COVID-19 UPDATES: Sisolak waives job search for unemployment

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - MARCH 18, 8:05 P.M. Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday waived requirements that people applying for unemployment search for work. Also, they no longer have to wait seven days to get the benefits.

With the COVID-19 crisis, suitable work is not currently available for unemployment insurance claimants, Sisolak said in a statement。 Waiving the seven-day wait will get money to Nevadans quicker, the governor said。

“Both of these instructions are practical, common-sense measures to help Nevadans obtain unemployment insurance benefits, while helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Sisolak said in a statement. “My administration will continue to work with our federal delegation to identify additional steps that can be taken to ease the economic pain of families across our state.”

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MARCH 18, 6:00 P.M. Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting a second positive case of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s, has tested positive and is self-isolating in her home.

She lives with family members who are being monitored for symptoms and tested at a local facility should symptoms arise.

MARCH 18, 5:15 P.M. The Washoe County Health District late Wednesday afternoon reported two near cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County residents. The Washoe County total is now 14.

Both are men in their 30s. One has recent travel to Europe. Another has recent travel to the state of Washington.

Both are self-isolating and are in stable condition, the health district reported。

The district is monitoring all confirmed cases in Washoe County and all cases remain in stable condition and are self isolating。

The Southern Nevada Health District reports 69 cases in Clark County。

MARCH 18, 4:55 P.M. The city of Reno said non-essential businesses in the city that do not comply with closures ordered by Gov. Steve Sisolak risk having their business licenses suspended or revoked and fines of $1,000 a day.

The city of Reno gave more guidance Wednesday on the non-essential businesses ordered to close to the public for 30 days by Sisolak。

These include:


  • Entertainment & hospitality, including but not limited to strip clubs and brothels, casinos, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, large conference rooms, meeting halls, and cafeterias

  • Recreation and athletic facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers, gyms, health clubs, fitness centers, yoga, barre and spin facilities

  • Beauty and personal care services and facilities, including but not limited to barber shops, beauty, tanning, waxing hair salons, and nail salons and spas

  • Retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. Retailers are encouraged to continue online operations with pickup and delivery.


This is the teeth the city will use to enforcement the closure, against either the owners of the business or the employees in control of the business:

  • Citations up to $1,000 per day

  • Misdemeanor citations

  • Summary suspension of a business license

  • Revocation of a business license


 


MARCH 18, 3;15 P.M. UPDATE: All Catholic churches in the Reno Diocese will suspend masses until April 16, the diocese announced Wednesday.

Masses had been suspended previously until April 3.

“This is a heavy decision to make given how vital the Eucharist is to our faith; however, after much prayer and deliberation, I do so out of the love of our neighbor that Jesus Christ expects of us and our moral duty to safeguard human life, especially of the vulnerable, and to promote the common good,” Bishop Randolph Calvo said in a statement。

MARCH 18, 12 P.M. UPDATE: Local agencies in Washoe County addressed the community Wednesday to provide an update on coronavirus response efforts.

Representatives with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County Health District, and the Reno Police Department spoke about the precautions in place and measures the agencies plan to take.

Bob Lucey with the City of Reno echoed Governor Sisolak's message Tuesday night, urging all Washoe County residents to "Stay home for Nevada。"

Oliver Miller with the Reno Police Department said Chief Jason Soto was in Carson City working to secure additional coronavirus test kits for the community and first responders。 He also said officers would be increasing patrols and doing business checks following the governor's order that all non-essential businesses should close by noon Wednesday。

“We are sensitive to what these temporary closures mean to our community and the toll it will take," Miller said。 "We need to come together。”

Ed Lawson with the City of Sparks said city leaders supported the governor's decision to shut down non-essential businesses, calling it an unprecedented time in our world.

He called on citizens, to choose their attitude over the next several weeks. "Choose empathy over selfishness, ethics over unfairness, logic, over lunacy. Choose to be inclusive over being thoughtless. Choose to love, not hate. Choose charitable over callus,” he said. “Choose to be a leader.”

When asked about essential versus non-essential businesses, Lucey said city staff is working to identify what those businesses are.

Sheriff Darin Balaam said the sheriff's office is meeting with other local law enforcement and the district attorney's office to determine enforcement of the governor's order and urged the community to "work with us."

