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Nevada adds 323 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Nevada on Saturday reported four new deaths from the coronavirus, along with 323 additional cases, according to state data.

The updated figures from the Department of Health and Human Service’s website brought the total cases in the state to 75,419, while the number of fatalities rose to 1,528.

The infection rate, which is considered a better indicator of the trend of the outbreak than daily case counts and fatalities, decreased slightly from Thursday and Friday’s figures to 11.43 percent.

The rate is calculated by the Review-Journal as the number of confirmed cases divided by the number of people tested. It has been inching lower since hitting a recent peak of 11.63 percent on Sept. 4.

As of Saturday, 659,972 people in Nevada have been tested for the virus, according to state data.

The number of hospitalizations of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases have declined by 18 over the preceding day to 443.

According to the Southern Nevada Health District’s website, there were 274 new cases reported in Clark County as of Saturday, bringing the total to 63,877.

Only two additional deaths were reported in the county, bringing the number of fatalities to 1,327.

An estimated 59,258 people in the county have recovered from the virus, according to the health district.

In a related development, 17 students and four employees at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas had tested positive since school started Aug. 24, according to data posted by the school. At the College of Southern Nevada, nine students and two employees had tested positive since school began, the school said.

The county health districts and the state redistribute data on cases and deaths in an effort to better reflect the onset of symptoms or date of death, so daily numbers often do not correlate with the figures used in detailed breakdowns that the agencies provide.

Data from the state and individual counties may also vary due to different reporting schedules.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Review-Journal reporter Sabrina Schnur contributed to this report.

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