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Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: June 10-16

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Regional Novel Coronavirus Updates: Tuesday, June 16

7:32 p.m. | June 16, 2020

Nevada Reports Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Case Jump
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 379 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. That total is the highest jump of new cases in one day that the state has seen, and the news comes after Gov. Steve Sisolak announced he would not be easing any more restrictions until at least July.

There are 467 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, according to a state online dashboard.

There have been nearly 255,000 COVID-19 tests performed in the state.

Washoe County Reports 13 New COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County reported 13 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 12 recoveries.

There have been more than 41,000 COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County. That includes an additional 519 tests since Monday.

No additional deaths were reported Tuesday.

Quad-County Region Reports Two Additional Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

Carson City Health and Human Services reported two additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, a man in his 50s from Douglas County and a man in his 70s from Carson City. Neither of the men had a connection with a previously confirmed positive case.

There are two drive-thru COVID-19 testing opportunities for Quad-County residents, regardless if one has symptoms, this week. The testing is first come, first served, and appointments are not required.

The first testing event will have 75 tests available at the Virginia City Senior Center on Wednesday, June 17, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and the second event will have 200 tests available at Dayton High School on Friday, June 19, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Elko County Reports 10 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

Elko County reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There have been 24 new cases reported in Elko County since the start of June.

There are now 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25 active cases, 21 recoveries and one COVID-19-related death in Elko County.

Reopening Guidelines For Washoe County School District Athletic Activities
By Lucia Starbuck

Schools in Washoe County may reopen fields and athletic facilities for training, practices and competition for fall sports that are sanctioned by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, starting July 6. This does not include club sports.

These activities must follow Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency directives and guidelines from the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Cloth masks are recommended to be worn during activities for the time being, except for sports like swimming, long-distance running and other intensive aerobic activity.

Spectators are not permitted, and locker rooms are to remain closed.

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for two weeks.

Coaches must submit a safety plan for each sport that will be using a facility and undergo training before returning to the field.

American Gaming Association Pushes For Digital Payments On Casino Floor
By The Associated Press

The American casino industry wants gambling regulators to make it easier to adopt cashless payment transactions on the casino floor, citing a desire to help customers avoid handling money during the coronavirus pandemic. In a report released Tuesday, the American Gaming Association called on regulators in states where gambling is allowed to update their rules or laws to integrate cashless options for gamblers. The push follows an 18-month study of the issue by both commercial and tribal casinos, and equipment suppliers to try to pave the way for cashless transactions on a wide-scale basis. Presently, only a small number of casinos use such payments.

Newsom Defends California’s Reopening Pace
By The Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is defending the state's pace for reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. He said the economic harm the shutdown inflicted has negative health outcomes, too. Newsom's Monday comments come days after the state entered its broadest phase of reopening yet. Most counties are now cleared to allow the opening of bars, gyms, hotels, day camps, zoos and other attractions. Newsom and state health officials said the percentage of positive tests for the virus and hospitalizations are key metrics that have remained stable. Newsom said California officials are monitoring 13 counties that are seeing increased transmission rates or hospitalizations.

Regional Novel Coronavirus Updates: Monday, June 15

7:57 p.m. | June 15, 2020

Washoe County Hits Second-Highest COVID-19 Peak For Active Cases
By Stephanie Serrano

The Washoe County Regional Information Center is reporting one new COVID-19-related death Monday: a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions. There has been a total of 71 deaths in the county.

Additionally, there are 26 new coronavirus cases and a total of 640 active cases in the county.

Seven New COVID-19 Cases In Quad Co. Monday
By Stephanie Serrano

The Quad-County Region, which spreads across Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties, is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases Monday. Four are residents of Carson City and three are from Douglas County.

There is a total of 262 cases and 70 remain active.

Carson City Health and Human Services is offering COVID-19 testing to any Quad-county resident without symptoms.

The first drive-thru post will be at the Virginia City Senior Center on Wednesday, June 17, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with limited tests available on a first come, first served basis.

The second will be on Friday, June 19, at Dayton High School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a capacity of 200 tests.

Governor Says Nevada Is Not Ready For Phase 3 Of Reopening
By Stephanie Serrano

During a press conference Monday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said the state is not ready to move into phase three of reopening the economy.

