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Nevada panel: Next holidays could spur new COVID-19 surge

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 09:34:03-05

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say deaths and hospitalizations attributed to the spread of COVID-19 during Thanksgiving gatherings appear to be leveling off in Nevada. But they said Thursday, they expect new surges in reported cases following the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

The rate of positive tests among people tested dropped slightly since last week, to 20.7%. But that's still more than four times a recommended 5% World Health Organization target.

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State health officials reported 2,281 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, and 20 new deaths. That was a significant decrease from the record 57 deaths tallied on Wednesday.