Nevada reports 1,177 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death |

Nevada reports 1,177 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

By The Associated Press

After reporting record numbers of COVID-19 cases on consecutive days, Nevada health officials reported 1,177 new coronavirus cases Sunday with one additional death.

The latest figures increased the state’s totals to 120,183 cases and 1,909 known deaths since the pandemic began.

Nevada reported 1,857 new confirmed cases Friday, surpassing the previous record of 1,824 cases reported Nov. 7. State health officials reported a record 2,269 cases Saturday.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

Gov. Steve Sisolak, a 66-year-old Democrat, announced Friday he’s tested positive for COVID-19 but wasn’t experiencing any symptoms.

Sisolak has warned he’ll be forced to reimplement stricter measures if the state fails to slow the spread of the virus within two weeks.

He’s asked residents to commit to a “Stay-at-Home 2.0” mentality to ensure Nevada’s hospitals don’t become overwhelmed.

Most people experience mild or moderate symptoms with the coronavirus, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.