On May 29, the governor led the state into phase two of reopening, which included gyms and bars, along with allowing dining-in at restaurants, with some regulation, but Sisolak said Monday the state is seeing trends that need more monitoring.

Sisolak mentioned an increase in state COVID-19 testing and an increase in positive cases.

“Additionally, there has been a consistent increase in confirmed hospitalizations since June 5. The Nevada Hospital Association indicated that we are still in the plateau range of between 372 and 340 hospitalized cases statewide," Sisolak explained.

According to the governor, even with the increased cases, hospital capacity remains stable, but he said he needs more time to study the numbers. The state has also tripled its capacity of contact tracers to understand where they are coming from.

After some increased health concern by local officials, Sisolak said he is giving them the green light to place stricter restrictions on individual communities.

“Our local governments are empowered to do what they do best in their respective communities. I want to remind these local leaders you may use the existing authority set forth by my reopening emergency directive to implement strict standards if you feel it is in your best interest in your area.” Sisolak explained.

Sisolak is encouraging Nevadans to continue taking health precautions by maintaining social distance to at least six feet, wearing facial coverings and handwashing.

Regional Novel Coronavirus Updates: Sunday, June 14

6:15 p.m. | June 14, 2020

COVID-19 Recoveries Outnumber New Cases, Deaths In Washoe Co.

The Regional Information Center is reporting 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, but also 26 new recoveries.

No new deaths are being reported. Currently, the county has 638 active cases of COVID-19, and 70 people have died.

More than 40,000 Washoe Co. residents have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Health officials say the county is averaging around 1,000 tests per day. 680 people were tested Saturday.

Latest County Hospital Capacity (includes non-COVID-19 patients):

  • Acute Short-term Hospital Beds: 75% occupied
  • Intensive Care Unit Beds: 47% occupied
  • Ventilators: 18% in use

First Northern Nevada Inmate Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Nevada Department of Corrections announced a Carson City inmate has officially tested positive for COVID-19, the first in northern Nevada.

The positive case is a man who was transferred from the Washoe County Detention Center in Reno to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City on May 27. He tested positive during his health, mental and physical screening.

The department says it has tested more than 800 staff and 6,700 inmates statewide. Department guidelines require any offenders who test positive to isolate for at least 20 days.

NDOC says no other inmates were exposed.

Nevada Reports 227 Additional COVID-19 Cases Sunday; Deaths Up By 1
By The Associated Press

Nevada health officials are reporting 227 additional COVID-19 cases and one additional death from the coronavirus outbreak. Figures posted by the Department of Health and Human Services Sunday put the total number of cases statewide to nearly 11,200 and moved the death toll to 464. The number of people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 dropped to 332 as the state continues to see a slow decline in cases. Hospitalizations for confirmed or suspected cases of the virus peaked above 700 in early April. Nevada topped 10,000 cases on Tuesday when 244 additional cases were reported.

Three New COVID-19 Cases In Quad Co. Sunday

Carson City Health and Human Services reports three new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday. One is a Lyon Co. woman in her 30s, and two are minors in Carson City.

That brings the total number of cases across the Quad County area to 255, with 7 deaths. 184 people have recovered in the region that spans Carson City, as well as Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.

Latest Breakdown:

  • Carson City: 120 total cases, 30 active cases, 85 recoveries, 5 deaths
  • Douglas County: 42 total cases, 10 active cases, 32 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Lyon County: 92 total cases, 24 active cases, 66 recoveries, 2 deaths
  • Storey County: 1 total case, 0 active cases, 1 recovery, 0 deaths

Regional Novel Coronavirus Updates: Saturday, June 13

6:22 p.m. | June 13, 2020

Washoe Co. Adds Another COVID-19 Death, 41 New Cases Saturday

Washoe Co. has reached 70 total deaths from COVID-19 Saturday. The Regional Information Center reported a female resident in her 70s as the latest victim of the virus. She had underlying health conditions.

In addition, 41 additional people have tested positive for the virus.

This comes on the heels of Nevada seeing an uptick in new cases as the state begins reopening portions of its economy.

Across Washoe Co., 1,955 people have contracted the novel coronavirus.

