID-19 testing mobile units. Testing is available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 am. – 6 p.m. at the following sites:
- Enterprise Library, 8310 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89123
- Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas NV 89117
- Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Ln., Las Vegas NV 89113
Drive thru testing
Drive-thru testing site appointments at the Fiesta Henderson and Texas Station locations can be made on the eTrueNorth website at www.INeedaCOVID19Test.com. People who do not have access to a computer or who have difficulty making their appointments or accessing their test results can call eTrueNorth for assistance at (1-800) 635-8611.
The Fiesta Henderson testing site is located at 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway. It is open Saturday through Wednesday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Appointments are required at this site.
The Texas Station testing site is located 2101 Texas Star Lane and operates Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Appointments and drive-ups are accepted at this location.
For more information, a list of additional Health District and community partners testing sites, or to register, visit www.snhd.info/covid-testing.
The Health District encourages people to get tested at one of the community COVID testing sites rather than visiting a hospital emergency department for testing. With the current increase in COVID-19 cases and influenza season, it is important to keep emergency departments from becoming overwhelmed with individuals seeking COVID-19 testing.
The Southern Nevada Health District has received more than 29,000 self-test kids and approximately 26,000 have been distributed in clinics or to community partners for them to distribute. These include partners who provide services to families and children, older adults, people accessing state or federal assistance programs, and faith-based communities. The Health District is expecting an additional 200,000 kits.
The self-test kits are a tool that people can use to determine their COVID-19 status and begin to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Self-test kit results are not reported to the Health District or the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services. Individuals who test positive should begin to self-isolate in accordance with CDC guidance, notify their close contacts, complete the COVID-19 vaccination series and get a booster dose as soon as they are able. Information about self-isolation and quarantine is available at www.snhd.info/covid-selftesting.
The Health District continues to report significant numbers of new COVID-19 cases in the community. As of January 20, 447,266 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Clark County, an increase of 3,674 cases over the previous day. The Health District is also reporting the seven-day moving average of 2,818.6 new positive cases as of January 17. A total of 6,715 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19. The full report is available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.
The increase in cases is being reported as the Omicron variant has become more prevalent in the community. The Health District is urging people to use the tools they have available to help protect themselves and others. People should be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, wear well-fitting masks in public indoor or crowded settings, and get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
Due to an error, the table identifying variants reported in the past 30 days was deleted in last week’s COVID-19 Update. The current table is included in today’s report and will continue to be included going forward.
The information about variants identified in Clark County reflects a sample of COVID-19 positive tests sequenced. They provide the Health District’s Office of Disease Surveillance and Control with information about variants that are circulating in the community.
In the past 30 days, the Health District identified the following variants in Clark County:
|Variant (Past 30 days)||Count||Percent|
COVID-19 vaccines remain the most effective measure to protect against serious illness and hospitalization and to reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. The Health District recommends everyone 5 years and older get fully vaccinated, and everyone 12 years and older who is fully vaccinated gets a booster dose if they are eligible to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
More information about variants, including classifications and definitions, is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/index.html.
COVID-19 Vaccination Status Report
The Health District follows the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations regarding use of these vaccines, to include their most recent recommendation for the preferential use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine and the continued use of the J&J vaccine in those for whom the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are not indicated or in those who prefer the J&J vaccine after being advised about any vaccine-associated risks.
COVID-19 Pediatric Doses
As of January 20, more than 39,400 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose in Clark County and more than 23,300 have completed their vaccine series.
The Pfizer BioNTech pediatric vaccine is available at the Health District’s main public health center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. and its community clinic sites. Health District and community partner clinic listings and appointment access are available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are accepted.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect children from getting COVID-19. Children may be at lower risk than adults of becoming seriously ill, but it is still possible. The vaccine is safe, effective and free.
Current Vaccine Update:
As of January 21, 2022:
- Total Doses Reported Administered: 3,297,750
Total Vaccinations Reported Initiated: 1,635,923
- Percent initiated vaccination:
- Overall: 70.57%
- 18 years and older: 84.33%
- 5 years and older: 73.32%
- Total Vaccinations Reported Completed: 1,321,992
- Overall: 57.03%
- 18 years and older: 68.95%
- 5 years and older 58.91%
Additional vaccination information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.
COVID-19 after Vaccination
As of January 20, the Health District has received reports of 50,443 fully vaccinated individuals testing positive for COVID-19. In Clark County, the current number of cases of COVID-19 in people who are fully vaccinated represents 415 cases out of every 10,000 fully vaccinated people whereas the number of cases in unvaccinated is 3,565 out of every 10,000 unvaccinated. The Health District is reporting a total of 282 deaths that have occurred in fully vaccinated Clark County residents. This represents 2 deaths per 10,000 fully vaccinated people whereas the number of deaths among unvaccinated people is 58 out of every 10,000 unvaccinated.
The Health District’s COVID-19 breakthrough infection reports are available at: www.snhd.info/covid-breakthrough.
COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours at the Health District’s 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center are Monday and Friday, 6:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Expanded hours at the main public health center are Monday and Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Clinic information and additional resources are available on the Health District’s website at www.snhd.info/covid.
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.