Beer Garden added to Candlelighters Superhero 5K on 9/18

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Beer Garden added to Candlelighters Superhero 5K on Sept. 18

— Live event and virtual options to help kids with cancer —

Participants of the Candlelighters Superhero 5K can now enjoy complimentary cold beer as part of the festivities at the annual fundraising race and walk benefiting Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.The Beer Garden is being provided by Ellis Island Casino, Hotel, and Brewery for those 21 and older.

There’s still time to sign up and be a superhero for vulnerable kids in their battle against cancer with the Candlelighters Superhero 5K presented by Centennial Toyota. The event is Saturday, Sept. 18. It returns to Exploration Peak Park for the live event, but it also offers the virtual component that was held last year prior to COVID-19 vaccine approval.

To become part of the Candlelighters Superhero 5K force, people can gather family, friends and co-workers to form a team or individually to run or walk throughout the Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community, where the park is located at 9700 S Buffalo Dr. In addition to the Beer Garden, the event will include food options, a kids zone with bounce houses, and everyday superheroes in full costume. Registration will come with a cape, while supplies last. Arrival by 7 a.m. on event day is recommended. Festivities include a warm up at 7:15 a.m., opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m., the race at 8 a.m., and various booths until 10 a.m.

For the virtual component, participants can reach their goal by walking or running anywhere at anytime starting Sept. 13. All participants will receive a race bib, cape and medal.

Prizes will be awarded based on fundraising levels for $100, $500, $1,000 and potentially higher. Additionally, individuals raising $1,000 or more and teams raising $2,000 or more by Sept. 16 will receive access into a VIP Lounge where there will be a catered breakfast, WiFi, phone chargers, seating, and shade.

The cost to participate is $35 for age 10 and older, $15 for ages 3 to 9, and free under age 3 and for Candlelighters families. Well-behaved, leashed pets ̶ in pet friendly costumes ̶ are welcome for $15 each. Packet pick-up will begin Monday, Sept. 13 during regular office hours with extended hours on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Candlelighters office, located at 8990 Spanish Ridge Ave., Ste. 100.

The Superhero 5K honors two ambassadors chosen by Candlelighters for their courage, spirit and bravery in dealing with their cancer and for serving as inspirations to those around them and others with this potentially fatal disease in all its forms. This year’s Angel Ambassador is Gavin Kilcullen, who was 15 years old when he passed away with multiple cancers. The Superhero Ambassador is 6-year-old Elias Dias, who continues battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

In addition to presenting sponsor Centennial Toyota, major sponsors are The Revolution FMO, Take 5 to Care (Fox 5) and Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. Other event sponsors are
Blue Apple Electric, Southwest Gas, ER Injury Attorneys, Optum Care, Palm Mortuary, the Law Firm of Jeffrey Burr, Stage House, Raising Cane’s and UFC.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Superhero 5K is the nonprofit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada’s largest fundraiser. Children with cancer and their families not only deal with the physical effects of the disease, but also with issues surrounding treatment, emotional impact, financial considerations and potential out-of-state travel. Candlelighters provides these supportive services for local kids and families, but needs the public’s help in the fight against cancer, particularly with growing childhood cancer rates.

Visit www.candlelightersnv.orgor call (702) 737-1919 for more information, registration, and volunteer and participation opportunities.

About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is the first and oldest nonprofit organization in Nevada serving children, from birth to 21 years old, and families coping with childhood cancer. Its mission is to provide emotional support, quality of life programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer. Since its establishment more than 40 years ago, Candlelighters has helped thousands of families, and now serves nearly 400 families each month and more than 1,000 children (diagnosed child and sibling combined) per year. For information, visit www.candlelightersnv.org.

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Valley Health Specialty Hospital Opens for Patient Care

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Initial Services Include Orthopedic Surgery, Inpatient Orthopedic Care, Followed by Acute Rehabilitation and Outpatient Therapy

Valley Health Specialty Hospital, an extension of Spring Valley Hospital, opened for orthopedic surgical patients on Monday, August 23, 2021.  The hospital features five surgical suites and a 10-bed inpatient nursing unit for post-operative orthopedic patients; a 56-bed acute rehabilitation center and outpatient services for physical, occupational and speech therapy services for adults will open later.

