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Deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise in Washoe County, with eight new fatalities occurring in the past two days, according to new data reported Friday.
The total includes deaths from Wednesday and Thursday.
Among the eight people who died was a teenage girl with “multiple” underlying health conditions, according to the Washoe County Health District. No further information on her death was provided. She is the second teenager to die of the virus in Washoe County.
The other deaths included three people in their 70s and four people in their 60s.
The number of new daily cases ticked down slightly from records set earlier this month, with 432 new cases on Wednesday and 383 new cases on Thursday.
The county, however, saw a new record for active cases on Friday, with 8,949 people currently infected.
Hospitalizations also continue to increase, with 241 people hospitalized with the virus.
As of Friday, 83 percent staffed hospital beds were occupied; 71 percent of all licensed hospital beds were occupied; 59 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds were occupied; and 31 percent of all ventilators were in use.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to included additional information about the teenager’s health.
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