As the COVID-19 declarations of emergencies come to an end in Clark County and Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District is committed to continuing to offer vaccine and testing resources, and ongoing disease surveillance, protection and control guidance to the public and its partners.
COVID-19 vaccine booster dose available to children 5 through 11 years of age at Southern Nevada Health District vaccine clinics
Starting today, the Southern Nevada Health District is making COVID-19 vaccine booster doses available to children 5 through 11 years of age at all its vaccine clinics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine today allowing for the expanded use of this vaccine.
The school year begins on Monday, August 8 and parents and guardians can ensure their children are appropriately immunized at a Southern Nevada Health District immunization clinic. The Health District encourages parents and guardians to bring their kindergartners, 7th and 12th graders to its immunization clinics for their mandatory school vaccines before the first day of school. The Health District’s immunization clinics are open Monday through Friday. Walk-in immunization services are available at the 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center. Appointments for services at other neighborhood public health centers can be made by calling (702) 759-0850 or (702) 759-1682 for appointments at the Mesquite Public Health Center.
How about sitting down to a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar? That is the amount of sugar in a 12-ounce can of regular soda. These drinks contribute to obesity, tooth decay, and type 2 diabetes. This summer, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is launching its Soda Free Summer Challenge to encourage children and adults to opt for healthier beverages and reduce or eliminate sugary drinks. The Challenge kicks off Thursday, May 5 and continues through Saturday, August 6. Promotoras Las Vegas (PLV) will bring education and information to the Hispanic community through social media and community events. For more information on how to participate in the Soda Free Summer Challenge visit the Health District’s Get Healthy Clark County or the Spanish language Viva Saludable websites for more information.
A public health hero is an individual or organization that embodies one or more of the essential functions of public health and the Southern Nevada Health District recognizes those whose actions improve the health status of the community. Today, the Health District announced its 2022 Public Health Heroes at its April Board of Health meeting. This year, Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger, dean, and Max Gakh, associate professor, from UNLV’s School of Public Health, and Jeremy Lovell, health facilities inspector, from the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance at the State of Nevada, were named the 2022 Public Health Heroes.
This week, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 8,421 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19, an increase of 66. Health District staff have been performing and ongoing data review which includes performing a data linkage between cases reported in the system and death certificate data. As a result of this review, 85 deaths were added to the Health District’s report — 71 from the review process, and 19 were removed. The breakdown of the backlog by date of death is included below:
Clark County ranks 6th healthiest in Nevada according to the annual County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings are released each year using data from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
Immunizations are one of public health’s most important accomplishments and they protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable illnesses. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted some routine vaccinations for many children and National Infant Immunization Week is a perfect opportunity to bring children’s immunizations up-to-date. During National Infant Immunization Week, the Southern Nevada Health District will offer free or low-cost immunizations to infants who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program at its four public health centers. In addition, the Health District will have free giveaways and a chance to win prizes. For more information and additional resources, visit the Health District’s National Infant Immunization Week webpage.
This week, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 8,355 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19, an increase of 185. Of those deaths, 178 are the result of a reporting backlog and comprehensive data review by staff.
April is National Minority Health Month, an opportunity to support minority health initiatives, increase access to resources, and decrease health inequities. As part of its mission of ensuring a Healthy Southern Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District has developed and implemented several programs and resources to reduce health disparities in the community.
This week, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 8,180 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19, an increase of 356. Of those deaths, 306 are the result of a reporting backlog and comprehensive data review by staff. The review included performing a data linkage between cases reported in the system and death certificate data. The breakdown of the backlog by date of death is included below:
STD Awareness Week is April 10-16, and the Southern Nevada Health District is reminding everyone about the importance of their sexual health and encouraging individuals and health care providers to talk, test and treat to protect their health, the health of their partners, and patients. Throughout April, the Health District’s mobile testing unit and Linkage to Action team will be providing education, resources, testing and services throughout Clark County. The Health District is also offering Express Testing at its Sexual Health Clinic, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. and at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4201 W. Washington Ave., as well as at-home testing through the Collect2Protect program, which provides a convenient and private testing option. In addition, the mobile testing unit will at Siegel Suites, 454 E. Twain Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89169 between 9 a.m. and noon, Tuesday, April 12, to provide free rapid HIV testing and hepatitis C testing.
