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County adds 20 new COVID-19 cases, adjusts for errors in record keeping

Clark County Public Health reported 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one fewer death than previously reported in a tally complicated by data corrections on Wednesday.

The new cases, fewer than the average of about 33 cases per day since July 1, brings the total number of confirmed cases to date to 1,577, according to Public Health.

There is some complication to the data, however. In a statement on Twitter, Public Health officials said that they had discovered duplicated entries in their database during a routine check on Tuesday.

Removing the duplicated cases and adding in the 20 new cases brought the total to 1,577 confirmed cases.

Public Health also made an adjustment to its tally of deaths associated with COVID-19, removing a man in his 70s whose death was reported Monday.

“He was initially marked as a confirmed case but was a close contact and died of other causes,” Public Health said in a statement on Twitter. “Our team is implementing a process to prevent such errors.”

The new death toll stands at 37, according to Public Health.

“We strive to provide the most up-to-date and accurate data possible,” the statement said. “Our data reconciliation process is ongoing, and if errors are detected, we will correct them promptly and share that information with the public, as we have done today.”

The number of people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by two to 20 people, and the number of people hospitalized awaiting test results also rose by two, to 13.

The county’s infection rate is at 99.7 per 100,000 population in the latest numbers, nearly four times the level needed before the count would be eligible for more relaxed restrictions in the state’s reopening plan.


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