Official: Thousands without Nevada addresses vaccinated here
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The head of the state coronavirus response effort acknowledged Monday that almost 58,000 people who received coronavirus vaccine shots in Nevada didn’t provide an in-state address, but he did not see that as a cause for concern.
“Everyone deserves access to this lifesaving vaccine,” COVID-19 Task Force chief Caleb Cage said, comparing the number with the nearly 1.7 million doses of vaccine reported as administered by the state Department of Health and Human Services. “The information we are seeing ... is not cause for concern.”
Vaccinations are now offered to anyone 16 and older in every state.
In Nevada, health officials reported upticks in the statewide test positivity rate, to 5.9% from 5.7% on Friday, and added 698 new cases and three deaths to totals posted on the state coronavirus website.
Officials said the large number of new cases, bringing the state total during the pandemic to nearly 311,000, was because the state stopped reporting COVID-19 metrics during weekends. The number of deaths in Nevada is now 5,368.
The rise in the percentage of people who are tested who are found to have COVID-19 comes after Gov. Steve Sisolak raised maximum capacity levels to 50% at most businesses about a month ago.
State Attorney General Aaron Ford on Monday warned of scams involving the selling of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards and said people should not post photos of their cards or information about their shots on social media platforms.
Ford did not say how many complaints his office is investigating, and said it is not always clear how to distinguish between a real card and a fake one.