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Washoe reports 92 new cases; active cases at highest point
Update: Saturday, 3:25 p.m.
Washoe County reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the county’s Regional Information Center. No additional deaths were reported.
The county’s active-case count reached 1,418, the highest total recorded since tracking of the virus began.
In all, the county has documented 8,585 total cases and 153 deaths since the outbreak began.
There were 24 recoveries since the previous report, pushing the cumulative recoveries past 7,000. In all, Washoe lists 7,014 individuals as having recovered.
Currently, 52 persons are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 issues, a drop of two from the day before.
State reports 323 new cases, for deaths
The state reported 323 new COVID-19 cases Saturday morning, according to Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services.
Since tracking efforts were put in place, there have been 75,419 coronavirus cases in the state.
The state’s reported figures reflect numbers from the prior day.
Additionally, the state reported four additional coronavirus-related deaths. Nevada’s death toll has reached 1,528.
Hospitalizations of people with confirmed COVID-19 dropped by 13; 345 individuals remain hospitalized with coronavirus issues.
The state’s daily positivity rate was listed at 5.1 percent.
Washoe County inches upward to new COVID-19 active-case high
Washoe County announced 32 new diagnoses of COVID-19 and 28 additional recoveries Friday afternoon. The net gain of four cases pushed the county to a new high in known active cases of 1,350.
No coronavirus-related deaths were reported Friday.
The county’s Regional Information Center said that the fastest-growing age ranges for the coronavirus are the 10-19 and 20-29 cohorts, and called the rise in cases at UNR “significant.” So far, 162 cases have been diagnosed at the university since Sept. 2.
Hospitalization data trended upward in Friday’s data release, with 68% of all staffed short-term acute-care hospital beds occupied, up 2 percentage points since Thursday’s data; and 43% of all ICU beds occupied, up 1 percentage point. Sixteen percent of available ventilators are in use, unchanged from Thursday.
In all, 8,493 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in Washoe County since the pandemic began, with 6,990 reported recoveries — or about 82% of all cases.
Hospitalizations decreased by one for confirmed cases, down to 358. The Intensive Care Unit also decreased in cases, down 14 to a total of 136.
After trending downwards since Aug. 24, Nevada’s daily positivity rate rose, to 8.2 percent. For comparison, the goal set by WHO suggests a positivity rate of 5 percent.