Latest Hospital Capacity:

  • Acute Short-term Hospital Beds: 76% occupied
  • Intensive Care Unit Beds: 45% occupied
  • Ventilators: 18% in use

Nevada Reports 270 Additional COVID-19 Cases; Deaths Up By 1
By The Associated Press

Nevada health officials report 270 additional COVID-19 cases and one additional death from the coronavirus outbreak. Figures posted Saturday by the Department of Health and Human Services increase the total number of cases statewide to nearly 11,000 as of Friday and the death toll to 463. The increase in cases reported in a 24-hour span was the third-highest increase since the state started reporting coronavirus data in March. Nevada topped 10,000 cases on Tuesday when 244 additional cases were reported,. The largest increase of cases reported in a 24-hour period was 295 on May 22.

Federal CARES Act Funding Headed To Nev. Counties To Help Offset COVID-19 Losses

Nev. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday more than $148 million of federal CARES Act funding is heading to Nev. counties looking to fill budget gaps created by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Washoe Co. is set to receive $86.1 million, with more than $46 million going to Reno. Sparks will receive more than $19 million.

The funds are being distributed based on population and are only given to counties and local governments with fewer than 500,000 residents. Las Vegas and Clark Co. received direct federal funding.

Nevada breakdown:

  • Carson City: $10,211,415
  • Churchill County: $4,548,897
  • Douglas County: $8,931,061
  • Elko County: $9,638,351
  • Esmeralda County: $159,428
  • Eureka County: $370,537
  • Humboldt County: $3,073,688
  • Lander County: $1,010,257
  • Lincoln County: $946,523
  • Lyon County: $10,502,512
  • Mineral County: $822,706
  • Nye County: $8,496,059
  • Pershing County: $1,228,124
  • Storey County: $752,945
  • Washoe County: $86,109,092
  • White Pine County: $1,749,506

DMV Reopening Nevada Offices Monday

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is reopening offices across the state Monday. But, in-person appointments aren’t for everyone just yet.

“Please do not rush down to our offices first thing on June 15, as we will be prioritizing customers with the most urgent needs first,” Nevada DMV Director Julie Butler said in a video.

Butler said priority will be given to those with suspended licenses, people with no identification, people who bought cars via third-party sellers, people with disabilities and military personnel who are preparing for deployment.

She urges anyone who needs DMV services to visit dmvnv.com to see if those services can be done online, and to schedule an in-person appointment if needed.

Youth Sports Starting To Come Back

Youth sports practices were able to start back up Saturday, with some restrictions in place to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Regional partners from Washoe County, and the cities of Reno and Sparks announced a coordinated plan Friday. Any youth sports organization in the region interested in using facilities must submit a safety plan that complies with the recently announced state guidelines.

No spectators are allowed at practices at this time.

Joint-use school sites remain closed at this time, until those facilities are reopened by the Washoe County School District.

Six New COVID-19 Cases, Six New Recoveries In Quad County

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Quad County region Saturday, with six additional recoveries.

Three cases were in Douglas County, and three were in Carson City.

The Quad County region includes Carson City, as well as Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.

That brings the total number of cases in the area to 252. Seven people have died.

California To Allow Nail Salons To Reopen Starting June 19
By The Associated Press

Californians will again be able to get a manicure, a new tattoo or enjoy a massage starting late next week under new state guidance. Those services can open June 19 with county approval under the guidance released Friday. Workers and customers must wear face masks and stringent cleaning practices are required for shared reusable items like tweezers. The guidance on nail salons has been highly anticipated, with one industry group suing the state to allow them to reopen. The Professional Beauty Federation of California says it's glad to see the governor clearing nail salons to reopen, but disappointed it took so long.

Regional Novel Coronavirus Updates: Friday, June 12

8:00 p.m. | June 12, 2020

Southern Nevada Child Diagnosed With Rare Illness Associated With COVID-19
By Bree Zender

The Southern Nevada Health District reported that a child has contracted Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Friday, after testing positive for COVID-19.

This rare, but serious syndrome is associated with the virus in children, according to the district. It's a condition that can cause different body parts to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, or eyes.

District officials said that the child was hospitalized but has been discharged and is recovering.

