NEVADA (KTNV) — Health officials report 235 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, making it the fourth highest day of reported cases since the pandemic started in Nevada.
However, despite the above-average daily increase, officials say the state is not close to a second wave or going back to Phase 1 of reopening Nevada.
"We do not see evidence of a second wave in the state, yet," said the State of Nevada COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage, in a webinar on Thursday.
Cage mentioned the increase could be due to higher testing numbers, as well as the state's capacity to analyze those specimens.
Nonetheless, Cage reassured that monitoring the numbers is what is fundamental for the next steps to take, including hospitalizations.
"Confirmed and suspected hospitalizations are continuing to plateau and remaining within the range for this period, based on models and based on previous experience as well," Cage said.
Officials say 458 deaths and more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases have been registered in Nevada as of Thursday, with 8,100 confirmed cases and 375 deaths reported in Clark County.
Health officials said that in order to move forward to Phase 3, both the state and individuals need to keep protecting their health and continue the social distancing guidelines.