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Nevada Gearing Up For Coronavirus, Whether Wave Comes Or Not

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada health officials are moving toward opening several hundred temporary hospital beds within days to handle a potential surge of coronavirus patients, while acknowledging they may be preparing for a wave that never comes.

Some critics argue the public threat has been overblown, including the mayor of Las Vegas, who is calling for the immediate reopening of Nevada's casinos and other shuttered businesses.

Gov. Steve Sisolak said late Tuesday he was nowhere near reopening parts of Nevada's idled economy. Projections of when and how hard a surge may hit vary widely.

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One model suggests the peak already has passed. Another says it's weeks or months away.