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Nevada Confirms 5,000th COVID-19 Death, But Trends Improving

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in recognition of another somber coronavirus milestone.

State officials Thursday confirmed Nevada's 5,000th COVID-19 death since the pandemic began a year ago.

But the news came as officials continued to report significant improvement in slowing the spread of the disease statewide.

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Sisolak says the state remains on track to allow local governments to begin taking control of setting capacity limits and other COVID-19 controls in May. At 6.9%, Nevada's positivity test rate for the virus is the lowest it has been since October.

The 14-day average for new cases is at its lowest level since last June.