WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - June 2, 2:45 P.M. The Regional Information Center is reporting 21 new cases and 7 additional recoveries from COVID-19.
There's a total of 1,606 cases in Washoe County with 563 of those being active and 982 recoveries so far.
Deaths remain at 61.
June 1, 2:40 P.M. Washoe County is reporting 8 new cases of COVID-19, 77 recoveries, and 1 additional death.
After 77 new recoveries, Washoe County has a total of 975 recovered.
The total number of cases is now 1,585 with 549 being active, and 61 deaths.
MAY 31, 3 P.M. Washoe County reported 29 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,577.
Recoveries increased to 898, an increase of 12.
Deaths remained at 60.
MAY 30, 12:05 P.M. A woman in her 90s died from a COVID-19 related death, Washoe County said Saturday. She became Washoe County’s 60th COVID-19 related death.
The woman had underlying health conditions.
There were 30 more recoveries, giving Washoe County 886 recoveries. There were also 17 new cases, bringing total to 1,548.
There are 602 active cases of which 60 are hospitalized.
Thirty-four percent of all intensive care unit beds are occupied and 12 percent of ventilators are in use.
MAY 29, 4:05 P.M. The Regional Information Center is reporting four more COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County.
The patients include three women in their 80s, all with underlying health conditions. The fourth patient is a man in his 60s. It's under investigation if he had underlying health conditions.
The new deaths bring the county total to 59.
Additionally, there were 17 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 recoveries.
There are now 1,531 cases in Washoe County, and 616 remain active.
The total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County is 25,092. That number is up 1,160 since May 28.
MAY 28, 4:15 P.M. Another person has died in Washoe County due to COVID-19, giving the county 55 total COVID-19 deaths.
Washoe County reported Thursday the latest fatality was a man in his 60s with underlying conditions.
There are 29 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 recoveries. That gives Washoe County 1,514 total cases and 625 active cases and 834 recoveries.
Sixty people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 related illnesses.
Fifty-two percent of ICU beds are occupied and 12 percent of ventilators are in use.
MAY 27, 4:10 P.M. Active COVID-19 cases hit their highest point in Washoe County Wednesday at 618.
Washoe County reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 recoveries. There were no deaths to report.
There have been 1,485 COVID-19 cases reported this year in Washoe County and 12 recoveries.
Sixty-two people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 related ailments.
Fifty percent of intensive care unit beds are in use and 13 percent of all ventilators are in use.
MAY 27, 12:00 P.M. The Washoe County Health District is reporting 26 new COVID-19 positive tests for a total of 1,485.
There have been no new deaths, but there are 12 new recoveries for a total of 813.
County Health Officer Kevin Dick says the 54 cases reported Tuesday, May 26th were not necessarily current cases. Dick says there were reporting delays from an out-of-state lab, so some of the cases were not new infections.
MAY 26, 3:05 P.M. Officials reported on Tuesday 54 positive cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.
The active case count now stands at 604 cases, the highest point so far.
Of the 54 positive cases, 18 are from the homeless population. Officials said the results were from testing done on May 14.
The delay in result notification comes from the out-of-state laboratory that was contracted to perform the tests. Officials said the turnaround time was not what was agreed upon between the county's Incident Management Team and the vendor, so the county is no longer using that vendor for testing.
Additionally, there were nine new recoveries, bringing that total to 801.
The death toll remained at 54.
Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of May 26, 2020 is 21,885, an increase of 3,430 tests since May 21.
MAY 25, 2:32 P.M. Two more Washoe County women have died from COVID-19, officials reported Monday.
One woman was in her 80s and the other was in her 90s. Both had underlying health conditions.
The new deaths bring the total number of deaths in the county to 54.
Additionally, there were 27 new cases of COVID-19 with three recoveries.
The total number of recoveries is 792. The total number of cases is 1,405 with 559 of those cases still active.
MAY 24, 2:02 P.M. Two Washoe County women died from COVID-19 related illnesses, Washoe County reported Sunday.
Both had underlying health conditions. One was in her 40s and one was in her 70s.
That gives Washoe County 52 COVID-19 related deaths.
Also on Sunday, the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System reported that three patients have now died from COVID-19 related illness.
There were 17 new cases, giving Washoe County 1,378 overall, and eight more recoveries, making 789 overall.
Fifty-nine people are currently hospitalized in Washoe County due to COVID-19. Fifty percent of intensive care unit beds are occupied and 14 percent of ventilators are in use.
MAY 23, 3 P.M. Washoe County had another COVID-19 related death, giving the county 50 in total.
The deceased is a man in his 80s with underlying conditions.
The number of infections overall increased to 1,361.
There were also 17 recoveries, giving the county 781 overall.
MAY 22, 6:10 P.M. Washoe County on Friday reported another death related to COVID-19. That gives Washoe County 49 COVID-19 related deaths.
The deceased is a male in his 80s with underlying health conditions.
MAY 22, 2:45 P.M. Washoe County reported 40 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, giving the county 1,356 total.
It also reported 17 recoveries, giving it 764 total.
There are 544 active cases and 58 people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.
MAY 21, 3:18 P.M. Washoe County had its highest single-day recovery total with 47, the Regional Information Center reported Thursday.
There were 11 new COVID-19 cases.
That gives Washoe County 747 recoveries and 1,316 positive cases. There are 521 active cases and 58 people who are hospitalized.
Fifteen percent of all ventilators are in use and 52 percent of intensive care beds are being used.
MAY 20, 1:15 P.M. Officials reported 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County as well as 11 new recoveries.
The new numbers bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in the county to 1,305 and total recoveries to 700.
Currently, there are 557 active COVID-19 cases.
The number of deaths remained the same at 48.
The total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of May 18, 2020 is 16,992, an increase of 173 tests from the day before.
MAY 19, 2:35 P.M. There were 29 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County and 17 new recoveries, officials reported Tuesday.
The total number of cases in Washoe County now stands at 1,295 with 558 active cases.
The additional recoveries bring that total to 689.
The total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County is 16,992, an increase of 173 tests from May 17.
The Regional Information Center says the increase in positive cases is significant and indicative of community spread of COVID-19. It is continuing to stress the importance of staying at home, social distancing practices and using facial coverings.
MAY 18, 2:45 P.M. Officials reported the 48th COVID-19-related death in Washoe County on Monday.
The patient was a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions.
In addition, there were 15 recoveries from COVID-19 and 10 new cases in Washoe County.
Currently, there are 546 active cases in Washoe County.
MAY 17, 1:15 P.M. Washoe County reported 54 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, its largest single-day spike in cases.
Nearly half the cases are attributed to an outbreak at Arbors Memory Care in Sparks, a state-licensed facility.
In a statement, Arbors said the health and wellness of its members and staff is its top priority.
“As soon as first reports of Coronavirus cases started to happen in the United States Arbors Memory Care implemented extra precautions in efforts to keep residents and staff safe,” the statement said. The first positive test came May 12.
There was an on-site visit May 14 and Arbors said it is still waiting for all the test results.
“Notifications to family members have been made and contact to responsible parties are being made as test results are received,” the statement said. “Once all testing is conducted and complete, the Nevada State Department of Health will have accurate numbers of positive cases.”
The facility said it began implementing COVID-19 safety precautions March 2. Limits on non-medical visits started March 5. Only medical professionals could visit after March 12.
It a statement, it said precautions included:
- We have detailed and specific plans in place for a wide range of emergencies and illnesses. Our staff is trained in infection control practices and we follow these protocols every day. We have made sure additional training has been conducted with all our staff and that policies reflect up-to-date information provided by the CDC.
- We discontinued public outings and events since mid-March and continue to do so.
- Group activities were discontinued where social distancing could not reasonably be maintained, but individual resident engagement activities continue.
- Cleaning procedures increased. We have also purchased and implemented the use of the Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution and Victory Innovations Electrostatic Sprayer.
- Medical appointments were not disrupted, and telehealth was implemented where appropriate.
- We have restricted visitation to essential medical personnel since mid-March.
