By Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) - After decreases earlier in the week, state health officials said Friday the number of new coronavirus cases in Nevada totaled 849, including at least 13 new deaths.

A daily report by the state Department of Health and Human Services showed a decrease in hospitalizations and intensive care cases of people confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.

The number of new cases had fallen to 389 on Tuesday and 556 on Wednesday.

The number of deaths statewide since the first fatality was reported in the state in March approached 1,200 on Friday.

State coronavirus response chief Caleb Cage said 85% of new were in Clark County.

The Las Vegas-based Southern Nevada Health District reported 1,015 deaths to date, or almost 86% of the state’s total.

A state virus mitigation task force decided Thursday that bars and taverns in the Las Vegas and Reno areas, Elko and Pahrump would remain closed, at least for now, to limit what Cage termed person-to-person contact that might spread the virus.

For most people, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for up to three weeks. But older adults and people with existing health problems can face severe illness and death. The vast majority of people recover.

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