Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Live Blog

Novel Coronavirus In California: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

5:37 p.m. | September 22, 2020

Nevada Reports 260 New COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting over 260 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to over 76,000. The death toll statewide is over 1,500, according to the state’s online dashboard. Fifteeen deaths were reported on Tuesday.

Washoe County Reports 54 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Health officials are also reporting 98 recoveries. There are now over 1,100 active cases and nearly 8,800 cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

9:45 a.m. | September 22, 2020

Quad Counties Report Three New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O'Connor

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 and ten recoveries in the Quad-County Region.

This brings the total number of cases to 1,243, with 1,112 recoveries and sixteen deaths.

The new cases are:

  • A male Lyon County resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 60s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Lyon County resident in his 50s with no connection to a previously reported case.

There are two drive-thru COVID-19 testing events for Quad-County residents this week.

September 24th, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
East Fork Fire Station 12 (3620 N Sunridge Dr, Carson City)

September 25th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Lockwood Senior Center (800 Peri Ranch Rd, Lockwood)

Testing is free of charge; first-come, first-served, no appointments or reservations.

Elko County Reports Ten New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O'Connor

Elko County is reporting ten new cases of COVID-19 and 21 recoveries from the virus.  One active case is currently hospitalized.

The county now has 922 confirmed cases with 878 recoveries and 9 deaths.

Elko County has received CARES Act funding to partner with Medallus Urgent Care to provide free testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. 

Medallus is open seven days a week.  Call Medallus at 775-400-1510 to schedule an appointment.

Test results take between two to four days.

Novel Coronavirus In California: Monday, September 21, 2020

7:17 p.m. | September 21, 2020

Nevada Reports 232 New COVID-19 Cases Statewide
By Stephanie Serrano

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 232 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and no new additional deaths. 

There are 1,531 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been more than 988,000 tests performed in the state. There are 335 confirmed hospitalizations, up 22 from Sunday. 

Washoe County reported 66 new COVID-19 cases and 193 recoveries on Monday. 

There are just above 1,200 active cases. The county has surpassed 8,700 total cases. The death toll is 154. 

New Small Business Fund Available For Minority And Women-Owned Businesses
By Stephanie Serrano

Women and minority-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19 can apply for a new financial assistance program. The awarded money is being funded by the City of Reno in partnership with the Audacity Institute with funds received from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. 

The Audacity Institute will oversee administration of financial assistance awards up to $20,000 to businesses with owners from historically under-represented groups. The institute is also working alongside a diversity advisory board to minimize bias in the selection process. 

Applications are open until Oct. 2 and are available in both English and Spanish.

REMSA Will Administer Free Flu Shots For Homebound Adults
By Stephanie Serrano

As flu season approaches, Washoe county adults who are fighting a sickness or illness that prevents them from leaving their home now have access to a flu shot. 

REMSA nurses and paramedics will administer home flu shot visits at a first-come, first-served basis. Community members must be free of acute illness such as vomiting or fever. 

Residents interested are encouraged to call 775-353-0807 to schedule an appointment, beginning on September 28. 

Judge Dismisses Trump Challenge To Nevada Mail Voting Law
By The Associated Press

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenging Nevada's new vote-by-mail law., saying the campaign failed to show how it could be harmed by the law.
 

Trump's campaign has filed lawsuits in several states over voting rules and had asked the judge to block a new Nevada law that calls for mail-in ballots to automatically be sent to all active voters, a change prompted by the coronavirus.
 

The campaign has argued the law is unconstitutional. U.S. Judge James C. Mahan says the Trump campaign made allegations that were policy disagreements but did not show any constitutional harms.
 

Las Vegas Area Bars Reopen After 10-Week Shutdown
By The Associated Press

Patrons showed up at bars in and around Las Vegas to celebrate their reopening after weeks of a coronavirus-driven shut down.
 

Customers came late Sunday just before midnight eager to sit at a favorite bar including establishments inside restaurants and casinos. But most bars saw light foot traffic as they must follow social distancing guidelines and limited capacity rules.
 

The Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force agreed last week to relax the last of the bar closure orders that Gov. Steve Sisolak re-imposed July 10.
 

The order limited social gatherings where alcohol is served in coronavirus pandemic hot spots around the state.

Nevada Governor Won't Punish Douglas County For Holding Trump Rally
By The Associated Press

Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday he does not plan to take back $8.9 million in coronavirus relief dollars that Nevada allocated to Douglas County, despite local officials agreeing to allow President Donald Trump to host a campaign rally.
 

Nevada provided the relief funds on the condition that it enforce statewide directives, including limiting public gatherings to 50 people. Officials said they weighed First Amendment concerns with state directives before deciding to allow the rally, jeopardizing the funds.
 

Sisolak said he ultimately decided not to not claw back the funds to not punish residents for the officials' decision. 

Novel Coronavirus In California: Sunday, September 20, 2020

7:00 p.m. | September 20, 2020

Nevada Reports 385 New Coronavirus Cases With 3 More Deaths
By The Associated Press

State health officials on Sunday reported 385 new positive COVID-19 cases in Nevada along with three additional deaths. That increases the statewide totals to nearly 76,000 cases and 1,531 deaths since the pandemic began.
 

Nevada Department of Health Services officials also say of the nearly 76,000 cases, more than 64,000 of them have been in Clark County. Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press showed that seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and deaths in Nevada declined over the past two weeks. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
 

Washoe County reported one new COVID-19 related death: a male in his 50s with no underlying health conditions. Additionally, 92 new COVID-19 cases and 161 recoveries were recorded Sunday.
 

There are a little more than 1,300 active cases. The county has surpassed 8,000 total cases and the death toll is 154. 

California Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 15,000 Mark
By The Associated Press

California's death count from the coronavirus has surpassed 15,000 even as the state saw widespread improvement in infection levels. A tally by Johns Hopkins University put California's death toll as the fourth highest in the country. New York has suffered by far the most deaths --more than 33,000--followed New Jersey, which has about half as many. Texas is third. California has had the most confirmed virus cases in the country with about 775,000, but key indicators have fallen dramatically since a spike that started after Memorial Day weekend prompted statewide shutdowns of businesses.  

California To Pause Unemployment Claims For 2 Weeks
By The Associated Press

Officials say California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state announced the two-week pause on Saturday.
 

Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog in which their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days. The department has been hampered throughout the pandemic by outdated technology at a time when California is seeing an unprecedented wave of unemployment claims. 

Locals Rally For The Start Of High School Sports After Postponing It Amid COVID-19
By Stephanie Serrano

Over the weekend, dozens of high school athletes, coaches and parents gathered at the Nevada State Legislature building in Carson City to rally against the decision to postpone fall sports. Many feel they should be able to play now. 

The Reno Gazette Journal reports that the decision comes directly from the state executive branch and governor Steve Sisolak. 

The current proposal from the Nevada National Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) has fall sports starting in April.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Saturday, September 19, 2020

8:45 p.m. | September 19, 2020

Volunteers Find Big Need For Student Weekend Meals In Vegas
By The Associated Press

Serving Our Kids is a Las Vegas-area program that started small, supplying food to 20 students at one school 14 years ago. Since then, it’s grown into a nonprofit that provides weekend meals for about 3,800 students at 80 southern Nevada schools.
 

This fall, amid coronavirus pandemic economic hardships, the program’s executive says they’ve seen a 27% increase in referrals from school counselors. He tells the Las Vegas Sun the need is much greater now than it's ever been.

Nevada Reports 323 Additional COVID Cases, Four More Deaths Saturday
By The Associated Press

State officials on Saturday reported 323 additional COVID-19 cases in Nevada along with four additional deaths, increasing the statewide totals to more than 75,000 cases cases and 1,528 deaths.
 

Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press showed that seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and deaths in Nevada declined over the past two weeks.
 