- All who enter our communities are temperature screened by a temporal thermometer and must affirm a series of necessary questions in regard to COVID-19 risk factors attesting they have no signs nor symptoms, and have not traveled to an area of outbreak. All essential medical visitors must sign in, sharing their contact information, and agreement to policies regarding COVID-19.
- Arbors currently has all necessary PPE including surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves, gowns, and face shields.
- A COVID-positive section of the community is actively being isolated with a safety vestibule for staff to don and doff PPE safely and per CDC guidelines.
“In addition, people socializing outside of their homes with others is a reason for the increase,” Washoe County said in a statement. “It is expected there will be an increase in cases identified as a result of more Nevadans seeking testing as directed by Governor Sisolak.”
There are now 1,256 positive COVID-19 tests in Washoe County. There was also another death, bringing the total to 47. The death was a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions.
There were 37 additional recoveries, giving Washoe County 657 recoveries. There are 552 active cases and 55 people in the hospital with COVID-19 cases.
MAY 17, 10:35 A.M. A Washoe County jail deputy tested positive for COVID-19, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday morning. He is the fifth WCSO employee to test positive.
The deputy noticed the symptoms at the end of his shift Thursday and remained home and took the test for the disease. It came back positive Saturday, WCSO said.
A second deputy who worked with him has been tested and that deputy’s test came back negative.
WCSO quarantined six more personnel who worked around the deputy with the positive test.
The Washoe County Health District is doing more investigation.
Washoe County reported 1,202 total COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning with 46 deaths and 620 recoveries.
MAY 15, 12:00 P.M. The Washoe County Health District reports one additional COVID-19 death, a woman in her 60's with underlying health conditions.
The County is also reporting 36 new cases for a total of 1190 cases and 7 additional recoveries for a total of 582.
MAY 14, 3:30 P.M. Washoe County reported two more deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday and also 22 new COVID-19 cases.
Additionally, two staff members at the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center tested positive. Both are self-isolating.
Fifty-seven staff members and 20 children were tested and there were no more positives at the Jan Evans Center, Washoe County said.
With the help of the Nevada National Guard 107 people at the homeless shelter were tested. There were no details given on the results of those tests.
There were also 13 additional recoveries.
The two Washoe County deaths were both men with underlying conditions, one in his 50s and one in his 70s.
This gives Washoe County 1,154 cases, 45 deaths and 575 recoveries. Currently 51 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 related ailments.
MAY 13, 1:55 P.M. Officials announced a third death Wednesday due to COVID-19.
The patient was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.
Earlier in the day, officials announced two COVID-19-related deaths. The total number of deaths in the county now stands at 43.
MAY 13, 11:50 P.M. Washoe County is reporting two additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the county total to 42.
The patients were both men in their 70s. One had underlying health conditions. Officials are determining if the second man had underlying health conditions.
Additionally, there were 16 new positive cases and 23 recoveries.
Currently, there are 528 active COVID-19 cases in Washoe County.
MAY 12, 3:25 P.M. Washoe County officials reported another COVID-19-related death Tuesday.
The patient was a man in his 40s with no underlying health conditions. This is the 40th death related to COVID-19 in Washoe County.
There were also 16 new COVID-19 cases and 10 recoveries in Washoe County.
For the first time, the number of COVID-19 recoveries (539) is greater than the number of active COVID-19 cases (537).
In comparison, May 1, 2020 there were 545 active cases and 343 recoveries. On April 12, 2020, there were 388 active cases and 61 recoveries.
MAY 11, 1:45 P.M. Washoe County reported 32 new COVID-19 recoveries Monday, and just five new positive cases.
This brings the total number of cases in the county to 1,100, with 532 active cases.
529 people have recovered from the virus.
The death toll remained the same at 39.
MAY 10, NOON Washoe County on Sunday reported 18 new COVID-19 cases and 15 recoveries.
That gives Washoe County 1,095 positive COVID-19 tests. Deaths reported to be 39.
Currently, 42 people are in the hospital because of COVID-19 related illnesses.
There have been 497 recoveries.
The county also reports 39 percent of the intensive care unit beds are occupied and 12 percent of ventilators are in use.
MAY 9, 12:30 P.M. Recoveries outpaced new COVID-19 cases, Washoe County reported Saturday.
There were 12 new COVID-19 cases and 16 recoveries, Washoe County said.
That gives Washoe County 1,077 COVID-19 cases and 482 recoveries.
Deaths remained at 39.
There are 556 active cases and 42 people are currently hospitalized.
Thirty-nine percent of intensive care unit beds are occupied and 12 percent of ventilators are being used.
Washoe County encouraged people to do safe social distancing on Mother’s Day.
MAY 8, 3:40 P.M. Washoe County reported another COVID-19 related death, bringing the total in Washoe County to 39.
The deceased is a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions.
There are 35 new COVID-19 cases, giving Washoe County 1,065. And there were 10 more recoveries, giving Washoe County 466.
Forty-three people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 92 have been discharged from the hospital.
MAY 7, 1:30 P.M. Washoe County officials reported another COVID-19-related death Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 38.
The patient was a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions.
Additionally, there were just eight new positive COVID-19 cases reported for the second day in a row and 25 additional recoveries. The total number of recoveries in Washoe County now stands at 456.
MAY 6, 11:35 A.M.Washoe County is reporting its 37th death from COVID-19, a man in his 70's with underlying health conditions.
The County is also reporting just 8 new positive cases, bringing the County total to 1022.
16 patients have been determined to be disease-free, bringing the number of recoveries to 431.
MAY 5, 3:20 P.M.Washoe County has now reached 36 deaths blamed on the COVID-19 virus.
The latest death involved a woman in her 90's. It is not known yet if she had underlying medical conditions.
The county has now exceeded 1,000 COVID cases. Twenty-eight new cases confirmed since Monday raises the county total to 1,014.
There were 15 additional recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 415.
Currently, 56 patients are hospitalized for treatment. Washoe County is currently utilizing 56% of its short-term acute-care hospital beds, and 43% of the Intensive Care Unit beds are in use.
MAY 4, 5:06 P.M. Washoe County Officials are reporting one new death from COVID-19.
A man in his 80's with underlying health conditions has passed away as a result of the virus. This is the 35th death in Washoe County.
MAY 4, 11:35 A.M.Washoe County is reporting another COVID-19 death. The patient was a woman in her 90's with underlying medical conditions.
It is not known if the patient was connected to a nursing home, but Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick says at least 18 of the county's 34 COVID-19 deaths have been connected to group care facilities. That includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities and behavioral inpatient facilities.
There have been 11 additional positive cases for a total of 988.
Eighteen more people have recovered from the disease, bringing the number of recoveries to 400.
MAY 3, 2:20 P.M. Washoe County on Sunday reported 28 additional COVID-19 cases, giving the county 977 cases total.
There were no new additional deaths. The 19 additional recoveries give Washoe County 382 recoveries overall.
Fifty-one people are currently hospitalized.
MAY 2, 2:09 P.M. Washoe County on Saturday reported 28 more COVID-19 cases and 20 more recoveries.
That gives Washoe County 949 infections and 363 recoveries. Forty-eight people are currently hospitalized. Twenty-eight ventilators are being used.
Deaths remained 33.
The zip code with the most infections is 89502, which is roughly Reno east of Holcomb Avenue and north of South McCarran Boulevard. It has had 147 infections. Zip code 89431, older Sparks west of McCarran Boulevard and through the industrial area, has 86 cases. Zip code 89509, which is roughly southwest Reno south of California Avenue to South McCarran Boulevard and west of South Virginia Street, has 85 cases.
MAY 1, 4:40 P.M. Washoe County reported its 33rd COVID-19 related death on Friday afternoon.
It is a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions.
The Regional Information Center also released statistics on the jobs with the most COVID-19 infections with 795 cases as of April 25 Health care workers are the single highest infected group:
- Other 382
- Healthcare 133
- Unemployed 98
- Warehouse/Manufacturing 68
- Retired 46
- Construction 44
- Food/Beverage 13
- Casino/Hospitality 11
MAY 1, 1 P.M. Local leaders will hold a Spanish-language virtual town hall Friday to answer community questions about COVID-19.