The Washoe County Health District reported no new cases of COVID-19。 The number of cases still stands at 12 in Washoe County。

Balaam assured the community, and said "We are prepared." He also said Wednesday's press conference would likely be the last in-person address, and stressed the unknowns that still lie ahead.

“This is a first for all of us, Balaam said. "We’ve had floods, and fires, but nothing of this magnitude.”

MARCH 17, 6:45 P.M. UPDATE: Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered the statewide closure of all non-essential businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor addressed the state Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from Las Vegas.

The closures will take effect Wednesday, March 18 at noon and will be in place for at least the next 30 days.

The closures include bars and restaurants, though restaurants are encouraged to offer curbside delivery, home delivery, and takeout.

"Non-essential businesses have two options," he said. "Find other ways to serve your customers, or close your doors."

Essential services will remain open including fire, police, transit, and healthcare, in addition to businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services for disadvantaged populations。

Pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, hardware stores, and gas stations will also stay open, as well as truck stops to allow the delivery of supplies。

The governor said non-essential businesses such as malls, gyms, hair and nail salons, tanning salons, and barber shops should close until further notice. He also ordered all gaming operations in casinos, restaurants, and convenience stores must cease by midnight Tuesday.

As for church services, the governor strongly urged faith leaders to find other ways to lead services without bringing people together in person.

Governor Sisolak also urged people to postpone their weddings, and to limit attendance at funerals.

"I know there will be some who think this is an overreaction," he said. "I fully believe this is an appropriate and informed reaction."

The governor also encouraged all Nevadans to stay home。 "This is not the time for sleepovers, play dates, concerts, theater outings, or athletic events," he said。 "Do not risk your health or the health of others。"

Despite the new statewide restrictions, the governor said the Nevada National Guard has not been activated.

MARCH 17, 11:15 A.M. UPDATE: Washoe County issued a in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Washoe County is dedicated to the safety, health and welfare of our citizens – this is a responsibility we do not take lightly,” said Commission Chair, Bob Lucey. “This Declaration is another tool that enables us to best serve our citizens. As I have stressed before, we must be ready to take strong action to safeguard our community against the long-term effects on public health in our region. This is a quickly moving situation and we are responding accordingly.”

The county said the declaration will increase Washoe County’s accessibility to resources and allow for flexibility with staffing, all with the goal of mitigating the spread of COVID-19。 Officials reminded the community not to panic but rather be prepared, be smart, be clean and be vigilant。

“I would also ask that if you are able, reach out to your neighbors, the vulnerable friends and family in your life, with your faith communities, and ensure we are looking out for those in our community who need our help most,” said Lucey。

MARCH 17, 10:30 A.M. UPDATE: The Washoe County Health District announced three new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases in Washoe County to 12.

The patients include a man in his 60s with recent travel to the Bay Area in California; a man in his 60s with close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County; and a woman in her 30s who traveled to Europe。

The district said all patients are self isolating and are in stable condition. The health district is investigating and working to identify close risk contacts to prevent community spread of the disease.

The health district also said all Washoe County residents that were on the Grand Princess cruise ship, who flew from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Sunday, have been safely transported to their residences。

All residents who returned were screened upon arrival and showed no symptoms of COVID-19, the district said. The residents were tested for COVID-19 before they flew home. The district said results are expected soon.

No Washoe County passengers have tested positive for COVID-19. Health district staff, who performed the screenings, drove the vehicles and wore personal protective equipment. The district said precautions were taken to ensure that the returning residents had no contact with any public spaces and those efforts were successful.

MARCH 16, 11:30 P.M. UPDATE: The Washoe County Health District said Monday it has no mandate to close any businesses in Washoe County in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The district released the following statement Monday evening:

Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District, and the City of Sparks seek to clarify a recent statement by the City of Reno regarding a mandatory order to close bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (not including takeout/delivery/drive through or pickup services) through April 5.

At this time, the Washoe County Health District has no mandate to close any establishments in Washoe County. The Health District supports business closures and cancelation of large public events to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19, but it is not mandatory at this time.

Additionally, the jurisdictions of Washoe County and the City of Sparks have not made a decision to close any businesses at this time due to COVID-19.