The average of new cases went from 409 on September 4 to 327 on Friday, while the average of new deaths dropped slightly from 12.6 to 12.1
 

Washoe County reported 92 new COVID-19 cases and 24 recoveries Saturday.
 

There are a little more than 1,400 active cases. The county has surpassed 8,500 total cases. The death toll is 153.
 

The event drew several thousand people. For reference, the state’s current cap on any gathering is 50 people.  

8:25 a.m. | September 19, 2020

KUNR is committed to sharing information and resources on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus in Nevada please visit the following websites for your area.

Nevada
https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/

Washoe County
https://covid19washoe.com/

Quad Counties (Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, Storey County)
https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/

Elko County
https://www.elkocountynv.net/alert_detail.php

Check back on Monday for our regular updates.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Friday, September 18, 2020

6:15 p.m. | September 18, 2020

Nevada COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting more than 500 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to more than 75,000. The death toll statewide is over 1,500, according to the state’s online dashboard. 18 deaths were reported on Friday.

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Twenty-eight new recoveries have also been reported. There are now over 1,300 active cases and nearly 9,500 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Reports First Case Of Covid-19 In General Population Of Detention Facility
By Jayden Perez

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reported its first known case of COVID-19 from within the general population of the Detention Facility on Friday.

The positive result was found during testing before a medical procedure offsite. The inmate is asymptomatic and isolated.

As soon as the Sheriff’s Office became aware of the positive result, the housing unit where the positive inmate had been housed was placed in quarantine, inmates in that housing unit were issued masks, and the positive inmate was moved to a cell in the infirmary. 

Over 100 Cases Of Covid-19 Reported At The University Of Nevada Reno
By Jayden Perez

According to Washoe County Health District official Kevin Dick, there have been well over 100 reported cases of COVID-19 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Many of these cases are linked to off-campus parties as sources of transmission. 

Dick said that he is not aware of any transmissions through the school, but there were known students who had the coronavirus while on campus. While the health district doesn’t have the authority to issue fines for parties, the City of Reno does. Dick encouraged the public to call non-emergency police lines to report any parties that violate the 25-person limit on private gatherings.

Some California Schools May Be Affected By Return To Tier
By The Associated Press

California schools that haven't resumed in-person instruction will not be allowed to do so if the counties where they are located are moved to a more restrictive tier due to rising coronavirus cases.
 

The state's Department of Public Health says K-through-12 schools can reopen in a county once it has been moved out of the most restrictive purple tier, which signals widespread virus transmission for two weeks. But if they don't, and the county returns to that tier, they can no longer do so.
 

Some schools had planned for in-person classes to resume in late September and October.

Sisolak Looking To Withhold $8.9 Million From Douglas County After Trump Rally
By Jayden Perez

In response to Douglas County’s choice to host a Trump campaign rally in Minden, Governor Steve Sisolak is looking to withhold the county’s federal coronavirus relief funds. 

According to the Reno Gazette Journal, this week Sisolak announced that he is working to hold nearly nine million dollars from Douglas County after the Minden rally. In order for Douglas County to receive those funds, county officials had previously agreed to sign a contract in which they promised to meet the virus-prevention measures outlined by the state. 

The event drew several thousand people. For reference, the state’s current cap on any gathering is 50 people.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Thursday, September 17, 2020

6:42 p.m. | September 17, 2020

Coronavirus Deaths Top 1,500 In Nevada
By Paul Boger

The Washoe County Health District reported 166 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the area's total number cases to 8,461. There are 1,346 active cases. Health also reported two additional deaths in Washoe County. One hundred fifty-three people in the area have died from the disease. 

In the Quad Counties, Carson City Health and Human Services reported 23 new cases, with 130 cases still active there.

Statewide, Nevada recorded 347 new cases on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 74,595 with 12 new COVID-19-related deaths, pushing the state's COVID-19 death toll to 1,506.

