Clark County Public Health reported 964 new cases of novel coronavirus on Thursday afternoon — an increase of more than 50 percent over last week’s total of 604 cases.
The agency also reported four deaths this week, bringing the county’s death toll to 300. The deaths included a man in his 30s with underlying conditions; a man 80 years or older with underlying conditions; a man in his 70s with underlying conditions; and a woman 80 years or older with underlying conditions. Three deaths were reported Aug 5.
Public Health reported 772 cases confirmed with molecular PCR testing, for a total of 26,500 cases, and 192 probable cases diagnosed with antigen testing, for a total of 2,007. The new cases work out to about 138 cases per day, a significant increase over the average of 86 per day in the Aug. 5 update.
The rate of new cases per 100,000 residents, measured over 14 days, hit 191.1 in the latest data from Public Health. The rates for the last six weeks:
- July 8: 67.5 cases per 100,000
- July 15: 53.3 cases per 100,000
- July 22: 50.1 cases per 100,000
- July 28: 74.5 cases per 100,000
- Aug. 5: 120.8 cases per 100,000
- Aug. 12: 191.1 cases per 100,000
Currently, 12.1 percent of hospital beds in the county are occupied by COVID-19 cases and patients awaiting COVID test results, according to Public Health, for a total of 68 COVID-19 cases and 2 people under investigation. The lates hospital admission rate is 6.4 per 100,000 residents over seven days — up from 3.2 per 100,000 last week.
The number of active cases of coronavirus, those still in their isolation period, increased to 1,070 from 653 as of Aug. 5.
In an update last week, Clark County Public Health reported only 587 breakthrough cases, where people who reported they were vaccinated were later diagnosed with the virus. The breakthrough cases are out of more than 26,000 cases in Clark County since the beginning of the pandemic. About 56 percent of eligible county residents 12 years and older are now fully vaccinated, which means at least two weeks have passed since they received the two-shot series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. About 62 percent of eligible residents have received one dose of vaccine, and the numbers are slowly increasing.