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Gov. Sisolak responds to 57 new COVID-19 deaths: 'Today marks somber milestone'

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 16, 2020

NEVADA (KTNV) — On Wednesday, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 57 new COVID-19 deaths across the state, a record-high number of new deaths and a "somber milestone, " according to the governor.

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"That’s another 57 Nevadans who will be missed by loved ones this holiday season," Gov. Steve Sisolak wrote on Twitter.

He went on to say:

As I mentioned on Sunday, we have a choice: We can look to our neighbors to the left and to the right and say “every man and woman for themselves”...or we can look at our fellow Nevadans and say “I’m going to have your back & I know you’ll have mine.” We are all we have.

Safety is a partnership. The State put public health measures in place to mitigate the spread. Businesses must implement those measures & employees must follow them. The last piece is the public: we as Nevadans must also follow all mitigation measures...

Avoid gatherings. Stay home as much as possible. Be aware of social distancing & always wear a mask if you have to be around others. Choose takeout or delivery to limit exposure while also supporting our small businesses. The choices we all make will make the difference.

The HHS also reports 2,366 new cases and a test positivity rate of 20.7% over the last 14 days.

The agency reports 2,653 total deaths statewide from COVID-19.