Bars, Taverns in Clark and Elko Counties Can Soon Reopen
By Paul Boger

Health officials in Nevada have given the go-ahead to reopen bars and taverns in Clark and Elko counties.

As reported by The Nevada Independent, the task force’s decision comes more than two months after state officials initially shuttered bars in seven counties as the number of coronavirus cases began to spike earlier this summer. 

Clark and Elko counties are the final two counties to be allowed to reopen drinking establishments effective 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Despite recent success in mitigating the spread of the disease, Clark and Elko counties will remain on the task force’s list of counties at elevated risk for the spread of COVID-19.

The task force, however, did not consider a request from Clark County to allow conventions and churches to operate at 50 percent capacity instead of being subject to the state’s 50-person limit on public gatherings and permit youth sports to resume.

Health officials say those decisions would have to come from Gov. Steve Sisolak in the form of a new emergency directive.

More Than A Quarter Of Clark County COVID-19 Cases Linked To Hotels, Resorts
By Paul Boger

More than one-in-four Clark County residents recently infected with COVID-19 may have contracted or spread the disease at a hotel, motel or resort. 

New contact tracing data released on Thursday, revealed hard numbers about the role Nevada’s tourism industry is having on the state’s outbreak.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 26 percent of infected county residents who spoke with disease investigators reported visiting a hotel, motel or resort in the last 30 days. 

About 12 percent reported visiting a “food establishment,” a broad category that includes restaurants, grocery stores and other types of businesses during the same period.

Health officials were quick to point out, the businesses are not necessarily where infections are occurring, but rather they're among the places people visited before becoming aware of the infection.

9:17 a.m. | September 17, 2020

Elko County Reports Two New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Elko County is reporting two new cases and six recoveries. 

Four active cases remain hospitalized, three at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and one at the University of Utah.

Elko County now has 904 confirmed cases, 52 active cases and 834 recoveries. There have been eight deaths.

Quad Counties Report Nine New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting nine new cases and six additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,194, with 1,062 recoveries and fifteen deaths in the Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties.   

There is a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents on Thursday.  

September 17th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Silver Springs Senior Center (2945 Ft Churchill St, Silver Springs)

Testing is free of charge; no appointments needed.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

6:35 p.m. | September 16, 2020

Nevada COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting just over 200 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to more than 74,000. The death toll statewide is nearly 1,500, according to the state’s online dashboard. Twelve deaths have been reported on Wednesday.

Washoe County COVID-19 Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported a new death on Wednesday caused by COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 60s, with underlying health conditions. This brings the death total is 151.

The county also reported 111 new cases of COVID-19. This is the largest increase in cases since August 13. The increase is attributed to Labor Day gatherings. There are currently over 1,200 active cases and more than 8,000 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

Nevada Officials Project Covid-19 Uptick From Trump Rallies
By The Associated Press

Nevada health officials say they expect to see an uptick in new coronavirus cases after President Donald Trump held rallies in the state over the weekend. 
 

Thousands of mostly mask-less supporters attended the rallies in Minden on Saturday and Henderson on Sunday, which violated Nevada directives capping the number of people who can attend public gatherings at 50.
 

The rally in Henderson was the first indoor event Trump has held since a mid-June arena event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nevada has reported more than 73,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 1,500 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 

Nevada City Fines Trump Rally Venue $3,000 In Covid-19 Flap
By The Associated Press

The Nevada city where President Donald Trump held an indoor Republican campaign rally is fining the venue owner $3,000 for violating coronavirus prevention requirements imposed by the state's Democratic governor.
 

Henderson officials told Xtreme Manufacturing owner Donald Ahern on Monday that the indoor event for thousands of people at his rental company warehouse in suburban Las Vegas violated Governor Steve Sisolak's COVID-19 emergency directives.
 

The rules prohibit gatherings larger than 50 people, require distance between them, and mandate masks or face coverings. Ahern's attorney acknowledged receiving notice from the city and will decide whether to challenge the fine. He has 30 days.

