Nevada health officials say they’re encouraged by a slowing growth rate in new COVID-19 cases statewide since the end of June. The state reported Monday 994 new coronavirus cases and 15 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 51,199 with 847 known deaths since the pandemic began. Of the new cases, 92.5% are in Clark County and 5% in Washoe County. The average growth rate over the most recent week has dipped to 2.2%, down from 2.3% for the seven-day period ending July 31. The growth rate was 2.9% for the seven-day stretch ending June 30.