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Nevada reports 398 new coronavirus cases, 21 additional deaths

Updated February 23, 2021 - 4:53 pm

Nevada on Tuesday reported 398 new coronavirus cases and 21 additional deaths over the preceding day.

Updated numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services posted to the state’s coronavirus website brought totals to 291,543 cases and 4,903 deaths.

The new cases reported Tuesday were slightly above the moving 14-day average of daily recorded cases, which dropped to 351. Deaths, however, were nearly double the moving two-week average of 11.

Both the state and county health agencies often redistribute data after it is reported to better reflect the date of death or onset of symptoms, which is why the moving-average trend lines can differ from daily reports and are considered better indicators of the direction of the outbreak.

Data guide: COVID-19’s impact on Nevada

The trendlines showing the two-week average for cases and deaths have been declining since mid-January, state data shows.

The number of people hospitalized in Nevada with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases grew by one on Tuesday, to 581, state data shows. Although daily totals fluctuate, hospitalizations have been trending downwards since January.

The state’s positivity rate also has been decreasing. The rate fell 0.4 percentage points on Tuesday, reaching 9.2 percent.

Clark County on Tuesday reported 347 new cases, according to data posted to the Southern Nevada Health District’s coronavirus website. All of the additional deaths reported in Nevada on Tuesday occurred in Clark County.

Cumulative totals for the county rose to 224,944 cases and 3,810 deaths.

The county’s two-week positivity rate declined by 0.3 percentage point, reaching 10.4 percent — 1.2 percentage points higher than for the state as a whole, according to state data.

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

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