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Nevada Says January Was State's Deadliest Pandemic Month

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada has recorded its deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in January after reporting eight additional coronavirus deaths over the weekend.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that the additional deaths on Sunday boosted the statewide death toll for the month to 1,132. That's more than a quarter of the 4,278 deaths since the pandemic began. The state surpassed the previous monthly record of 982 deaths set in December.

Health officials also reported 838 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases. University of Nevada, Las Vegas epidemiologist Brian Labus says the current figures are a lagging indicator because people who died in January were mostly infected between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.