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Is It Safe to Travel to LAS VEGAS Right Now during Covid? (2022 Update)

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Is It Safe to Travel to LAS VEGAS Right Now during Covid? (2022 Update)

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Nevada (Las Vegas) does not require testing or quarantine for domestic visitors. International arrivals need to comply with the federal laws and bring a negative COVID-19 test result no older than 72 hours prior to their arrival.

The full capacity of all establishments has been reestablished and almost all COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted, especially for vaccinated travelers. However, the number of COVID-19 cases has surged across Nevada and, therefore, traveling there should be in the next few weeks reconsidered.

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How safe is Las Vegas now?

Nevada’s positive cases are at their peak, despite being one of the lowest in the country only about a month ago. The number of daily new cases is higher than ever before, while hospitalizations across the state also soar. Therefore, visiting Nevada for tourism should be reconsidered in the following weeks.

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January 12 – Las Vegas schools to close for five days because of staff shortages due to COVID-19

Due to a high number of COVID-19 infections, the Clark County School District has decided to “pause” in-person education for five days to prevent the spread of the virus.

Schools will close on Friday, January 14, and the staff will be asked to work from home. Face-to-face learning should resume five days later, on Wednesday, January 18.

All athletics, after-school activities, as well as field trips, have also been canceled for the five-day period.

Source: KSNV News

December 10 – Nevada bracing for the arrival of Omicron variant

Nevada is getting ready for the arrival of the new coronavirus variant – the Omicron strain – even though no cases have been found in the state yet. However, Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick said on Wednesday that the new variant might already be spreading around the state undetected.

He believes that the existing vaccines are protective against the much more transmissible Omicron. And although most people who have contracted the new strain experience mild symptoms, Dick stressed the importance of vaccination and booster shots.

He does not think people should panic right now but rather stay aware and get vaccinated if they haven’t done so.

Source: U.S. News

Vaccination Rollout – Time for a bold new strategy

As could not be otherwise, Nevada raffled 5 million dollars among those who got fully vaccinated. To date, 57.1% of the population has received two courses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Nevada’s unemployment rate (7.8%) is significantly higher than the national one of 5.8 percent. Thus, in order to protect his citizens and boost the economy, the state Governor launched this bold strategy to bribe citizens into getting vaccinated against COVID-19. 

“While we’re making progress with more than 50% of our eligible residents at least partially vaccinated, we must do more to protect our state. This vaccine incentive promotion is our way to give vaccination efforts an extra boost and encourage all Nevadans to get their shot so our state can recover and build back stronger,” said Sisolak at a press conference.

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Las Vegas?

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Back on May 1, Governor Steve Sisolak lifted the statewide social distancing requirements against the advice of health authorities. 

Las Vegas was “100 percent reopened”. Wearing a face mask indoors is still mandatory though it has been relaxed following updated CDC guidance.

Fully vaccinated travelers can now visit Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding areas without restrictions. Restaurants and nightclubs will be open for them and capacity limits will not apply.

Also, casinos have already opened at 100% capacity.

COVID-19 situation in Nevada

Updated – January 12

Source

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has reported 552,259 cases statewide as of January 12.

Nevada’s Governor still asking for help 

Battle Born Medical Corps is an initiative created by Governor Sisolak’s Emergency Directive 011 to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you are a local healthcare administrator, student practitioner, international medic who got your licensure outside of the US, or a health care retiree you can apply to help relieve the medical personnel in need at ServNV.org.


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November 17 – Nevada starts vaccinating children aged between 5 and 11 despite a number of protesters

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine to the youngest age group – children aged from 5 to 11.

Last weekend, some Las Vegas pharmacies started to administer the shots. On Wednesday, health officials gave a speech to the reporters about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. However, both shot-seekers and health officials were harassed by several protesters waiting in front of the clinic at SNHD headquarters.

“They’re free to express themselves and I’m free to make the decision that I thought was the best for my kids.” Responded one of the mothers who got their children vaccinated.

Source: U.S. News, KTNV News

October 19 – Lifting international COVID-19 travel ban to have positive effect on Las Vegas tourism industry

After 21 months, most fully vaccinated international travelers will be allowed entry into the United States as of November 8. And Las Vegas should become one of their top destinations.

Even though Las Vegas tourism numbers have stayed strong during the pandemic, the city has lost around 5.7 million international visitors each of the past two years. Mainly because a lot of local businesses, such as hotels, casinos, and especially the wedding industry, depend on the international clientele.

“I’m excited,” said Joni Moss-Graham, a wedding planner at LV Wedding Connection, where international weddings used to make up to 90% of the business. “I really love the international travelers because they love being here, they’re honored to come to the United States, and of course Vegas,” she added.

Source: KTNV Las Vegas

September 8 – 3,193 new COVID-19 cases challenging Nevada’s hospitals

On Tuesday, September 7, Nevada health officials reported 3,193 new COVID-19 infections and 19 deaths caused by the virus. The data covered the previous four days, including Friday and Labor Day, and brought a decline in average daily cases from last week.

Despite the progress, Nevada’s hospitals continue to be challenged by the dangerous coronavirus variants. According to Nevada Hospital Association, occupancy rates are decreasing. Yet, 82% of all staffed ICU beds are occupied in the state.

The good news is that more than 52.7% of Nevadans have now been fully vaccinated. And that might help prevent the virus from spreading.

Source: AP News

August 25 – 50% of eligible Nevadans vaccinated against COVID-19

On Friday, August 20, Nevada reached a major vaccination milestone. According to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, 50% of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated.

1.34 million vaccinations have been completed. That corresponds to around 50,02% of Nevadans aged 12 and older. Gov. Steve Sisilak also noted that more than 60% of eligible residents have received at least one shot.

‘This is an incredible milestone to reach and I am so thankful to everyone who made the choice to protect themselves,’ applauded Sislak. However, he recognizes that there’s more work to be done to defeat the virus and encourages the rest of the community to get their jab.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

August 11 – Nevada records most COVID-19 deaths a day since mid-February

On Tuesday, August 10, Nevada has reported 40 coronavirus fatalities. It’s the highest single-day death toll since February 17, when 41 deaths were reported.

Also, there were 1,125 new cases, which is 45 infections more than the 7-day average (1,080).

The daily average has been increasing since June 5, the recent low of only 132 infections. Most cases occur in Clark Country, where Las Vegas is located.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

August 3 – Las Vegas visitors to put masks back on from July 29

Effective July 29, people visiting Casinos, grocery stores, shops, malls, theaters, museums, gyms, or any other indoor public space in Las Vegas will need to wear a face mask. 

As defined by the local government, a public space is “any indoor area where other people who are not members of your own household are present.”

Only children under 9 and people with disabilities or a medical condition are exempted from the rule. 

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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