ELKO – The number of COVID-related deaths in Elko County topped 100 over the weekend.
Half of the deaths have been among residents 70 or older. Roughly 12 were in their 50s, seven in their 40s, and three each in their 30s and 20s.
No one under 20 years old has died from the coronavirus in Elko County, according to data released Tuesday.
Six out of every 10 deaths have been men.
Half of the 101 deaths occurred prior to the widespread availability of vaccines in March.
Out of the deaths that have occurred since vaccines were available, roughly 70% were unvaccinated. Six percent were partially vaccinated, 8% fully vaccinated, and 16% unknown.
Four deaths were reported over the past four days, for a total of seven so far this month. Twenty-five deaths – one quarter of the total – occurred in September.
Hospitalizations remained high over the past week, but the number of new COVID cases in Elko County declined 18%.
The county confirmed 353 new cases, down from 432 the week before. More than 8,000 cases have been confirmed since the pandemic began.
The number of active cases as of Monday was 491, compared with around 600 last week.
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Hospitalizations stayed in the upper 30s over the past week. That’s double the number a month ago.
As of last Thursday, 37 people had been administered monoclonal antibody therapy treatment at the county’s outpatient center in the Great Basin College gymnasium.
“As a reminder, we’re scheduling MAB therapy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week,” said County Manager Amanda Osborne. “A referral from your provider is necessary in order to receive treatment.”
Walmart began free COVID testing this week. Testing hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Anyone wanting to be tested is welcome,” said the announcement. “Please wear a mask in the walk-up clinic.”
Visit www.nvcovidfighter.org or call 800-401-0946 to find a vaccination site or for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine.