LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — COVID-19 is on the rise in Clark County and in the entire state of Nevada.
1,276 new COVID-19 cases were reported today by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
The average test positivity rate now is 13.2%. Health officials would like to see that number closer to 5%.
This new surge in cases comes at a time when many are still recovering financially from the pandemic shutdown.
Steven Budin, 13 Action News financial analyst, says many businesses are still trying to figure out how to survive and how to prepare for tourists during a traditionally busy holiday season, especially when many of them are coming from other COVID-19 hotspots.
“Most of the visitors that come to Las Vegas, it's a voluntary visit, there’s really no requirement that people come to Las Vegas. So, if they don't have to be here, why should they come if they're taking health risks?“ said Budin.
While President-Elect Joe Biden has promised a different approach to public health when he assumes office, he said it could take some time.
“I’m not optimistic that Congress will come together until the new Congress gets sworn in and the new president gets sworn in and that just delays a lot of problems for locals who need that assistance now,” says Budin.
This could make the current economic situation for our state worse.
"Nevada still remains near the bottom in terms of financial recovery in the last 6 months and that's with us open partially. If there's any shutdown, I don't see how the state can rebound quickly. The longer this pandemic goes on and the longer people don't keep the warning about protecting themselves, the worst it will get for Las Vegas.
Health experts recommend keeping social distancing guidelines in place, continue the use of face coverings, avoid large gatherings, and get a flu vaccine to protect your health.