The district advised parents to watch for fever, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or fatigue. The district said if a child is having trouble breathing or experiencing severe chest or stomach pain, seek emergency care right away.

NSHE Regents Cut $160 Million From Higher Ed. Budget For 2020 And 2021 Fiscal Years
By KUNR Staff

As the State of Nevada works to cover an $812 million budget gap for 2020 due to COVID-19 business shutdowns, the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education, or NSHE, voted Friday to increase budget cuts for the 2020 and 2021 school years to $160 million total.

The Nevada Independent reports this comes after the regents, back in April, cut four percent for 2020 and 14 percent for 2021. In the last month, Gov. Steve Sisolak also requested new cuts of five percent for the fiscal year 2021 across all state agencies.

The new cuts amount to about 19 percent for the year 2021 alone.

As a note of disclosure, the Nevada System of Higher Education owns the license to KUNR.

Nev. Lawmakers OK $116 Million In State Budget Cuts
By KUNR Staff

On Friday, lawmakers in Nevada agreed to $116 million in spending cuts to help deal with a budget gap of $812 million due to the pandemic. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, the Interim Finance Committee approved the cuts along party lines, with all Democrats supporting the plan and all Republicans opposing. Governor Steve Sisolak proposed the reductions.

The decision will take a total of $67 million from public safety, health services, and higher education. It will also save $49 million for some expenditures planned for the future, including vehicle purchases and upgrades to technology.

As a note of disclosure, the Nevada System of Higher Education owns the license to this station, and KUNR staff members are state employees.

Washoe County Active COVID Cases Reach Highest Number Yet
By Bree Zender

Washoe County has reached its highest number of active cases of COVID-19 so far.

Adding 21 additional cases and eight recoveries Friday, the Regional Information Center said the county currently has 630 known and active cases, breaking the last record of 625 on May 28.

County data said that 72 of them are currently hospitalized, and 69 people have died due to the effects of the disease in Washoe County, according to county officials.

Robocalls Jam DETR Phone Lines
By Bree Zender

Officials from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, or DETR, said robocallers have been jamming up their phone lines.

DETR Interim Director Heather Korbulic said this may have been preventing some people from applying for unemployment assistance or filing weekly claims.

“Our vendor and our staff have deployed technology to prevent robocallers from getting through, with the hopes that this will allow many more calls to be connected to a representative,” Korbulic said.

For the week ending May 30, about 88 percent of those who applied for unemployment insurance received payments, according to DETR data. More than 58 percent of those who filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance have gotten their payments. Korbulic said this was mainly because of individual issues of ineligibility or failure to file a weekly claim.

Elko County COVID-19 Cases Rise
By Bree Zender

Elko County saw a jump in its count of COVID-19 cases.

Its ten new cases reported this week are all people who have come in contact with previously known positive cases, according to the county's COVID response team.

Eighteen people are known to have active cases of the disease in the county, and 18 people have recovered, according to Elko County data.

Elko’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Canceled For 2021 Due To Pandemic
By The Associated Press

The annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada is joining other music and art festivals around the nation canceling in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kristen Windbigler at the Western Folklife Center tells the Elko Daily Free Press that organizers hope to provide online podcast and video shows instead of the six-day annual festival in late January 2021. She said board members decided that canceling at the last minute could have been more financially devastating to the organization and its future. The festival has been held in Elko since 1985.

Two Lyon County Residents Test Positive For COVID-19
By Bree Zender

Carson City Health and Human Services, or CCHHS, is reporting that Lyon County now has 28 active cases of COVID-19, after adding two additional cases on Friday.

Both are contacts of a previously reported case. Two people have died in Lyon County from the effects of the disease, and 61 people have recovered.

In the Quad Counties region, which includes Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties, 61 people have known and active cases of COVID-19, according to CCHHS data. Seven people have died.

Nevada Church Renewing Challenge Of Virus Attendance Cap
By The Associated Press

A rural Nevada church is trying to renew its unsuccessful bid to strike down the state's cap on the size of religious gatherings. Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley said failure to enforce social-distancing guidelines in voter lines during Tuesday's primary election is further proof that churches are being singled out in violation of the constitution. A federal judge ruled earlier this week against churches in Las Vegas and rural Lyon County seeking court orders to lift the 50-person cap on worship services. He rejected their arguments they should be held to the same rules as casinos subjected to limits set at 50 percent of building capacity.

