- 43,595 Nevadans have been tested for the coronavirus, while some have been tested more than once
- 229-case jump for coronavirus in Nevada
- Four Las Vegas Valley colleges are working together to help fill up the shortage of testing kits.
- The Centre For Diseases Control and Prevention confirms that in the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to COVID-19
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise around the world, more facilities have transformed into coronavirus testing sites, from drive-through test locations to pop-up medical centres.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has been growing since March. Many experts are suggesting that the increase in testing is directly related to the notable increase in coronavirus cases around the state.
Previously, many patients demonstrating coronavirus symptoms were asked to self-quarantine themselves at home.
So far, 43,595 Nevadans have been tested for the virus, while some have been tested more than once. This brings the total number of tests to 53,843.
It is worth mentioning that the number of confirmed cases spiked up to 229 over the past day.
According to the State’s Department of Health and Human Services, as of Friday morning, the state reported 5,227 positive cases.
This is up from the 4,998 cases which were confirmed last Thursday. Moreover, the number of deaths increased by 6, bringing the total to 243.
Las Vegas Valley colleges produce COVID-19 testing supplies
Four Las Vegas Valley colleges are working together to help fill up the shortage of testing kits. The participating schools include; UNLV, Tours University of Nevada, College of Southern Nevada, and Nevada State College.
“This project is an example of partner cooperation and commitment in addressing a need in our community and has provided the students involved with real-world experience in a public health emergency,” said Stephanie Bethel, a spokeswoman for the Southern Nevada Public Health District.
The students are working on manufacturing the nasal swabs needed to administer the tests for the virus and the first batch of supplies was already distributed to hospitals last week.
Who should get tested for COVID-19
People experiencing symptoms of a lower respiratory tract infection, including a significant cough, shortness of breath and fever, should consider seeing their local medical provider immediately.
The Centre For Diseases Control and Prevention confirms that in the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to COVID-19.
The Centre advises people to continue practising all the protective measures recommended to keep themselves and others free from illness.
They also suggest getting tested immediately in case you feel the following symptoms:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Testing for the virus is very important as it helps identify and isolate infected persons but also help detect people who appear asymptomatic and are carrying and possibly spreading the virus.