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Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2020


Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

5:17 p.m. | November 3, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported almost 250 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Health officials are also reporting just over 100 recoveries. There are now over 2,400 active cases and over 14,100 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

Nevada Reports 911 New COVID-19 Cases, 23 Additional Deaths
By The Associated Press

Nevada health officials on Tuesday reported 911 new COVID-19 cases and 23 additional deaths. It's the highest single-day coronavirus death toll since the state reported 26 on Sept. 15. Nevada Department of Health and Human Services officials say the total number of coronavirus cases now is 103,025 since the pandemic started with 1,807 known deaths. They say all 23 of the latest deaths were in Clark County, the state's largest that includes metro Las Vegas. Clark County also had 710 of the 911 new cases with 84,129 of the total cases and 1,540 of the deaths. Gov. Steve Sisolak has urged residents follow public health guidance, including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, avoiding large crowds and washing hands frequently.

Another Staffer In Nevada Governor's Office Gets COVID-19
By The Associated Press

An employee working in Governor Steve Sisolak's Carson City office tested positive for COVID-19, sending staff members who came into close contact home to work remotely for the second time in a month. The staff member, who last worked in the governor's office on Thursday, received a rapid test over the weekend after developing virus symptoms. The origin of the case remains under investigation, but health officials have already determined that Sisolak wasn't in close contact with the staff member. The Democratic governor is tested routinely and, after the employee's result came back positive, he tested negative for the virus on Monday.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Monday, November 2, 2020

6:52 p.m. | November 2, 2020

Nevada Reports 635 New COVID-19 Cases Statewide
By Stephanie Serrano

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 635 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Monday. There have been more than 1.2 million tests performed in Nevada. 

Washoe County is reporting one new COVID-19 related death: a male in his 50s with underlying health conditions. The county is also reporting 108 new COVID-19 cases and 125 recoveries. 

There are just more than 2,300 active cases in Washoe and the death toll has reached 201. 

According to health officials, Northern Nevada is experiencing a sharp increase in hospitalizations and ICU hospitalizations.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Saturday, October 31, 2020

11:10 p.m. | October 31, 2020

Nevada's Total Number Of Coronavirus Infections Tops 100,000
By The Associated Press

The number of known coronavirus cases in Nevada topped 100,000 as the state's outbreak heats up. State officials reported Saturday that the total number of cases had reached 100,763, up from 977 on Friday. Gov. Steve Sisolak said that "now is not the time to get complacent." There was no increase from the total of 1,777 deaths reported Friday. According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and the rate of positive tests in Nevada increased over the past two weeks. But the rolling average of daily deaths dropped from 7.1 to 5.6.

Washoe County Nearing 200 COVID-19 Deaths
By KUNR Staff

Washoe County health officials are reporting another COVID-19 death, bringing the total number of deaths to 198. The deceased is a man in his 50s with underlying conditions.

The county reported 94 recoveries and 59 new cases Saturday. 

According to the Nevada Hospital Association, 78 percent of staffed hospital beds in Washoe County were occupied as of Friday. That figure includes all hospital patients, not just COVID-19 patients.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Friday, October 30, 2020

11:07 p.m. | October 30, 2020

City of Reno Urges Washoe Residents To Only Leave Home For Essentials
By Michelle Billman

Washoe County residents are strongly encouraged to only leave their homes for essential functions due to an increasing trend of COVID-19 hospitalizations and an increase in those seeking to be tested for the virus. Those factors have caused the Truckee Meadows COVID-19 Risk Meter to shift into the red category, which means the risk to the community is "very high."

The City of Reno issued the warning Friday. The risk meter was introduced in early September and this is the first time it has hit the red category.

Essential functions include activities such as buying groceries, picking up medicine from the pharmacy, seeing a doctor, working, and voting. Residents are also urged to consistently wear masks outside of their homes and avoid even small social gatherings with non-family members.

The Regional Information Center reported 240 additional COVID-19 cases in Washoe County Friday, along with 127 recoveries. There are now 2,341 active cases in the county.

Washoe Sheriff Announces Detention Center Outbreak
By Michelle Billman

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Thursday explaining that it’s continuing to test aggressively for COVID-19 after learning about an outbreak at the detention facility. That outbreak was discovered on October 20.

As of Thursday, there were 57 active cases tied to the facility with 48 inmates and 9 staff members testing positive for the virus. Since October 21, more than 600 inmates and employees have been tested.

The sheriff’s office has designated three housing units for inmates needing to quarantine, and newly arrested people are being quarantined upon entry.

Elko County Reports 33 New Cases Friday
By KUNR Staff

Elko County reported 33 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 23 recoveries. Now, five active cases there are hospitalized. In a statement, county health officials explained that they received the results for a community-based testing event held a week ago and they are notifying participants as quickly as possible.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Thursday, October 29, 2020

9:28 p.m. | October 29, 2020

Washoe County to Reduce Cap On Public Gatherings From 250 To 50
By Paul Boger

Health officials in Washoe County are, once again, limiting the size of public gatherings due to an ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases.

Under a plan approved by the state's COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, Washoe County will reduce the cap on public gatherings from 250 to 50 people starting November 5. 

