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Nevada reports 475 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Updated October 26, 2020 - 8:03 pm

Nevada on Monday reported 475 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death, below the 14-day averages of 590 new daily cases and four deaths.

This brings the number of cases statewide to 96,178 and the total fatalities to 1,749.

The 14-day testing positivity rate dipped to 9.8 percent, according to the state’s calculation, which is based primarily on numbers of tests performed. The figure has been trending upward since mid-September, when it had dropped to a low of 6.5 percent.

The state this month also has experienced an uptick in hospitalizations from COVID-19, though hospitals continue to have adequate capacity, state officials said.

Meanwhile, the Southern Nevada Health District reported 343 new cases, and one additional death in Clark County, increasing the total number of cases to 79,240 and fatalities to 1,493.

Clark County was one of five Nevada counties flagged on Monday by state officials for experiencing elevated disease transmission as measured by increasing positivity rates and new cases per capita. It was the second consecutive week for Clark, as well as Elko and Lincoln counties, to be flagged. It was the third consecutive week for Lyon County and the fifth consecutive week for Washoe County, Northern Nevada’s most populous county.

On Thursday, the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force will hold an emergency meeting with Washoe County officials “to discuss their plan to combat increasing COVID-19 trends in the county,” according to a news release from the state.

Contact Mary Hynes at mhynes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Follow @MaryHynes1 on Twitter.

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