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Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Sept.2-8, 2020

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020

6:49 p.m. | September 8, 2020

Washoe County Reports One COVID-19 Death Tuesday
By KUNR Staff

The Regional Information Center reported one additional COVID-19 death on Tuesday, a man in his 70s without underlying health conditions. The death toll in Washoe County is approaching 150 and nearly 7,800 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. The county also reported 42 new cases and 41 recoveries on Tuesday. 

Statewide, just under 140 COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday in Nevada, where the death toll is approaching 1,400. 

Officials: 8 Vegas-Area Kids Have Had Multisystem Illness
By The Associated Press

Las Vegas-area health officials say eight children under age 14 who tested positive for COVID-19 since March were also diagnosed with a rare inflammatory condition linked with the coronavirus. The Southern Nevada Health District said Tuesday that all eight children with the illness were hospitalized and released. The effect of the illness is being studied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there isn't a known cause, many children with the illness had COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who did. Not all children exhibit the same symptoms. Researchers say the illness can affect various organs in the body.

California Eases Virus Restrictions In More Counties
By The Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has relaxed coronavirus restrictions in five more counties. The announcement on Tuesday means the state has now eased restrictions for more than 8 million people living in three of the state's most populous counties - San Diego, Orange and Santa Clara. Hospitalizations are down 24% over the past two weeks. But the Newsom administration is taking it slow by requiring counties to meet benchmarks for two consecutive weeks before they can be upgraded. As of Tuesday, 33 of the state's 58 counties are listed in the top tier of the state's coronavirus tracking system.

Washoe County Prepares For Mostly Mail-In Voting Due To Pandemic
By Michelle Billman

Washoe County commissioners have approved the purchase of a vote-by-mail sorting system ahead of the 2020 election. Since the election will mostly be conducted by mail-in voting, the purchase is meant to streamline the receipt and tracking of ballots, according to the Registrar of Voters. 

The price tag is just under $350,000 and is offset by a reimbursement from the CARES Act to support mail-in voting. The system can process 18,000 envelopes per hour and sort them.

Missed School Lunches In Spring Being Refunded For Eligible Nevada Families
By Michelle Billman

Families of children who would have received free or reduced-price meals in Nevada schools last spring will receive one-time refunds for the cost of lunches that were missed due to COVID-19-related school closures. The refunds are being offered through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program, and the cost is covered by federal coronavirus aid. 

Families do not need to apply for the refund, according to the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. The benefits will be released automatically based on enrollment. Families that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits, the money will be added to their current EBT card. All other eligible families will get a new card in the mail with funds on it.

You can call the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 775-684-8740 in Northern Nevada or more information can be found at dwss.nv.gov

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020

8:15 a.m. | September 5, 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.


Washoe County

Quad Counties (Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, Storey County)

Elko County

Check back on Tuesday for our regular updates.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

6:11 p.m. | September 4, 2020

Washoe County Reports 61 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Twenty-three new recoveries have also been reported. There are now over 1,000 active cases and more than 7,500 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

Nevada Reports 489 New Coronavirus Cases And 12 More Deaths
By The Associated Press

Nevada health officials reported 489 new coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths on Friday, bringing the statewide totals to 70,712 confirmed cases and 1,375 deaths a day before the six-month anniversary of its first reported case. Nevada's 10.5% cumulative positivity rate ranks it among only 11 states with a cumulative positivity rate higher than 10%, which is more than double the World Health Organization's 5% recommendation for reopening. The vast majority of cases and deaths have occurred in the Las Vegas-area.

Regional Partners Introduce Truckee Meadows COVID-19 Risk Meter
By Jayden Perez

The City of Reno announced a new tool to help measure COVID-19 in Northern Nevada on Friday.

It’s called the COVID Risk Meter and is meant to help community members make informed decisions based on the latest risk assessment. The risk meter uses a handful of key metrics, including how many people are seeking COVID-19 testing, how many individuals are testing positive, as well as the percentage of positive tests. The meter also takes into account how many of the infected require hospitalization and if hospitals can handle a surge.

The risk meter updates daily. During the announcement, the panelists wanted to make clear that this tool is similar to a fire danger warning, and organizations shouldn’t make decisions based solely on the tool.

9:54 a.m. | September 4, 2020

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

Carson City Health and Human Services reported eleven new cases and four additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Thursday. 

This brings the total number of cases to 1,057, with 943 recoveries and fifteen deaths. There are 99 active cases.

The Quad County Region covers Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.

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

Elko County health authorities reported fourteen new cases of COVID 19 on Thursday. There were sixteen recoveries from the virus, and eight current hospitalizations. 

There have been 852 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the county and five deaths from the disease.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

7:25 p.m. | September 3, 2020

Nevada Reports 351 Additional Cases of COVID-19 and 27 COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The department reported 27 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are over 1,300 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been more than 868,000 tests performed in the state.

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

Governor Sisolak Said He’s Reviewing Easing Rules On Religious Gatherings, Youth Sports, Business Gatherings
By The Associated Press 

Gov. Steve Sisolak said he is reviewing whether to ease rules on religious gatherings, youth sports and business gatherings restricted because of the coronavirus but is pleading in the meantime for Nevadans to avoid large family gatherings over Labor Day weekend. The governor said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that people need to forgo barbecues and parties with neighbors, friends and those outside of their immediate family. Sisolak said gatherings of large families or neighbors in backyards drive the "single most expansive spread" of COVID-19. The governor also said he wants to return to church and is reviewing whether a 50-person limit can be eased.

