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8 new COVID-19 deaths in Clark County as state caseload hits 1,113

Updated March 31, 2020 - 6:22 pm

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada and Clark County continued to ascend Tuesday as the death toll in the state jumped to 26 with eight new fatalities reported in Clark County, according to state and local data.

The Southern Nevada Health District reported the latest deaths on its COVID-19 website but provided no details on the victims. The county death toll jumped to 23 Tuesday from 15 on Monday.

The district also reported that the number of cases in the county had risen to 869, up from 753 on Monday.

Washoe County has registered the three other deaths in the state. It reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday for a county total of 143. The Northern Nevada county did not provide details about the latest cases, but it indicated that 13 people who had been diagnosed with the disease have recovered.

Meanwhile, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported early Tuesday that the number of confirmed cases had reached 1,113, up from 1,044 late Monday. It said 10,681 people have tested negative for COVID-19, which has killed over 40,000 people worldwide.

In other developments Tuesday:

— Nye County Emergency Management reported three cases of COVID-19 in the county. A pair of news releases issued at different times of the day said the patients were a man in his 40s who lives in Amargosa Valley and two Pahrump women, one in her 60s and the other in her 70s. All three people were in quarantine, county officials said. Nye County had previously reported one COVID-19 case: a Beatty man in his 60s who has since recovered.

— The College of Southern Nevada reported that a student had tested positive for COVID-19, the first case reported by the three-campus system. A news release said the student was last on the Charleston campus on March 11 in Building K and is now self-quarantining. It said the Southern Nevada Health District would contact anyone who may have been exposed through extended close contact with the patient and determine if further testing is needed.

— The principal of Mojave High School in North Las Vegas said on Twitter that a member of the school’s “family” had tested positive for COVID-19 in the first case at the school. Principal Greg Cole provided no details but said health officials don’t believe the school is at risk based on when the person contracted the disease.

— The Carson City Health and Human Services Department reported one new positive case of COVID-19 in the Quad County region of Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties, bringing the total number of cases there to 12. It said the latest victim was a female Douglas County resident in her 50s who is self-isolating in her home.

Approximately 80 percent of those who contract the disease caused by the new coronavirus experience only mild symptoms. But it can cause serious complications and death in the elderly and in people with underlying medical conditions.

Contact Mike Brunker at mbrunker@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4656. Follow @mike_brunker on Twitter.

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