Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the COVID-19 death definitions to be implemented across the state. The use of standardized death criteria ensures consistency and accuracy in data reporting in Nevada. This definition is current as of October 19, 2020, but is subject to change as new information about COVID-19 becomes available. This definition is to be used specifically for Public Health Surveillance and should not inform clinical decisions.
The instances in the memo linked below describe when a death should be considered a confirmed or probable death of an individual who had COVID-19, regardless if COVID-19 contributed to that death or not.* The laboratory criteria used to classify cases must align with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) case definitions, found here.