ELKO – October is now the third-deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in Elko County.
Three COVID deaths were reported Wednesday, all of them unvaccinated. That raises the total for October to 14 and the overall total for the pandemic to 108. There were 25 deaths in September and 18 last December.
Hospitalizations have dropped to 32, compared with 36 a week ago.
There are currently 456 active cases in Elko County, down from 511 a week ago.
Just over 36% of residents 12 and older have been vaccinated.
The test positivity rate remains above 20%. The statewide test rate has fallen to 7.5%.
Meanwhile, the state’s indoor mask mandate for people vaccinated for COVID-19 will be lifted Friday for Nevada’s least populous county while more stringent requirements remain in place in the rest of the state, the Associated Press reported.
The coronavirus has remained at low transmission levels in Esmeralda County in rural southwest Nevada for two weeks, allowing the mandate to be lifted for people who are vaccinated, Nevada Health Response officials said Tuesday.
The requirement for indoor masking remains in place for unvaccinated people in Esmeralda County, which has fewer than 1,000 residents.
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Mask mandates remain in place for all people, whether vaccinated or not, in all other counties, including Clark and Washoe, counties where the state’s major population centers are located in metro Las Vegas and Reno, because transmission remain at high or substantial levels, officials said.