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Nevada reports 274 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday
Nevada saw its daily numbers for the novel coronavirus trend downward with 274 new cases reported on Sunday after two consecutive days of record increases in COVID-19 cases.
The state recently set a new record on Friday after 410 new coronavirus cases were reported. The record was promptly broken the next day after the state reported 445 new cases on Saturday.
Washoe County attributed the recent uptick in new cases to increased testing for COVID-19 as well as an uptick in family and social gatherings. Nevada started the second phase of its reopening plan for businesses on June 4, which included hotel-casinos.
As of Sunday morning, the state reported 9,014 more new tests, which brings Nevada’s overall total for COVID-19 testing up to 283,893. So far, there have been 13,205 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as well as 487 deaths.
In Washoe County, a total of 44,590 tests have been conducted as of Sunday. Confirmed cases in Washoe have reached 2,179 while reported deaths are at 73. Clark County continues to account for the bulk of the COVID-19 case and deaths in the state. Hospitalizations for confirmed coronavirus cases were up by 5.26% as of Thursday, June 18, which are the latest numbers available from the state.
Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick warned of complacency against COVID-19.
“We are 100 days into this, and people are getting weary,” Dick said.
“People want to get back to normal, but we are not in a place where we can do that right now. The timeline is not set by people’s weariness or that desire for normal. That timeline is set by COVID-19, as the governor stated.”
445 new cases reported Saturday
The number of new coronavirus cases in Nevada grew by a record amount on Saturday, increasing 445 to a total of 12,931 according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
Friday’s increase of 410 was also a record for the number of new cases.
The number of deaths stood at 486.
The state reported it performed 5,782 tests on Friday for a total of 274,879. The net positivity rate stood at 5.3% on Thursday, the last day for which that data was reported.
Sisolak considers stricter mask requirements
As Nevada continues to see spikes in coronavirus cases amid the state’s reopening, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Friday he will consider imposing stricter mask-wearing policies in the state.
“As the state evaluates the latest COVID data here and around the country, I am asking the Medical Advisory Team to evaluate potential options for enhanced face covering policies and to provide any recommendations for consideration to strengthen our response to this pandemic,” Sisolak wrote on Twitter.
“Nevada Health Response has repeatedly urged the use of face coverings when out in public as one of the strongest methods of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, and directives I’ve signed mandate the use of face coverings by employees who interact with the public,” he said in a second tweet.
During Phase 2 of reopening, business employees who interact with the public are already required to wear masks. Sisolak was not specific on what further requirements he is considering.
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