For weeks, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick has been warning of another COVID-19 surge that could arrive in the late fall and winter.
He’s relayed the message to Clark County councilors at Board of Health meetings, and cautioned the public during press interviews.
As cold weather and rain become the norm, and the sun recedes earlier in the day, it seems likely that people will congregate inside more often, where coronavirus spreads more easily.
But even before those chilly temps and dark, rainy days have fully arrived, Clark County, and the rest of the U.S., are already encountering deeply discouraging data around coronavirus cases.
State and national health officials are worried about case counts heading into winter, when the outlook could worsen even more. Officials attribute the recent coronavirus increase to a combination of factors that include pandemic fatigue and politicized science.