LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada and Clark County saw another record-breaking day in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 testing on Monday.
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting 562 new COVID-19 cases and three new COVID-19-related deaths across the state in the last 24 hours. This is the fourth-highest, single-day increase in cases for Nevada, according to DHHS data.
There are now 18,456 confirmed cases and 507 deaths in the state.
Nevada has reported its five highest days for COVID-19 cases in the past week. Its biggest jump was 1,099 on Friday, June 26, followed by 736 cases on Saturday, 734 cases on Sunday and now 562 cases reported Monday.
While cases increased, so did testing, with 8,556 tests conducted statewide in the last day. This is the second highest single-day increase in testing. Nevada’s test positivity rate is up for the 13th day in a row, at 6.7 percent.
Of Nevada’s 562 new cases, 488 of them were reported in Clark County on Monday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) Tuesday. This is the fourth-largest increase in COVID-19 cases in a single day in Clark County.
The largest number of cases reported in Clark County on Friday and Saturday are attributed to a delay in laboratory reporting, according to SNHD. The health district reported 971 cases from Friday and 736 cases from Saturday.
The health district is reporting two new COVID-19-related deaths and 21 new hospitalizations.
There is now a total of 416 deaths, 15,095 confirmed cases and 1,971 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.
SNHD data shows that 3,826 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.
Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an emergency directive Wednesday, June 24, making face masks mandatory in Nevada effective Thursday at at 11:59 p.m. Sisolak pointed to the increasing number of cases and said the state is not ready to move to Phase 3. He said any discussion of that is tabled for the time being.
The state transitioned into Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, May 29, after a directive in mid-March that forced all non-essential businesses to close to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
Nevada Health Response officials noted Tuesday, June 9, that Nevada’s COVID-19 data is showing an above-average daily increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. They are reminding Nevadans of precautionary measures that can be taken to minimize the spread of the virus such as staying at home when possible, wearing a face-covering in public, maintaining six feet of social distancing and keeping up with proper hand hygiene.
While it appears there has been an upward trend in cases, experts think it is partially due to an increase in easily accessible testing statewide.
As of Tuesday, a total of 322,944 tests have been conducted in Nevada.
*NOTE: Daily lab data on the DHHS Dashboard and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.
The state’s health experts say as more testing sites open and more COVID-19 tests are conducted, the state will indeed see a rise in cases.
The health district has revised the way it reports deaths, recovered cases and hospitalizations. In its most recent report, SNHD states that 17.9 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.
A total of 1,971 hospitalizations have been reported in Clark County since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations increased by 21 in the past 24 hours.
The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Clark County continues to increase. There is a total of 9,330 recovered cases; that’s 61.8% of all reported cases in the county, according to SNHD’s latest report.
The health district is now providing a daily map with the number of positive tests in each ZIP code in Clark County.
SEE ALSO: Monday’s reports