MARCH 16, 5:30 P.M. UPDATE: The City of Reno is clarifying Monday's announcement that all non-essential businesses must close amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve ordered temporary mandatory closures of bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (except takeout/delivery/drive through and pick up services) in the city until April 5 unless extended.

Schieve made the announcement during a press conference Monday at Reno City Hall.

The city said those businesses should begin the process of winding down operations starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, with the goal of closing by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

“I know there was some confusion around the announcement, so I just want to clarify that these are businesses where groups of people tend to congregate,” Schieve said. “Let me also clarify that all businesses are essential. I am simply trying to limit areas of high-exposure risk.”

Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and doctors offices will remain open.

The city said casino gaming is still allowed to operate following the , but casino dining areas in restaurants and bars should be closed. Room service is allowed for guests within properties.

These business restrictions are based on the federal and state government’s guidance and recommendations on social distancing, the city said in a statement.

The mayor also urged any businesses with public gatherings to follow the same guidelines put forth by Governor Sisolak. The city said businesses should be prepared that there could be more restrictions in the future.

The city said they will be revisiting these rules on a daily basis and will be proactive in keeping the public informed。

MARCH 16, 3:15 P.M. UPDATE: The City of Reno said Monday it is stopping all non-essential business including casinos, bars, restaurants, and gyms.

Mayor Hillary Schieve said affected businesses have until 10 A。M。 Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until they must close。

Schieve said the direction came from the Washoe County Health District. "We were requesting that you stop all business for two to three weeks," Schieve said. "However we just got information in, that Washoe County Health Department is asking that we stop all non-essential business."

Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and doctors offices will remain open.

Schieve said the city will discuss with restaurants whether they can still offer drive-thru and to-go options.

Schieve urged the community not to panic。

"You will still have plenty of time to get to grocery stores," she said. "Be thoughtful to one another."

As for enforcement, Schieve said the Reno Police Department is working with business owners to monitor what is happening in the community.

Chief Soto said more specifics will come and that they "don't want to go in heavy-handed."

MARCH 16, 10:30 A.M. UPDATE:
The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting the state's first COVID-19 death.

The Clark County resident was a man in his 60's. He had been hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

“This loss of life is a tragedy, and we want to express our condolences to the family,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “We must continue to emphasize how important it is to protect those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of the virus and urge our community to support the public health measures and recommendations that are in place,” said Dr. Leguen.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Clark County now stands at 35.

MARCH 15, 4:43 PM UPDATE:

The Washoe county Health District late Sunday afternoon reported five new COVID-19 coronavirus cases. That makes nine cases in Washoe County.

The district said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is no longer confirming tests. All nine cases are considered confirmed. All are self-isolating in their homes.

This is how the district broke down the cases:



  • A woman in her 40s who traveled to Southern California.

  • A woman in her 30s who traveled to the Bay Area in California.

  • A man in his 20s who is a close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County.

  • A man in his 30s who is a close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County.

  • A woman in her 30s who is a close contact to a previously-identified case in Washoe County.

MARCH 15, 4:13 P.M. UPDATE:

Mount Rose Ski Tahoe announced Sunday it is closed for the season.

The ski resort said it made the decision to protect its employees and the public.

MARCH 15, 3:18 P.M. UPDATE:

Gov. Steve Sisolak said Sunday that all Nevada schools kindergarten

through 12th grade will close beginning Monday at least until April 6.

Sisolak made the announcement in a 3 p。m。 press conference in Las Vegas。

The move comes after Sisolak declared a state of emergency on Thursday。

There are 21 COVID-19 coranavirus cases in Nevada, with four reported in Washoe County。 Most have not been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention。

The University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are moving course instruction online, UNR students are on spring break this week。

MARCH 15, 11;43 A.M. UPDATE: ,

The Washoe County Health District has set up an online survey for Washoe County residents to fill out to help determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.

“If Washoe County residents are concerned about having #COVID19, another way to reach us without waiting on the phone is filling out this form,” the district said in a tweet。

To fill out the online form,

MARCH 14, 11:30 P.M. UPDATE:

The Boreal Mountain Resort announced it is suspending all resort operations from March 15–22, 2020. During that time, the resort announced they will monitor the situation and reassess the rest of the season.