Regional Novel Coronavirus Updates: Thursday, June 11

7:41 p.m. | June 11, 2020

State Health Officials Say Increased Testing Likely Behind Recent Uptick In COVID-19 Cases
By Paul Boger

Health officials in Nevada said the recent uptick in new COVID-19 cases does not mean the state is facing a second wave of the disease just yet.

Data collected by state health officials show Nevada recently saw the fourth-highest increase in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic was declared an emergency in mid-March.

However, Caleb Cage, the director of Nevada's Health Response, said the spike may be a result of increased testing throughout the state.

"We've seen a great increase over the last two weeks in the number of community-based testing operations going on, which is always going to increase the number of positives that we find because we're testing more in the state of Nevada,” Cage said.

Cage went on to say there are no plans to roll back the state's reopening, but the situation is being closely monitored.

Meanwhile, Washoe County health officials reported two new COVID-19-related deaths Thursday.

According to an update from the Regional Information Center, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s, both with underlying health conditions, are the latest victims of the disease. So far, 69 people in Washoe County have died from complications related to COVID-19.

They're also reporting 61 new cases of the disease. It's the single largest daily increase of new coronavirus cases in Washoe County since the pandemic started.

The spike also increases the area's seven-day rolling average for new cases to about 35. The previous high was about 32, set in mid-April.

In Washoe County, there are 617 active COVID-19 cases and 1,217 recoveries.

Health officials in the Quad Counties area, on the other hand, reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, and three additional recoveries.

Statewide in Nevada, more than 10,399 people have tested positive for COVID; 458 people have died.

RSIC Offering COVID-19 Testing Friday
By KUNR Staff

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and the Nevada National Guard are offering COVID-19 community testing on Friday, June 12, at the Hungry Valley Gym at 9075 Eagle Canyon Drive in Sparks from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, or if you need transportation, call 775-785-1304.

Sisolak Eyes Furloughs, Hiring Freeze And Some Layoffs To Address Budget Hole
By Paul Boger

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has sent a letter to state employees outlining his plan to address the state's massive budget shortfall created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the letter sent to state workers Thursday morning, Sisolak said he is proposing a plan which would furlough workers one day a month, as well as place a freeze on hiring and merit pay increases for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

It could also mean layoffs for approximately 50 workers across the state. That's down from the estimated 450 layoffs originally anticipated.

"The projections are still changing, but we know this shortfall will mean deep budget cuts within agencies,” Sisolak said during a video message sent with the letter. “The required cuts will affect every facet of state government."

Early estimates suggest the state may be facing a $900 million budget hole in the state's general fund.

The number grows to roughly $1.3 billion when combined with the state's Distributive School Account, the fund used to pay for Nevada's public schools.

Regional Novel Coronavirus Updates: Wednesday, June 10

7:00 p.m. | June 10, 2020

Washoe Co. Sees Sixth Largest Daily Increase Of COVID-19 Cases

An additional 44 Washoe County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and another person has died from the disease.

According to the Washoe County Joint Information Center on Wednesday, the man who died was in his 90s and had underlying health conditions. 67 people in Washoe County have died from the virus so far.

The total case count across the county is now up to more than 1,832, with Wednesday being the sixth highest day of new cases since the pandemic started.

37,253 have been tested across the county, with about 1,000 people being tested every day.

Current Hospital Capacity:

  • Acute Care Hospital Beds: 70% occupied
  • Intensive Care Unit Beds: 39% occupied
  • Ventilators: 18% in use

COVID-19 Testing Is Up In Washoe Co. So Are Hospitalizations.

According to Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick, the county is seeing more cases of COVID-19 since the state’s economy began reopening.

“People should not let their guard down,” Dick said during a press call Wednesday. “We should continue to be germaphobes and do everything that we can to try to prevent us getting the disease and spreading the disease to others.”

On Wednesday, the county saw 44 new cases of COVID-19, the sixth highest day since the pandemic started. The county is now testing around 1,000 people a day.

Dick says he’s also concerned about another trend that’s starting to form: an increase in hospitalizations.

