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Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

5:28 p.m. | October 13, 2020

Nevada Reports 487 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 487 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 10 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

There have been more than 1.1 million COVID-19 tests performed in Nevada.

For the most up to date information please visit: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/

Washoe County Reports One COVID-19-Related Death
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported one COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions. There are now 177 COVID-19-related deaths in the county.

The county also reported 100 new cases of the virus and 44 recoveries. The 7-day rolling average for new cases of COVID-19 per day is 100, according to officials.

There have been more than 157,000 COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County.

For the most up to date information please visit: https://gis.washoecounty.us/COVID19

Two Midtown Bars With Interactive Games Get Notice Of Violation From City Of Reno
By Lucia Starbuck

KRNV is reporting that two bars in Midtown Reno have received a notice of violation from the City of Reno's Code Enforcement. The two bars, the Glass Die and Press Start, have something in common: they both have interactive games.  

Under Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 safety directives, games such as pool, card playing and arcade games are not permitted. Congregate settings that are not being used for preparation and essential business services must also remain closed.

Gaming devices are only allowed if regulated by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. 

The owner of the Glass Die told KRNV he’s going to keep his doors open just as a bar; whereas, the owner of Press Start said he would be closing in the meantime.

In other bar news, the Reno Zombie Crawl is also canceled this year, according to the organizer’s Facebook page.

California Rules Now Allow For 3 Households To Socialize
By The Associated Press 

California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow multi-household gatherings outdoors.
 

Three households can socialize so long as they wear masks and follow other safety precautions designed to stem the spread of the virus. State health officials previously had discouraged gatherings outside of a single household.
 

The state set the limit of three households out of concern that people will be tempted to have even larger indoor activities with the approach of Halloween and other holidays during the colder months. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the rules recognize the increasing pressure for get-togethers among relatives and close friends.

With Federal Aid Stalled, No Help For California Budget Cuts
By The Associated Press 

California is unlikely to get money to offset budget cuts worth billions of dollars with new coronavirus aid talks stalled in Congress.
 

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers included more than $11 billion in cuts and deferrals in the state budget. But those cuts would vanish if the federal government sent the state more money by Oct. 15, which is Thursday.
 

Newsom said he is still hopeful for more federal money. The cuts have hit the court system particularly hard and some already have taken action by shutting down for one day per month.  

9:38 a.m. | October 13, 2020

Elko County Reports 25 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Elko County reported twenty-five new cases of COVID-19 and twenty-one recoveries, as of Monday.  Ten active cases are currently hospitalized.  Eleven people have died from the virus.

Elko County is providing free drive-thru COVID-19 testing on October 16 and 23 at the Elko County Fairgrounds.   

Community-based testing will be offered in West Wendover on October 21st.

Quad Counties Report 13 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

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

As of Monday, this brings the total number of cases to 1,493, with 1,316 recoveries and 17 deaths; 160 cases remain active in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties

There is a drive-thru flu vaccination and COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at Eagle Valley Middle School in Carson City.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Monday, October 12, 2020

4:50 p.m. | October 12, 2020

Nevada COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting nearly 570 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to more than 86,000. The death toll statewide is over 1,660, according to the state’s online dashboard. Three deaths were reported on Monday.

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported 60 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Health officials are also reporting 100 recoveries. There are now over 1,200 active cases and over 10,700 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County. 

Six deaths were also reported; however, it is important to note that four of those deaths occurred in August and were not previously reported to the Washoe County Health District. 

Nevada's COVID-19 Response Director Tests Positive For The Virus
By Jayden Perez

Nevada's COVID-19 response director has said that he tested positive for the virus last week after developing flu-like symptoms during the prior weekend. 

After Caleb Cage got the test result, employees in the governor's office started working from home. People who came into contact with Cage were also tested, including Gov. Steve Sisolak. The governor and the others tested negative. Nevada officials on Monday also reported nearly 570 new confirmed cases and three new deaths. 

The state's number of new cases and its positivity rate are higher than they were in early September.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Saturday, October 10, 2020

8:23 a.m. | October 10, 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, October 9, 2020

5:37 p.m. | October 9, 2020

UNR Suspends In-Person Learning After Fall Break
By Michelle Billman

To address COVID-19 concerns, the University of Nevada, Reno has announced that after fall break, all classes will be remote learning only through the end of the fall semester. 

statement from the university said that the decision comes after consultation with the Washoe County Health District. In recent weeks, 1 in 9 active positive cases in Washoe have been associated with the UNR community. Also, the age range of 18-to-24 continues to have the highest amount of new cases. Only two counties in Nevada, including Washoe, are being monitored for elevated disease transmission at this point. 

