The Department of Health and Human Services said 1,103 Department of Corrections inmates had tested positive as of Friday, up from 646 on Nov. 20.
Bill Quenga, Department of Corrections acting spokesman, said Friday that prisoner case counts are rapidly changing, especially now that Nevada has entered into a $10 million contract with Quest Diagnostics for testing in prisons and other state facilities through December.
State labs had been processing prison tests, with delays up to two weeks, Quenga said.
Prison facilities where large outbreaks have been reported include the Warm Springs Correctional Center and the Humboldt Conservation Camp.
— An extension authorized by President Donald Trump for states across the country means hundreds of Nevada National Guard personnel will continue to help the fight against COVID-19 through the beginning of 2021, Gov. Steve Sisolak said.
The federal government will provide 75% of the funding for the extension that runs through through March 31 and that the state will provide the rest, Sisolak said.
Nevada National Guard soldiers and airmen are distributing supplies, conducting contact tracing, helping operate the state emergency operations center and staffing COVID-19 testing sites.
Sisolak called their work “an indispensable role” in the state’s response to COVID-19.