The suspension includes all lift operations, food and beverage, retail and rental services, winter activities and snowsports at Boreal Mountain California and Soda Springs Mountain Resort, as well as all Woodward Tahoe and Bunker operations.

For more information, .

Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge and also suspending operations until further notice.

MARCH 14, 5 P.M. UPDATE:

The company that owns Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort are suspending operations starting Sunday and going until further notice.

Alterra Mountain Company will suspend operations at its 15 North American locations。

“Each resort will work directly with guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this closure period,” the company said in a statement。 “We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries。”

MARCH 14, 4:08 P.M. UPDATE:

Vail Resorts announced it is suspending operations at its North American ski resorts from Sunday until March 22.

Vail Resorts includes Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar and Kirkwood。

The resort said it will use that time to reassess its approach for the rest of the season.

“Our lodging and property management operations will remain open to service the guests we have on location or those with existing reservations, but we will not be taking new reservations for this upcoming week,” Vail CEO Rob Katz said in a statement.

Scheduled employees, both seasonal and year-round, will be paid during this upcoming eight-day period, Katz said。

They expect to make a decision on the rest of the season by March 20。

Suspending operations “gives everyone the time to assess the situation, respond to ever-changing developments, and evaluate the approach for the rest of season, if we believe it is advisable or feasible to re-open,” Katz said. “This was not an easy decision to make, as we deeply considered the impact it will have on our guests, employees, and the people and businesses in our communities.”

MARCH 14, 1:40 P.M. UPDATE:

Washoe County Health District Health Officer Kevin Dick said the latest COVID-19 case shows that it can spread in the community.

“It’s a wake-up call for us that we have COVID-19 in the community and everyone needs to be taking precautions,” Dick said Saturday at a press conference.

The health district announced a new case Saturday following an announcement Friday of a new case. Both cases have to be confirmed
by the Centers for Disease Control.

Dick asked people not to hoard supplies.

“It’s probably a good idea when you are going to the grocery store to buy a few more things so you are building up a reserve,” Dick said。 “There is no immediate threat。”

He cited water and toilet paper specifically as items that don’t need to be hoarded. There is no threat to the water supply, Dick said.

““This is a respiratory disease,” Dick said of COVID-19。 “I don’t quite understand why there is such a rush on toilet paper。”

MARCH 14, 11:25 A.M. UPDATE

A fourth person has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Washoe County, the Washoe County District Health Department said Saturday morning. The test must still be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

The case is for a man in his 20s who has no known travel recently outside Washoe County, It appears to be community spread。 The man is stable and is self-isolating at home。 The health district is talking to people who have had contact with him。

“We expected to begin to see community transmission of COVID-19 so this is not a surprise,” Kevin Dick, district health officer, said in a statement. “This should heighten our attention to the importance of using precautionary measures and practicing social distancing to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of any respiratory or communicable disease, including COVID-19, in Washoe County.”

There will be a press conference Saturday at 1:30 p。m。 to discuss the case。

MARCH 14, 9 A.M. UPDATE:

Gov. Steve Sisolak formed a medical advisory team to provide guidance on the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The team will be led by Dr. Ihsan Azzam, Nevada’s Chief Medical Officer. This team will provide expert assessments and recommendations on steps Nevada can take to help mitigate and contain COVID-19.

The other members are Dr. Trudy Larson, dean of the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno; Dr. Brian Labus, assistant professor at the School of Public Health at the university of Nevada, Las Vegas; Dr. Paul Sierzenski, chief medical officer of Renown Health System Acute Care Division; and Dr. Shadaba Asad, director of infection disease at the University Medical Center-Las Vegas.

“Dr. Azzam and this medical advisory team represent some of the brightest and most well-respected medical professionals in the State,” Sisolak said in a statement. “In this rapidly developing situation, it is critical that we turn to those with expertise in infection control and public health to guide our decision-making, and I have full confidence that we’ve assembled the right team for the job.”

MARCH 13, 6:30 P.M. UPDATE

The Washoe County School District said Friday there are no plans to close schools.

