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NEW: Nevada reports record-breaking day for positive COVID-19 cases, 497 new cases

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Wednesday was a record-breaking day when it came to the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a 24-hour period since the state and Clark County began reporting data in March.

Nevada is nearing 15,000 total cases after 497 new cases were reported, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This is the biggest increase in COVID-19 cases in a single day statewide. There was one death reported.

The second largest daily increase was reported Monday, June 22 when there were 462 cases, according to data released Wednesday.

There is now 14,362 cases and 494 deaths after two new COVID-19-related deaths were recorded in Nevada overnight.

The state saw its third and fourth highest jumps in cases last week with 445 on June 19 and 410 on June 18. The Southern Nevada Health District says it’s concerned that people have become complacent.

While cases increased, so did testing, with 4,130 tests conducted statewide in the last day. Nevada’s test positivity rate is up for the seventh day in a row, at 5.8 percent.

Click HERE to see the DHHS Dashboard.

Of Nevada’s 497 new cases, 397 of them were reported in Clark County on Wednesday, according to data released by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) on Thursday. This is the third-largest increase in COVID-19 cases in a single day in Clark County.

More than half (56.1%) of the total positive cases reported are in the age group of 18 to 49 years old, 36.3% are 50 years or older and less than 8% are in ages 17 and under.

The health district is reporting one new COVID-19 related deaths and 27 new hospitalizations.

There is now a total of 405 deaths, 11,878 confirmed cases and 1,911 hospitalizations, according to the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard that updates daily.

SNHD data shows that 2,285 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

Clark County saw its highest single-day increase in cases on Monday, and its second largest single-day case increase with 407 new cases on Friday, June 19.

Click HERE to see the breakdown of cumulative cases and daily new cases, as reported by the DHHS.

Click HERE to see the DHHS Dashboard.

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an emergency directive Wednesday, June 24, making face masks mandatory in Nevada effective Thursday at at 11:59 p.m. Sisolak pointed to the increasing number of cases and said the state is not ready to move to Phase 3. He said any discussion of that is tabled for the time being.

The state transitioned into Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, May 29, after a directive in mid-March that forced all non-essential businesses to close to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Nevada Health Response officials noted Tuesday, June 9, that Nevada’s COVID-19 data is showing an above-average daily increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. They are reminding Nevadans of precautionary measures that can be taken to minimize the spread of the virus such as staying at home when possible, wearing a face-covering in public, maintaining six feet of social distancing and keeping up with proper hand hygiene.

While it appears there has been an upward trend in cases, experts think it is partially due to an increase in easily accessible testing statewide.

A total of 3,933 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, according to the state’s data. As of Wednesday, a total of 293,854 tests have been conducted in Nevada.

*NOTE: Daily lab data on the DHHS Dashboard and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.

Nevada recorded its largest jump in the number of COVID-19 tests conducted on Monday, May 25, and reported 9,325 tests the following day.

The state’s health experts say as more testing sites open and more COVID-19 tests are conducted, the state will indeed see a rise in cases.

Click HERE to see the DHHS Dashboard.

The health district has revised the way it reports deaths, recovered cases and hospitalizations. In its most recent report, SNHD states that 17.4 people have died for every 100,000 people in Clark County.

The number of people who have recovered from the virus in Clark County continue to increase. There is a total of 8,316 recovered cases; that’s 70% of all reported cases in the county, according to SNHD’s latest report.

A total of 1,911 hospitalizations have been reported in Clark County since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations increased by 27 in the past 24 hours.

The health district is now providing a daily map with the number of positive tests in each ZIP code in Clark County.

SEE: Number of COVID-19 cases by zip code in Clark CountyDownload

SEE ALSO: Wednesday’s reports