Guests include Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev) and Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado.
The town hall begins at 1 p.m. You can watch it live here.
MAY 1, 11:30 A.M.Washoe County is reporting two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, as well as 48 new cases. That is the highest one-day jump in positive cases for Washoe County and the most active cases (546) at any point.
Of the patients who died, one was a woman in her 60's. It is not known if she had any underlying health conditions. The second death was a woman in her 40's with underlying health conditions.
The recent fatalities brings the total number of deaths in the county to 32.
Officials also announced 11 new recoveries, bringing that total to 343.
To see the case trends, click here.
Other key factors to note:
• 60% of short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+4% since April 28)
• 49% of the Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+4%)
• 21% of ventilators are in use (+1%)
APRIL 30, 1:10 P.M. Washoe County is reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 873.
Additionally, there were 11 more recoveries, bringing that total to 332.
The number of COVID-19-related deaths remained at 30.
APRIL 29, 11:55 A.M. Washoe County is reporting an additional COVID-19-related death.
The patient was a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions. This is the 30th death tied to COVID-19 in Washoe County.
Officials also reported 14 new positive cases, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 848.
Additionally, there were 24 new recoveries, bringing that total to 321.
KOLO 8 News Now asked Washoe County Health Officer Dick, with greater testing underway, if they are seeing fewer positive COVID-19 results. Dick said he did not have the numbers and they have not been calculated by the county. If the number of new positive cases declines amidst greater testing, it would be a positive sign for the community that the infection rate is slowing.
APRIL 28, 4:20 P.M. The Washoe County Health District is reporting 1 additional COVID-19 death.
It was a woman in her 40's with underlying health conditions. This is the 29th death in Washoe County.
APRIL 28, 12:45 P.M. The Washoe County Health District is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 834.
There are also 19 additional recoveries, which brings that total to 297.
There were no additional deaths reported in the last day.
APRIL 27, 11:50 A.M. Washoe County is reporting an additional death, bringing the County's COVID-19 death total to 28.
The latest fatality involved a man in his 50's who had an underlying medical condition.
Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick says there have been 16 additional positive cases, bringing the total to 820.
There have also been 13 additional recoveries, bringing that total to 278 for Washoe County.
APRIL 26, 5:20 P.M. Two Washoe County Health District employees tested positive for COVID-19, the district announced Sunday.
Additionally, a fourth Washoe County Sheriff’s Office employee tested positive.
The health district employees may have exposed fellow employees. Employees who may have been exposed were notified and steps are being taken to make sure it is safe for them to return to work, the district said.
“No members of the public were in contact with the employees as health district services have been either closed or by appointment only since March in accordance with the Washoe County Manager’s Office decision to suspend non-essential government events, meetings and business activities,” the district said in a statement.
Health district employees conduct a self-assessment before entering the workplace. Employees who have symptoms or a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees are sent home.
Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam reported a jail deputy tested positive for COVID-19, the district said.
The deputy was on a regular day off when he had COVID-19 like symptoms. He remained at home during testing. His test came back positive Sunday.
The sheriff’s office continues to cooperate with the district for the investigation.
“The sheriff’s office is prepared to take any additional steps deemed appropriate by the Washoe County Health District,” the statement said.
APRIL 26, 12:50 P.M. Washoe County reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. But it also had 21 recoveries, so the active cases dropped by 8 to 512.
Forty people are currently hospitalized in Washoe County due to COVID-19, a decrease of three from Saturday.
Total COVID-19 infections counted in Washoe County increased to 804. Deaths remained the same at 27. There are now 265 recoveries.
APRIL 25, 2 P.M. Washoe County on Saturday reported two more deaths related to COVID-19.
Washoe County said the number of COVID-19 related infections increased by 36 and three more people recovered.
The 36 infections reported in one day is the most in Washoe County since April 13 and is the fifth highest day.
The deaths were both men with underlying health conditions. One was in his 50s and one was in his 80s.
The total COVID-19 related cases in Washoe County increased to 791 and there are now 27 deaths. Forty-three people are hospitalized due to COVID-19 related illness and there are 244 recoveries.
APRIL 24, 7:10 P.M. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has four confirmed COVID-19 cases on the reservation, Chairman Anthony Sampson said Friday.
The tribe has also only had to give out a few citations for people on the reservation not abiding by the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.
APRIL 24, 4:30 P.M. Washoe County reported another COVID-19 related death on Friday afternoon, giving Washoe County 25 total.
The deceased is a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions.
Washoe County has had 741 total cases, of which 241 have recovered.
APRIL 24, 1 P.M. Local officials are discussing the COVID-19 response and the impact on public safety and health and wellness in a virtual town hall Friday afternoon.
It's the third virtual town hall organized by regional leaders.
Guests include Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Vice-Mayor Devon Reese, Sparks Mayor Ron Smith, and more.
Organizers say the community submitted more than 400 questions.
The virtual town hall begins at 1 p.m. You can watch it here.
APRIL 24, 12 P.M. A teenager is one of two recent victims to die from COVID-19 in Washoe County.
Kevin Dick with the health district said the teenage boy had underlying health conditions.
The second death was a woman in her 90s, also with underlying health condtions.
The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 now stands at 24 in Washoe County.
Officials also reported 19 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 755. The number of active cases stands at 490.
There were 17 new recoveries, bringing that total to 241.
The county said they are continuing to work on testing and are expecting to get 220 samples Friday, April 24. The goal is to eventually increase that number to 1,000 per day.
APRIL 23, 1:55 P.M. A Washoe County woman in her 100s has died from COVID-19, officials reported Thursday.
It is under investigation whether she had underlying health conditions.
Her death brings the total number of deaths in the county to 22.
Additionally, there were 29 recoveries, which is the most reported in one day for Washoe County.
Active cases went down for the first time from 494 to 490 and there were 26 additional cases.
APRIL 22, 3:45 P.M. Washoe County reported another death from COVID-19, the third death reported on Wednesday.
The deceased is a man in his 90s with underlying health conditions.
Washoe County now has 21 COVID-19 related deaths.
APRIL 22, 11:55 A.M. Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Washoe County.
Officials said Wednesday the patients were both men, one in his 70s the other in his 80s. Both had underlying health conditions.
This brings the total number of deaths in Washoe County to 20.
The county also reported 26 additional positive cases, bringing the total number of cases to 710.
Twenty more people have recovered, bringing that total to 195.
The number of active cases is 495.
APRIL 21, 2:25 P.M. Washoe County reported 22 new positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 684.
There were also nine new recoveries, bringing the total number of patients who have recovered to 175.
The Washoe County Health District has also launched a COVID-19 map showing the number of positive cases in each zip code in the county.
The data does not show where residents contracted the virus, only where they are self-isolating.
For more information, click here.
APRIL 20, 11:45 A.M. Washoe County reported 25 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 662. The number of active cases is 477.
Fifteen more people have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 166.
The county reported no new deaths due to COVID-19.
Washoe County announced Monday it will start reporting cases by zip codes. Those numbers will represent where people are quarantined, but not necessarily where they were exposed to the infection.
To see the updated numbers, click here.
APRIL 19, 12:15 P.M. Washoe County reported two more COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 18.
Additionally, there were 31 more positive tests for COVID-19 and 17 recoveries.
The deceased were a man and a woman, both in their 60s and both with underlying health conditions.
There have been 637 total cases, 151 recoveries, 44 people currently hospitalized and 33 people who were treated and released from the hospital.
APRIL 18, 1:50 P.M. Washoe County on Saturday reported 18 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new recoveries.
That gives Washoe County 606 COVID-19 cases. Deaths remain the same at 16.
Forty people are currently hospitalized. There have been 31 people discharged from the hospital and there have been 134 recoveries.
APRIL 17, 1 P.M. Washoe County held its second virtual town hall Friday to discuss COVID-19 and the impact on businesses.
