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Food Handler Safety Training Card services will resume at Health District locations

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Food Handler Safety Training Card program will resume operations for first-time clients on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Services will be available by appointment only. First-time food handler safety training card applicants can make an appointment by calling (702) 759-0595. New card applicants will have until Dec. 31, 2020, to obtain their card. Food facilities will not receive demerits if a first-time applicant is working without a card at this time.

2020-09-24T10:01:35-07:00

Neighborhood COVID-19 Test Sites Available Beginning Sept. 24

Additional community-based COVID-19 testing sites are scheduled to open in the city of Las Vegas beginning Thursday Sept. 24. The hours for these new locations will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the first site at Clark High School, 4291 Pennwood Ave., open Sept. 24-25. The testing will be at the school’s auxiliary gymnasium off Sirius Avenue. In addition, a site at Western High School, 4601 W. Bonanza Road, is scheduled to be open Oct. 8-9, and a site at Cimarron-Memorial High School, 2301 N. Tenaya Way, is scheduled for Oct. 15-16

2020-09-21T15:30:48-07:00

Statement from Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District

Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District have been working closely with their partners at the State of Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to respond to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Together, we have secured additional disease investigation and contact tracing resources that have allowed for the collection of expanded data. As more and better data is collected, we are committed to working with our partners to share this information with our partners and the public.

2020-09-19T11:07:12-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

Today, the Southern Nevada Health District reported 63,301 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 224 cases since yesterday. The Health District is adding a series of new weekly city reports that will be posted each Thursday to its website. The reports will provide more specific data for the jurisdictions of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite, and North Las Vegas. Reports for smaller jurisdictions are not provided based on lower cases counts or population size.

2020-09-21T15:19:22-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District: Flu shots available Monday, September 14

The Southern Nevada Health District will begin to offer flu vaccine at its public health centers on Monday, September 14. All immunizations are available by appointment only as we continue to practice social distancing, and everyone must wear a mask when accessing services. Appointments can be made by calling the Immunization Clinic, (702) 759-0850. For more information, visit the Health District’s website: www.snhd.info/flu.

2020-09-08T16:00:13-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a total of eight cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in Clark County. All eight cases are reported in children under the age of 14, all of whom tested positive for COVID-19. All eight were hospitalized and have been discharged.

2020-09-08T11:12:30-07:00

Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance hosts its annual International Overdose Awareness Day event, Aug. 31

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance (SNHRA) is hosting its fourth International Overdose Awareness Day event between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday, August 31. Registration for this year’s virtual event is available at http://nvoverdoseday.com/. The event is an opportunity to acknowledge the loss of friends and loved ones to fatal drug overdoses and will include a panel discussion with community members to discuss their overdose-related experiences. An online naloxone (Narcan®) training will be offered and participants will have the opportunity to pick up overdose prevention kits at various locations in the community. For additional information about SNHRA or the Overdose Awareness Day event, visit: www.facebook.com/SoNVHarmReductionAlliance/.

2020-08-31T08:59:24-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

Today, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 51,457 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 888 since yesterday. It is important to note that the case counts posted each day are a reflection of the volume of tests conducted and electronic laboratory results received by the Health District from reporting facilities. The 7-day moving average of people with positive COVID-19 viral test results continues to decline and is at 13 percent.

2020-08-14T12:00:25-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

Back-to-School Immunizations 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.

2020-08-07T13:13:50-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

Based on increasing demand for COVID-19 testing services at collection sites 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 Southern Nevada Health District has implemented an online registration-based system for people requesting testing services. The new registration service is available in English and Spanish at www.snhd.info/get-tested.

2020-07-29T14:21:03-07:00

Fentanyl deaths increasing in Clark County

LAS VEGAS – According to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District, deaths involving fentanyl or fentanyl analogs (drugs designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of fentanyl) are increasing in Clark County. To date, there have been 63 deaths involving fentanyl among Clark County residents this year. In 2019, there were 28 deaths during the same time, an increase of 125%. There were 64 fentanyl deaths in 2019 and 46 deaths in 2018.

2020-07-27T10:29:06-07:00

Public Health Update – COVID-19 for July 16, 2020

The Southern Nevada Health District posts daily reports on its website at www.SNHD.info/covid to provide more context to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the community. Daily case counts only reflect the number of newly confirmed cases received from a variety of laboratory sources and do not reflect testing dates or symptom onset for cases.

