Virus Outbreak-Nevada-Masks

FILE - In this Saturday, April 24, 2021, file photo, people walk as others dine on the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas. Elected officials in tourism-dependent Las Vegas worried Tuesday, July 20, 2021, about public health and the economic effects of a spike in COVID-19 cases, particularly the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Amid an uptick of COVID-19 cases across the U.S., Hawaiian health officials are warning residents of travel to Las Vegas.

Kaua'i County health officials warned that many new cases are in residents who recently traveled, citing Las Vegas as a popular destination.

"This destination poses significant risks," Kaua'i County officials said of Las Vegas. "The popular activities are largely indoors and can be crowded. Visitors stay indoors for prolonged periods, mingling with others from all over the country. Masks are not required. The result is a set-up for the spread of COVID-19." 

Officials advised Hawaii residents get vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling to Las Vegas. They also recommended still wearing masks in crowded indoor settings.

Clark County officials recently instituted a mask mandate for public-facing employees in indoor settings through Aug. 17, but the general public is still not required to wear a mask indoors. The Southern Nevada Health District recently recommended people wear masks indoors to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Thank you all you complete fools who refuse to get vaccinated for the latest uptick and for the rest of us having to accommodate you idiots by having to wear masks again. Other than a medical reason signed off by a doctor, there is no excuse for not getting the vaccine. I can only think of one, stupidity. And the many I think are getting very tired of having to adjust to the few. The only blessing is, if you fools do get the Delta variant and end up in the hospital, you won't be tieing up a bed and respirator too long. This variant kills quickly.

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