The town hall featured regional leaders, as well as a panel of business experts.
APRIL 17, 11:45 A.M. Washoe County officials announced another death Friday due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 16.
The patient was a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions.
Officials also announced 16 new positive cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Washoe County to 588. There are still 453 active cases.
Four more people have recovered, bringing that total to 119. Currently, 40 Washoe County residents are hospitalized for COVID-19.
APRIL 16, 4:15 P.M. Washoe County officials announced Thursday that plans for the Alternative Care Site at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center are on hold.
The COVID-19 Washoe Incident Management Team said they are monitoring the current local trends with regards to the COVID-19 modeling, and should there be a need to move forward with the care site, the project will be implemented with a two-day mobilization, and seven-day build.
Earlier plans included converting the Reno-Sparks Convention Center into a care site for up to 700 beds to treat patients with a broad spectrum of conditions from non-acute to critical care.
APRIL 16, 10:30 A.M. Washoe County is reporting the 15th COVID-19 related death in the county. The patient was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions.
Washoe County is also reporting 23 new cases, for a total of 572 in the county. There have also been 12 additional recoveries bringing that total to 115.
Officials said 38 COVID patients are currently hospitalized in the county.
APRIL 15, 4:10 P.M. Amazon on Wednesday confirmed an employee at the Amazon fulfilment center in the North Valleys has tested positive for COVID-19.
“We are supporting the individual who is recovering,” Amazon spokeswoman Lisa Levandowski said in a statement “We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.”
Amazon said it has put policies in place to deal with the issue. They will alert fellow Amazon employees who had contact with the sick person and ask them not to return to the site and self-quarantine for 14 days with pay. They have told others about the confirmed case. All employees diagnosed with COVID-19 can get up to two weeks off.
Among other practices, there is increased frequency and intensity of cleaning at all sites including regular sanitization of door handles, stairway handrails, turnstiles, elevator buttons, lockers, and touch screens. They have also adjusted practices to ensure social distancing within its buildings.
Amazon said it has also implemented daily temperature screenings and are now temperature checking more than 100,000 employees per day. Anyone with a temperature more than 100.4F will be asked to return home and will be paid up to five hours of their scheduled shift that day.
APRIL 15, 10:15 A.M. Washoe County officials are reporting another death due to COVID-19, bringing the number of deaths in the county to 14.
The patient was a man in his 70s. It is being investigated if he had underlying health conditions.
Washoe County also reported 17 new positive cases, and 11 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 103.
Here is the current breakdown:
• Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 549
• Deaths: 14
• Recoveries: 103
• Active cases: 432
• Currently hospitalized: 32
• Cases who have discharged from hospital: 41
Here is the hospital bed and ventilator occupancy information in Washoe County as of April 14, 2020.
• 54 percent of short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+1% since 4/13)
• 49 percent of the Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+6%)
• 23 percent of ventilators are in use (+1%)
APRIL 14, 1:30 P.M. Another Washoe County resident has died from COVID-19, officials reported Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 13.
The patient was a woman in her 50s with underlying health conditions.
Officials also reported 32 additional positive cases of COVID-19, and said 21 additional patients have recovered.
Here is the most recent breakdown:
Total cases - 532
Deaths - 13
Recoveries - 92
Active cases - 427
Currently hospitalized - 34
Patients discharged from hospital - 41
APRIL 13, 11:45 A.M. Washoe County is reporting 39 additional positive cases of COVID-19.
The total cases for Washoe County now stands at 500.
On Sunday, officials announced a 12th death related to COVID-19 in Washoe County.
APRIL 12, 11:50 A.M. A 12th person in Washoe County has died from a COVID-19 related illness, Washoe County reported Sunday.
The latest victim was a man in his 90s. An investigation is underway to determine if there were underlying conditions, the county said.
Additionally, it reported 46 new positive tests of COVID-19 in Washoe County and two more recoveries. That gives Washoe County 461 cases and 61 recoveries. Thirty people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 related illness and 28 have been discharged.
The county said it tested 280 people Saturday at its drive-through site.
APRIL 11, 2:10 P.M. One more person had died due to a COVID-19 related illness, Washoe County reported Saturday.
There were 26 more COVID-19 positive tests and 18 more people recovered from the virus, Washoe County said.
The woman who died was in her 90s with an underlying health condition, Washoe County said. It was the 11th COVID-19 related death.
Washoe County now has 415 confirmed COVID-19 related cases with 59 recoveries. Thirty-two people are hospitalized because of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Incident Management Team asks people to maintain social distancing and limit the number of people gathered at community locations and in households for Easter.
APRIL 10, 4:15 P.M. Washoe County on Friday announced changes in parks services available, to be in alignment with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s directive this week.
Restrooms are now closed. The county asks people, “Please Go Before You Go.” Also, trash service is no longer available: “Pack it in, pack it out.”
Other changes include no more water fountains, playgrounds, skate parks, ballfields, basketball courts, volleyball areas, horseshoe pits, tennis and pickleball courts, golf course and individual and group picnic areas.
These parks are also closed at least until April 30:
- The Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Park
- The Galena Creek Visitor Center at Galena Creek Regional Park
- The HIVE at Lazy 5 Regional Park
- The Davis Creek Campground
- Washoe County's Regional Shooting Facility
- Washoe County's Regional Archery Facility
- Washoe Tennis Center
- All Park Offices
- Washoe County Golf Course
- Sierra Sage Golf Course
APRIL 10, 1:15 P.M. Washoe County reported 26 additional cases of COVID-19 during Friday's virtual town hall, bringing the total case count in the county to 389.
Three more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recovered patients to 41.
Of the active Washoe County COVID-19 patients, 30 are currently hospitalized.
APRIL 10, 12:30 P.M. Leaders from Washoe County held a virtual town hall Friday to answer questions from the community regarding the COVID-19 emergency.
It's the first in a series of virtual town hall events planned throughout the month of April.
Guests included Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, Sparks Mayor Ron Smith, Commission Chair Bob Lucey of Washoe County, Kevin Dick with the Washoe County Health District and more.
APRIL 9, 2:15 P.M. Washoe County on Thursday reported two more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total deaths to 10.
The two recent patients who died were a woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions, and a man in his 50s with an underlying health condition
The Regional Information Center also reported 37 additional positive cases and three recoveries of COVID-19 in Washoe County.
Here is the breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Washoe County:
• Total Cases: 363
• Deaths: 10
• Recoveries: 38
• Active cases: 315
• Hospitalizations: 25
For seniors needing assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak, call Senior Services at 775-328-2575, Monday-Friday, from 8 p.m. - 5 p.m.
APRIL 8, 4:45 P.M. Washoe County on Wednesday reported its third coronavirus-related death of the day, giving Washoe County eight overall.
The latest is a man in his 70s who had an underlying health condition.
The other two announced Wednesday were a woman in her 80s – her underlying health conditions are still being determined – and a woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions.
The state of Nevada on Wednesday reported the statewide death count climbed to 80.
APRIL 8, 2:52 P.M. Washoe County is reporting its seventh COVID-19 death.
It was a woman in her 80s. Investigators are trying to determine if there were underlying health conditions.
It was the second death reported Wednesday.
APRIL 8, 11:25 A.M. A sixth death has been linked to COVID-19 coronavirus in Washoe County.
According to the Regional Information Center, the patient was a woman in her 60s and had underlying health conditions.
Officials also reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Washoe County to 326, with 285 active cases.
Four additional people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 35.
Currently, 27 Washoe County residents are hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19.
APRIL 7, 8 P.M. Officials with the Reno-Tahoe International Airport confirm an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
Officials say the employee works for one of the nine airlines that operate out of RNO, but did not specify which one for privacy reasons.
A representative said the employee started to feel ill and went home, later testing positive for COVID-19.
RNO had the airport professionally sanitized in the locations where the employee had been. A memo was sent to all other airport employees about the positive case, officials said.
APRIL 7, 3:30 P.M. A fifth Washoe County resident has died from COVID-19, the Regional Information Center reported Tuesday.
The patient was a woman in her 50s.
