Coronavirus updates: Positive test rate down, but hospitalizations up

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95 new cases identified statewide, positive test rate drops to 5.9%

8:46 a.m.

The number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 has increased to 8,688 on Monday, a rise of 95 new cases over what was previously reported on Sunday.

Those 95 new cases were discovered out of a total of 4,799 people tested on May 31, according to new data posted to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard, making for a daily growth rate of about 1.1 percent.

The state has not updated the total number of people who’ve died from coronavirus as of Monday morning, and that figure remains at 421.

The statewide test positivity rate continued its downward trajectory, reaching 5.9 percent on Monday.

Hospitalizations of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients, however, increased. There are currently 189 suspected cases and 172 confirmed COVID-19 patients who’ve been hospitalized.

Ventilator use has also increased. A total of 127 people require them currently.

Free testing in Washoe begins today

Monday, 8:01 a.m.

Washoe County Health District officials have announced the county will begin offering free drive-thru virus testing this week for county residents who make an appointment at covid19washoe.com. Residents can also register by calling 775-328-2427.

Washoe reports 29 new cases

Sunday

The Regional Information Center is reporting 29 new positive cases and 12 recoveries from COVID-19 in Washoe County.

The county’s death toll remains unchanged at 60. Washoe is now home to 619 active cases and 898 recoveries.

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