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Nevada sees 120 more COVID-19 cases
An additional 120 Nevadans tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total number of cases to 7,166 on Wednesday, according to the Nevada Health Alliance Dashboard.
Those positives, reported from a batch of 3,963 tests, represent a growth rate of 1.7 percent, according to the dashboard.
The state has not yet updated the number of people who’ve died from COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning. That number still stands at 375.
Nevada’s test positivity rate also continued to slip in a downward direction. This metric, one of those used by the governor’s office to determine when the state could reopen, has been trending downward since May 2 — a good thing, Kyra Morgan, the state’s biostatistician, explained to the Reno Gazette Journal last week.
“In general, if a high percentage of tests are coming back positive, that is indicative that there are many more cases that have gone undetected,” Morgan explained.
Eight more Nevadans die to COVID-19
Eight more Nevadans have died from the COVID-19 coronavirus — bringing the state death toll 373, according to a Tuesday afternoon update of the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nevada also jumped by 140 cases from what was previously reported on Monday.
In total, there are 7,046 positive cases statewide, according to numbers posted to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
The state also reported it performed 6,609 tests on Monday, a new record high number of tests for Nevada in a single day. With 140 positive cases out of those 6,609 tests, that makes for a growth rate of about 2 percent.
It was unknown how many tests were performed as of Tuesday evening.
The statewide number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized also crept downward, according to the dashboard.
Nevada’s positivity rate also decreased, moving further below the World Health Organization’s benchmark for the maximum recommended positivity rate before reopening.
Washoe reports 29 new cases of COVID-19
Twenty-nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday in Washoe County, along with 17 new recoveries, according to the Regional Information Center.
“The increase of positive cases is significant, and indicative of community spread of COVID-19,” officials said in a news release on Tuesday. “We can’t stress enough the importance of staying at home, social distancing practices and using facial coverings.”
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The recent cases bumped the total number of cases in the county to 1,295, officials said in the news release.
In total, 689 people have recovered, and 558 cases remain active. One additional person was also hospitalized, with a total of 55 people still in the hospital.
A total of 108 individuals have been discharged.
Nevada to receive nearly $89M for testing
The federal government announced on Tuesday that it’s giving Nevada nearly $89 million to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity and contact tracing.
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The funding, coming from the Department of Health and Human Services, will provide the state with additional capacity to “develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts, and related activities,” according to a release from HHS.
In exchange for the funds, Gov. Steve Sisolak will be required to submit a plan to HHS
That plan will include:
- Number of tests needed, month-by-month to include diagnostic, serological, and other tests, as appropriate
- Month-by-month estimates of laboratory and testing capacity, including related to workforce, equipment and supplies, and available tests
- Description of how the resources will be used for testing, including easing any COVID-19 community mitigation policies
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