The Washoe County Health District is working to determine if there were underlying health conditions.
APRIL 7, 12:30 P.M. The Regional Information Center reported 28 additional positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Washoe County, bringing the total cases to 309.
Officials also reported an additional recovery, bringing the total number of recoveries to 31.
There are 274 active cases, and currently, 28 Washoe County residents are hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19.
The number of deaths remained the same at four.
APRIL 6, 11:50 A.M. Washoe County is reporting an additional 17 positive cases, bringing the county total to 281 cases. One more person has recovered, bringing the number of recovered patients to 30.
Currently, there are 21 Washoe County residents hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Washoe County remains at four.
APRIL 4, 2:10 P.M. Washoe County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
That gives Washoe County 245 total cases; 26 people have recovered. Deaths remain at 4.
Washoe County noted the use of cloth facemasks could reduce the spread of COVID-19.
APRIL 3, 5:50 P.M. Thirty-five people at the Willow Springs Center tested positive for COVID-19, the Nevada Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance reported Friday.
As of Friday, 24 youth and 11 staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the bureau said. More test results are pending.
Willow Springs Center is mental health facility for children at 690 Edison Way in Reno.
The state is working with the facility “to ensure the health and safety of all youth and staff at the facility” and steps are being taken to ensure there will be no further exposure, the bureau said in a statement.
These statements were attributed to Willow Springs Center CEO Andrew Herod:
“The health and wellness of our patients and staff is of utmost importance and we are taking this matter seriously and cooperating with the state during their review of our facility.
“We have regular monitoring in place and continue to educate our patients about self-precautions. The team is in full cooperation with the state and health department, and we will take further steps if necessary to protect everyone’s well being.”
APRIL 3, 4 P.M. Washoe County is reporting 45 more COVID-19 cases. Washoe County now has 229 cases, four deaths and 26 recoveries.
APRIL 2, 2:55 P.M. Washoe County reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total cases to 184.
The county also reported eight recoveries, giving Washoe County 26 recoveries.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reported two employees tested positive.
One is a deputy who has been out of the office since March 11 and has not been back to work since then. The deputy will remain home until cleared to work.
The other is a civilian employee a civilian, had been on vacation until March 18, when she returned and worked three days until she was sent home after the Washoe County Health District issued travel guidelines. The sheriff’s office said she had no interaction with the public.
APRIL 1, 2 P.M. Regional leaders updated the community on the COVID-19 crisis in Washoe County.
During the press briefing, Kevin Dick with the Washoe County Health District confirmed a fourth death related to COVID-19. Dick says the patient was a man in his 40s with underlying medical conditions.
The case count for Washoe County now stands at 143, with 126 active cases, and 13 recoveries. Of the active cases, 20 are residents who have been hospitalized. Updated numbers are expected later Wednesday.
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MARCH 31, 4:40 P.M. Washoe County is reporting 22 new cases, bringing the County total to 143. Thirteen patients have recovered and there were no new deaths.
One Truckee Meadows Firefighter has tested positive and two additional Reno Police Officers are also positive.
Washoe County also announced that it has set up a quarantine housing at Mill Street and Edison Way for families who need alternative housing for quarantine if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Each trailer consists of five rooms, each with their own private bathroom, a queen size bed, and closet and storage space. Seven of the trailers are expected to be available by the week's end.
Humboldt County is also reporting two new cases, bringing their total to 5.
MARCH 30, 6 P.M. Washoe County health officials reported a third death Monday.
The patient was a woman in her 80s who had underlying health conditions.
This latest death increases the death total to 18, with 15 deaths in Clark County and three in Washoe County.
MARCH 30, 4:25 P.M. Officials have confirmed a second death in Washoe County related to COVID-19.
The patient was a woman in her 30s who had an underlying health condition.
The total COVID-19 case count is 121 in Washoe County.
The total recoveries is 10, up from 8. The total active cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County is 109, up from 99.
Officials with the Regional Information Center are urging everyone to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community by avoiding all non-essential travel, social interactions, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
MARCH 29, 4:10 P.M. There were press conferences today by Washoe County and the state of Nevada to update the status of the COVID-19 response.
Gov. Steve Sisolak said evictions on businesses and homes will be suspended for 90 days.
Sisolak also asked landlords to develop a plan to deal with people who can’t pay rent due to the business shutdown and stay-at-home order. Sisolak said they did not want families out on the street, making the health situation worse.
The plan does not mean free rent or a free mortgage, officials said.
Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine said he has worked with financial institutions to waive late fees on mortgage payments for the next 90 days and people who miss payments won’t be reported to the credit agency. Conine said people have to reach out to lenders.
Attorney General Aaron Ford said he will give $2 million from settlement funds to United Way to help families in need.
In Washoe County, the Washoe District Health Department said people are considered free of the disease if they healthy at least seven days from the onset of symptoms and also have gone at least 72 hours without a fever.
Washoe County's first COVID-19 death was a man who had traveled to New York City. He was hospitalized on March 23.
MARCH 29, 12:16 P.M. Washoe County is reporting its first COVID-19 related death.
The deceased is a man in his 40s. It is not known if the man had underlying health conditions. The case is being investigated.
Washoe County also reports 14 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 107. One more person has recovered, bringing the total recoveries to eight.
One Reno Police Department officer in patrol is among the new cases. The officer began experiencing coronavirus symptoms on March 21, contacted the Washoe County Health District and began to be quarantined at home, the county said. The Health District subsequently tested the employee, and Saturday evening the Reno Police Department learned the employee tested positive. The Health District is investigating the case and have learned of all the people with whom the officer came in contact.
“We’re devastated to learn that a Washoe County resident has died due to COVID-19,” said Kevin Dick, district health officer for Washoe County. “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”
MARCH 28, 5:15 P.M. Eighteen more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District reported Saturday. Washoe County’s total of confirmed cases is now 93.
Seven people in Washoe County have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that a jail deputy has tested positive for COVID-19. The deputy had been off for a week and returned Thursday. She reported symptoms of COVID-19 and she was sent to an independent laboratory for testing and then sent home. The sheriff’s office learned Saturday she tested positive.
The Health District is trying to find all people who have come into contact with the deputy, including the short time she was at the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Darin Balaam ordered the immediate use of a single point entry and of screening for all employees and visitors. All those entering the sheriff’s office for business will have their temperature taken and answer basic screening questions before being allowed inside.
This follows precautions such as increased medical screenings for arrestees, increased education and awareness for both inmates and staff and increased sanitation efforts throughout the entire Sheriff’s Office.
Washoe County has no deaths attributed to COVID-19. Four cases were reported Saturday in Clark County, bringing the state total to 14.
MARCH 27, 4:30 P.M. The Washoe County Health District reported eight additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the Washoe County total to 75.
The district also said a fifth person has recovered from COVID-19 and has been released for self-isolation.
There have been no reported COVID-19 deaths in Washoe County.
MARCH 26, 5:16 P.M. The Washoe County Health District on Thursday reported 10 more cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County. That gives Washoe County 67 cases total.
The number of people recovered remains four. There are no deaths in Washoe County from COVID-19.
MARCH 25, 4:30 P.M. Washoe County has seven new COVID-19 cases, the Washoe County District Health reported Wednesday. That brings the county total to 57.
The number of recovered cases remains at four.
There was no break down on the ages of the infected people nor how they may have gotten COVID-19.
MARCH 25, 2:00 P.M. Regional agencies gave an update Wednesday afternoon on COVID-19 and the local response.
The Washoe County Health District reported no new cases of COVID-19, but said the number of positive cases is expected to grow over the next few weeks.
Washoe County's total remains at 50 with four people recovered.
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MARCH 23, 6:18 P.M. The Washoe County Health District is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, bringing the total to 44.
The Health District is not giving any specific details due to privacy requirements.
MARCH 22, 5:40 P.M. The Washoe County Health District reported no new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
Additionally, a second Washoe County resident, a man in his 60s, has fully recovered from COVID-19 and was released from self-isolation.
