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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tests positive for Covid-19

Gov. Steve Sisolak said a rapid test came back positive, and he is quarantining at home.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak talks about the state's Covid-19 response during a news conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2020.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak talks about the state's Covid-19 response during a news conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2020.K.M. Cannon / AP

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said Friday that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

The Democratic governor said he was tested with a rapid test in Carson City as part of a regular protocol.

A PCR test, which stands for polymerase chain reaction, was conducted and the governor is awaiting those results, he said. PCR tests take longer but are considered highly accurate.

The governor said he is quarantining at home. His office said he was not experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, but that he did report feeling fatigued earlier this week — something he had attributed to his schedule.

Nevada, like much of the United States, is seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases. "Nevadans need to accept and understand this reality now and change behaviors immediately," the governor said Tuesday.

All residents must operate in a "'Stay at Home 2.0' mentality" similar to measures from the spring, which include things like staying home as much as possible and avoiding gatherings regardless of the size, he said.

He said he was asking Nevadans to voluntarily do their part, but that in two weeks, he could take what he described as stronger action.

Nevada has seen more than 116,700 confirmed Covid-19 cases and more than 1,800 deaths, according to the state.

Nationwide, the U.S. has been breaking all-time daily records — and that happened again Friday when more than 170,400 cases were reported, according to an NBC News count. The previous record was Thursday when 161,651 cases were reported.

Nationwide, there have been more than 10.7 million Covid-19 cases with more than 245,000 deaths, according to NBC News' count.