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54 new cases identified in Washoe County
Washoe County is reporting 54 new cases of COVID-19, making for a total of 2,286 people who’ve tested positive for coronavirus, according to new numbers from the county.
No new deaths have been reported as of Tuesday afternoon. A total of 74 Washoe County residents have so far died of the disease.
An additional 30 people have reportedly recovered from COVID-19, making for 1,526 recoveries with 686 cases that are still active.
Currently, 71 people are hospitalized.
462 new cases reported Tuesday
Tuesday, 8:56 a.m.
For the third time in the past seven days, Nevada has set a new record high for the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day.
A total of 462 new cases were reported by the state on Tuesday, bringing the number of known cases in the Silver State to 13,997, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
The previous record for a single-day increase was set on June 20, with 445 new cases reported that day.
Nevada’s top five single-day jumps in cases all happened within the past seven days, according to state data, indicating that coronavirus might be gaining steam here.
The state is also reporting three additional deaths related to coronavirus, bringing that total to 492.
The recent uptick in cases is quickly erasing much of the progress the state made in its test positivity rate, which is one of the indicators originally used by Governor Steve Sisolak’s Office to decide whether to begin reopening the economy.
Tuesday’s positive tests increased that metric’s seven-day moving average to 9.8 percent, well above the World Health Organization’s recommended benchmark of 5 percent before reopening.
The WHO had previously recommended states see a test positivity rate below 10 percent before reopening, but revised that number to 5 percent several weeks ago.
Hospitalizations for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients also crept up on Wednesday and the number of patients in the ICU held at 100. Four more people were put on a ventilator, bringing that total to 50.
Washoe reports 74th death
An additional 23 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Washoe County and one more person has died, according to new numbers from the Washoe County Health District.
That makes for a total of 2,232 cases and 74 deaths in the county. The most recent COVID-related death was of a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions.
Out of those cases, 662 of them are active and 1,496 have recovered. There are currently 72 people in the county who are hospitalized from COVID-19.
Four highest single-day increases in past week
Nevada reported 330 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 13,535 known cases of coronavirus.
The state also reported three additional deaths on Monday morning, bringing the total number of people who’ve died from coronavirus to 489, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard. .
COVID-19 appears to be once again be gaining steam in Nevada. Monday’s numbers are not record-setting, but the 330 new cases reported on June 22 is the fourth-highest single-day increase recorded in Nevada since the beginning of the pandemic.
The state’s four highest single-day increases have all been recorded within the past week, according to state data.
The string of high numbers of new cases has led to Nevada’s test positivity rate to begin creeping back up.
Hospitalizations are also on the rise, according to the dashboard.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU reportedly jumped from 86 to 100 on Monday. A total of 130 patients have been hospitalized and 46 of them are requiring a ventilator.
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