LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As Nevada sets a new record for coronavirus cases Saturday, a Las Vegas doctor shared her perspective on the spike.
“Over 970 new confirmed cases, which is almost a three-fold increase from our highest number in confirmed cases,” says Dr. Christina Madison, Roseman University. “This is not just from our increased testing capacity.”
As of Saturday, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 500 deaths, 16,339 confirmed cases, and over 301,000 tests performed.
19% of cases are between 20 years old and 29 years old.
“It is alarming because we don’t want to get to a situation where we shut down our economy again,” says Dr. Madison.
Dr. Madison says even though the state has a big increase in cases, it hasn’t led to a big hospitalization number or ventilator use, as those infected may not need that level of medical attention.
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Hospitalization numbers have fluctuated during the month of June in Nevada, dropping a bit after June 16, but numbers are now rising again.
The state reports 117 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases are in intensive care units, and 66 are on ventilators.
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“If we don’t find those cases, we can’t isolate them and do contact tracing in order to isolate the people so we don’t continue to spread this virus,” says Dr. Madison.