However, these measures take place effective Monday, March 16:


  • All school, district and non-district sponsored athletics, extra-curricular activities, assemblies, practices, proms and events are suspended effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.

  • All district sponsored travel is suspended until further notice.

  • Activities and events scheduled toward the end of the school year, including graduation ceremonies, will be evaluated.

  • All intersession and curriculum-based activities will continue as scheduled over spring break.

  • All previously scheduled spring break childcare related camps will continue to support family needs for access to daycare. By Sunday, March 15 we will post a full list of operational camps on

MARCH 13, 5 P.M. UPDATE

The Lyon County School District said Friday that all school, district, and non-district sponsored athletics, extra-curricular activities, assemblies, practices, and events are suspended effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.

Currently, parent-teacher conferences scheduled for April 1 and April 2 will proceed as scheduled.

Activities and events scheduled later in the school year, including graduation ceremonies, will be evaluated later.

Travel restrictions on district-sponsored student and staff travel remain.
After -school care (i.e. Boys & Girls Club, tutoring, etc.) will continue operating to support students and families.

The school district has increased the cleaning of high touch surfaces. The district has also secured additional cleaning materials.

The school district continues to refine its coronavirus response plan with all departments and outside officials.

MARCH 13, 4 P..M. UPDATE:

Washoe County announced on Friday a third person has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus。 The test still has to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention。

The latest is a woman in her 20s who traveled recently to Germany and France。 She is stable and is self-isolating at home, the Washoe County Health District said。

The health district is working to identify close contacts to prevent the spread of COVID-19。

The district said it expects the first two cases will be confirmed by the CDC。

MARCH 13, 3:45 PM UPDATE:

The Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District will be closed for the next three weeks following action Friday by Placer county Public Health Department.

Instruction will resume and distance learning will begin for all students on Thursday, March 19, 2020, remotely。 Instructional materials will be provided through arranged pickups at the school or at a central location。 The child’s teacher or school staff will contact parents via email and/or phone with more information on this process。

“Decisions like this are difficult to make, but we are taking this action based on what is known at this time about the transmission and severity of the illness to best protect our school communities,” said Placer County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica. “The most effective way to slow the transmission of this virus is to implement social distancing practices. We won’t take chances when it comes to the health and safety of our students.”

While children are less at risk than other demographic groups, they have shown the ability to transmit COVID-19, the health department said。

MARCH 13, 11 A.M. UPDATE:

The Washoe County Health District reported no new cases of COVID-19 during its press conference Friday, March 13, 2020.

Kevin Dick with the health district said, in Washoe County, there is one case of COVID-19 confirmed by the CDC。 Another presumptive positive case is waiting for CDC confirmation。

Dick said the health district is working with Governor Sisolak's office to coordinate the return of the Northern Nevada residents who were passengers on the Grand Princess Cruise. Dick said it is expected they will return sometime Friday, March 13.

Washoe County Commission Chairman, Bob Lucey, said all non-essential Washoe County meetings will be suspended.

Lucey also stressed the importance of being mindful of the older population in the community. "Help those who cannot fight on their own," he said.

Lucey also reminded the community to take precautions against COVID-19。 "Be prepared and be smart。 Be clean and be vigilant," he said。

Despite Governor Sisolak declaring a state of emergency Thursday night, and President Trump declaring a national emergency Friday, Lucey said Washoe County is not declaring one at this time.

As for COVID-19 test kits, Dick said there is a sufficient supply for the next several weeks。 He also said the state lab has established a resupply system。

When asked if someone with no known travel to areas affected by coronavirus, and no known contact with a cornavirus patient, can be tested, Dick said they could be tested, and urged them to call the health district at (775) 328-2427 where they will be ranked in terms of risk priority.

Dick said the health district is working closely with the Washoe County School District to discuss appropriate action moving forward, but said they are not providing any direction on closing schools at this time.

Dick said he expects more COVID-19 cases to occur in Washoe County and urged the community to, "pull together for a significant amount of time to knock this thing down."

MARCH 12, 9:15 PM UPDATE: Two Churchill County School District staff members are in doctor-directed quarantines, but have not tested posted for COVID-19, the school district said Thursday in a statement.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 in Churchill County, the school district said.