The total number of Washoe County COVID-19 infections remains 25. Testing will continue through Sunday evening.
MARCH 22, 1:45 P.M. Washoe County jail inmates will receive two free phone calls a week courtesy of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Legacy Inmate Communications, the sheriff’s office said Sunday.
The free calls are a reaction to changes in the normal visiting procedures because of COVID-19.
Edovo, the company that owns Legacy Inmate Communications, originally offered one free 10-minute call each week. The sheriff’s office came up with $2,200 and doubled the free phone calls.
“I want to thank Edovo for their understanding of the human impact that comes from some the challenges our detention facility is facing in light of our community’s COVID-19 response,” Sheriff Darin Balaam said in a statement. “In this rapidly changing situation, we feel that it’s critical for inmates to have as much opportunity to communicate with their loved ones as possible and the willingness to provide that service at no charge to the inmate shows great compassion for our fellow community members during this crisis.”
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MARCH 21, 5:30 P.M. Three more people have tested positive in Washoe County for COVID-19, the Washoe County Health District said Saturday.
They are a man in his 20s who recently traveled internationally; a woman in her 60s who has had contact to a known case; and a woman in her 50s who recently traveled domestically.
A three cases are self-isolating and are in stable condition, the district said.
It brings Washoe County’s cases to 25, including any who have recovered, the district said.
On Saturday, Washoe County and the cities of Reno and Sparks gave an incident management team the authority to manage the COVID-19 problem.
“This team will support the region's local governments and regional partners on logistical, fiscal, planning, operational, safety and community issues related to the COVID-19 crisis,” the statement said.
MARCH 21, 5 P.M. Local law enforcement will be checking to ensure non-essential businesses have closed, pursuant to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order.
A statement from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Reno and Sparks police departments said initially they will give warnings to businesses and refer them to Gov. Sisolak’s emergency order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
It follows an announcement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Saturday afternoon that it will enforce the governor's order.
Las Vegas Metro reported its officers will give the business notice of the governor’s order, make them sign to acknowledge they received it and will stand by as the businesses is closed.
The Washoe County law enforcement agencies will also try to educate business owners.
“However, the initial intent is for law enforcement officers to issue warnings to businesses to help spread awareness about the need for this action, what businesses are impacted, and what the potential penalties are,” the statement said.
The Washoe County agencies also said they will increase patrols to keep watch over closed businesses.
If they public has questions or wants to report businesses operating that should not be, this is who they contact:
- City of Reno: Reno Direct at 775-334-4636, go to www.reno.gov/covid19; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- City of Sparks: 775-353-5555 or email email@example.com
- Washoe County:775-328-3733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The agencies thanked the businesses who are making sacrifices and complying with the governor’s order.
MARCH 21, 1:50 P.M. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will close the lake and the rivers on the reservation beginning Monday, March 23. There is no date set yet when it will reopen.
Fishing is allowed for Saturday and Sunday before the closure.
MARCH 20, 5:20 P.M. The Washoe County Health District reported four new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County. That brings the total to 22.
The four cases are a woman in her 60s who recently traveled domestically; a woman in her 20s who recently traveled internationally; a man in his 70s who is hospitalized; and a man in his 50s who is hospitalized.
The two women are in stable condition and are self-isolating, the health district said. It had no information on the condition of the men.
The district said a Washoe County man who was in his 30s who tested positive for COVID-19 has fully recovered and has been released from self-isolation. He is the first Washoe County person to be released from self-isolation. He had traveled domestically.
The University of Nevada, Reno said a UNR student studying abroad tested positive for COVID-19. She returned home and has not been back to campus, the university said. She has been following the mandated 14-day self-quarantine protocol.
Clark County on Friday reported 126 cases and two confirmed deaths.
MARCH 19, 6:25 P.M. The Washoe County Health District on Thursday reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, bringing the total number to 18.
All cases are self-isolating and in stable condition.
The new cases are a woman in her 60s with recent travel; a woman in her 30s who has had close contact with someone previously identified in Washoe County as having COVID-19; a man in his 70s with recent travel; and a woman in her 60s with recent travel. She contracted COVID-19 in a different state and is self-isolating there, the health district said.
The health department is monitoring people who had close contact with these people.
MARCH 18, 5:15 P.M. The Washoe County Health District late Wednesday afternoon reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County. The Washoe County total is now 14.
Both are men in their 30s. One has recent travel to Europe. Another has recent travel to the state of Washington.
Both are self-isolating and are in stable condition, the health district reported.
The district is monitoring all confirmed cases in Washoe County and all cases remain in stable condition and are self isolating.
The Southern Nevada Health District reports 69 cases in Clark County.
MARCH 18, 4:55 P.M. The City of Reno said non-essential businesses in the city that do not comply with closures ordered by Gov. Steve Sisolak risk having their business licenses suspended or revoked and fines of $1,000 a day.
The City of Reno gave more guidance Wednesday on the non-essential businesses ordered to close to the public for 30 days by Gov. Sisolak.
- Entertainment & hospitality, including but not limited to strip clubs and brothels, casinos, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, large conference rooms, meeting halls, and cafeterias
- Recreation and athletic facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers, gyms, health clubs, fitness centers, yoga, barre and spin facilities
- Beauty and personal care services and facilities, including but not limited to barber shops, beauty, tanning, waxing hair salons, and nail salons and spas
- Retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. Retailers are encouraged to continue online operations with pickup and delivery.
This is the teeth the city will use to enforce the closures, against either the owners of the business or the employees in control of the business:
- Citations up to $1,000 per day
- Misdemeanor citations
- Summary suspension of a business license
- Revocation of a business license
MARCH 18, 3:15 P.M. All Catholic churches in the Reno Diocese will suspend masses until April 16, the diocese announced Wednesday. Masses had been suspended previously until April 3.
“This is a heavy decision to make given how vital the Eucharist is to our faith; however, after much prayer and deliberation, I do so out of the love of our neighbor that Jesus Christ expects of us and our moral duty to safeguard human life, especially of the vulnerable, and to promote the common good,” Bishop Randolph Calvo said in a statement.
MARCH 18, 12 P.M. Local agencies in Washoe County addressed the community Wednesday to provide an update on coronavirus response efforts.
Representatives with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County Health District, and the Reno Police Department spoke about the precautions in place and measures the agencies plan to take.
Bob Lucey with the City of Reno echoed Governor Sisolak's message Tuesday night, urging all Washoe County residents to "Stay home for Nevada."
Oliver Miller with the Reno Police Department said Chief Jason Soto was in Carson City working to secure additional coronavirus test kits for the community and first responders. He also said officers would be increasing patrols and doing business checks following the governor's order that all non-essential businesses should close by noon Wednesday.
“We are sensitive to what these temporary closures mean to our community and the toll it will take," Miller said. "We need to come together.”
Ed Lawson with the City of Sparks said city leaders supported the governor's decision to shut down non-essential businesses, calling it an unprecedented time in our world.
He called on citizens, to choose their attitude over the next several weeks. "Choose empathy over selfishness, ethics over unfairness, logic, over lunacy. Choose to be inclusive over being thoughtless. Choose to love, not hate. Choose charitable over callus,” he said. “Choose to be a leader.”
When asked about essential versus non-essential businesses, Lucey said city staff is working to identify what those businesses are.
Sheriff Darin Balaam said the sheriff's office is meeting with other local law enforcement and the district attorney's office to determine enforcement of the governor's order and urged the community to "work with us."
The Washoe County Health District reported no new cases of COVID-19. The number of cases still stands at 12 in Washoe County.
Balaam assured the community, and said "We are prepared." He also said Wednesday's press conference would likely be the last in-person address, and stressed the unknowns that still lie ahead.
“This is a first for all of us, Balaam said. "We’ve had floods, and fires, but nothing of this magnitude.”
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MARCH 17, 11:15 A.M. Washoe County issued a Declaration of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Washoe County is dedicated to the safety, health and welfare of our citizens – this is a responsibility we do not take lightly,” said Commission Chair, Bob Lucey. “This Declaration is another tool that enables us to best serve our citizens. As I have stressed before, we must be ready to take strong action to safeguard our community against the long-term effects on public health in our region. This is a quickly moving situation and we are responding accordingly.”
