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Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 in Las Vegas

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COVID-19 is placing an unprecedented strain on the healthcare system as it continues to spread throughout the country. Las Vegas is no stranger to the effects of COVID-19—the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus—as local hospitals and emergency rooms adjust to accommodate the influx of patients with this highly contagious illness. Let’s take a look at the numbers and how COVID-19 is impacting healthcare facilities in Las Vegas and beyond. 

The Latest Numbers 

Here are some of the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of November 30, 2020: 

  • Clark County has had 142,937 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,002 deaths. 
  • Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations in Clark county have been steadily rising since October.
  • The percentage of ER visits in Nevada for coronavirus-like symptoms and confirmed COVID-19 cases combined have also been on the rise since October.
  • Across Nevada, nearly the majority of COVID-19 cases are in people aged 20-29, but deaths are highest in those over the age of 70.

In the United States overall: 

  • The United States has seen 16,113,148 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 298,266 of which have resulted in death. 
  • Visits to outpatient healthcare providers and emergency room departments have been steadily increasing since mid-September. 
  • COVID-19-related hospitalizations are on the rise, although the death rate continues to decline. 
  • Some national forecast models are predicting COVID-19-related hospitalizations to increase slightly over the next four weeks.  

The impact of COVID-19 on individual healthcare facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the country is varied. However, a concerning trend is becoming more evident—many individuals who are in need of medical evaluation or treatment are avoiding healthcare centers for fear of being exposed to COVID-19. Let’s get one thing straight—it’s never a good idea to delay or avoid medical care. If you need to speak with a medical professional but are apprehensive about making an in-office visit, reach out to your local healthcare provider to learn what steps they’re taking to keep patients and staff members safe. Or, call on DispatchHealth. 

In-Home COVID-19 Treatment & Testing  

DispatchHealth provides a full spectrum of on-demand, in-home medical care, including testing and treatment for COVID-19, at a price that is comparable to an urgent care visit. Our qualified medical teams are equipped to provide many of the same services as an ER in the comfort and safety of our patients’ homes, and they follow the most rigorous of infection control and sanitization protocols. For example, our professionals wear full personal protective gear when appropriate and thoroughly disinfect equipment and vehicles after every visit. 

In addition to treatment for COVID-19, DispatchHealth provides mobile medical care for many common illnesses and chronic conditions, including but not limited to:  

DispatchHealth serves patients of all ages and is on call 365 days a year. Requesting care is simple—just use our app, give us a call, or go on our website, and a qualified medical team will promptly arrive at your doorstep. If you have any questions regarding our in-home COVID-19 treatment or any of our services, please don’t hesitate to give our friendly professionals a call. 

Sources

DispatchHealth relies only on authoritative sources, including medical associations, research institutions, and peer-reviewed medical studies.

Sources referenced in this article:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/hosp-emergency-visits.html 
  2. https://officeofgis-coronavirus-resources-lasvegas.hub.arcgis.com/  
  3. https://protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/hospital-capacity  
  4. https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/

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