COVID-19 cases surge in Nevada as federal government prepares to send help

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Coronavirus cases are surging in Nevada as the federal government is preparing to send help to the state for vaccination efforts. The 14-day average for new COVID-19 cases daily is up to 517 per day. ADVERTISEMENTThe Nevada Health Association said the reason for the outbreak, which is taken part in the unvaccinated population, is that those people are not wearing masks or social distancing. States with a big portion of their population unvaccinated have seen an uptick in cases as the delta variant makes its way throughout the country. Southern Nevada Health District is responding to the rise in cases in their area by recommending vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces.


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The highly contagious Delta variant, which now makes up a majority of new U.S. cases, has spread rapidly, fueling the national uptick. While nearly half of the entire population is fully vaccinated, the level of protection varies widely across and within states. In Mississippi, where just 34 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, cases, outbreaks and hospitalizations are all on the rise. India’s rise in cases began before even 1 percent of the population was fully vaccinated. When the Delta variant became predominant in Britain several weeks ago, a lower share of all adults were fully vaccinated there than are fully vaccinated in the U.S. now.

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Other Republican governors in Texas and Florida even barred cities from ordering more contained lockdowns or mask-wearing policies. South Dakota and VermontSpecifically, Dr. Jha compares the experience over the last two months of Vermont and South Dakota. What distinguishes them is that Vermont got there by vaccinating 75% of its population, and South Dakota about 50%. Conclusion: South Dakota reached similar current-day infections by higher immunity—from more cases of coronavirus before May. Vermont has seen 258 covid deaths; South Dakota, 2,039.

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Health experts are sounding the alarm as the number of unvaccinated individuals remains stagnant while COVID cases rise across the country. “Think about all the things that we’ve done in public health,” Dark said. Importantly, the vaccines also protect against the Delta variant, the strain of COVID that's responsible for the recent surge in cases. Health officials in Tennessee, for example, are reportedly curbing adolescent outreach efforts for COVID vaccines as a result of pressure from GOP lawmakers. And as with previous public health crises, a loud minority against vaccination can negatively affect all of society.

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Health officials from popular tourist destinations like Los Angeles and Las Vegas are asking more people to mask up indoors. The announcement comes one day after Los Angeles County announced that it would reinstate an indoor masking policy due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases. Brian Labus, an epidemiologist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, says the Southern Nevada Health Department is trying to combat the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant. Nevada health officials are pushing for more mask-wearing, but visitors may not heed their advice. Casino consultant Debi Nutton said she doesn’t expect the recommendation to curb pent-up travel demand Las Vegas has been benefiting from in recent months.