“This is an exciting addition to our portfolio of health services in southern Nevada,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “We have newly renovated and upgraded the facility over the past few months since finalizing the acquisition and are excited to now offer this convenient additional location for patients needing high-quality orthopedic surgery. The majority of our patients will be able to return home on the same day as their procedure, but we also offer inpatient care for those who may need additional monitoring or assistance during their initial recovery.”

The joint replacement program uses a protocol known as Rapid Recovery. In this protocol, patients are mobilized within one hour of their hip or knee replacement surgery. The program also uses an approach to postoperative pain control that utilizes very little if any opioid pain medication. This allows patients to ambulate sooner and participate in physical therapy sessions up to three times per day with little postoperative pain.  This leads to a shorter hospital stay and quicker return to activities of daily living. “We expect that our clinical outcomes will exceed the national average,” said Tony Adams, CEO, Valley Health Specialty Hospital.

“As a hospital dedicated to orthopedic surgery, we follow very specific protocols and best practices to provide the highest level of pre-operative, surgical and post-operative care,” explained Adams.

The 56-bed acute rehabilitation center is anticipated to open at a later date, providing specialized rehabilitation services for patients recovering from stroke, surgery, illness or injury, and will be staffed by healthcare providers in the disciplines of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing and social work. A core staff of physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation will serve as co-medical directors. Dining services are available on campus.

As part of the continuum of orthopedic and rehabilitation care, the Outpatient Therapy division will also begin caring for patients once the rehabilitation center opens, focusing on physical, occupational and speech therapy, Monday through Friday. Hours will vary to accommodate early morning and evening appointments.

The Outpatient Therapy Center will be open to any patient who could benefit from therapy; a physician referral is required.

The Valley Health Specialty Hospital is located at 8656 W. Patrick Lane (cross street Durango) in southwest Las Vegas. The website is www.valleyhealthspecialty.com, and the main phone number is 702-777-7100.

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS), comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

Current information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ValleyHealthLV
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YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheValleyHealthSystem
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-valley-health-system

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Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center / ER at Valley Vista (opening late 2021)
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Henderson Hospital / ER at Green Valley Ranch
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center / ER at Blue Diamond / Valley Health Specialty Hospital
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Valley Hospital Las Vegas / Elite Medical Center

Health Plan of Nevada Administrator’s Mission to Address Reno’s Homeless Crisis

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Rachel Rosensteel is the Associate Director of Health Equity for Health Plan of Nevada, a UnitedHealthcare company. Rachel provides outreach to individuals, couples and families who have found themselves homeless in northern Nevada. To them, she is a bright light in an otherwise dark situation.

Reno residents Kenny Catan and Lisa Hurst are one couple whose lives have been changed by Rachel’s service. For the first time in their decade-long battle with homelessness and steady stream of hardships, they have access to the resources and support needed to get on their feet. With Rachel’s help, alongside others, Lisa and Kenny are now living in a two-bedroom apartment and dedicate much of their time to lending a hand to others who may also be struggling.

Focused on creating a path to better health for each person that she encounters, Rachel uses her expertise and position to connect those in need with services and tools offered by local community organizations and health care providers that will provide the aid and assistance needed on an individual-by-individual basis. These services and tools include helping individuals get cell phones, daily access to food, water, utilities and transportation, and keeping those individuals healthy and improving their overall quality of life.

She also spends time educating law professionals on how they can better approach and build lasting relationships with people experiencing homelessness. Working closely with the H.O.P.E (Homeless Outreach Proactive Engagement) team at the Sparks Police Department, Rachel is able to connect homeless individuals with access to additional needs such as affordable housing, shelter space, food, clothing, and obtaining identification and social security cards.

Rachel is an inspiration to all those around her. The time that she has dedicated to this cause and the impacts that she has made on the lives of those she has helped is beyond measure.

Click here to read more and watch a video produced by UnitedHealthcare, Health Plan of Nevada’s parent company, that spotlights Rachel, the incredible work that she is doing, and Kenny and Lisa’s story.

