LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak called Nevada's COVID-19 situation on Wednesday "dangerous" and expressed urgency to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
"There are 1,414 people hospitalized with COVID throughout the state," he said on Twitter.
"To help you visualize how many patients this is, imagine 9 Southwest 737 airplanes completely full," he wrote. "And that's just COVID patients."
Indeed, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported a record-breaking amount of hospitalizations Wednesday, along with the highest number of new cases the state has seen so far at 3,159.
It marks the first day the agency has reported over 3,000 cases in its data compared to the report the day before.
Some other statistics Gov. Sisolak shared highlighted the recent weeks-long rise in coronavirus spread reported across the state:
Of all NV COVID cases:
10% occurred in the last 7 days
25% occurred in November alone
48% occurred since September
Approximately every 8 seconds a Nevadan is tested for COVID, every minute a Nevadan is diagnosed with COVID & every two hours, a Nevadan loses their life to COVID.
Urging Nevadans to wear a mask and stay home as much as possible, the governor concluded, "What we do over this holiday will help determine the COVID burden in the weeks to come."