Flight To Las Vegas Diverted Due To Passenger’s Refusal To Wear A Mask
By Jayden Perez

On Tuesday, a flight headed for Las Vegas was diverted after a passenger refused to wear a facemask. The flight made a stop in Nebraska so the passenger could be removed, according to KRNV. 

United Airlines previously announced that it will blacklist passengers who don’t follow their mask requirement.

Trick-or-What? Pandemic Halloween Is A Mixed Bag All Around
By The Associated Press

So many people look forward to Halloween, but this year is going to be vastly different for many. An association for haunted attractions estimates half among 800 or so of its members won't open. 
 

Parents and governments are weighing whether door-to-door trick-or-treating can safely happen. Block parties, festivals and parades are off around the United States. But one big winner may just be the candy industry. U.S. sales of Halloween-themed chocolate and candy were up 70% over 2019 in the four weeks ending Aug. 9. Ferrara Candy Co., which makes a Halloween staple, Brach's Candy Corn, said most retail partners asked for early shipments of Halloween candy because of expected demand.

Washoe County Bars Allowed To Reopen At Midnight
By Jayden Perez

Today Nevada health officials announced that bars in Washoe county will open 11:59 tonight. The bars will have to follow operating standards that are posted on the Washoe County website. 

Restrictions include using touchless transactions as much as possible and a single tab is required for groups. Local business license agencies and/or the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be enforcing general requirements.  

9:27 a.m. | September 16, 2020

Elko County Reports Seven New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O'Connor

Elko County is reporting seven new cases and five recoveries from COVID 19. Four active cases remain hospitalized, three at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and one at the University of Utah. 

Thus far, Elko County has 902 confirmed cases, 838 recovered cases, and eight deaths.

Quad Counties Report 31 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O'Connor

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting thirty-one new cases and eight additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. 

This brings the total number of cases to 1,185, with 1,056 recoveries and fifteen deaths There are 114 active cases.

There are two drive-thru COVID-19 testing events for Quad-County residents.  Testing is free of charge; no appointments needed.

September 16th, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Mills Park Seely Loop (Seely Loop, Carson City, enter off of Saliman Rd

September 17th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Silver Springs Senior Center (2945 Ft Churchill St, Silver Springs)

Get Caught Up:

September 15, 2020 | Regional Updates

  • UNR Reports 127 COVID-19 Cases, Announces Virtual Ceremonies For All 2020 Grads
  • Nevada Officials Project COVID-19 Uptick From Trump Rallies
  • Washoe County BarsAnd Breweries Set To Reopen
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill To Help Houseless Nevadans Affected By COVID-19
  • Washoe County Library System To Have Chromebooks Free Of Use At Libraries In Coming Weeks

For continued updates on the novel coronavirus in Nevada, visit our related stories page.

Novel Coronavirus In California: Monday, September 21, 2020

  

9:45 p.m. | September 22, 2020

Quad Counties Report Three New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O'Connor

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 and ten recoveries in the Quad-County Region.

This brings the total number of cases to 1,243, with 1,112 recoveries and sixteen deaths.

The new cases are:

  • A male Lyon County resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 60s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Lyon County resident in his 50s with no connection to a previously reported case.

There are two drive-thru COVID-19 testing events for Quad-County residents this week.

September 24th, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
East Fork Fire Station 12 (3620 N Sunridge Dr, Carson City)

September 25th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Lockwood Senior Center (800 Peri Ranch Rd, Lockwood)

Testing is free of charge; first-come, first-served, no appointments or reservations.

Elko County Reports Ten New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O'Connor

Elko County is reporting ten new cases of COVID-19 and 21 recoveries from the virus.  One active case is currently hospitalized.

The county now has 922 confirmed cases with 878 recoveries and 9 deaths.

Elko County has received CARES Act funding to partner with Medallus Urgent Care to provide free testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. 

Medallus is open seven days a week.  Call Medallus at 775-400-1510 to schedule an appointment.

Test results take between two to four days.