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Southern Nevada officials urge caution ahead of Memorial Day as COVID upticks

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FILE - People wait in line for COVID-19 vaccinations at an event at La Bonita market, a Hispanic grocery store on July 7, 2021, in Las Vegas.

As Las Vegas-area residents are celebrating graduations and preparing to spend Memorial Day weekend with family and friends, the Southern Nevada Health District is encouraging increased caution against COVID-19 because of an uptick in cases.

As of May 23, a total of 523,676 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Clark County, and a total of 8,494 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19.

The health district said individuals can protect themselves and others by wearing a well-fitting mask in public indoor places, especially those who are immunocompromised or have illnesses that increase their risk of getting seriously ill.

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Officials say COVID-19 vaccines and boosters remain the most effective protection against the virus, severe illness,  hospitalization and death.

The health district has a list of vaccination clinics online.  

 

Nikole Robinson Carroll is KNPR's Morning Edition host. You can hear her every morning from 5am until 10am on News 889. She also produces segments for KNPR's State of Nevada.