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Clark County Commission called emergency meeting about rising COVID-19 cases

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 00:42:47-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Clark County, prompting an emergency meeting of the Clark County Commission on Tuesday.

The increasing positive trend has Nevadans confused and divided on what to do next. Many are blaming the rise in cases on tourism and not enough Nevadans being vaccinated.

MORE: Clark County commissioners discuss COVID mitigation amid rising case numbers

"The news is not good. We continue to see an increase in the total amount of daily cases, not just in positive tests in the city but also in hospitalizations," says UMC infectious disease physician Dr. Luis Medina-Garcia.

As of Monday, Nevada had an average of 652 new daily cases, the highest it’s been since February. Clark County alone had 594 new daily cases and 2 new daily deaths on average.

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Some members of the community expressed their passionate objections to new mitigation efforts during the public comment section of the meeting. Some making claims that have not been independently verified.

While others spoke out and were supportive of masks and vaccines.

The Southern Nevada Health District is recommending both vaccinated and not vaccinated people to wear masks in crowded indoor spaces and is urging those not vaccinated to get the vaccine.

RELATED: Southern Nevada Health District recommending masks in crowded indoor public places

During the meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to reinstate the mask mandate for some people living in Clark County. READ THE FULL UPDATE HERE.

You can find a list of vaccine clinics and testing sites here.