The Southern Nevada Health District will begin providing more information on its website about people who test positive for COVID-19, Dr. Michael Johnson, Director of the Community Health Division, said during a telephone briefing Friday.
The added information will focus on the underlying health conditions of patients as well as their current condition. Health officials say elderly people and those with health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes suffer more severe complications from the disease.
“We’ve also seen people without underlying medical conditions get ill and die,” Johnson said.
On Thursday, the district reported the death of a man in his 60s with no underlying medical conditions.
Since the first case was reported 22 days ago, COVID-19 has killed ten Nevadans and infected 535 of 6,966 tested as of Friday.
The SNHD is processing about 40 tests a day and has limited testing supplies on hand.
Private labs are testing “people who aren’t ill enough,” said Kimberly Hertin, a disease surveillance specialist.
“People who have minor symptoms such as a cough and fever should stay home,” said Johnson. “Don’t go to the ER unless it’s essential.”
The health district says it’s received personal protective equipment and is distributing it based on need to hospitals, first responders and health care workers.