On Aug. 15, 2022, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will join approximately 2,000 universities across the country that have become smoke-free campuses.
As of April 4, a total of 499,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Clark County. A total of 7,825 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19. The full report is available at www.snhd.info/covid-data. The Health District is updating its reporting to include reinfections in case counts; however, due to a change in methodology, this week’s update does not include reinfections. Cases that will be counted as reinfections are individuals who test positive more than 90 days after their initial infection.
Las Vegas Aviators, Las Vegas Ballpark team up with Southern Nevada Health District to declare Las Vegas Ballpark a smoke-free facility
Just in time for the 2022 baseball season, the Las Vegas Aviators®, Las Vegas Ballpark® and the Southern Nevada Health District have teamed up to declare Las Vegas Ballpark a smoke-free facility. The new policy takes effect on the Aviators’ opening day, April 5, 2022.
The Veggie Buck Truck is back! Pop-up produce markets are scheduled at the Bonneville Transit Center (BTC) in spring and fall with an additional location at the Southern Nevada Health District. Patrons will pay about a dollar for a pound of fresh fruit or vegetables. The program is a partnership between the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), and the Veggie Buck Truck in an effort to increase access to low-cost, healthy fresh fruit and vegetables. For more information, call the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (702) 759-1270 or visit the Get Healthy Clark County Farmers Markets page.
On Tuesday, March 29, the Southern Nevada Health District announced that second booster doses are now available at its clinics for people age 50 and older and people age 12 and older who are immunocompromised, provided it has been at least four months since they received their first booster dose. This follows authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Second COVID-19 booster doses are now available for people 50 and older and people 12 and older who are immunocompromised at Southern Nevada Health District vaccination clinics. Second boosters were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendation for certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least four months previously.
In a win for Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Lights FC home games at Cashman Field are now smoke-free. The decision by the Lights includes all tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and vaping products. The current season continues through October with 17 home games remaining. The policy includes all areas within Cashman Field.
In the United States, many believe tuberculosis (TB) is a far-off or eradicated illness. While rates of TB have declined, it still exists. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 7,000 cases were reported in the United States in 2020. In Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District confirmed 51 cases in 2020. Globally, approximately 10 million people develop TB each year. World TB Day is observed each year on March 24 to recognize that too many people still suffer from the disease and to emphasize the need to continue to find and treat those with TB.
Today, the Southern Nevada Health District, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and Desert Research Institute (DRI) announced a partnership to detect early increases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID) and emerging variants in Southern Nevada through wastewater surveillance. The data will be available on a new dashboard that will be updated weekly at www.snhd.info/covid-data.
The Southern Nevada Health District is continuing its investigation and review of information regarding Secret of Siam. With the LVMPD criminal investigation completed and a review by the appropriate business licensing agency completed, the Health District is allowing the restaurant to reopen with several conditions, including discarding food product, additional inspections and ongoing follow-up with the Health District’s Food Operations program. The Health District will provide an update when it is able.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Southern Nevada Health District, Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and Desert Research Institute (DRI) are partnering to detect early increases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID) and emerging variants in Southern Nevada through wastewater surveillance. The data will be available on a new dashboard that will be updated weekly at http://empower.unlv.edu.
The Southern Nevada Health District’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated on a weekly basis beginning today, Wednesday, March 16. The Health District’s weekly update will now include the 7-day average of probable cases and the Risk Metrics section will reflect additional surveillance data based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new community level transmission guidelines. The weekly dashboard will continue to include total confirmed cases, MIS-C cases, total hospitalizations and deaths as well as the number of cases reported in the past seven days. Additionally, the Health District’s trends, aggregate reports, maps, breakthrough case, and city reports will be posted weekly.
Today, the Southern Nevada Health District announced it has been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The five-year accreditation status achieved by the Health District is the culmination of a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process designed to ensure public health agencies meet a set of quality standards and measures.
Southern Nevada Health District commemorates National Nutrition Month and Diabetes Awareness Day, March 22
The Southern Nevada Health District recognizes National Nutrition Month and Diabetes Awareness Day, March 22. Nutrition and healthy eating go hand-in-hand with a healthy life and are especially important for people living with prediabetes or diabetes. For more information about resources for nutrition, diabetes management, quitting smoking, and increasing activity, visit the Get Healthy Clark County website.
