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Washoe Co. hits record number of COVID-19 cases, rising hospitalization cases statewide

Gov. Sisolak said he should have more information on our status and the next steps for the state soon.
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 6:55 AM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - According to the state’s COVID-19 Task Force coronavirus cases continue to climb across Nevada.

Washoe County hit a record 610 cases Wednesday, that’s another record set in the last 11 days. County officials also said it hit another record in hospitalization cases. As of Wednesday there are 276 confirmed and suspected cases in the county.

The state’s COVID-19 Task Force said Nevada continues to see exponential growth in COVID-19 hospitalizations – driven almost exclusively by Washoe and Clark counties, which accounts for 97% of all hospitalizations.

Nevada is in the second week of Governor Steve Sisolak’s Stay at Home 2.0 measures and he said we are not currently experiencing a significant downtrend in cases.

However, the Governor said more time is needed to see the effects. “I am analyzing the data as is my staff, that is coming forward the last five days, that has given me a lot of time to touch base with various stakeholders and parties that are involved here.”

He continued, “We will continue to gather data as we head into next week and do whatever we can to mitigate the spread of this virus.”

The COVID-19 Task Force said hospitals are adapting to the influx of patients, some individual facilities are experiencing significant occupancy rates, however the overall burden being placed on facilities currently is 23% statewide.

The Governor said he should have more information on our status and the next steps for the state soon.

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