ELKO – Three new coronavirus cases were confirmed Monday in Elko County.
It was the greatest number to be reported in the county in a single day, but the first cases in more than a week. Elko County now has eight active cases, six have recovered, and one has died.
The new cases are under investigation, according to the county.
There are 62 presumed positive but untested cases in the six-county area served by Elko’s COVID-19 hotline. Besides Elko, the counties are Lander, Eureka, White Pine, Pershing and Humboldt.
Humboldt County reported two additional cases on Friday, for a total of 36.
Humboldt County Health Officer Charles Stringham said Friday that the county received word that the Humboldt County County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Division, has procured 500 Abbott Rapid Test kits for COVID-19 testing.
“Once those kits arrive at Humboldt General Hospital, it will make it much easier for medical staff to screen patients — especially at-risk patients — very quickly,” he said.
Stringham said the hospital will continue to utilize conventional methods of testing when appropriate, “but to have this ability to receive results in five to 15 minutes is wonderful news for our community.”
Nevada’s total number of cases stood at 4,712 as of Monday afternoon, according to The Nevada Independent. There have been 219 deaths statewide.
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