Clark County reported 99 new COVID-19 cases and one death Tuesday as the latest data on the disease activity rate rose 34 percent over last week’s level, according to Clark County Public Health.
The fatality was a man in his 50s, according to Public Health. It’s not known if he had any underlying conditions. His was the 255th death from COVID-19 to date. Deaths are added to the county’s total 10 to 12 days after they occur.
Public Health reported the county’s rate of new cases rose to 198.1 per 100,000 population over 14 days, up from a rate of 147.6 reported April 20 and well above the 2021 low of 88.8 reported March 16. While still in the state’s “moderate” range, the current rate is the highest since mid-February, when it hit 209.8 as it declined from a peak of 473.7 on Jan. 18.
Positivity rates also have been increasing since a low in mid-March, with the latest data from the week of April 4-10 showing 5.55 percent of tests returning positive, or 375 out of 6,757 tests administered. The positivity rate was 4.37 last week, according to Public Health data.
The increasing case numbers come with the introduction of the B.1.1.7 variant, which spreads more easily and quickly than other variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The variant has been detected in Clark County, and the state Department of Health estimates that about 50 to 60 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the state are due to that variant.