2020-08-03T13:52:29-07:00

Local Nevada Public Health Authorities encourage businesses to implement tobacco-free polices

Our communities took unprecedented steps to meet the challenge of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nevada. Lives were saved, and illnesses prevented through the individual and collective actions of the people who live, work, and choose to visit our great state. As we continue on the road to recovery, the Carson City Health and Human Services, Southern Nevada Health District and Washoe County Health District encourage all businesses to protect the health of their customers, staff, and community through voluntary tobacco-free policies. Evidence is showing that smokers are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing complications from the virus.

2020-07-10T12:57:33-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District reports two additional confirmed case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children associated with COVID-19

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in Clark County. Both patients tested positive for COVID-19 and required hospitalization but have been discharged and are recovering. The Health District reported the first confirmed case of MIS-C associated with COVID-19 in a child on June 12.

2020-07-01T09:39:01-07:00

Esfuerzos para Difundir el Aumento en los Casos de COVID-19 en la Comunidad Hispana

Con el aumento tan rápido en el número de casos del COVID-19 que ocurre en la comunidad hispana del Condado Clark, líderes del condado, expertos en la salud y socios comunitarios lanzaron fuerte campaña para aumentar el conocimiento entre los hispanos de todas las edades sobre la importancia del usar máscaras en lugares públicos, de ir a los sitios donde se hacen las pruebas gratuitas y de buscar recursos para protegerse a sí mismos y a sus familias del virus.

2020-07-01T09:20:06-07:00

Outreach Effort Launched to Address COVID-19 Case Surge in Hispanic Community

With a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Clark County occurring in the Hispanic community, County leaders, health experts and partners announced a sweeping new outreach effort to boost understanding among Hispanic residents of all ages about the need to wear face coverings in public places, visit free testing sites, and find resources to help protect themselves and their families from the virus.

2020-06-30T16:02:57-07:00

Public Health Update: COVID-19 Case Increase – June 28, 2020

Today, the Southern Nevada Health District reported 736 new cases of COVID-19. Daily case counts reflect the number of newly confirmed cases received from a variety of laboratory sources and do not reflect testing dates or symptom onset for cases. Today’s case count includes more than 300 cases from laboratory reports dated June 25.

2020-06-28T20:27:01-07:00

Public Health Update: COVID-19 Case Increase

Today, the Southern Nevada Health District reported 971 new cases of COVID-19. After a review of the case data, it was determined the increase in reports was due to a delay in laboratory reporting. More than 240 of the cases reported were from laboratory reports dated June 23, and more than 380 were from reports dated June 24.

2020-06-27T19:57:57-07:00

A Message from Fermin Leguen, MD, MPH, Acting Chief Health Officer

The Southern Nevada Health District recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public, even more importantly in environments where social distancing is not always possible. As businesses are reopening, the Health District has issued guidance and recommendations that employees should wear non-hospital grade, cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone working is encouraged to wear a cloth face covering to protect customers when maintaining 6 feet of separation isn’t possible.

2020-06-15T11:36:19-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District implements automated COVID-19 notification system

LAS VEGAS – As Clark County’s COVID-19 case count began to climb, the Southern Nevada Health District expanded its staff of four disease investigators to more than 60 in six weeks. Today, as staff continues to work on case and contact notifications for the more than 5,400 reported cases in Clark County, the agency has implemented an automated system to expedite its efforts to notify people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

2020-07-17T12:24:36-07:00

May 15, 2020 – COVID-19 Update

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Daily Aggregate Reports have been revised to include rates. Today’s report also includes a revised estimate of recovered patients. The revised number is based on more accurate estimates of current hospitalizations after discovering the reporting system was inflating completed discharge dates in some instances.

2020-05-15T15:47:16-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update Expanded data available

The Southern Nevada Health District’s daily COVID-19 summaries have expanded to include available basic demographic and medical history data. Additionally, the Health District is posting case count information for ZIP codes with reported cases and in keeping with suppression guidelines. The case summaries and additional information are available on the Health District’s website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus#cases.