Today, Friday, March 11, is the last daily update to the Southern Nevada Health District’s COVID-19 dashboard. Weekly updates of the Health District’s COVID-19 dashboard, aggregate and trends reports will begin on Wednesday, March 16.
Southern Nevada Health District adopts weekly COVID-19 data reporting schedule as metrics continue to decline
COVID-19 metrics have continued to steadily decline in Clark County, and the Southern Nevada Health District will begin updating its dashboard on a weekly basis. The last daily update to the dashboard will occur on Friday, March 11. The Health District’s COVID-19 dashboard, aggregate and trend reports will be updated and posted each Wednesday, beginning March 16.
To commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, March 10, the Southern Nevada Health District will provide free Express HIV Testing from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sexual Health Clinic, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. Visit the Sexual Health Clinic page on the Health District’s website for information about sexual health services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its framework for monitoring the level of COVID-19 in communities. The new recommendations are focused on minimizing severe disease, limiting strain on the health care system, and enabling those at highest risk to protect themselves against infection and severe disease.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population, is coming once again to Clark County, NV, beginning March 11, 2022. Why Clark County? All counties and cities in the United States have a chance to be selected for the NHANES and, this year, Clark County is one of 15 counties selected to be part of this initiative. Each year, only 5,000 residents nationwide are chosen to participate in NHANES, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Health District continues to report a decline in the number of cases as well as positivity rates in the community. Based on recent data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now classifies Clark County as having medium disease transmission. The Health District reminds the community that variants continue to circulate in Clark County and there is always potential for new variants to develop. The Health District continues to encourage Southern Nevadans to take steps to protect themselves and their families by getting fully vaccinated and getting a booster dose when eligible.
The Southern Nevada Health District continues to work with its partners to investigate a potential association between THC toxicity and the consumption of food or drink from Secret of Siam Thai Cuisine restaurant located at 5705 Centennial Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89149. As of February 24, 2022, several dozen patrons have reported they consumed items from the restaurant between January 28, 2022, and February 14, 2022, and experienced symptoms. Initial signs and symptoms included hallucinations, blurry vision, increased heart rate, disorientation or confusion, dizziness, loss of consciousness, dry mouth, and numbness or tingling in extremities. Some patrons who reported they did not intentionally consume or use marijuana in the previous 30 days tested positive for THC on a laboratory toxicological screen. All patrons have recovered. Additional reports of similar symptoms in additional patrons are under investigation.
The drive-thru site at Texas Station, 101 Texas Star Lane off Rancho Drive, last day of operation is Sunday, February 20. To date, the site has administered more than 15,400 tests. Drive-thru testing site appointments 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. Drive-ups are accepted at this location.
The Southern Nevada Health District is investigating reports of unusual illness occurrence in people who ate at Secret of Siam, located at 5705 Centennial Center, Las Vegas, NV 89147, in January and February of this year. The food establishment is currently closed.
Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site at Texas Station Ends Sunday; Sam Boyd Stadium Site Operations Ending March 10, Closed This Sunday
The last day of operations for the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Texas Station will be Sunday, Feb. 20. The drive-thru site at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium also will be closed this Sunday and will resume operations Monday through Thursday. The last day of operations for the Sam Boyd site, which offers drive-thru COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, will be Thursday, March 10, officials announced.
Nevada’s mask mandate was lifted on Thursday, February 10. While masks are no longer required in public indoor places, the Health District continues to encourage people to use all the tools they have available to protect themselves and others while disease transmission remains high in the community. Everyone should get fully vaccinated, get a booster when eligible, and stay home when they are sick. While there is no longer a mask mandate in place, masks are proven to be effective at protecting people and lowering the risk of disease transmission. We encourage people to wear well-fitting masks in public indoor spaces for additional protection while disease transmission is high, especially if they are unvaccinated or more at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
In Clark County, COVID-19 cases and disease metrics continue to trend down. This is encouraging news for our community but disease transmission remains high, and the Southern Nevada Health District encourages people to continue to use all the tools they have available to protect themselves and others. Everyone should get fully vaccinated, get a booster when eligible, and stay home when they are sick. While there is no longer a mask mandate in place, masks are proven to be effective at protecting people and lowering the risk of disease transmission. We encourage people to wear well-fitting masks in public indoor spaces for additional protection while disease transmission is high, especially if they are unvaccinated or more at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The Southern Nevada Health District recently added a feature to its COVID-19 testing calendar. People can now see the number of appointments available at many Health District clinics when they visit the site to make an appointment or view the clinic listings.
