LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County held a news conference on Tuesday to update the community about the COVID-19 situation and directive enforcement on Tuesday.
Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, District Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen, and University Medical Center CEO Mason VanHouweling participated in the conference.
The conference was held to update the community on the importance of complying with Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s directive to wear face coverings in public places and the enforcement of the directives related to COVID-19 in the state.
Updates below are from 13 Action News reporter Jackie Kostek, who was at Tuesday's press conference:
Chief Health Officer of the @SNHDinfo Dr. Fermin Leguen cites new research that wearing a mask decreases likelihood of COVID-19 transmission by 5 times and when combined with other best practices (social distancing, hand washing), it's even more effective @KTNV— Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) July 7, 2020
UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling says Clark County hospital situation is "in its thresholds for capacity." @KTNV— Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) July 7, 2020
85% of ICU beds in use
45% of ventilators are in use, 43% are COVID patients
"I want to underline to our younger population, think about those that you love...just because you're asymptomatic or feeling good, you can still transmit the virus," says UMC CEO VanHouweling.— Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) July 7, 2020
40% of positive cases in Clark County are now ages 20-39 @KTNV
Chairwoman Kirkpatrick says the businesses that are not complying with reopening guidelines including the mask mandate are not doing our community any favors in its ability to stay open #staysafestayopen @KTNV— Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) July 7, 2020
After state numbers released yesterday showed issues with mask compliance at a waterpark and casino/hotel pools (40%), KIrkpatrick says she had a convo with Sisolak about how the messaging could be clearer. Ppl aren't going to wear a mask on a slide, but should in line for food— Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) July 7, 2020