2020-05-15T15:49:22-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

April 17, 2020 - The Southern Nevada Health District’s daily COVID-19 summaries have expanded to include available basic demographic and medical history data. Additionally, the Health District is posting case count information for ZIP codes with reported cases and in keeping with suppression guidelines. The case summaries and additional information are available on the Health District’s website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus#cases.

2020-04-17T09:12:09-07:00

Media Update: April 6, 2020 – COVID-19 Update

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Immunization and Family Planning Clinics currently operating at its East Las Vegas Public Health Center at 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89110, will temporarily close tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7. Services will resume on Monday, April 20, 2020. The Health District continues to offer clinical services in its Sexual Health Clinic and primary care services, including telehealth services, through the Southern Nevada Community Health Center located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107. For more information about available health services, go to the Health District website at www.SNHD.info and the Community Health Center website at www.snchc.org.

2020-04-06T13:50:36-07:00

Emergency Board Meeting

The Southern Nevada District Board of Health is holding an emergency meeting on March 31, 2020, at 9 a.m. The agenda item for consideration is Petition #42-20 Approval of Agreement of COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility at 280 S. Decatur Blvd.

2020-03-30T16:34:04-07:00

March 29, 2020 — COVID-19 Case Updates

Case updates will now be posted each morning on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website. For the latest case information, please go towww.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus#cases. Updates will be posted seven days a week.

2020-03-30T09:00:37-07:00

March 27, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

The Health District’s Information Line is now available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at (702) 759-INFO (4636). There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications are approved to treat it. Social distancing has been shown to be effective in slowing the spread of disease. People should be staying home and following the directives put in place by Governor Steve Sisolak to limit public gatherings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

2020-03-27T09:01:50-07:00

Client accessing homeless services tests positive for COVID-19

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District received a report of a positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in an individual who accessed services at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the Homeless Courtyard operated by the City of Las Vegas. The client is a male who reported accessing services at these facilities while he was symptomatic. The individual is currently asymptomatic and no longer considered a risk of exposure to others.

2020-03-26T08:15:52-07:00

March 24, 2020 — COVID-19 Afternoon Update

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two more individuals with 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have died in Clark County. The individuals include a man in his 70s with underlying medical conditions and a woman in her 50s with underlying conditions.

2020-03-26T08:16:26-07:00

March 23, 2020 — COVID-19 Afternoon Update

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all Health District immunization services will be provided at the East Las Vegas Public Health Center located at 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Ste. D-1. Clients should arrive by 4 p.m. to receive services. Additional information about services is available on the Health District website at www.SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict.org.

2020-03-26T08:16:32-07:00

March 23, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

The Southern Nevada Health District is announcing two more patients with 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have died in Clark County. The individuals include a woman in her 70s who had underlying medical conditions and a man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions. Currently, there have been four reported deaths from COVID-19 in Clark County.

2020-03-26T08:16:39-07:00

March 18, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

The Southern Nevada Health District continues to offer clinical services to the community. Steps are being taken to ensure clients, patients, and staff are protected during service delivery. Additional services are suspended or available online.

2020-03-26T08:22:54-07:00

March 17, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

The Southern Nevada Health District continues to offer clinical services to the community. Steps are being taken to ensure clients, patients, and staff are protected during service delivery. Additional services are suspended or available online.

2020-03-26T08:23:00-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District announces eight new positive cases of COVID-19

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting nine new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 14 cases in Clark County. All investigations are ongoing, and additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Based on current information, close contacts of these individuals are being identified or have been notified and are following self-quarantine procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as someone who was within approximately 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time. Close contact can occur while caring for or living with someone. Health care workers who care for patients are also at higher risk.

2020-03-13T15:06:26-07:00

Statement from Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer at Southern Nevada Health District

The Southern Nevada Health District today announced three new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases. We’d like to reiterate and emphasize several points of information we feel are critical for the public: The risk of contracting COVID-19 in Southern Nevada remains low for the general public. There are four reported presumptive positive cases in our community, in addition to one confirmed by the CDC, in a population of roughly 2.2 million residents. There is presently no greater risk of contracting COVID-19 in Las Vegas or at The Mirage than there is at any other travel destination in the United States. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone who is symptomatic for a prolonged period of time. We are in the process of notifying anyone deemed to have been in close contact with any presumptive positive patients.

2020-03-13T14:34:35-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District announces three new positive cases of COVID-19

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting three new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to five cases in Clark County. All investigations are ongoing and additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Based on current information, close contacts of these individuals are being identified or have been notified and are following self-quarantine procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as someone who was within approximately 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time. Close contact can occur while caring for or living with someone. Health care workers who care for patients are also at higher risk.

2020-03-18T09:21:51-07:00

MEDIA STATEMENT: Second Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 in a Clark County Resident

The Southern Nevada Health District received a report of a second presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident on March 8. The patient is a woman in her 70s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation. Two adults have been identified as close contacts of this individual and are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The patient is reporting in-state travel prior to developing symptoms. The Health District is working with its health care partners on this ongoing investigation. The first individual, a male in his 50s, who was reported as a presumptive positive by the Health Distri

2020-03-09T14:34:27-07:00

Southern Nevada Health District announces positive case of COVID-19 in a Clark County resident

The Southern Nevada Health District is announcing the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident. Test results are considered “presumptive positive” until the result is confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient is a male in his 50s who is hospitalized and currently in airborne isolation.

2020-03-09T14:32:13-07:00

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and the Southern Nevada Health District will provide free blood pressure screenings at its 280 S. Decatur Blvd. location on Friday, February 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Health District is also reminding Nevadans to take steps to protect their heart health by discussing their risks, such as high blood pressure, with their health care providers and learn how to reduce those risk factors.

2020-02-03T09:08:30-08:00

Clark County patient tests negative for novel coronavirus

The Southern Nevada Health District received notice today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a Clark County resident has tested negative for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While waiting for the test results the patient’s symptoms had resolved and had remained isolated in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. The adult patient arrived into the United States from Wuhan, China on January 14 and sought medical care on January 28.

2020-02-03T17:08:03-08:00

Southern Nevada Health District announces one patient under investigation for novel coronavirus

The Southern Nevada Health District announced today that it received a report of a potential case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a Clark County resident. The patient is currently in isolation at a local hospital. The patient will be monitored and under medical supervision while testing is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Clark County.

2020-02-03T17:02:27-08:00

Nevadans Breathing in a Healthier New Year

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans will be breathing in a healthier New Year when updates to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act take effect on January 1. During the 2019 legislative session, Nevada’s clean indoor air law was modernized to protect children and adults from secondhand aerosol from electronic vaping products in most public places and indoor places of employment.

2019-12-26T09:01:15-08:00

Southern Nevada Health District Holiday Closures

LAS VEGAS – All Southern Nevada Health District public health centers and clinics will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, for the holidays. All locations will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Thursday, Dec. 26. Additionally, all Health District locations will close at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed on New Year’s Day. All services will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

2019-12-18T09:18:22-08:00

Fifth vaping-related illness confirmed in Clark County

The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a fifth case of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes or vaping product use in a Clark County resident. The individual is over the age of 18. The five reported cases in Clark County include one individual under the age of 18 and two under the age of 20. The first case confirmed in Clark County was reported in September 2019.

2019-12-19T15:13:57-08:00

‘Tis the season to be healthy!

LAS VEGAS – ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, travel, family gatherings, and flu! As flu activity begins to increase around the holidays, the demand for flu vaccine typically decreases after November. National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 1-7, highlights the importance of getting vaccinated into December and even later. The Southern Nevada Health District offers the flu vaccine at its public health centers Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Immunization Clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit the Flu Vaccine Clinic page.

2019-12-03T09:41:50-08:00

Fast-Track Nevada

LAS VEGAS – Southern Nevada elected officials and jurisdictional partners will sign on to the Fast-Track Cities Paris Declaration, as a formal commitment to end the HIV epidemic in Nevada by 2030, on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Southern Nevada Health District’s public health center at 280. S. Decatur Blvd. The event will take place as the public health partners commemorate World AIDS Day.

2019-11-27T08:53:18-08:00

Media Adisory: Nevada Joins Initiative to End HIV Epidemic by 2030

Fast-Track Cities Initiative is a global partnership between the City of Paris, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Human Settlement Program, and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in collaboration with local, national, and international organizations and public health agencies. A formal commitment to this process requires Southern Nevada’s mayors or elected jurisdictional officials to designate their municipalities as Fast-Track Cities by signing the Paris Declaration.