Parent-teacher conferences next week will be conducted over the telephone and not in person, the school district said。

There could be changes to after-school and co-curricular activities like games, practices and events, the school district said.

Students with a fever of more than 100 degrees or a persistent cough or with sore throats will be sent home until the symptoms go away。

MARCH 12, 6 PM UPDATE: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak held a press conference in Las Vegas Thursday to announce he has declared a state of emergency in Nevada to deal with a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

The declaration gives the state more flexibility in preparing for and responding to any coronavirus outbreak, Sisolak said.

Sisolak said he is considering banning mass gatherings, as other states have done.

The state also set up a statewide hub to disseminate COVID-19 information.


MARCH 12, 5:50 P.M. UPDATE: The University of Nevada, Reno is moving its classes online effective Monday, March 23, as a reaction to COVID-19.

The campus is not being closed。 But after students return from spring break next week, they will study online。

Faculty, staff, and students can use Zoom Pro, an enterprise video conferencing platform with real-time messaging and content sharing.
Students currently living in residence halls who do not have the option to remain home following spring break should call University Residential Life and Housing immediately at 775-784-1113.

Students who work on campus should contact their employers.
All public or special events with planned attendance of more than 150 people are canceled effective March 13 until further notice.

Students in need of counseling can call 775-784-4648. Employees in need of counseling can contact human resources at 775-784-6082.
For any questions UNR set up a 24-hour information line at 775-682-9900.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas announced its classes are going online also。

MARCH 12, 3:35 P.M. UPDATE: The Carson City woman who has presumptively tested positive for COVID-19 is in her 70s and is in isolation.

The woman's husband is also in isolation. The woman traveled to Carson City from San Jose on March 2.

She reported feeling better on Thursday.

The risk to the community is considered to be low.

MARCH 12, 2:50 P.M. UPDATE: A person has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Carson City area, Carson City Health and Human Services reported Thursday. The test will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the coronavirus.

It is the first case in the combined Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties areas. It is being considered presumptive positive until the CDC confirms the result.

A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will be livestreamed and .

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MARCH 11, 9:30 P.M. UPDATE: There are no plans to close Nevada college campuses at this time, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly said Wednesday in a press release.

He asked all

“While making preparations for remote instruction, please develop contingencies for students who may not own or have access to a personal computer or other technologies,” Reilly said.

The university system will work with the state of Nevada and local authorities to develop a plan, Reilly said.

MARCH 11, 5:20 P.M. UPDATE: Fans will not able to attend the remaining spring athletic events for the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The Wolf Pack sent out the statement Wednesday afternoon saying only competitors and game-essential staff will attend.

“The health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans is the top priority,” the statement said. “The institutions will continue to evaluate and assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with local health officials, the Mountain West Conference and campus colleagues and continue to follow federal, state and NSHE guidelines and best practices."

The decision aligns with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s decision to restrict fans from upcoming championship events。

On the Reno campus, all scheduled baseball and softball games as well tennis matches will have only essential staff, family members of student-athletes and coaches, and accredited media. Games will still be broadcast with scheduled radio and Mountain West Network coverage.
Related athletic events and competitions, including the Silver and Blue Spring Game and Grit Run, spring/volleyball soccer camps and games, and cheer clinics scheduled through the end of April have also been canceled.

Nevada's ticket office account representatives will be in contact with ticketholders to discuss refunds。

MARCH 11, 3:55 P.M. UPDATE: The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has precautions in place to protect staff and inmates from COVID-19, Sheriff Darin Balaam said Wednesday.

If a flu-like case should arise, deputies and staff will work with the facility’s medical provider and the Washoe County Health District to ensure precautions are followed, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“Our inmate screening process has always contained questions related to the identification of infectious disease,” Balaam said in the statement。 “With these additional steps we hope to reduce exposure to the virus while having a plan in place should symptoms appear。”

Inmate visitation has been through video conferencing for more than 10 years so face-to-face visitation is not a problem. “Visitation would only be cancelled if there was a concern for the safety of the public or a security issue within the facility,” the statement said.

The sheriff’s office has ordered additional cleaning equipment and protective supplies。

Staff is also encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for safety by washing hands regularly and staying home if they are sick; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

MARCH 10, 3 P.M. UPDATE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Washoe County.

