LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada has hit its highest COVID-19 daily reported case. 2,269 to be exact.
The COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force has flagged 8 counties in the state in the red zone for an elevated risk of transmission, including Clark County.
Gov. Steve Sisolak says these two weeks will be a test for everyone to bring those numbers down. However, even if people follow the “stay at home 2.0” recommendation, the numbers may take longer to show.
A local epidemiologist said this trend could continue unless we all take serious action against the virus.
“It’s about three weeks before we are taking some sort of action and seeing the results in our data. A week from now is going to be worst probably than it is today, but that’s just the reality of it,” says Brian Labus, UNLV School of Public Health assistant professor.
Health officials in several neighboring states, including California, are asking travelers arriving in their states to self-quarantine for 14 days. While some are adding other mandates as well.
“The longer we wait to do those things, the more disease is going to occur, and the harder it is going to be to stop things. So it’s important to stop these things now and really on a voluntary basis and we can stop the transmission of disease“
But he also knows this is a challenge for many people, even with COVID-19 being the third leading cause of death in the country.
“They’re not as concerned as they were in the past, they’re most used to I think and people are tired of dealing with it. So it’s harder to get people to comply and stop transmission. But if we don’t do that, we’ll see a lot more disease in our community and if we can’t stop the outbreak, there’s no way that Las Vegas economy will recover,” said Labus.