Rise in COVID-19 cases, drop in Nevada positivity rate

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Rise in COVID-19 cases, drop in Nevada positivity rate


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Nevada’s COVID-19 cases have continued to rise and the test positivity rate has stagnated.
CORONAVIRUS: Nevada reports 462 new cases, 14 new deaths

It comes as doctors across the country try to prevent a fourth outbreak of the coronavirus, despite the vaccine rolling out.

“If we don’t keep our guard by wearing masks, we’re not going anywhere, we’re going to regress again,” says Dr Constantine George.

This week, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky made an emotional appeal after a rise in the number of cases nationwide.

“Please wait a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can so that all of these people we all love are still there when this pandemic ends,” says Dr Walensky.

In Nevada, the test positivity rate is low at 4.2%.

However, that hasn’t changed for days.

Since Friday’s report from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, cases have increased by 462, while the two-week average is 196.

Tests have been gradually declining since January.

“The positivity rates are going down here, Europe is on lockdown, the east coast numbers are going up, you will eventually see it on the west coast as well,” says Dr George.

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Dr George says there is a delicate balance to avoiding another surge and keeping Las Vegas on track when it reopens.

“You’re also going to run the risk of our numbers going up, whether it’s the tourist influx and / or locals here because we’re exposed to working in the hospitality industry,” says Dr George.

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