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Nevada reports more than 1K new coronavirus cases, 17 deaths

Updated November 29, 2020 - 4:24 pm

Nevada officials on Sunday reported 1,298 new coronavirus cases and 17 new deaths.

The update brings the state totals to 150,527 cases and 2,136 deaths.

Sunday’s reported case increase is significantly lower than what officials reported on Saturday, when nearly 3,000 new cases were logged. However, Sunday’s number of reported positives comes from a smaller batch of tests than what has typically been performed in recent weeks.

Most testing locations in the Las Vegas Valley, including the Texas Station, Cashman Center and Southern Nevada Health District sites, were closed Thursday and Friday because of the holiday. The closures caused the reduction in testing, UNLV epidemiologist Brian Labus said.

The state health department reports a positivity rate over a two-week period. On Sunday, the state’s reported two-week positivity rate was 17.1 percent.

More than 1.6 million tests have been performed on about 975,000 people.

Between Nov. 22 and Saturday, the state reported 108 deaths. The week with the highest number of reported deaths in Nevada came in mid-August, when officials logged 128 deaths.

Reported deaths tend to lag at least a month behind other disease indicators.

The Southern Nevada Health District on Sunday reported 499 new cases and 12 new deaths, bringing Clark County’s totals to 115,190 cases and 1,763 deaths.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

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