LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hundreds of Nevadans purchased coverage through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange during the first week of its operation, and thousands more submitted applications.

Spokesman CJ Bawden says demand has exceeded the agency’s expectations, and shows that people are interested in exploring their health care options.

As of Tuesday, 703 applicants had purchased plans. Counting dependents, they accounted for 806 future exchange members. More than 2,000 people submitted applications.

Bawden said the site had been averaging 4,000 hits a day before the launch of the exchanges on Oct. 1. On the day of the launch, the number of visitors grew 10-fold, with 9,000 residents waiting on the site before the exchange opened.

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