Local officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for more test kits and for staff to help with drive-thru virus testing in the Las Vegas area.
Michael Johnson, the community health chief at the Southern Nevada Health District said testing could ramp up from fewer than 1,000 samples so far, or about 60 per day, to as many as 4,000 per week.
Nevada has reported at least 45 cases of the virus so far. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia.