COVID-19 live updates: 554 new cases, 21 deaths statewide

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554 new cases, 21 deaths statewide

Thursday, 10 a.m.

Hospitalization rates were down across the board statewide, according to data released by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday morning.

The total of confirmed and suspected cases in the state fell to 727 as of Thursday’s data, the lowest since June 29. Patients in intensive care units and on ventilators also hit new lows for the month.

The state confirmed 554 new cases in the past day and announced 21 deaths. Clark County remains the state’s hotspot for the coronavirus, with 57,756 total cases, 1,099 deaths and the highest per-capita rate in Nevada. Washoe County and Elko County are second and third, respectively, for per-capita infection rates.

To date, about 1 in every 46 Nevadans have been diagnosed with the coronavirus since the first diagnosed cases reached the Silver State in March.

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47 new cases in Washoe; hospitalizations reach 47-day high

Wednesday, 4:48 p.m.

Washoe County reported 47 new cases, 84 recoveries and no deaths related to the coronavirus over the past day, the Regional Information Center announced Wednesday afternoon.

It’s the third straight day with no coronavirus-related deaths announced in the county, the first three-day streak since late July.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 edged higher in Washoe County on Wednesday, but the 92 hospitalized cases is the highest number the county has seen since July 10. Sixty-four percent of short-term, acute-care hospital beds in the county are occupied with coronavirus patients, up 3% from Tuesday’s data. Forty percent of all beds in intensive care units are occupied, up 7% from Tuesday, while 17% of ventilators are in use, up 2%.

To date, 6,951 total cases have been diagnosed in Washoe County through 107,284 tests. The cumulative positive test rate in the county since the pandemic began is up to 5.3%.

253 cases statewide; positive rate plateaus at 10.6% Wednesday

Nevada reported 253 new cases and 20 deaths Wednesday morning in the latest data available from the Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus dashboard.

A total of 3,407 tests were administered over the past day, the lowest number in more than three weeks. The daily positive test rate was 11.1%, while the overall positive rate since the pandemic began remained virtually unchanged at 10.6%.

Hospitalizations of known coronavirus cases decreased by 41 to 611, but suspected cases increased by 30 to 150. The number of patients in the ICU (211) and on ventilators (118) were both down slightly.

88 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County, positive rate up to 9.9% Tuesday

Tuesday

Eighty-eight new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed in the past day in Washoe County, local health officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

No additional deaths were reported; the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the county remains at 133.

Forty-two patients recovered over the past day. To date, 6,904 Washoe County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19; 5,600 have reported recovering from the virus. 

Of the 1,171 active cases in the county, 87 are currently hospitalized. 

More data from Monday afternoon’s press release:

  • Active cases: 1,171, up 46 from Monday’s data
  • Currently hospitalized: 87, up 1
  • Discharged from hospital: 498, up 7
  • Short-term, acute-care hospital beds in use: 61%, up 1 percentage points from Monday’s data
  • Intensive care units occupied: 33%, down 9 percentage points
  • Ventilators in use: 15%, up 2 percentage points