The Latest: Nevada officials monitor uptick in COVID cases

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Members of the Class of 2020, all wearing face masks, file into a stadium at Yuma Catholic High School for the graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz., during the coronavirus pandemic. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

RENO, Nevada — Nevada health officials are closely monitoring a recent uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide, including the biggest one-day increase to date in the Reno area reported Thursday.

But the state’s response director isn’t convinced a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak has arrived.

Nevada COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage says the state has seen an above-average rise in daily positive cases this week and experienced six consecutive days of an increase in the number of cases requiring hospitalization. He says the most recent spike is the fourth highest since the pandemic was declared in mid-March in Nevada, which now has nearly 10,400 cases and 458 deaths.

But Cage adds that “our assessment based on this data is that we are not seeing evidence of a second wave of COVID-19 in the state of Nevada yet."

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