2019-11-20T12:44:44-08:00

The Health District promotes its cessation resources in support of the Great American Smokeout

LAS VEGAS – Seven out of 10 smokers say they want to quit. Thursday, Nov. 21, is the 42nd Great American Smokeout, and the Southern Nevada Health District has smoking cessation resources and tools, as well as information about alternative tobacco products, smoke-free living and smoke-free meeting spaces on its GetHealthyClarkCounty.org website to support those taking that first, second, or multiple attempts to quit.

2019-12-19T15:15:47-08:00

November is American Diabetes Month

LAS VEGAS – Ten percent of adults over the age of 20 in Clark County live with the realities of diabetes every day. For others, November is a time to bring awareness to one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. During American Diabetes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District reminds people with diabetes, people at-risk for developing diabetes, and their families that self-management and prevention are keys to good health. The Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers diabetes self-management classes and a variety of resources. For more information, visit the Get Healthy Clark County Diabetes webpage or call (702) 759-1270.

2019-11-07T09:01:12-08:00

Health District, Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium offer free HIV screenings for National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

As part of this year’s National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), the Southern Nevada Health District is partnering with the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium for the “Big Oh” Health Fair between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Nucleus Plaza, 916 W. Owens Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106. For more information, visit the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium’s Facebook page,

2019-10-11T08:32:44-07:00

Chief Health Officer announces retirement

Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District, announced his retirement from the Southern Nevada Health District today. Dr. Iser has served as the Chief Health Officer since September 2013. His retirement is effective January 3, 2020.

2019-10-03T13:56:53-07:00

Health District offers flu vaccine for 2019-2020 flu season

LAS VEGAS – Southern Nevadans may not be exchanging their summer attire for sweaters just yet, but the fall season is officially here, and that means it’s the perfect time for people to protect themselves and their families from the flu! The flu vaccine is available at the Southern Nevada Health District’s immunization clinics as well as community clinics and pharmacies throughout the valley. The Health District also offers flu vaccine specifically for people age 65 and older. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered by most insurance with no copay. For more information, visit the Immunization Program’s Flu Vaccine Clinic page or call the clinic at (702) 759-0850.

2019-10-01T10:16:38-07:00

Illness in Clark County resident linked to vaping

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s first confirmed case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarette products in a person under the age of 18. The youth was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms that met the case definition established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A pulmonary infection has not been identified. The patient was released from the hospital and is recovering.

2019-12-19T15:21:50-08:00

Advisory: Nevada public health authorities recommend ceasing of e-cigarette, vaping product use

Carson City Health and Human Services, Southern Nevada Health District, and Washoe County Health District are warning the public of the potential for severe lung illness associated with the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The public health authorities are advising people not to use vaping products and e-cigarettes. These products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not currently use tobacco products.

2019-12-19T15:22:43-08:00

Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance hosts its annual International Overdose Awareness Day event, Aug. 29

In 2017, there were 464 fatal drug overdoses (excluding alcohol) in Clark County. Opioid-related overdoses and deaths continue to occur across the United States and the world. In an effort to acknowledge those deaths, the Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance (SNHRA) is participating in its 3rd annual International Overdose Awareness Day, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, August 29 at the Chuck Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101. The SNHRA will also offer overdose prevention trainings at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Participants will receive a free overdose prevention kit that contains nasal naloxone (Narcan®), the opioid overdose reversal medication, as well as community resources.

2019-08-29T09:53:25-07:00

Public Health Update – Weekly Arbovirus Report: August 23, 2019

The Southern Nevada Health District Arbovirus report for the week of August 19-23 is available at www.snhd.info/wn-updates. The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 10 additional West Nile virus cases for a total of 29 cases. The individuals are nine males, six of whom are over the age 50, three under the age of 50; and one female over the age of 50. Seven of the new cases have the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness.

2019-08-23T16:07:14-07:00

Twenty-eight cases of West Nile virus reported

The Southern Nevada Health District is declaring an outbreak of West Nile virus in Clark County after receiving reports of 28 cases of the disease in humans – the highest case count in a season since the virus was first detected in the state in 2004. In addition to the high number of cases, 17 of the 28 reported cases have had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness.