Washoe County Reports Two Additional COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County officials reported two COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, including a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions and a man in his 40s with no underlying health conditions. There are now 142 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County.

Officials also reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 and 55 recoveries on Thursday. There have been over 112,000 COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County. 

Washoe County Officials Provide Update On How Washoe Is Doing During the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force Meeting
By Lucia Starbuck

Washoe County officials provided updates on how the county is doing during the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force’s weekly meeting.

Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick said Washoe County is seeing a decline in new COVID-19 cases by about 40% from a month ago. He attributed some of that to the governor’s mask mandate.

Dick also said testing results are being turned around quicker in the county, but fewer people are opting to get tested.

"We have more capacity than we have people that are seeking that testing,” Dick said.

He added that the health district is working with the Washoe County School District and the University of Nevada, Reno with contact tracing.

The Washoe County Manager Eric Brown said the county is ramping up enforcement of safety directives.

“The City of Reno has continued to use the party car concept to target those private residences where gatherings are occurring that could be problematic. We’re also experimenting with different dates and times to do those inspections or make those contacts,” Brown said.

Officials are also urging residents to celebrate Labor Day safely and avoid large gatherings without social distancing and facial coverings, something that’s currently contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

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

Official: Nevada 'COVID Trace' should pair with Google-Apple
By The Associated Press 

State officials say a coronavirus contact tracing app launched last week should work well with a similar tool that Google and Apple are rolling out to alert people who might have been exposed to COVID-19. Deputy state health administrator Julia Peek said on Wednesday there have been 20,000 downloads of the free state app since it debuted. The tracing app is separate from an emergency management notification widely sent out to Las Vegas-area cellphone users on Tuesday along with an electronic alert tone. That was used to advertise a free "Stop, Swab & Go" coronavirus testing program in the Las Vegas area.

UNR Tells Students To Abstain From Large Gatherings, Parties
By Lucia Starbuck

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson sent an email on Thursday telling students to abstain from hosting and attending large parties.

Johnson said parties like these, with little social distancing and face coverings, put the campus and the surrounding community at risk for a spike of COVID-19 cases.

Johnson warned that students and student organizations found hosting or attending large parties could face suspension, expulsion and loss of recognition as student organizations.

KOLO 8 is reporting that UNR campus police and Reno police have stopped half a dozen parties, some of which police have seen an excess of 60 people, and about 4 of those parties have been reported to the UNR Office of Student Conduct.  

11:20 a.m. | September 3, 2020

Elko County Reports Fifth COVID-19 Death Since March
By Danna O’Connor

Elko County is reporting the fifth COVID-19 death since March and the second death related to an outbreak in skilled nursing facility. The individual was a male in his 80s who was living at Highland Manor at the time of his passing. 

Elko County is also reporting fifteen new cases, six recoveries, and nine current hospitalizations. 

Five people have died from COVID 19 in the county.

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

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting fourteen new cases and five additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 1,046, with 939 recoveries and fifteen deaths, while 92 cases remain active.

There is a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents on Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at Mills Park in Carson City. It's open to residents in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties. Testing is free of charge; no appointments or reservations.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020

4:57 p.m. | September 2, 2020

Nevada Reports COVID-19 Cases
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada is reporting nearly 240 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases to more than 69,800. The death toll statewide is 1,336, according to the state’s online dashboard. Twenty-three deaths have been reported on Wednesday.

Washoe County Reports New COVID-19 Death
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported a new death on Wednesday caused by COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 70s with underlying health conditions. This brings the death total to 140 for the county.

Forty-five new cases of COVID-19 have also been reported. There are currently over 1,000 active cases and more than 7,300 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

CDC Directs Halt To Renter Evictions To Prevent Virus Spread
By The Associated Press

The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of certain renters through the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Senior administration officials say the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has broad authority to take actions deemed reasonably necessary to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. The president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Diane Yentel, says the order will provide relief for millions of anxious families, but adds that the action delays rather than prevents evictions. Officials say local courts would still resolve disputes over whether the moratorium applies in a particular case.

Depression, Anxiety Spike Amid Outbreak And Turbulent Times
By The Associated Press

Mental health therapists' caseloads are bulging. Waiting lists for appointments are growing. And research suggests that anxiety and depression are rising among Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. A study published on Wednesday is the latest to suggest an uptick. Half of U.S. adults surveyed reported at least some signs of depression. The rate was higher than in a different survey two years ago. Even if the trends reflect mostly angst rather than full-blown psychiatric illness, experts say the problem is real. For some people, it stems from lost jobs and loved ones, financial stress, and anxiety over racial and political upheaval.

10:27 a.m. | September 2, 2020

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

Carson City Health and Human Services reported eleven new cases and thirteen additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday. 

This brings the total number of cases to 1,032, with 934 recoveries and fifteen deaths in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.  Eighty-three cases of COVID 19 remain active in the area.

There is a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents on Wednesday from 3-6pm at Mills Park in Carson City.

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

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

Elko County reported ten new cases of COVID 19 and ten recoveries from the virus on Tuesday.   

Eight cases remain hospitalized, seven cases at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and one case at a facility outside Elko County.

The county reports 823 confirmed cases, with 716 recoveries and four deaths. There are 103 active cases.

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