Spike in Covid Cases Prompts Warnings to Avoid Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a popular destination for Americans. As soon as casinos started reopening, people were there to start gambling and enjoy everything else that Vegas has to offer. While the city is not fully back to normal, it is pretty close to what you would expect pre-pandemic.
But as new Covid cases rise around the country, fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, some jurisdictions are warning residents to avoid traveling to Las Vegas.
As of July 23, cases across the state have gone up 23% over the previous week. Hospital admissions rose by 7%. Clark County saw a 74% jump in cases from the average two weeks prior, while the weekly average of hospitalizations went up 102%.
8 News Now reports that Clark County (where Las Vegas is located) has specifically been added to the White House’s list of “areas of concern”. Las Vegas is considered a “sustained hot spot,” which is defined as a community that has “had a high sustained case burden and may be higher risk for experiencing healthcare resource limitations.”
Last week, Hawaii’s Kauai County warned its residents not to visit Las Vegas. “The biggest hotspot for bringing COVID home to Kaua’i? Las Vegas,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami of Kaua’i County, Hawaii. Northern California’s Contra Costa County officials warned unvaccinated Bay Area residents that going to Las Vegas right now is very risky. Other jurisdiction have similar warning and Chicago has added Nevada to its travel advisory list.
Clark County currently has a rate of 121,755 infections per 1 million people and 2,045 deaths 1 million people. Both are higher than the national average. In the state of Nevada 49.8% or residents have received at least one dose of the Covdi-19 vaccine and 40.7% are fully vaccinated. That’s lower than the national average of 56% of Americans 12 and up that are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Clark County commissioners have mandated that all of Las Vegas’ indoor workers must wear masks again, but stopped short of requiring it for tourists. However the CDC is expected today to recommend masks indoors for fully vaccinated Americans in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates.