Today marks 50 days since Nevada health officials announced the state’s first coronavirus case on March 5, a Clark County man in his 50s who had been hospitalized.
Later that same evening, Washoe County announced its own first case in another man in his 50s who’d recently been on the Grand Princess Cruise Ship, a source of dozens of COVID-19 infections.
Since then, the daily increase of cases — and eventually deaths — have come in a deluge.
At 50 days, here’s where Nevada currently stands.
The state’s 4,208 cases break down to a per capita infection rate of 1.39 infected people per 1,000 residents.
Despite the state’s thousands of cases, health officials say Nevada’s numbers hold promise — the curve is beginning to flatten.
In late March, it took about four days for the known number of cases in Nevada to double, according to a Reno Gazette Journal analysis of the state’s numbers. Now, it takes roughly two weeks for the case count to double.
“We are seeing fewer cases and deaths than were predicated by many of the models early in the outbreak,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said during an April 21 press conference. “That means social distancing and other measures are working.”
Just four Nevada counties are currently COVID-19 free. Clark County and Washoe County, the state’s two population centers, have the highest number of cases.
50 days of COVID-19 in Washoe County
In Washoe County, the second-largest population center in Nevada, there were 736 known cases of COVID-19 and 22 deaths.
That’s a per capita rate of infection of 1.58 cases per 1,000 residents, a slightly higher figure than the state per capita rate.
Cases in Washoe County continue to climb, but like the state as a whole, Washoe County Health Officer says it appears the county’s curve is beginning to flatten.
“It appears that we are flattening the curve and that we may have passed the peak, but we will need several weeks of data to really provide us with assurance of that,” Kevin Dick said at a April 22 press conference.
In Washoe County — and in the rest of the state as a whole — the majority of the cases are female. Cases also tend to be young.
The largest segment of cases in Washoe County are all in the 20-29 age demographic. Statewide, the age of COVID-19 patients tends slightly older, in the 30-39 demographic.
Sam Gross is a breaking news reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal who covers wildfires, emergencies and more. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.
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