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Las Vegas doctor discusses spike in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 11:49:29-04

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.”

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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.