Southern Nevada Health District, Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium will observe National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with free services
To commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day , the Southern Nevada Health District and the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium will provide free, rapid HIV testing, STD screenings, and education about pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, PEP) from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Monday, February 7 at Nucleus Plaza, 1040 W. Owens Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106. The event will also feature a vendor health fair and free entertainment.
February is American Heart Month and the perfect opportunity to assess heart health and identify or manage risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure. The Southern Nevada Health District and its partners are offering free programs and classes in February to help people manage hypertension and other heart disease risk factors. Additional information is available on the Get Healthy Clark County website.
Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site at Fiesta Henderson to Close February 2; Texas Station Site to Operate Until February 20
The last day of operations for the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Fiesta Henderson will be Wednesday, February 2, while the drive-thru site at Texas Station is scheduled to operate until February 20, officials announced.
The Southern Nevada Health District confirmed the first reported case of COVID-19 caused by the BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron variant. The Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory tested the specimen and is continuing to provide genome sequencing of a sampling of positive COVID-19 cases to determine the presence of variants in the community.
Last week, the Southern Nevada Health District received 120 treatment courses of the COVID-19 medication, Paxlovid and began offering the treatment to patients who test positive, are symptomatic, over the age of 65, and meet the criteria for taking the medication. Today, accessibility to treatment is being expanded to include people 12 to 64 years of age with a positive COVID-19 test who are at higher risk for severe illness. People in this group must also have symptoms of COVID-19, and those symptoms must have started within the last five days. A complete list of conditions included in the criteria is available on the Health District’s website at www.snhd.info/paxlovid.
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 to preferable 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.
Due to increased testing demands, the Southern Nevada Health District and Clark County will open a second drive thru testing location at Fiesta Henderson, 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway. The site opens at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 15 and will operate in the property’s parking garage. The Fiesta Henderson testing site will operate Saturday through Wednesday between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. by appointment. This location will be open on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 17. Drive ups will not be accepted.
‘Tis the season for resolutions to make changes and be healthier in the New Year. Don’t let them go by the wayside by February 1! The Southern Nevada Health District has resources to help you live a healthier life and be your best self in 2022 with free online tools, classes and programs. For information, visit the Get Healthy Clark County or the Spanish-language Viva Saludable websites.
In response to a local surge in testing demand, the Southern Nevada Health District and Clark County will open two drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in the parking garages at Texas Station and Fiesta Henderson hotel and casinos with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These sites are operated by eTrueNorth, a DHHS contractor. The sites will be available for 21 days. The sites are available by appointment and people can register on the eTrueNorth website: www.INeedaCOVID19Test.com. Additional testing information can be found on the Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 testing site page at www.snhd.info/covid-testing. People can register for their appointment three days prior to their preferred date.
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/.
Due to increased testing demand, the Southern Nevada Health District and its partners have added additional locations and expanded testing operating hours at its three College of Southern Nevada sites. Beginning next week, six additional mobile testing units will be operational. Registration for these locations will be available on the Health District’s testing information page: www.snhd.info/covid-testing. Appointments are recommended.
Southern Nevada Health District recommends getting tested at community sites not emergency departments
The Southern Nevada Health District reminds everyone that COVID-19 testing is available at locations throughout the community. People seeking testing should visit one of the many community sites rather than visiting a hospital emergency department for testing. The Health District recently expanded its testing site hours at three College of Southern Nevada locations and mobile testing units and kiosks are scheduled for local libraries and community centers. For a complete list of testing sites, visit: www.snhd.info/covid-testing.
The Southern Nevada Health District is expanding COVID-19 testing hours at its College of Southern Nevada sites to meet the demand for testing in Clark County. Beginning tomorrow, January 5, the Health District’s College of Southern Nevada COVID-19 locations will offer testing Monday through Thursday (previously Tuesday through Friday), from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (previously 12 p.m.-4 p.m.). The sites are located at the Henderson Campus, 700 College Dr., Henderson, NV 89002; North Las Vegas, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89030; and West Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146. Testing is available by appointment at these sites, and appointments can be made at www.snhd.info/covid-testing.