Correction: Updated to clarify people who have been exposed should self-quarantine for the full 14 days.
Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 17, 2020
LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 807 new cases of COVID-19 today as the positivity rate continues to slowly increase in Clark County.
The increase in new case reports is not unexpected as more people are getting tested, and more lab reports are received by the Health District. However, the increase in the positivity rate serves as a stark reminder to the public of the importance of following public health recommendations to protect themselves and others to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
People should continue to limit their time in public and wear face coverings when in contact with anyone outside their household. If someone is sick, they should stay home. If they have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 or think they have been exposed, they should get tested. People should stay home and away from others for 14 days from the last day of their possible exposure.
Additional preventive measures include frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. The Health District is also encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this season. Flu vaccine is available at Health District immunization clinics, and upcoming community clinics are scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 21
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Valley High School
2839 Burnham Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Wednesday, November 4
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Silverado High School
1650 Silver Hawk Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
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.