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Health officials launch new daily teleconference amid COVID resurgence
Nevada health officials will update the media on the state’s response to COVID-19 during an 11 a.m. conference call on Monday.
The call is the first in a new series of daily Q-and-A’s hosted by COVID Response Director Caleb Cage and Deputy Administrator of Community Health Services Julia Peek, according to a news release from the state’s virus response team.
The Silver State has seen a record-setting spike in new coronavirus cases since casinos reopened on June 4, prompting a statewide mask mandate announced last week by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Officials reported 734 new cases of the disease on Monday, the second-highest mark since the outbreak began. Four additional deaths were reported, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths to 504.
Caesars Entertainment employee in Las Vegas dies of COVID-19
After testing positive for the coronavirus, a Caesars Entertainment worker has died.
“We are heartbroken by this development and send our deepest sympathies to their family and friends,” company spokesman Richard Broome said in a statement on Saturday.
The company has not been able to determine how the employee contracted the virus and would not comment on where they worked, according to Broome.
The worker died less than one month after several hotel-casinos reopened in the wake of a COVID-19 shutdown that lasted almost three months.
The Southern Nevada Health District investigated who had interacted with the worker, a process that led to quarantine for several employees.
734 new cases statewide, 4 additional deaths reported
Monday, 9:30 a.m.
The known number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 17,894 on Monday morning, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard. That’s an increase of 734 new cases over what was previously reported on Sunday.
Four additional deaths were reported, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 504.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nevada hospitals has reached 373 cases, the second-highest mark since the outbreak began; 376 patients were hospitalized with known cases of the coronavirus on March 26, the earliest date for which reporting is available.
An additional 182 hospitalized patients are suspected of having the coronavirus. The combined total of 555 confirmed and suspected cases is Nevada’s highest since April 25, when 548 patients were confirmed or suspected of infection.
The state’s seven-day average positive test rate dipped to 15.7%, the first drop since June 15. The rate still exceeds the World Health Organization’s recommended test rate goal of 5% for economies to reopen.
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Nevada, California could be added to quarantine order for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
Travelers from eight additional states — including California — could soon be added to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut’s mandatory quarantine order, which would push the total to 16 states representing nearly half the country’s population. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is analyzing each state’s COVID-19 data to determine which states will join the original eight subject to the order, which requires travelers from places with high infection rates to isolate for 14 days upon arrival. California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee could be joining the original list: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
27 new cases in Washoe; 875 active cases
Washoe County health officials reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, according to a social media post from the Regional Information Center. That brings the total of known cases to 2,600 since the first case was identified in the county in March.
The new data shows 875 active cases in Washoe County, a new high. Nineteen COVID-19 patients have recovered within the past day.
The number of reported deaths has held steady at 74 for the past six days.
Seventy-nine COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, up from 74 yesterday.
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