Even as the president was announcing new coronavirus vaccine requirements, Douglas County residents were lining up for drive-through testing on Thursday.
For the previous week of Sept. 2-8, Douglas County had 740 active cases of the virus with one new death, according to Carson City Health and Human Services. The number of active cases has quadrupled since Aug. 12 when it was 179.
The organization also conducted a vaccination clinic on Thursday.
Since March 2020, the health agency for Douglas has reported 4,030 total cases of the virus, reflecting 8.1 percent of the county’s official population of 49,695. A thousand of those cases were reported over the last two months since July 8, when there were 3,028. Douglas has seen a half-dozen deaths over the last month.
As of Thursday, 58.74 percent of Douglas residents eligible for the vaccination received at lest one dose, with 54.49 percent of those 12 or older being fully vaccinated.
NV Health Response reported on Thursday that five Douglas residents are in intensive care with two on a ventilator. Nine people are in the hospital with either confirmed or suspected cases of the virus.
Douglas is still flagged for elevated transmission with case and positivity rates above the thresholds.
In a speech on Thursday, President Biden ordered federal employees of the executive branch and larger companies to vaccinate their workers or conduct testing.
For more information visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/.
For COVID-19 questions, testing, or vaccine assistance, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday. The phone number is (775) 434-1988. The hotline is closed from noon to 1 p.m.