Nevada again sets single-day record rise in COVID-19 cases
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada reported 445 additional new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the second straight day the state recorded its largest single-day jump in new cases since the start of the pandemic.
The state ’s case total rose to 12,931 with 486 deaths, including 8 reported Saturday, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, accounts for fourth-fifths of the cases and deaths.
The state reported 410 new cases on Friday, surpassing the previously largest single-day jump of 379 positive tests reported Monday.
The number of new cases has climbed as Nevada has expanded testing capacity and reopened casinos, restaurants and other businesses in a limited fashion.
The rise in new cases prompted Gov. Steve Sisolak to say Friday he’d consider enhanced policies on face coverings.
Nevada already requires employees of businesses that have reopened to wear face coverings, but does not require consumers to do so.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.