1 person tests positive for COVID-19 per minute in Nevada

The Nevada Department of Public Health released an alarming fact ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday: In the Silver State, COVID-19 is now spreading so fast that someone is diagnosed with an infection every minute and someone else is dying from it about every two hours.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak called the situation dangerous.

“Nevadans: we all need to protect our State, our healthcare infrastructure, including our frontline workers, and one another,” Sisolak shared. “Wear a mask. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid gatherings.”

The state broke a new record in single-day cases Wednesday reporting 3,159 infections. This marked the first time since the start of the pandemic that Nevada has seen more than 3,000 cases reported in 24 hours.

Sisolak is especially concerned about the hospitality capacity across the state that hit a record number of 1,414 patients Wednesday.

To put this number in perspective, he said the patients would completely fill the seats on nine Southwest 737 airplanes.

The coroner in Reno fears the recent explosion of coronavirus cases in Nevada could soon overtake not only the ability to treat the sick, but also store the dead.

The Reno-Sparks area has recorded 59 COVID-19 deaths the last 30 days — half of those this past week.

If the current trend continues, Washoe County Medical Examiner Laura Knight says the death rate could potentially double over the next two to three weeks, and double again by early January.

Sisolak issued a letter to Nevada residents on Thanksgiving Day thanking the frontline medical workers who’ve helped fight the virus. He also gave his condolences to those families who’ve lost loved ones.

“The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the country has not spared the Silver State and as I write this message, I am mindful that more than 2,000 Nevadans have lost their lives to the virus over the past eight months, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, relatives and friends,” he wrote. “My heart and the hearts of all Nevadans ache for them and those they left behind.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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