Nevada reports 2,641 additional virus cases, 41 more deaths


Nevada on Saturday reported 2,641 additional known COVID-19 cases and 41 additional known deaths.

The state’s totals increased to 183,951 cases and 2,520 deaths as the months-long surge coronavirus surge continued..

Data from Johns Hopkins University and The COVID Tracking Project showed that rolling seven-day averages of daily new cases, daily deaths and COVID-19 positivity increased over the past two weeks.

The daily new case average rose from 2,371.9 on Nov. 27 to 2,696.6 on Friday while the daily deaths average rose from 16.1 to 29.6 and the positivity average rose from 12.9% to 19.2%.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

Gov. Steve Sisolak in late November tightened Nevada’s virus-prevention measures, including the number of customers businesses can accept and the number of people allowed to gather.

Sisolak has said he planned to re-evaluate the restrictions, which he referred to as a “statewide pause” after three weeks, which would be on Dec. 16.

State officials have not indicated whether they plan to adjust the restrictions ahead of this month’s holidays.

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