Students who live in residence halls are asked not to return to campus after fall break, which is traditionally Thanksgiving weekend, unless there's a hardship. Starting on Monday, November 30, all classes will be remote. UNR's new president Brian Sandoval also noted that spring break will be canceled next semester, due to concerns over travel during the pandemic. Instead, the spring semester will be starting one week later.

As a note of disclosure, the license to this station is owned by the Board of Regents to the Nevada System of Higher Education and KUNR is on the UNR campus. 

Nevada Reports 8 COVID-19 Deaths, 766 Cases Friday
By KUNR Staff

The state of Nevada reported 8 new COVID-19 deaths and more than 760 confirmed cases Friday. The state death toll is now 1,657 and 84,593 cases have been confirmed statewide.

In Washoe County, health officials say there's been another COVID-19 death. The deceased was a woman in her 90s with underlying conditions. The county's death toll is now 168. There are also 144 new cases and more than 70 recoveries reported on Friday, which is the third straight day in which there have been more than 100 new cases reported. 

In Humboldt County, officials reported five new cases, bringing its case total to 141, with 12 of those active. The Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe has a total of 95 cases, 5 of which are active.

Feds Tell Nevada To Rescind Ban On Nursing Home COVID Tests
By The Associated Press

Federal health officials are telling Nevada to rescind a statewide directive issued several days ago telling nursing homes to stop using rapid "point of care" coronavirus tests due to the likelihood of false positive results.
 

The head of COVID-19 diagnostic testing at the federal Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that Nevada can't legally impose the ban it ordered Oct. 2. He acknowledged there's "no perfect test" for the virus and said identifying 40% of true positives can save lives in nursing homes.
 

Nevada's COVID-19 chief said the state is reviewing a letter from the federal government and intends to respond.

9:28 a.m. | October 9, 2020

Quad Counties Report 23 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

In the Quad Counties Region, 23 new cases and five recoveries were reported yesterday. 

So far, Carson City Health and Human Services have reported more than 1,400 (1,416) confirmed cases. There are 126 active cases and 17 people have died.

There is a drive-thru flu vaccination and COVID-19 testing event for residents on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Carson High School.   

Recoveries Outpace New Cases Of COVID-19 In Elko County
By Danna O’Connor

In Elko County, recoveries outpaced new cases. Health officials reported three new cases and 12 recoveries yesterday. 

In total, more than a thousand people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Northeastern Nevada; 69 cases remain active and 10 people have died. 

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Thursday, October 8, 2020

6:39 p.m. | October 8, 2020

Nevada Reports 13 Deaths and 480 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Paul Boger

Health officials in Washoe County are reporting 110 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 99 recoveries, today. 

That brings the total number of confirmed cases of the disease to 10,335. There are 1,231 active cases and 167 people in Washoe County have died from COVID-19.

Twenty-three new cases and five recoveries were reported in the Quad Counties Region. So far, Carson City Health and Human Services has reported 1,416 confirmed cases; 126 remain active and 17 people have died.

Recoveries outpaced new cases in Elko County. Health officials reported three new cases and 12 recoveries. In total, 1,046 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Northeastern Nevada; 69 remain active and 10 people have died. 

Statewide, health officials reported 13 deaths and 480 new cases of the disease, today.

According to the Nevada Health Response's Online Dashboard, 83,827 people have contracted COVID-19 in Nevada and 1,649 have died. The state’s overall cumulative positivity rate was 9.7 percent.

COVID-19 Outbreak Reported At Assisted Living Facility In Yerington
By Paul Boger

Officials in Lyon County are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 at an assisted living facility in Yerington according to a press release issued on Thursday afternoon. A recent round of testing at Mason Valley Residence revealed that 34 out of 53 tests performed last week came back positive for the novel coronavirus. 

The facility says it is working to notify family and guardians of the residents as well as employees.

County officials are working with South Lyon Medical Center, Carson City Health and Human Services and the Quad County Health Care Coalition to assist the facility to reduce the impacts and further spread of COVID-19 at the facility and in the community.

MGM Looks To Free Up Cash Amid Fallout From Pandemic
By Las Vegas Review-Journal

MGM Resorts International, Nevada’s largest employer, says it is making another go at boosting its cash on hand.
 

