Clark County saw almost a 50 percent increase in the number of homeless deaths in 2018 compared with 2017.
The Clark County Coroner reported 192 people died in 2018 who were homeless, compared with 131 deaths the year before.
The Nevada Current reports the majority of the deaths were connected to the inability to access adequate health care, substance abuse treatment or complications from the danger of living on the streets.
Kathi Gibson, a homeless coordinator with the city, told the newspaper the longer someone is on the street, the less resilient they become which takes a toll on one’s health.
According to the local homeless census, the number of homeless individuals reporting chronic health conditions increased from about 30 percent to 41 percent.