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Nevada reports 2,087 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths

December 20, 2020 GMT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Health officials in Nevada on Sunday reported 2,087 new COVID-19 cases with 30 more related deaths.

The updated numbers from the state Department of Health and Human Services raises Nevada’s totals to 203,945 cases and 2,781 known deaths since the pandemic began.

On Saturday, state health officials had reported 43 deaths and 2,601 cases, putting the number of known infections since the pandemic began past the 200,000 mark.

But for the 11th consecutive day, Nevada’s two-week positivity rate decreased.

The 14-day positivity rate was reported Sunday at 19.7 percent, down from 20.1 percent on Saturday.

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The number of overall 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.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, 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.