Nevada officials said Wednesday that the rate of new cases of coronavirus identified in the state of every day is nearly three times that of a month earlier.
Reports of new cases rose about 3.9 percent, or 644 new cases per day in the seven days leading up to Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. According to Caleb Cage, COVID-19 response director for the state government, the average at the end of May was 1.4 percent, or 116 a day.
Hospitalisations have also risen since May 31, around the time Nevada begins to lighten business restrictions. Casinos in Las Vegas reopened June 4th. Cage said that while Nevada is seeing more patients being hospitalised with the virus, there is no rise in ICU patients or ventilators, which means that cases are less serious.
“It is clear we are seeing an increase in cases and wearing masks and social distancing are more important now than ever,” Cage said.
Last week Gov. Steve Sisolak requested that people wear face masks in public. On Monday, he said that due to the uptick in cases, Nevada would maintain current limits on social distancing and businesses in place through the end of July.
After the face mask law came into effect Friday, inspectors with the Department of Business and Industry of Nevada have performed 259 enforcement tests at businesses around the state, Cage said. For those checks, he said, the law was followed by 85 percent for companies.
In addition, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Wednesday that since the casinos reopened on June 4, inspectors from the board made more than 7,400 gambling property checks and found 111 cases of health and safety violations. Citing confidentiality regulations, the board did not disclose specifics of the violations or the locations.
Since the outbreak started Nevada has recorded more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases and 511 deaths.