‘The Truth About COVID-19:’ Clark County Launches Pandemic Misinformation Webpage

The county declared the misinformation a “public health crisis” in September.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More than two months after Clark County commissioners declared misinformation about COVID-19 a “public health crisis,” the county has launched a website to help neighbors to access credible sources.

“Misinformation has sown confusion and nationwide led eligible people to refuse COVID-19 vaccines, reject public health measures such as masking and physical distancing, and use unproven treatments. “, said part of the resolution, adopted on September 21.

The webpage, entitled “The truth about COVID-19”, launched this week. It includes resources for finding credible sources of information, learning more about COVID vaccines, and other facts.

Local health authorities are now reminding residents of the common side effects of the vaccine on your arm and the rest of your body.

Doctor Dominic Martinello is chief medical officer at Southern Hills Hospital and hopes the new website will help eliminate any rumors misinforming residents about the vaccine.

“The most important thing with patients is to understand the fear. People have a lot of worries. Some say it’s too new or it hasn’t been tested or the government is microchipping and others are worried they don’t know what’s bothering them,” he added.

Dr Martinello tells 8 News Now that identifying the person’s concern is the first step, he also says there are valid concerns that can be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but overall the vaccine is no different from the others.

On Friday, new COVID-19 cases fell below 500 for the first time this week in Clark County. The number of hospitalizations is improving in southern Nevada and across the state.

Clark County reported 483 new cases on Friday.

The Nevada Hospital Association’s weekly report says COVID-19 patients occupy 10% of available hospital beds statewide. Twenty deaths have been reported in Nevada, including 14 in Clark County.

Test positivity rates remained unchanged. The daily case rate in Clark County jumped again and now sits at 106.9 – “high” transmission risk.

As of November 24, the Southern Nevada Health District reports that there are 210 breakthrough deaths (+8), 687 breakthrough hospitalizations (+35), and 13,476 breakthrough cases (+578). (The increases are compared to numbers reported on Nov. 18.)

The state health department reports that 3,654,807 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada, as of December 2.

As of Friday, 52.68% of Nevada residents currently eligible for the vaccine were fully vaccinated and 61.83% of the eligible population had started vaccinations. Clark County reported that 51.82% of its eligible residents were fully immunized.

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