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Elko County reports breakthrough infections

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ELKO – Elko County’s 83rd coronavirus death – also its first death of a person who was known to be fully vaccinated – was reported Wednesday.

About one in six of Elko County’s new COVID cases over the past week are believed to be breakthrough infections, according to statistics released Tuesday by the county.

The county reported 457 positive test results over the past week, but the vaccination status of many of them was unknown. A total of 41 people reported they had been vaccinated, and 251 said they were not vaccinated. That is roughly 16.3% breakthrough cases.

This was the first week that the county began reporting on whether new patients were vaccinated or not.

Southern Nevada Health District reported that about 20% of confirmed cases last week in Clark County were breakthrough infections, according to a report from KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. The average amount of breakthrough cases there is up from 12% in June.

The Centers for Disease Control has said unvaccinated people are five times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than the vaccinated, or roughly 20% breakthroughs.

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The CDC has said “no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness. Some fully vaccinated people will get sick, and some will even be hospitalized or die from COVID-19.”

The unvaccinated are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than the vaccinated, according to the CDC.

In Clark County, 137 out of 9,080 breakthrough infections have resulted in death.

Elko County’ 83rd COVID-related death brought the total for September to 14. That’s higher than August’s nine deaths but lower than December’s record of 17.

Hospitalizations were as high as 31 on Monday — which far exceeds the high mark from December – but had dropped to 23 as of Wednesday.

The county’s case rate per 100,000 people over the past 30 days surpassed 2,000 on Wednesday, and is now one of the highest per-capita rates in the state.

Elko County announced Tuesday that it would be setting up a monoclonal antibody therapy clinic at the Great Basin College Fitness Center next week in an effort to reduce stress on healthcare teams and first responders.

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