Shows have mesmerized large crowds days after revelers have rung in the New Year on the most populous city near the Mojave Desert in the United States. The region’s healthcare providers are again being pushed to their limits by ballooning demand for COVID-19 testing and a surge in new cases and hospitalizations.
In Las Vegas, the University Medical Center did warn that there was an increase in the patient volume. It experienced prolonged wait times in its emergency rooms and the local health district which did announce plans to move to the Las Vegas area’s largest COVID-19 testing site. It went into a 40,000-person capacity stadium.
COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations
On Tuesday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak did acknowledge “the alarming number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.” He did not tighten statewide restrictions on schools, businesses, or large events. They powered Nevada’s tourism-driven economy. This was unlike the fellow Democratic officials in cities like Los Angeles and states like Rhode Island.
Shows, Large Events
Sisolak, instead, had continued to hone in on his message to promote vaccines. There were no plans to alter a policy that did allow vaccinated individuals to go without masks at the large events.
“The governor did continue to urge Nevadans to get vaccinated. They need to do so if they haven’t done so yet. The policy is still in place. Also, if they are eligible, to get the booster dose,” said Meghin Delaney, his spokesperson.
Also, CES is the country’s largest technology convention, it began a scaled-back trade show in Las Vegas today. It was with mask requirements. Moreover, the Las Vegas Raiders are scheduled to play a West Coast state and city Chargers on Sunday in front of tens of thousands of fans. They can shed their masks, in fact, show proof of vaccination.
There is a rise of the Omicron Variant. The state public health laboratory does say it accounts for more than half of new cases. There is an increased demand for both at-home and publicly-provided Corona Virus tests.
“Moreover, Omicron did show up at the same time the people were gathering for the holidays,” Brian Labus said. Laub is a longtime epidemiologist with the Southern Nevada Health District now teaching at the University of Nevada. “Also, we were concerned about what does that means for the next few weeks.”.