ProCare Hospice of Nevada Opening Southern Nevada’s Newest Hospice Inpatient Unit

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IPU Accepting Adult Patients in September, Will Later Expand Expand to Accept Pediatric Patients with Virtual Tours Available Friday, August 27th

ProCare Hospice of Nevada and CareOusel Pediatrics are proud to announce the opening of Southern Nevada’s newest hospice inpatient unit (IPU).

The 14-bed facility will begin accepting adult patients in September and incorporate pediatric hospice patients before year’s end. At that time, the ProCare Hospice IPU will be Nevada’s only hospice IPU staffed with pediatric hospice and palliative care expert providers.

On Friday, August 27, 2021, the public is invited to virtually tour the new facility and gain a greater understanding of the programs, services, and benefits of the ProCare Hospice IPU by going to the ProCare Hospice of Nevada YouTube Channel.

“As a premier hospice provider in Southern Nevada, we truly understand the community’s need for a new hospice inpatient unit (IPU) which is why this project has been a priority for us,” said Clevis Parker, MD, CEO, and CMO of ProCare Hospice. “Our IPU will be an essential resource for patients who require aggressive, short-term pain and symptom management, and for those transitioning from the hospital to their home, but require a transition step to stabilize their uncontrolled medical needs.”

ProCare Hospice and CareOusel Pediatrics are unlike many other hospice entities in Southern Nevada. The organization is family owned and operated since 2012. ProCare Hospice and CareOusel Pediatrics operate on a physician-led hospice model, with Clevis Parker, MD, serving as both Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

Additionally, ProCare Hospice employs multiple board-certified hospice physicians and has the region’s most extensive pediatric hospice service program. The pediatric hospice team is led by Kathleen Gates, MD, the only pediatric hospice trained physician in Nevada. Additionally, ProCare Hospice employs a Child Life Specialist trained to provide developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions to reduce fear, anxiety, and pain, and to help patients and their families deal with hospice or end-of-life issues.

The IPU is also a valuable respite for patients whose caregivers may be family members who require time away.

For additional information about ProCare Hospice and CareOusel Pediatrics, please contact Maritza Hutchinson at 702-619-3856.

ProCare Grand Opening Virtual Tour

For those interested in attending ProCare’s grand opening virtual tour on Friday, August 27th, the flyer below provides event details, along with a QR code that can open up RSVP options. If QR codes do not work for you, please click here.

Sunrise Hospital Receives National Honors for Delivering Superior Women’s Care

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When it comes to superior women’s care, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital deliver… literally. Both hospitals announced today a number of national Healthgrades honors, topping the list with the 2021 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ for three years in a row (2019-2021) and the 2021 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ for four years in a row (2018-2021). These distinctions recognize the exceptional care Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital provide to mothers during and after childbirth and to women undergoing gynecologic procedures. Healthgrades is the leading online healthcare information resource connecting almost one million patients daily with physicians and hospitals.

“When selecting a hospital for women’s care, there is no substitution for having utmost confidence in your caregivers and the quality of care provided,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “Our award-winning women’s and childbirth care team at Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital instill that confidence every single year for women and new or growing families in our community. I applaud our team for their dedication and commitment to providing exceptional quality and family-centered care to our patients.”

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of taking control of their health and this means finding the right hospital with the most favorable outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Women who seek care at a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award can have confidence in the organization’s commitment to delivering superior care.”

Both distinctions recognize Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital for exceptional clinical outcomes while caring for women during labor and immediately after delivery for their newborn, as well as women undergoing gynecologic procedures. The two hospitals’ complete list of 2021 recognitions are:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

o   Recipient of the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

Labor and Delivery

o   Recipient of the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

o   Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Labor and Delivery for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

o   Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

o   Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 7 Years in a Row (2015-2021)

o   Five-Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery for 5 Years in a Row (2017-2021)

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for hospitals across 16 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2017 through 2019. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:

  • From 2017 to 2019, if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades 2021 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, 155,179 patients with complications could have potentially been avoided.*
  • From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on average, a 37% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award*.
  • From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, 138,318 patients with complications could potentially have been avoided*.
  • From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 41.7% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award*.

View Healthgrades hospital quality awards and methodologies.

Learn more about how hospitals partner with Healthgrades.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offer high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. Sunrise Hospital serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Together, the 762-bed facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults.

