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2,456 positive tests, 81 deaths in Nevada due to COVID-19
Thursday, 7:19 a.m.
The known number of Nevadans with COVID-19 approached 2,500 on Thursday, reaching a new high of 2,456 positive tests, according to new numbers released by the state.
The number of deaths displayed on the state dashboard remain at 80, though Governor Steve Sisolak in a Wednesday evening press conference said an additional person had died, bringing that total to 81.
Thursday’s case numbers jumped by 138 over Wednesday. A total of 21,771 tests have been administered.
It’s likely the true number of people with COVID-19 is higher than reported as a state testing shortage is limiting the number of people who can be screened.
Sisolak limits places of worship; closes recreation areas
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a new order on Wednesday limiting the number of people gathering in a place of worship to fewer than 10.
The directive also orders the closure of recreational sites like golf courses and public basketball courts.
Any gathering of 10 or more people could be subject to civil and criminal penalties, Sisolak said at a press conference Wednesday evening.
Sisolak’s order also closed showrooms and at retailers such as car dealerships. That also includes an open house showing by real estate agents.
Grocery stores were also ordered to close salad bars and cease the sales of bulk products.
Sisolak also prohibited barbers and hairdressers from providing in-home services.
Washoe reports 8th death; state death toll climbs
Health officials reported the eighth death Wednesday afternoon in Washoe County — the third death reported that day.
The individuals who died Wednesday included a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s, both of whom had underlying health conditions. That also included a woman in her 80s.
Health officials were investigating if she also had any underlying health conditions.
Two new positive cases were also reported in Carson City and Douglas County.
A Carson City man and a Douglas County woman, both in their 30s, were self-isolating in their homes and were in stable conditions.
Meanwhile, one patient recovered in Lyon County.
The total number of cases in the Carson-Douglas-Lyon-Storey County area was 27, with nine recovers. A total of 18 cases remained active.
In total, 80 deaths were reported statewide, according to the Nevada Health Alliance Dashboard.
Nevada gets 50 ventilators from California
Nevada received 50 ventilators from California on a Wednesday, according to the Nevada National Guard.
The ventilators were transported from Sacramento to Sparks. The Nevada Guard was set to distribute the ventilators upon direction from Gov. Steve Sisolak and health officials.
Coronavirus timeline: How many known cases of COVID-19 are in Nevada? Where are they?
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