“So the fact that we have more people that are becoming severely ill enough that they require hospitalization is also a strong indication that we’re seeing an increase of cases of COVID-19 that are occurring,” he said.

On Wednesday, 70 people were hospitalized in Washoe County due to the coronavirus. That’s 10 more than the week prior.

Dick says anyone who visits businesses that aren’t adhering to social distancing guidelines or other safety measures should leave and report that business to the appropriate local authority.

State Announces Guidance On Youth Sports

Youth sports practices are coming back, but only for those sports where players can maintain proper social distancing.

Gov. Steve Sisolak unveiled his plan for youth sports Wednesday. In it, he outlines that only certain activities will be permitted, including golf, baseball, softball, cycling, swimming, diving, tennis, disc golf and more. Team sports that cannot be done with physical distance between players, such as football or basketball, are not allowed. Those players will still be able to do drills and conditioning.

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Additional mandatory guidelines include a 30-minute break between practices, a requirement that coaches and managers wear face coverings, and no sharing of equipment. High-fives, handshakes or other physical contact are also not allowed.

All participants must report any symptoms of COVID-19 and anyone who previously tested positive must get a medical clearance to participate.

One New Confirmed COVID-19 Case In Carson City, Douglas Co.

Carson City and Douglas Co. are both reporting one additional positive case of the novel coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the Quad County region to 244.

Seven people have died in the area that includes Douglas, Storey and Lyon counties, as well as Carson City.

Latest numbers from the Carson City Health and Human Services:

  • Carson City: 115 cases, 26 active cases, 84 recoveries, 5 deaths
  • Douglas County: 39 cases, 9 active cases, 30 recoveries, 0 deaths
  • Lyon County: 89 cases, 27 active cases, 60 recoveries, 2 deaths
  • Storey County: 1 case, 0 active cases, 1 recovery, 0 deaths

Elko Co. Sees Jump In Positive COVID-19 Cases; Humboldt Adds One

Elko Co. is reporting six new positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases countywide to 33. Officials say the new cases are all close contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Additionally, the county announced new hotline hours for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have general questions. Beginning Monday, the hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 775-777-2507.

Humboldt Co. is reporting one additional case of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total in that county to 78 cases. The new case is a man in his 60s who has been hospitalized.

California Ends $0 Bail Policy
By The Associated Press

California judicial leaders are ending a statewide policy of imposing $0 bail for misdemeanors and lower-level felonies that reduced jail populations by more than 20,000 suspects during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state's Judicial Council on Wednesday said the policy helped ease crowding in jails, which are potential hotspots for spreading the virus. Law enforcement leaders criticized the bail reduction, while public defenders say the $0 bail should continue.

The state's Judicial Council abruptly delayed other votes on ending emergency orders suspending foreclosures and evictions during the coronavirus pandemic while state lawmakers scramble to expand the safeguards.

Get Caught Up:

  • June 9 | Regional Updates
    • Nevada Reports Highest Spike Of New COVID-19 Cases
    • Washoe County Reports One COVID-19-Related Death Tuesday
    • Quad-Counties Report One COVID-19-Related Death And Five New Positive Cases
    • Free COVID-19 Testing For Incline Residents
    • Gov. Sisolak Signs Directive To Allow K-12 Schools And Facilities To Reopen, With Restrictions, For Summer Activities
    • Over $33 Million In Funds Awarded To Nevada For Homelessness
    • Federal Judge Upholds Nevada’s 50 Percent Capacity Directive For Church Gatherings

For continued updates on the novel coronavirus in Nevada, visit our updates and resources page

Noah Glick is a former content director and host at KUNR Public Radio.
Paul Boger is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
Stephanie Serrano (she/her/ella) is an award-winning multimedia bilingual journalist based in Reno, Nevada. Her reporting is powered by character-driven stories and is rooted in sound-rich audio. Her storytelling works to share the experiences of unserved communities in regards to education, race, affordable housing and sports.
Bree Zender is a former host and reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America focusing on community reporting and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local community issues are her passion, including the affordable housing crisis, homelessness, a lack of access to healthcare, protests and challenges facing vulnerable communities in northern Nevada.
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