Nevada reports 2,259 new coronavirus cases, 17 more deaths
Health officials in Nevada on Sunday reported 2,259 new COVID-19 cases and 17 more deaths.
The latest figures pushed the state’s totals to 248,568 cases and 3,474 known deaths since the pandemic began.
On Saturday, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services officials reported 2,648 new coronavirus and 56 additional deaths.
It was one of the state’s highest daily fatality increases. The one-day record was 60 deaths reported Wednesday.
Statistics show 1,837 of the new cases and seven of the deaths occurred in Clark County, the state’s largest that includes metro Las Vegas.
Nevada health officials have anticipated a spike in cases and deaths in coming weeks, following Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s gatherings.
Sunday’s new cases exceed the state’s moving two-week average of 1,858 new cases per day.
Nevada is reporting an average of 19 deaths per day for the 14-day period.
The state’s two-week positivity rate increased Sunday to 21%, up from 20.8% the previous day.
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.