According to theLas Vegas Review-Journal, the Las Vegas-based casino operator filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to begin offering $750 million worth of bonds set to come due in 2028. 
 

The offer comes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have “a significant impact on (MGM’s) business, results of operations and financial condition.”
 

As of last month, MGM Resorts had reopened all of its properties, but many still have limited amenities and occupancy rates.
 

The company said it is not yet sure how long it will take for its properties’ operations to return to normal, or if any properties will be required to temporarily close once again.
 

In August, the company laid off 18,000 workers.  

10:21 a.m. | October 8, 2020

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

Carson City Health and Human Services reported nineteen new cases and eleven additional recoveries of COVID-19 on Wednesday. 

This brings the total number of cases to 1,393, with 1,268 recoveries and 17 deaths in the Quad-County Region.

There are drive-thru flu vaccination and COVID-19 testing events for residents today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Fernley High School, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Carson High School.  

Elko County Reports 11 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Elko County reported eleven new cases of COVID 19 and two recoveries from the virus on Wednesday. Three active cases are currently hospitalized. Ten people have died. 

Elko County and the Nevada National Guard will provide free drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Friday at the Elko County Fairgrounds.  

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

5:26 p.m. | October 7, 2020

Nevada Reports 431 Additional Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 431 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The department reported seven additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide.

Washoe County Reports
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported two COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday. They were two men, both in their 60s with underlying health conditions. There are now 167 COVID-19-related deaths in the county.

Officials are also reporting 118 new cases of the virus and 119 recoveries.

There have been a little more than 150,000 COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County.

Gov. Sisolak Tests Negative For COVID-19 After Staffer Tests Positive
By Lucia Starbuck

Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted that he has tested negative for COVID-19. He said he got tested out of an abundance of caution after his staff member in the Capitol Office in Carson City tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. 

The governor has not had contact with the positive case since mid-September and all staff members who have come into contact with the person must receive a negative result before returning to the building. 

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

  

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California Governor's Staff Member Positive For COVID-19
By The Associated Press 

A member of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office staff has tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing has begun. The governor's office said in a statement Wednesday that the staff member had not interacted with Newsom or with staff who routinely interact with the governor.
 

Separately, a state employee who works in a space shared with some staff from the governor's office also tested positive for COVID-19, but the person also had not interacted with the governor or his close staff.
 

The governor's office says it received word of both positive tests earlier this week and COVID-19 protocols for California state agencies were implemented.

California Sees No Link From School Openings To Virus Spread
By The Associated Press

California has not seen a link between the reopening of K-12 schools for in-person learning and increased coronavirus transmission. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state's top public health official, said on Tuesday it can take time for trends to emerge, but so far the results are encouraging.
 

California requires counties to report coronavirus levels and infection rates below certain thresholds before they can allow K-12 schools to broadly reopen for in-person instruction. This week, 32 of the state's 58 counties were deemed eligible to do so, up from 28 a week earlier.
 

The state has seen a broad decline in the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.

10:24 a.m. | October 7, 2020

Elko County Reports 11 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Elko County reported eleven new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday with five recoveries from the virus. Two active cases remain hospitalized. 

So far, the county has reported:   

  • 1,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • 69 active cases
  • 953 recovered cases
  • 10 deaths from the disease

Elko County is providing free drive-thru COVID-19 testing on October 9, 16 and 23. Testing will be conducted at the Elko County Fairgrounds.   

Quad Counties Report 13 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Carson City Health and Human Services reported thirteen new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional recoveries from the virus on Tuesday.   

This brings the total number of cases to 1,374, with 1,257 recoveries and 17 deaths in the Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County area.

There are three drive-thru flu vaccination and COVID-19 testing events for Quad-County residents this week 

  • Wednesday, October 7, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pau Wa Lu Middle School in Gardnerville.
  • Thursday, October 8, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Fernley High School. 
  • Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Carson High School.

Get Caught Up:

October 6, 2020 | Regional Updates

  • Washoe County School District Nutrition Staffers May Face Layoffs, Pay Cuts
  • COVID-19 Cases Continue To Climb In Nevada
  • Washoe County Sends Out Mail-In Ballots After Delays
  • Washoe County Close To Surpassing 10,000 Total COVID-19 Cases
  • Nugget Casino In Sparks To Lay Off 154 Employees
  • Washoe County Library System Expands Book Drop Off Hours
  • Washoe County Reports The Highest Test Positivity Rate In The State

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