*  Statistics are based on Healthgrades’ analysis of all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 16 states for which all-payer data was made available.

LVGEA Releases Updated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Southern Nevada

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Updated CEDS Will Guide Regional Efforts to Advance the Community Beyond Recovery

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) in collaboration with SRI International, a nonprofit research institute, has released “Vision 2025: A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.” This updated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) presents a new plan for regional economic development in Southern Nevada.

The CEDS provides essential guidance to regional leaders across industry, government, nonprofits, and educational institutions in guiding their strategies that have an economic impact on the region. The strategy was developed with broad community participation to develop a shared vision and set of goals for Southern Nevada. While LVGEA will lead in this new strategy, its implementation requires a shared, coordinated effort across regional organizations.

“Economic development is a team sport,” said LVGEA President and CEO Jonas Peterson. “This updated CEDS will not only provide a five-year strategy to guide our work at LVGEA but also our synergistic efforts with partners across the region. Through intentional collaboration, we can move Southern Nevada from resilient to unstoppable.”

The report begins with a Summary Background and Economic Assessment. This assessment evaluates Southern Nevada based on a variety of factors including general economic conditions, labor market attributes and educational attainment, trends in target industry sectors, and innovation and entrepreneurship activity. This quantitative analysis considers the region’s performance in comparison to other regions over time.

Beyond an economic analysis, SRI also conducted a SWOT analysis on Southern Nevada communities, identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the region. This analysis evaluates the current state of the region and helps guide the Strategic Direction and Activities Plan.

The Strategic Direction and Activities Plan presents a series of goals and objectives, serving as a roadmap for Southern Nevada’s economic development efforts. By developing a shared vision by regional stakeholders, the plan identified the following five goals:

  • Goal 1: Promote a Resilient & Diverse Economy
  • Goal 2: Connect People, Businesses, & Ideas
  • Goal 3: Support the Emergence & Maturation of Southern Nevada’s New Target Industries
  • Goal 4: Strengthen & Reimagine Regional Collaboration
  • Goal 5: Stimulate a Future-Ready Workforce

Each goal is followed by measurable objectives and activities to be accomplished by specific stakeholders in order to strengthen the Southern Nevada community and economy.

To view the CEDS, click here.

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach. As Southern Nevada’s regional development authority, the LVGEA’s vision is to help residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy. To learn more, visit lvgea.org.

Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance Hosts Fifth International Overdose Awareness Day Event, Aug. 31

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The Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance (SNHRA) is hosting its fifth International Overdose Awareness Day event between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 31 at Chuck Minker Sports Complex 275 N. Mojave Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89101. The event provides an opportunity for participants to acknowledge the loss of friends and loved ones to fatal drug overdoses and will include a panel discussion with community members discussing their overdose-related experiences. A naloxone (Narcan®) training will be offered, and attendees will have the opportunity to pick up overdose prevention kits.

Registration for this year’s event is available at https://ioad2021lasvegas.eventbrite.com. SNHRA is requiring participants to provide proof they are fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the event. For additional information about SNHRA or the Overdose Awareness Day activities, visit www.facebook.com/SoNVHarmReductionAlliance/.

International Overdose Awareness Day seeks to acknowledge those who have died or suffered permanent injury, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and to raise awareness about overdose prevention and drug policy.

Based on preliminary mortality data from the Southern Nevada Health District’s Electronic Death Registry System, there have been 560 drug overdose deaths among Clark County residents in 2020, and opioids (prescription and illicit) accounted for 67.9 percent of the deaths. While drug overdose deaths in Clark County increased 34 percent from 2019, opioid-related deaths in Clark County have increased by 61.7 percent in 2020 to 380 deaths compared to 235 deaths in 2019. The death rate was the highest in the 89101 ZIP code at 86.9 deaths per 100,000 residents. Fentanyl continues to be a significant public health concern in Clark County and is driving the increase in opioid-related deaths.

The Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance (SNHRA) is composed of public health professionals, HIV providers, addiction specialists, syringe exchange programs, homeless service providers, substance use prevention community coalitions, recovery advocates, and health care representatives. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs by reducing drug-related stigma, overdoses, and the harmful effects of drugs among Southern Nevadans regardless of their circumstances. SNHRA also provides education and resources about reducing substance misuse and unintentional overdose deaths, as well as reducing the risks of acquiring or transmitting bloodborne infections. Each month, the Southern Nevada Health District, in conjunction with members of SNHRA, provides testing for HIV and hepatitis C, sterile syringes, and homeless services. In February of 2017, the first comprehensive needle/syringe exchange program in Clark County began operating at Trac-B Exchange, a member of the Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance. In addition, there are five syringe vending machines placed within service provider organizations.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Special Olympics Nevada Hosts ‘Bowl for the Gold’

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Fundraiser Helps Support SONV Programs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Bowl for the Gold. Lace up those bowling shoes because Bowl for the Gold is back! Participants can register as an individual ($50) or as a team ($200). Registration includes three games of bowling, and food and non-alcoholic beverages courtesy of the Snack Shack. SONV athletes will be on hand to help cheer each team on.  

In addition to supporting the organization’s sports, education, athlete leadership training, and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities, donations raised during the event will assist SONV in it’s efforts to establish an independently run chapter in Nevada. While all fundraising dollars support athletes in Nevada, SONV is currently under the umbrella of Special Olympics Northern California.

For more information or to register for Bowl for the Gold, please visit www.sonv.org. For sponsorship information, please contact Allyce Pierson at allycep@sonv.org.   

WHEN:            1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021 

                        *Participant check-in begins at noon  

WHERE:           Strike Zone Bowling Center at Sunset Station  

                        1301 W Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014

SOCIAL:           Please tag SONV’s respective social media accounts including @sonevada.

About Special Olympics Nevada 

SONV is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports, education, leadership, and athlete health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 2,694 athletes who compete in more than 14 competitions in 7 sports annually. Within the Community Sports Program and the Schools Partnership Program, SONV is encouraging the growth of Unified Sports®, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. In a typical year, SONV impacts more than 21,283 students by promoting inclusion on school campuses. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering screenings and services free of charge. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization was able to convert its programing to virtual platforms to keep people with intellectual disabilities healthy and safe. SONV relies on the support of 1,670 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. More information may be found by visiting www.sonv.org and following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @SONevada.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update 8-20-21

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  • More than 70 percent of people 18 years of age and older in Clark County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a total of 2,270,648 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of August 19. The total number of vaccinations initiated is 1,321,114; the number of vaccinations completed is 1,053,447. Approximately 70.32 percent of adults age 18 and older have initiated vaccination. More than 65 percent of people eligible (people ages 12 and over) have also received at least one dose of the vaccine. Additional vaccination information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended, an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Third doses can be administered at least 28 days after a second dose has been received. People who have questions about their specific media conditions should talk their health care provider about whether getting an additional dose is right for them. Additional information and resources are available on the Health District’s website at http://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/toolkit/.
  • The CDC has announced plans to recommend booster shots for everyone beginning September 20, pending authorization by the FDA. Booster doses would be given starting eight months after an individual’s second dose.
  • People who were fully vaccinated at the beginning of the vaccination rollout, including nursing home residents, other seniors, and health care providers will likely be among the first eligible for a booster. More information will be provided as booster vaccines are authorized and the CDC makes its final recommendations. The Health District has the capacity to provide booster shots and will offer them when these recommendations are finalized.
  • The Health District continues to focus on providing people in the community with the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines are more accessible than ever before, and available for people age 12 and older at clinics throughout Southern Nevada. More information about clinic locations is available on our website at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine.
  • Today, the Health District is reporting 296,722 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 700 since yesterday. The Health District is also reporting 18 deaths bringing the total to 5,032. Additional information about COVID-19 cases is available at www.snhd.info/covid-case
  • As of August 19, the Southern Nevada Health District has received reports of 6,309 fully vaccinated individuals testing positive for COVID-19. This represents 0.60 percent amongst the fully vaccinated or 60 cases out of every 10,000 fully vaccinated people. Additional information is available at: http://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/cases/breakthrough/
  • The Health District continues to emphasize that while no vaccines are 100 percent effective, the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and death in people who are fully vaccinated.
  • The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant or breastfeeding people, people who are trying to become pregnant now or in the future. Pregnant people and recently pregnant people are at a higher risk of severe illness compared with people who are not pregnant. For more information, CDC has information on its website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html.
  • The Health District continues to support Nevada’s mask mandate that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in indoor public places, including grocery stores, malls, large events and casinos in areas of high disease transmission. This includes Clark County. In addition, the Health District supports the Clark County School District’s recently updated mask policies that all students, staff, and faculty wear masks inside school property as well as on school busses.
  • Updated COVID school guidance is posted at https://media.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/download/COVID-19/resources/SNHD-COVID-19-Preparedness-and-Response-Plan-for-Schools-2021-2022.pdf
  • The Health District has signs advising people to wear masks in public indoor spaces: http://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/toolkit/.
  • Upcoming vaccination clinics are scheduled at the following locations and additional clinic information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine:
    • Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson, NV 89014

