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Washoe County broke an all-time record for active COVID-19 cases for the 13th time in the past 17 days on Thursday as the county reported 2,846 current known cases.

The new count surpassed Wednesday’s total of 2,683, also a record. The latest surge of the coronavirus has set daily active case records in the county 13 times since Oct. 20, nearly doubling the caseload in that stretch.

The county reported one death attributed to the coronavirus, that of a man in his 40s; it’s undetermined whether he had any underlying health conditions. To date, 204 Washoe County residents have died of the coronavirus.

Daily new cases top 300, hospital data improves slightly

COVID-19 was diagnosed in 333 new patients over the past 24 hours, the third time the county has surpassed 300 new cases in a single day. Meanwhile, 169 patients reported recoveries from the virus over the past day.

A total of 14,819 county residents has been diagnosed with the coronavirus since March, or about one of every 32 county residents. One in 168 residents has an active case. The prevalence of cases prompted a ban on gatherings of 50 or more in Washoe County, beginning at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.

More: Coronavirus surge: Washoe County drops limit on groups to 50; state orders faster testing

Of the 2,846 diagnosed cases, 80 are in the hospital.

The Nevada Hospital Association reported that 71% of all licensed hospital beds in Washoe County are currently in use, a figure that includes both COVID-19 patients and non-COVID patients. That figure was down slightly from 73% on Wednesday.

Fifty-five percent of all ICU beds in the county are occupied, down five percentage points from Wednesday’s report. The NHA reported that 20% of all available ventilators are in use, down 1 percentage point.

More: Week in COVID-19: Washoe County’s new case rate continues to lead Nevada, nearly every age group sees spike

Northern Nevada hit hard

So far, Washoe County has diagnosed 3,030 cases per 100,000 residents. Washoe trails only Clark County (3,694 cases per 100,000) in per-capita infections in Nevada since the pandemic began. Both Clark and Lander counties (67 per 100,000) surpass Washoe County (42 per 100,000) in deaths per capita.

Although Clark County was hardest-hit by the pandemic for much of the year, the epicenter of the coronavirus has shifted north. Over the past 30 days, Carson City (879 cases per 100,000 residents), Washoe County (871 cases per 100,000 residents) and Elko County (786 cases per 100,000 residents) have seen the most cases per capita.

Brett McGinness is the engagement editor for the Reno Gazette Journal. He’s also the writer of The Reno Memo — a free newsletter about news in the Biggest Little City. Subscribe to the newsletter right here. Consider supporting the Reno Gazette Journal, too.

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