2019-10-21T14:11:40-07:00

Health District reports potential measles exposure

LAS VEGAS - The Southern Nevada Health District is informing individuals and the public who were at different locations listed below that they might have been exposed to a person who was confirmed to have a case of measles. Because measles can be highly contagious, the Health District is advising people who may have been exposed to review their immunization status and contact their health care providers if they are not fully immunized against measles or have not already had the disease. This measles case was reported in a visitor. There have been no additional cases reported in Clark County residents.

2019-08-15T11:00:24-07:00

Hepatitis A outbreak cases increase to 83 in Southern Nevada

In June, the Southern Nevada Health District announced Clark County was experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A cases. Since November 2018, the Health District has reported 83 outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A. In the past few years total cases reported have been significantly lower: 39 cases reported in 2018; 13 cases in 2017; and six reported cases in 2016. People who are at increased risk for infection include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. Of the reported cases, more than 92 percent were people who used drugs (injection or non-injection), and more than 80 percent were among people experiencing homelessness. Weekly hepatitis A outbreak updates will be available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/hep-a-control.

2019-08-29T13:41:10-07:00

Public Health Update – Health District reports 13th, 14th, and 15th Cases of West Nile Virus

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting three additional cases of West Nile virus, bring the year’s total to 15. One individual is a female under the age of 50 with the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness. The other two individuals are both male, under the age of 50, with the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness. Of the 15 reported cases, 10 had the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness.

2019-08-08T11:19:43-07:00

West Nile virus an ongoing risk in Southern Nevada

The Southern Nevada Health District reports three more Clark County residents have neuroinvasive illness caused by the West Nile virus. All three individuals are male, and over the age of 50. These new cases bring the year’s total to 11. Nine of the 11 cases reported to the Health District had the neuroinvasive form of the illness.

2019-10-21T14:16:20-07:00

Mosquitoes – Southern Nevada has them and they are spreading disease!

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two new cases of West Nile virus in Clark County residents. Both have the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness. One individual is a female over the age of 50, and the other is a male under the age of 50. These new cases bring the year’s total to eight. Six of the eight West Nile cases reported to the Health District had neuroinvasive illness.

2019-08-08T09:17:09-07:00

West Nile Virus Update

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s sixth case of West Nile virus. The individual is a female under the age of 50 who has the neuroinvasive form of the illness. West Nile virus is considered endemic in Clark County, having first been identified in 2005. This new case is a reminder to the public of the importance of preventing mosquito bites and eliminating breeding sources around their homes.

2019-08-08T09:23:11-07:00

Health District issues precautions as additional West Nile virus cases reported

Three more Clark County residents have tested positive for West Nile virus, and the Southern Nevada Health District is reminding the public to take precautions to protect themselves from this potentially serious disease. One individual is a male over the age of 50 who had the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness, and another is a female under the age of 50 who had the neuroinvasive form of the illness. The third individual is a male over the age of 50 who was asymptomatic and is classified as a presumptively viremic donor (PVD).

2019-10-21T14:20:09-07:00

Health District debuts healthy aging and green restaurant initiatives

The Southern Nevada Health District hosted its first State of the Health District on Thursday to provide the public and stakeholders with highlights of agency accomplishments, an overview of the Community Health Needs Assessment developed in partnership with Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, and a preview of new initiatives planned for the upcoming fiscal year.

2019-07-22T12:01:53-07:00

Media Advisory: State of the Health District

The State of the Health District will celebrate the agency’s accomplishments, recognize achievements reached with community partners, set out policy goals for the upcoming fiscal year, and announce new public health initiatives to address healthy aging and recognize restaurants who implement environmentally-friendly practices.

2019-07-10T10:29:50-07:00

Health District reports second 2019 West Nile case

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its second human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female under the age of 50, has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has been hospitalized. The Health District reported its first West Nile case in April in a woman over the age of 50 with the more serious form of the illness; she has since recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.

2019-10-21T15:51:55-07:00

Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County

The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County. Between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2019, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period.

2019-08-29T13:41:59-07:00