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Nevada coroner fears no morgue space if virus not curtailed

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Posted at 9:23 AM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 12:23:18-05

RENO (AP) — The coroner in Reno fears the recent explosion of coronavirus cases in Nevada could soon overtake not only the ability to treat the sick, but also store the dead.

COVID-19 is now spreading so fast statewide that someone is confirmed to have contracted it every minute and someone else is dying from it about every two hours.

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The Reno-Sparks area has recorded 59 COVID-19 deaths the last 30 days _ half of those this past week. If the current trend continues, Washoe County Medical Examiner Laura Knight says the death rate could potentially double over the next two to three weeks, and double again by early January.