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Nevada hits 1-day death record but reports fewer new cases

Virus Outbreak Nevada
Posted at 5:14 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 09:27:45-05

CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada has reported 71 new deaths from the coronavirus, a new single-day record that an official calls a stark reminder of the dangers of the virus.

COVID-19 response director Caleb Cage said Wednesday that those who died likely contracted the virus in mid-December.

Although deaths continue to surge, the number of new cases reported daily in Nevada has slowed.

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Cage says that makes him cautiously optimistic about the pandemic's trajectory. Because most of those who have died have been older than 70, the state has prioritized the group for early vaccine distribution.

But officials say limited supplies and logistical hurdles pose challenges, especially in Las Vegas.