The county said the declaration will increase Washoe County’s accessibility to resources and allow for flexibility with staffing, all with the goal of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Officials reminded the community not to panic but rather be prepared, be smart, be clean and be vigilant.
“I would also ask that if you are able, reach out to your neighbors, the vulnerable friends and family in your life, with your faith communities, and ensure we are looking out for those in our community who need our help most,” said Lucey.
MARCH 17, 10:30 A.M. The Washoe County Health District announced three new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases in Washoe County to 12.
The patients include a man in his 60s with recent travel to the Bay Area in California; a man in his 60s with close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County; and a woman in her 30s who traveled to Europe.
The district said all patients are self isolating and are in stable condition. The health district is investigating and working to identify close risk contacts to prevent community spread of the disease.
The health district also said all Washoe County residents that were on the Grand Princess cruise ship, who flew from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Sunday, have been safely transported to their residences.
All residents who returned were screened upon arrival and showed no symptoms of COVID-19, the district said. The residents were tested for COVID-19 before they flew home. The district said results are expected soon.
No Washoe County passengers have tested positive for COVID-19. Health district staff, who performed the screenings, drove the vehicles and wore personal protective equipment. The district said precautions were taken to ensure that the returning residents had no contact with any public spaces and those efforts were successful.
MARCH 16, 11:30 P.M. The Washoe County Health District said Monday it has no mandate to close any businesses in Washoe County in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The district released the following statement Monday evening:
Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District, and the City of Sparks seek to clarify a recent statement by the City of Reno regarding a mandatory order to close bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (not including takeout/delivery/drive through or pickup services) through April 5.
At this time, the Washoe County Health District has no mandate to close any establishments in Washoe County. The Health District supports business closures and cancellation of large public events to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19, but it is not mandatory at this time.
Additionally, the jurisdictions of Washoe County and the City of Sparks have not made a decision to close any businesses at this time due to COVID-19.
MARCH 16, 5:30 P.M. The City of Reno is clarifying Monday's announcement that all non-essential businesses must close amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve ordered temporary mandatory closures of bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (except takeout/delivery/drive through and pick up services) in the city until April 5 unless extended.
Schieve made the announcement during a press conference Monday at Reno City Hall.
The city said those businesses should begin the process of winding down operations starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, with the goal of closing by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.
“I know there was some confusion around the announcement, so I just want to clarify that these are businesses where groups of people tend to congregate,” Schieve said. “Let me also clarify that all businesses are essential. I am simply trying to limit areas of high-exposure risk.”
Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and doctors offices will remain open.
The city said casino gaming is still allowed to operate following the directions of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, but casino dining areas in restaurants and bars should be closed. Room service is allowed for guests within properties.
These business restrictions are based on the federal and state government’s guidance and recommendations on social distancing, the city said in a statement.
The mayor also urged any businesses with public gatherings to follow the same guidelines put forth by Governor Sisolak. The city said businesses should be prepared that there could be more restrictions in the future.
The city said they will be revisiting these rules on a daily basis and will be proactive in keeping the public informed.
MARCH 16, 3:15 P.M. The City of Reno said Monday it is stopping all non-essential business including casinos, bars, restaurants, and gyms.
Mayor Hillary Schieve said affected businesses have until 10 A.M. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until they must close.
Schieve said the direction came from the Washoe County Health District. "We were requesting that you stop all business for two to three weeks," Schieve said. "However we just got information in, that Washoe County Health Department is asking that we stop all non-essential business."
Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and doctors offices will remain open.
Schieve said the city will discuss with restaurants whether they can still offer drive-thru and to-go options.
Schieve urged the community not to panic.
"You will still have plenty of time to get to grocery stores," she said. "Be thoughtful to one another."
As for enforcement, Schieve said the Reno Police Department is working with business owners to monitor what is happening in the community.
Chief Soto said more specifics will come and that they "don't want to go in heavy-handed."
MARCH 15, 4:45 P.M. The Washoe County Health District late Sunday afternoon reported five new COVID-19 coronavirus cases. That makes nine cases in Washoe County.
The district said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is no longer confirming tests. All nine cases are considered confirmed. All are self-isolating in their homes.
This is how the district broke down the cases:
A woman in her 40s who traveled to Southern California.
A woman in her 30s who traveled to the Bay Area in California.
A man in his 20s who is a close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County.
A man in his 30s who is a close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County.
A woman in her 30s who is a close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County.
MARCH 15, 11:43 A.M. The Washoe County Health District has set up an online survey for Washoe County residents to fill out to help determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.
“If Washoe County residents are concerned about having #COVID19, another way to reach us without waiting on the phone is filling out this form,” the district said in a tweet.
To fill out the online form, click here.
MARCH 14, 1:40 P.M. Washoe County Health District Health Officer Kevin Dick said the latest COVID-19 case shows that it can spread in the community.
“It’s a wake-up call for us that we have COVID-19 in the community and everyone needs to be taking precautions,” Dick said Saturday at a press conference.
The health district announced a new case Saturday following an announcement Friday of a new case. Both cases have to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
Dick asked people not to hoard supplies.
“It’s probably a good idea when you are going to the grocery store to buy a few more things so you are building up a reserve,” Dick said. “There is no immediate threat.”
He cited water and toilet paper specifically as items that don’t need to be hoarded. There is no threat to the water supply, Dick said.
“This is a respiratory disease,” Dick said of COVID-19. “I don’t quite understand why there is such a rush on toilet paper.”
MARCH 14, 11:25 A.M. A fourth person has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District said Saturday morning. The test must still be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.
The case is for a man in his 20s who has no known travel recently outside Washoe County. It appears to be community spread. The man is stable and is self-isolating at home. The health district is talking to people who have had contact with him.
“We expected to begin to see community transmission of COVID-19 so this is not a surprise,” Kevin Dick, district health officer, said in a statement. “This should heighten our attention to the importance of using precautionary measures and practicing social distancing to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of any respiratory or communicable disease, including COVID-19, in Washoe County.”
There will be a press conference Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the case.
MARCH 13, 4 P.M. Washoe County announced on Friday a third person has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The test still has to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The latest is a woman in her 20s who traveled recently to Germany and France. She is stable and is self-isolating at home, the Washoe County Health District said.
The health district is working to identify close contacts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The district said it expects the first two cases will be confirmed by the CDC.
MARCH 13, 11 A.M. The Washoe County Health District reported no new cases of COVID-19 during its press conference Friday, March 13, 2020.
Kevin Dick with the health district said, in Washoe County, there is one case of COVID-19 confirmed by the CDC. Another presumptive positive case is waiting for CDC confirmation.
Dick said the health district is working with Governor Sisolak's office to coordinate the return of the Northern Nevada residents who were passengers on the Grand Princess Cruise. Dick said it is expected they will return sometime Friday, March 13.
Washoe County Commission Chairman, Bob Lucey, said all non-essential Washoe County meetings will be suspended.
Lucey also stressed the importance of being mindful of the older population in the community. "Help those who cannot fight on their own," he said.
Lucey also reminded the community to take precautions against COVID-19. "Be prepared and be smart. Be clean and be vigilant," he said.
Despite Governor Sisolak declaring a state of emergency Thursday night, and President Trump declaring a national emergency Friday, Lucey said Washoe County is not declaring one at this time.
As for COVID-19 test kits, Dick said there is a sufficient supply for the next several weeks. He also said the state lab has established a resupply system.
When asked if someone with no known travel to areas affected by coronavirus, and no known contact with a cornavirus patient, can be tested, Dick said they could be tested, and urged them to call the health district at (775) 328-2427 where they will be ranked in terms of risk priority.
Dick said the health district is working closely with the Washoe County School District to discuss appropriate action moving forward, but said they are not providing any direction on closing schools at this time.
Dick said he expects more COVID-19 cases to occur in Washoe County and urged the community to, "pull together for a significant amount of time to knock this thing down."
