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Clark County surpasses 200K coronavirus cases

Updated January 17, 2021 - 6:10 pm

Clark County recorded 1,337 new coronavirus cases Sunday, pushing the total since the beginning of the pandemic past the 200,000 mark.

“This is a milestone we never wanted to reach,” Dr. Fermin Leguen, acting chief health officer for the Southern Nevada Health District, said in a statement. “Every case reported is an individual whose illness has had an impact on a family, a friend and our community.”

The updated numbers on the state’s coronavirus response website put the county case total at 200,597. The death toll in the county increased to 2,866 after 14 additional deaths were reported Sunday.

“As we continue to receive vaccine and it becomes available to more people, we want to remind Southern Nevadans that we are still in this pandemic,” Leguen said. “As a community, we must continue to take the steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These still include social distancing, wearing facemasks, handwashing and limiting interactions to people who live with you as much as you can. These actions and the vaccine will help us as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Statewide, meanwhile, public health officials reported 1,483 new coronavirus cases and 18 additional deaths, bringing the case total to 261,573 cases and death toll to 3,779.

The statewide numbers include reported cases and deaths from Clark County.

Sunday’s statewide number of cases falls below the two-week moving average of 1,780 new cases per day. Nevada is averaging 22 deaths per day for the 14-day period.

The two-week positivity rate, one of the key indicators monitored by public health officials, decreased slightly to 21.3 percent Sunday, from 21.4 percent the previous day.

Nevada recorded a record-high 63 deaths on Saturday, giving the state the most recorded deaths in one week since the pandemic began.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

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