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Nevada adds 390 COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

Updated September 24, 2020 - 5:57 pm

Nevada on Thursday reported 390 additional cases of the coronavirus, along with eight new deaths, according to state data.

The updated statistics posted on the Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website brought the total cases in the state to 77,197, while deaths have reached 1,564.

Nevada’s infection rate, calculated by the Review-Journal as the number of cases divided by the number of people tested, stayed at 11.45 percent on Thursday. The rate is considered to be a better indicator of the virus than new cases or death totals.

The state, which calculates its positivity rate based on the number of tests administered, reported a cumulative rate of 9.9 percent Thursday, which is 0.1 percent lower than the previous day’s rate. The state’s methodology yields lower figures because many people get tested multiple times, increasing the numbers upon which the percentages are based, which in turn lowers the percentages.

As of Thursday, 674,482 people in Nevada had been tested for the virus.

The number of people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases decreased by 11 on Thursday, reaching 468, state data showed.

Clark County saw an additional 279 cases, along with seven new deaths, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s updated coronavirus website on Thursday.

Totals in the county reached 65,174 cases and 1,360 deaths, according to the health district.

The agency estimated that as of Thursday, 60,288 people in the county had recovered from the virus.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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