MARCH 11, 3:55 P.M. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has precautions in place to protect staff and inmates from COVID-19, Sheriff Darin Balaam said Wednesday.
If a flu-like case should arise, deputies and staff will work with the facility’s medical provider and the Washoe County Health District to ensure precautions are followed, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“Our inmate screening process has always contained questions related to the identification of infectious disease,” Balaam said in the statement. “With these additional steps we hope to reduce exposure to the virus while having a plan in place should symptoms appear.”
Inmate visitation has been through video conferencing for more than 10 years so face-to-face visitation is not a problem. “Visitation would only be cancelled if there was a concern for the safety of the public or a security issue within the facility,” the statement said.
The sheriff’s office has ordered additional cleaning equipment and protective supplies.
Staff is also encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for safety by washing hands regularly and staying home if they are sick; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
MARCH 10, 3 P.M. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Washoe County.
At a press conference Tuesday, the Washoe County Health District said the case involves a man in his 50's who had traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship, and who had tested presumptive positive last week. Officials said they were still waiting on results for the second presumptive positive case in Washoe County involving a 32-year-old man who had recently traveled to Santa Clara County.
Kevin Dick with the health district said the passengers returning to Nevada from the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship are not showing any symptoms. Dick said they will arrive at undisclosed airports in both northern and southern Nevada, although the district did not know when. They will then be transported to their homes where they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, which is the incubation period for COVID-19. Dick said if the residents show symptoms of the virus in that 14-day period, they will be tested.
The health district said some of the passengers were from Washoe County, but would not say how many. On Monday, Carson City Health and Human Services said 15 passengers were from Carson City, Douglas and Lyon counties.
As for the incubation period, Dick said the health district will work with the affected residents when it comes to supplies, including food and prescriptions. He said there are criminal penalties if residents who are supposed to be in self-isolation, violate the agreement made with the state. Dick said they have some ideas about surveillance that might be used, to ensure affected residents are self-isolating.
Dick said the risk of transmission remains extremely low in our community.
He urged the community to stay calm, citing rumors involving COVID-19 at a local Patagonia warehouse. Dick called the rumors unfounded.
Anyone who thinks they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to call the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2427. Health officials will then determine whether or not the symptoms warrant being tested for coronavirus.
MARCH 9, 12 P.M. Washoe County health officials updated the community Monday, March 9, 2020 after confirming a second presumptive positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area.
Kevin Dick with the Washoe County Health District said the patient is a 32-year-old man and had traveled to Santa Clara County, an area experiencing a number of COVID-19 cases. Health officials became aware of this second case late Saturday, March 7.
The district said they have identified family members who have had close contact with the patient, and those family members are in self-isolation for the 14-day incubation period. The health district said those family members have tested negative for COVID-19, but if they begin to show symptoms, they will be tested again.
The district is not releasing information in regards to the patient's place of employment, but said they are working with coworkers for any potential exposure.
Dick said there is no timeline for results of the presumptive positive cases in Washoe County, which have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. He said results will be released as soon as they are available.
The health district said there has been no local transmission of COVID-19 in our community, and prevention starts with those close to the people who have tested positive.
“Family members that are in households with the Covid-19 cases, they are still in that 14 day quarantine period," Dick explained. "We will continue to monitor them to make sure they don’t develop symptoms or if they do that we take appropriate actions with continued isolation until they recover.”
Dick urged anyone in the community with symptoms of concern, to not go to the emergency room, but instead to contact the health district at 775-328-2427. Health officials said drive-thru testing is available for patients who are determined to be of high priority. The drive-thru testing involves collecting samples in an outdoor area to minimize the risk of exposure.
As for the rush to buy supplies, Dick cautioned the community to maintain an adequate supply of food, but to not stockpile items, such as bottled water. The health district said they don't expect any disruption to the drinking water supply.
The health district has made several funding requests to help in the response to COVID-19 including $190,000 for medical staffing and supplies. That money, if approved, would come from the state's Public Health Preparedness Program.
When asked about social gatherings, Dick advised the community to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including avoiding crowds, and possibly reconsidering travel plans, especially for the older population.
Dick said there are still many unknowns about COVID-19. "We are building a plane while flying it," he said. "We've got it in the air, but we're working on how to improve things."
MARCH 8: A second person in Washoe County has tested positive for COVID-19 coranavirus, the Washoe County Health District announced Sunday morning.
The test still has to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The infected person is a 32-year-old man and he is isolated at home, the district said in a statement. His only known travel was to Santa Clara. Calif. The district is determining who had close contact with him and is conducting community surveillance to see if it has spread. He was tested at a medical emergency department.
"Given the increase in cases across the nation and the world, and the increased local testing we’re conducting, it isn’t surprising to see an additional presumptive positive case," Kevin Dick, district health officer, said in a statement. "Washoe County residents should remain vigilant against this disease."
The health district is recommending people reconsider all travel -- whether domestic or foreign -- to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The best ways for people to reduce their risk of getting sick, and preventing COVID-19 are:
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or tissue
Avoid touching your face
Stay home if you are sick
Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump
There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick
If possible, work from home
For businesses, go here for cleaning information
For more information on COVID-19, click here, or call Washoe 311 (Dial 3-1-1).
MARCH 6: The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County has added safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
The RTC disinfects its buses daily. Surfaces in transit vehicles and transit stations are sanitized daily.
Bus drivers and passengers are being urged to use proper hand hygiene, safe-coughing etiquette, and to stay home if they are sick. The RTC urges the public to follow these precautions.
Carson City Health and Human Services continues to monitor for COVID-19 cases. So far there are zero cases in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey counties. CCHHS is meeting with local government officials including emergency management, school districts, and sherriff’s offices to discuss preventative measures and plans for any potential impacts from COVID-19.
U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Friday requesting the agency fulfill Gov. Steve Sisolak’s request for additional COVID-19 test kits to enhance the capacity of Nevada’s health agencies to test patients and protect communities.
ORIGINAL STORY: Northern Nevada Medical Center is limiting patient visitation until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns.
The changes include:
- If deemed necessary, visitors will be allowed into the hospital from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This may change. NNMC advise people to contact your family members prior to going to the facility.
- Visitors will be screened before entrance to the hospital is allowed.
- People with a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or a severe respiratory illness, should not go to the hospital. They should contact the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2427.
- No one younger than 12 is allowed to visit a patient at the hospital.
- Only one visitor will be allowed per hospital patient at a time.
- Only one visitor should accompany patients seeking treatment in the emergency department.
- Visitors should use hand gel when entering the hospital to minimize the spread of germs. Hand gel stations are available at all entrances and by all elevator banks.
Gov. Steve Sisolak commented Friday on the presumptive positive test for the coronavirus in Washoe County, saying his heart goes out to those impacted by COVID-19.
“As the situation continues to rapidly develop throughout Nevada and around the country, we will continue to coordinate and support a coordinated response and preventative measures at all levels of government,” Sisolak said in a statement. “As Nevadans continue to take preventative measures as they’ve been instructed to do, I will be joining our federal delegation in seeking additional resources to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
He encouraged Nevadans to not panic but to take the issue seriously and to keep informed. Sisolak said he is in daily contact with the state school superintendent and education leaders and is offering the state’s support.
“We will continue to choose collaboration over chaos,” Sisolak said. “We will continue to prepare and prevent, not panic.”
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve also issued a statement, saying she was saddened to learn from the Washoe County District Health Department there was a presumptive test showing a Washoe County resident had COVID-19.
“The city of Reno is continuing to monitor the level of risk to the public in close coordination with WCHD and other regional agencies, and we will provide updates as they become available,” Schieve said. “In addition to these regional efforts, Ccty personnel and programs are prepared to protect the public without affecting services.”
Barton Health announced it is cancelling its performance and wellness classes, support groups and other non-essential public events until further notice.
“This does not affect patient care, and all clinical services and medical offices are fully operational,” Barton said in a statement.
The Washoe County Library said all library stay-and-play and virtual reality programs are currently suspended.
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