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LV health officials to the vaxed: Mask up in crowded indoor places

By: - July 16, 2021 10:55 am
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(Photo by Ronda Churchill)

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Since it’s only a recommendation, there will be no enforcement, say officials.
(Photo by Ronda Churchill)

You’re vaxed and ready to go. But don’t toss those face masks just yet. 

With cases of COVID-19 once again on the rise in Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District is recommending that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in crowded indoor places.  

Nevada registered 938 new cases on Thursday, the most since February. The state also reported 15 additional deaths, bringing the total to 5,752.  

“COVID-19 case counts and the positivity rate continues to increase in our community,” the Health District said in a news release. 

“Using masks correctly has proven to be effective in helping to prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. With the rise in cases and slowing vaccine rates in Clark County, the Health District’s recommendation to wear masks in crowded public settings, including grocery stores, malls, large events, and casinos, is a step to fully utilize the tools we have available to stop the pandemic,” health officials said. 

Since it’s only a recommendation, there will be no enforcement, say officials.

Gov. Steve Sisolak did not respond to questions about whether he’ll mandate masks once again. The Nevada Gaming Control Board also did not respond to questions. 

Los Angeles County health officials are once against mandating masks, even for the vaccinated.

SNHD is also urging individuals to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community by getting a vaccine.  

“The COVID-19 vaccine is the most important and effective step people can take to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Additionally, people who are sick should stay home and get tested if they have symptoms related to COVID-19,” the District said in a release. “People who are unvaccinated and have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19, such as traveling or attending mass gatherings should also get tested.”

Just under 42 percent of Southern Nevadans are vaccinated, according to data from SNHD, while a little more than half have at least one shot. 

Statewide, about 43 percent of Nevadans have been vaccinated, according to U.S. health officials.

 

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.

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