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Clark County sees surge with 970 new cases
Clark County saw its largest single-day increase in new cases Saturday with 970 additional COVID-19 cases reported.
Clark County had 12,204 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Friday, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. On Saturday, that jumped to 13,174.
Over the last week, 2,812 cases have been reported in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
There were also two more deaths, bringing the Clark County death toll to 410, and there have been 1,947 hospitalizations for COVID-19 cases.
As of Saturday morning, Nevada now has 16,339 confirmed cases and 500 deaths. There have been 301,815 tests performed statewide.
Washoe reports new record: 108 cases on Friday
Washoe County health officials reported 108 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County—the highest number cases in one day, according to a news release from the Regional Information Center.
The previous record was set at 90 cases on Wednesday.
Health officials also reported 806 active cases, breaking a previous record of 748.
“The increase is tied to people going back to their normal, every day, pre-COVID-19 activities,” Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick said in a statement on Friday. “Our contact tracers are seeing small, widespread clusters related to residents congregating with people outside their household.”
Health officials emphasized the influx in cases was not the result of a laboratory backlog or any large facility outbreak.
The two largest single-day increases in the county were reported in the last three days. Most of the cases were traced to people going to work while sick, attending family or friend gatherings and dining at restaurants.
That also includes shopping at stores, including grocery stores, and attending parties such as bridal showers, baby showers, graduation parties and weddings.
In total, there have been 2,512 cases.
No new deaths were reported on Friday, meaning the death toll has remained at 74.
In total, 1,632 people have recovered, 74 are hospitalized and 204 have been discharged from the hospital.
Health officials also reported a total of 47,412 tests performed in the county, 699 more since Thursday.
381 new cases statewide; 7-day positive test rate back up to 12%
The known number of Nevadans who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 crested 15,000 on Friday, reaching a total of 15,240.
That’s a jump of 381 new cases over what was previously reported on Thursday, the fifth-largest single-day increase recorded in the state.
The state is also reporting three additional deaths related to coronavirus, bringing that total to 498, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
Friday’s increase marks an ebb in the otherwise rapid increase in Nevada’s 7-day average test positivity rate, which has climbed rapidly since June 16. The test positivity rate increased from 11.9 percent to 12 percent on Thursday, a smaller jump than previous days but still well above the World Health Organization’s recommended positivity rate of 5 percent before reopening.
Hospitalizations also continued to trend upwards. There are now 471 Nevadans hospitalized due to the virus, an increase of four patients over Thursday.
A total of 118 COVID-19 patients are currently in the ICU and 59 are on ventilators.
Five residents, staff member test positive at state veterans home
Five residents and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19—the first residents to test positive at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Homes.
Earlier this month, one staff member also tested positive, according to the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.
“Mirroring what is occurring statewide as Nevada begins to reopen, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 positive test results at our State Veterans Homes,” NDVS director Kat Miller said in a statement on Friday. “And while we remain well below the state average for COVID-19 infections at our State Veterans Homes, even one case is one too many.”
The “attack rate” of the virus at nursing facilities is 16.75 percent, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Meanwhile, the current rate at the State Veterans Home was reported at 6.32 percent.
The percentages are calculated by the number of new cases in the population at risk divided by the number of persons in the population at risk, officials said in a news release.
Miller said the agency’s clinical team is working to protect the other veterans and staff members. Those who have tested positive must test negative twice consecutively before they are released from isolation or can return to work.
According to NNSVH administrator Mike Ball, all residents who tested positive are in isolation and staff members are self-quarantined at home.
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