Nevada had registered 226 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths from the disease the day before, according to state data released Tuesday.
Updated data published by the Department of Health and Human Services on the nvhealthresponse.nv.gov website resulted in a total of 7,440 state cases and 1,482 victims.
The new cases were significantly below the average daily value of nearly 264 in the previous week, while the deaths were well above the average daily nine for the period.
The cumulative infection or the degree of positivity of the state remained unchanged for the third consecutive day – 11.46%.
The percentage calculated by the Review-Journal as confirmed cases, divided by the number of people tested, has decreased or remains unchanged every day, but one since September 4, when it reached 1
This decline in what government officials say is a better measure of the outbreak trend than new cases or deaths shows that the disease caused by the new coronavirus is not spreading as fast as in recent weeks.
Hospitalizations of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients increased for the second day in a row in Tuesday’s report to a total of 483, but this remains well below the maximum of 1,165 patients reported on July 31.
Tests for COVID-19 have recently dropped from the higher levels seen in late July and early August, and the numbers are usually lower at the beginning of the week because fewer tests are processed on weekends. But Tuesday’s update was low even by those standards, with 2,538 tests well below the average of nearly 6,121 in the previous week.
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Meanwhile, new COVID-19 cases in Clark County remain below average levels in recent weeks, with 140 reported the previous day, but the death toll has risen to 25, according to South Nevada Health.
The numbers published on the district’s coronavirus website have increased the total number of cases in the county to 62,952 and the death toll to 1,287. The county estimates that 58,265 of those infected with the new coronavirus have recovered.
The new cases are well below the average daily value of nearly 191 in the previous week, while the added deaths are well above the average of eight for the period.
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Most of those who become infected with respiratory diseases develop mild to moderate symptoms, and some people do not notice any symptoms. But some at-risk populations, especially the elderly and people with concomitant health problems, are prone to serious complications that can cause death.
For example, in Clark County, people aged 50 and over account for nearly 30% of COVID-19 cases, but more than 92% of deaths.
The statistics on the main health conditions are not so clear, as it is often not determined whether the patient has other health problems.
However, health data show that 805 COVID-19 patients who died in Clark County, or 66% of all deaths, had major health conditions. Of the remaining 427 with unknown primary health status, only 79 were classified as “historically healthy” in the health field.
This does not mean that COVID-19 is incorrectly cited as a cause of death in cases where underlying health conditions have played a role. Medical experts say the virus can cause a chain of reactions that eventually overwhelm the body’s defenses and lead to death.
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