7:34 p.m. | April 9. 2021
Nevada Reports Largest Number of New Cases In Nearly A Month
By Paul Boger
Nevada health officials reported the largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases in nearly a month.
According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, Nevada recorded more than 600 new cases of the virus Friday. Officials say the jump in new cases is the result of a reporting backlog.
Nevada’s test positivity rate has also begun to slowly tick upward. Over the past five days, the rate has climbed from 4.2 percent on Monday to 4.8 percent Friday..
However, nearly a third of the state's entire population is now fully vaccinated.
Nearly 307,000 people have contracted COVID-19 since March 2020. More than 5,300 have died.
5:22 p.m. | April 8, 2021
Nevada’s Test Positivity Rate Continues To Tick Up
By Paul Boger
Nevada's two-week test positivity rate is slowly creeping back up.
The positivity rate, which tracks how many COVID-19 tests in the state return positive, increased to 4.7% Thursday, according to data posted to the state’s coronavirus website.
The rate was in steady decline for nearly three months reaching as low as 4% before starting to tick back up this week. The World Health Organization recommends a positivity rate of less than five percent as a way to control community spread of the virus.
Currently, the state is averaging about 200 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths daily.
More than a third of the state's population 16 and older are now fully vaccinated.
Washoe Commission Approves New COVID-19 Reopening Plan
By Paul Boger
Washoe County Commissioners are looking to loosen COVID-19 restrictions starting May 1.
The new plan will allow restaurants to serve groups as large as 10 people and eliminates social distancing requirements for outdoor events as well as private gatherings. It also removes a 75% county vaccination rate requirement before full reopening. Instead, the hospitalization rate will determine further restrictions.
The commission approved an amended version of the county's reopening plan on a four-to-one vote Thursday.
The updated plan will now head to the state COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force and Governor Steve Sisolak for final approval.
5:35 p.m. | April 7, 2021
Washoe County Sees Uptick In COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck
Washoe County is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
Washoe County’s test positivity rate has climbed from 5% at the end of March to 6.2% on Wednesday.
That rate has increased statewide, as well. Now, 4.5% of all coronavirus tests in Nevada are coming back positive.
Statewide, health officials are reporting about 200 new daily cases with three additional deaths per day.
In Washoe County, 65 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, well above the two-week rolling average.
The latest data shows nearly 22% of Nevadans 16 and older are now fully vaccinated.
El Dorado County Moves To Orange Tier
By Jayden Perez
El Dorado County is easing COVID-19 restrictions, moving from the Red Tier into the Orange Tier.
Restaurants can now operate at 50% capacity indoors. Retailers can open fully if they can ensure social distancing.
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced the state is aiming to fully reopen by June 15, as long as current trends continue.
Currently, most counties in the eastern Sierra remain under the more restrictive Red Tier. Only Lassen County shows signs of minimal community spread of COVID-19.
To see the status of your California county, click here.
April 6, 2021 | Regional Updates
- FEMA Helps Launch Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics In Rural And Tribal Communities In Nevada
- Washoe Co. Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Tool
- Nevada’s Test Positivity-Rate Stalls
- Sisolak Releases Recovery Plan For Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds
- One In Five Washoe Residents Fully Vaccinated
- Washoe County COVID-19 Response Team Looking For COVID-19 Vaccinators
For continued updates on the novel coronavirus in Nevada, visit our related stories page.