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Clark County records two more COVID-19 deaths

Clark County Public Health reported two more COVID-19-related deaths Thursday morning. The county now has eight deaths connected to the virus.

The two newest deaths are a man in his 60s and a man in his 70s. The county also reported one new positive case, upping its total confirmed cases to 131.

Five county residents in their 80s have died from complications of novel coronavirus.  Two residents in their 70s have died, and one resident in their 60s has died.

Six of the deaths have been men, which is in line with statistics from Europe. According to data released last month, more than 70 percent of Italy’s COVID-19 deaths have been to men. China has seen similar statistics.

Women live longer than men in general in Italy and China, and some scientists have theorized that the disparity could also be tied to behavioral factors such as higher tobacco consumption for men, and a reluctance to seek medical care.

Research has also shown that women generally have stronger immune systems than men, as the X-chromosome contains a heavy amount of immune-related genes, according to the Washington Post.

As of March 31, some 1,203 people in Clark County have been tested for the disease. More recent numbers are not available because of technology issues at the state Department of Health.


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