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Data: Nevada has the highest COVID-19 transmission rate in the US

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 16:14:04-04

Nevada has the highest coronavirus transmission rate in the country. This is according to rt.live -- a COVID-19 tracking website built by the co-founders of Instagram.

Data last updated Wednesday shows Nevada has a 1.56 average transmission rate, meaning that one infected person can infect between one and two people on average.

For the first time since the pandemic began, we saw more than 50,000 new cases on Wednesday in the U.S. in a single day.


As we head into the July 4th weekend, 22 states are now pausing or rolling back their reopening plans. Some businesses are either voluntarily closing their doors or are forced to temporarily close.

Most of Bank of America locations in the Las Vegas valley are open but there are some that are temporarily closed due to staffing shortages amid the pandemic.

A representative for the company says they plan to reopen these locations as soon as possible. And it will have ATMs available at these on-site locations for customers to perform the most common needed transactions.

In the meantime, four Apple stores here in Las Vegas are closing starting Thursday, according to Apple's website.

There's also a note there saying "We look forward to resuming full operations as soon as it's safe to do so." It says stores are open for pickup for existing online orders and previously scheduled "genius support appointments" made through Friday.


Medical experts say much of the protection against the virus may be left in the hands of each individual.

Dr. Caitlin Rivers of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security says, "All of us, including those of us who live in states that are not experiencing a lot of transmissions, should be spending a little bit more time at home skipping mass gatherings for example, wearing fabric facemasks going out into the community and doing a really great job at hand hygiene."