| 19 May 2024, Sunday |

Nevada logs highest U.S. COVID rate as most residents forgo masks, vaccinations and Vegas nightlife returns

Nevada is reporting the highest-in-the nation rate of new COVID-19 cases, just as gambling at Las Vegas prepares for what could be its biggest weekends since reopening.

The state ranked first in the U.S. with almost 112 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average daily hospital admissions have jumped 44% from a week earlier to about 55 a day, with a surprising increase in the 30-to-39-year-old cohort.