The move comes as Washoe County continues to see an uptick in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“We think that reduction in the gathering size is an important step to take at this point with the level of disease transmission that we have going on," said Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick.

In addition, county officials also say they plan to increase enforcement of COVID-19 health and safety protocols at local businesses in high outbreak zip codes as well as increasing outreach efforts through their “Mask On, Move On” campaign. 

COVID-19 Cases On The Rise Statewide
By Paul Boger

Health officials in Washoe County reported 248 new cases of the novel coronavirus today. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 13,338 with 2,228 still active; 197 people in Washoe County have died.

In the Quad Counties area, Carson City Health and Human Services reported 32 new cases and 17 recoveries. In total, more than 1,800 people have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 171 active cases and 22 people living in and around the Capital City have died.

Health officials in Elko County reported 28 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 16 recoveries; 1,460 people in Northeastern Nevada have tested positive for COVID-19, 213 cases are active and 14 people have died.

Statewide, 98,858 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,770 have died.

MGM Reports $495 Million In Loses
By Paul Boger

A slow return of travel, and fewer tourists on The Strip, translates to nearly half-a billion dollars in third-quarter operating losses for MGM — one of Nevada's largest employers. It's a steep drop from the $238 million of income the gaming company reported during the same period in 2019.

The newest numbers represent an improvement from last quarter, when a sustained shutdown of MGM Resorts properties in the wake of COVID-19 contributed to an operating loss of $1 billion.

In August, the company laid off about a quarter of its pre-pandemic workforce, roughly 18,000 employees.

The terminated employees had all been on furlough since March, when all U.S. hotel and gaming properties closed.

11:04 a.m. | October 29, 2020

Elko County Reports 42 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Elko County reported a total of 42 new cases of COVID-19 and 27 recoveries from the virus yesterday. Six active cases are hospitalized. 

The county now has 1,432 confirmed cases of COVID 19 with 1,217 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Quad Counties Report 40 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Carson City Health and Human Services reported 40 new cases of COVID 19 and 35 additional recoveries in the Quad-County Region yesterday. 

This brings the total number of cases to 1,822, with 1,644 recoveries and 22 deaths.  

There will be a drive-thru flu vaccination and COVID-19 testing today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mills Park in Carson City.

Novel Coronavirus In Nevada: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

7:00 p.m. | October 28, 2020

Washoe County Report
By Jayden Perez

Washoe County reported a new death today caused by COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 70s with an underlying health condition. The new death total is 196.

The county also reported 293 new cases of COVID-19. There are now over 2,100 active cases and over 13,000 total cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

Nevada Resilience Project Website Launched To Provide Resources, Information For Coping With COVID-19
By Jayden Perez

This week, the Nevada Resilience Project launched its website to help Nevadans find mental care and physical resources.

Specifically, the site is designed to help Nevadans who are experiencing stress or anxiety build coping strategies. In addition, individuals can locate resources related to managing job loss, housing insecurity, isolation, or challenges of accessing care. 

There is no cost to participate and participant information is confidential. For more information visit: Nevada-resilience-project-dot-com.

Masks Mandatory, 250-cap For VP Pence Rally At Reno Airport
By The Associated Press

The lease holder at a Reno airport hangar where Vice President Mike Pence plans a rally Thursday has signed an agreement requiring the Republican National Committee to follow all Nevada COVID-19 restrictions. It includes a 250-person cap and mandatory masks.The Associated Press obtained a copy of the agreement with the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. It states the RNC must secure at least $1 million in liability insurance in addition to the lease holder's $5 million policy to cover any damages or fines. Nevada fined Douglas County and an airport there more than $5,500 after a September rally for President Donald Trump drew a crowd of thousands.

10:11 a.m. | October 28, 2020

Elko County Reports 17 New Cases Of COVID-19
By Danna O’Connor

Elko County is reporting a total of seventeen new cases of COVID 19 and sixteen recoveries from the virus. Six active cases are hospitalized. 

The county now has 1,390 confirmed cases, 1,190 recovered cases and 14 people have died from COVID-19 in Elko County.

Quad Counties Report COVID-19 Death
By Danna O’Connor

Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individual was a Lyon County resident. 

Health officials also reported 29 new cases and 38 additional recoveries of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of cases to 1,782, with 1,609 recoveries and 22 deaths in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.

Get Caught Up:

October 27, 2020 | Regional Updates

  • Nevada Task Force, Washoe County To Meet After Virus Surge
  • OSHA Cites Douglas County For COVID-19 Violations
  • Nevada Reports Five Counties Remain At High Risk For COVID-19
  • President Trump To Rally Just Outside Nevada To Avoid COVID Restrictions
  • School District Launches COVID-19 Testing Program For Employees
  • Owner of Casale’s Halfway House Dies Due To COVID-19

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

Danna has been with KUNR Public Radio since 1995. She started as a weekend announcer, then full time jazz host and in 2008 became the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition.
Michelle Billman is the news director at KUNR Public Radio in Reno, Nevada where she oversees a scrappy crew of multimedia storytellers. She’s a transplant from the East Coast, where she earned degrees in creative writing and English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Virginia Tech.
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.
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.
Jayden Perez is a former web producer and student reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
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