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., lower level (near Kohl’s)

    • UNLV Stan Fulton Building parking lot, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89154

Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., drive through only

    • CSN North Las Vegas, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, NV 89030 and

West Charleston 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    • Southern Nevada Health District, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107

Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

    • Department of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS)

Multiple locations

Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    • All Saints Episcopal Church, 4201 W. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89107

Fridays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • More information about community vaccination site locations can be found at NVCOVIDFighter.org. The site also features live chat support to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible.
  • The Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory (SNPHL) currently performs genomic sequencing of positive COVID-19 ( SARS-CoV-2) samples. Samples that are beyond SNPHL’s genomic sequencing capacity are sent to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. SNPHL continues to build its sequencing capacity to increase the number of samples it can sequence on a weekly basis.
  • Sequencing data generated by SNPHL are uploaded and shared with the State of Nevada’s sequencing database.
  • Unvaccinated people who attended large gatherings are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection and spreading the virus. It is recommended they:
    • Continue wearing masks in public places, in compliance with Nevada’s mask mandate, and in gatherings with unvaccinated friends and family members.
    • Maintain a safe social distance both indoors and outdoors until fully vaccinated.
    • Practice frequent handwashing, especially after being in a public place, after coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • Visit the CDC’s website for additional guidance for unvaccinated people at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
  • COVID-19 testing will be available at testing kiosks at the following locations and additional information is available at: https://snhd.fulgentgenetics.com.:
    • Beginning Monday, August 23:
  • Alexander Library, 1755 W. Alexander Rd., North Las Vegas, NV 89032

Monday – Friday, 12 pm. –  6 p.m. (there will be no testing Friday, Aug. 27)

      • Walnut Community Center, 3705 N. Walnut Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89115

Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    • Beginning Tuesday, August 24
      • Parkdale Recreation and Senior Center, 3200 Ferndale St., Las Vegas, NV 89121

Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

      • Cambridge Community Center, 3930 Cambridge St., LV NV 89119

Monday – Friday, 12 p.m.

  • COVID-19 testing is available at the following locations: Southern Nevada Health District, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107, Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.; CSN North Las Vegas, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, NV 89030, CSN West Charleston, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146, and CSN Henderson, 700 College Dr., Henderson, NV 89002,

Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ; UNLV Stan Fulton Building parking lot, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV  89154, Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately. Additionally, people who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should also be tested, regardless of vaccination status. For those fully vaccinated, testing should occur three to five days after exposure and they should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative result. For those who are not yet fully vaccinated, testing should occur immediately after being identified, and if negative, should occur again within five to seven days of last exposure or if symptoms of COVID-19 develop. Those who are not fully vaccinated and have a known exposure should also quarantine for 14 days. The CDC has information about testing on its website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/diagnostic-testing.html#who-should-get-tested.
  • COVID-19 testing information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-testing and on the Nevada Health Response website at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/find-covid-19-testing-in-nevada/.

The Health District and its partners continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines and testing throughout the community. The COVID-19 vaccine is the most important and effective step people can take to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Additionally, people who are sick should stay home and get tested if they have symptoms related to COVID-19. People who are unvaccinated and have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19, such as traveling or attending mass gatherings should also get tested.

More information about COVID-19, including Health District resources, reports, and testing and vaccine clinic sites is available at www.snhd.info/covid. The Health District’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.