At a press conference Tuesday, the Washoe County Health District said the case involves a man in his 50's who had traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship, and who had tested presumptive positive last week. Officials said they were still waiting on results for the second presumptive positive case in Washoe County involving a 32-year-old man who had recently traveled to Santa Clara County.

Kevin Dick with the health district said the passengers returning to Nevada from the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship are not showing any symptoms. Dick said they will arrive at undisclosed airports in both northern and southern Nevada, although the district did not know when. They will then be transported to their homes where they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, which is the incubation period for COVID-19. Dick said if the residents show symptoms of the virus in that 14-day period, they will be tested.

The health district said some of the passengers were from Washoe County, but would not say how many。 On Monday, Carson City Health and Human Services said 15 passengers were from Carson City, Douglas and Lyon counties。

As for the incubation period, Dick said the health district will work with the affected residents when it comes to supplies, including food and prescriptions. He said there are criminal penalties if residents who are supposed to be in self-isolation, violate the agreement made with the state. Dick said they have some ideas about surveillance that might be used, to ensure affected residents are self-isolating.

Dick said the risk of transmission remains extremely low in our community。

He urged the community to stay calm, citing rumors involving COVID-19 at a local Patagonia warehouse。 Dick called the rumors unfounded。

Anyone who thinks they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to call the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2427. Health officials will then determine whether or not the symptoms warrant being tested for coronavirus.

MARCH 10, 2:15 P.M. UPDATE:The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has detailed the restrictions and rules for the passengers evacuated from the Grand Princess cruise to return to the state.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says 21 passengers from the Grand Princess tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). There were -49 passengers from Nevada also on board the ship, but all of the Nevadans are asymptomatic.

Gov. Steve Sisolak's Office and DHHS developed a plan to allow the Nevada passengers to return to the state that would safeguard their health and the health of other Nevadans.

The conditions, which were approved by the HHS, include:

- The passengers must be asymptomatic;
- The passengers must be tested for COVID-19 prior to boarding the secure flight back to Nevada so the presumptive test results will be available for local health authorities;
- Any passenger that refuses testing will remain under the supervision of the appropriate federal agency;
- The passengers must be returned to the state in an isolated manner that limits exposure to the general public; and
- These passengers will remain under the supervision of their respective local health authority for the 14-day isolation period immediately upon their return to Nevada.

Local health authorities are arranging transportation to the passengers homes where they will serve their mandatory 14-day isolation。

MARCH 9, 5 P.M. UPDATE: Carson City Health and Human Services confirmed Monday that they are monitoring 15 people from Carson City, Douglas, and Lyon counties who were passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship.

The passengers will be monitored for 14 days as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, starting Tuesday, March 10。

The 15 passengers are among the 49 Nevada residents from the Grand Princess cruise ship which has been circling off the coast of California for several days after a California resident who was on board the ship for the previous voyage tested positive for COVID-19。

Carson health officials said the residents currently are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and will be staying in their homes for the 14-day monitoring period.

The residents do not pose a risk to the general public, health officials said.

MARCH 9, 3 P.M. UPDATE: Organizers are cancelling Barton Health's Pink Heavenly event scheduled for March 21, 2020 over coronavirus concerns.

In a statement, Barton Health said in part:

The decision was a precautionary measure with the importance of prevention and reducing the risk of vulnerable populations’ exposure in mind. While the on-mountain event is canceled, fundraising will continue for Pink Heavenly’s cause; Cancer Support Services through Barton Health - programs dedicated to improving the lives of those fighting cancer.

Barton said hospital operations and clinical patient care remain fully operational. Heavenly Mountain is also open and operating normally.

Chris Kiser, Barton Foundation Executive Director said:

“Although this precaution was not an easy decision to make, it is the right decision to protect the health and safety of our community and our care providers. The Foundation will continue its commitment to Cancer Support Services through Barton Health and providing funding to keep these services available.”

Funds raised for Pink Heavenly 2020 will be rolled into next year’s Pink Heavenly event, happening March, 2021 at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, organizers said.

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MARCH 9, 12 P.M. UPDATE: Washoe County health officials updated the community Monday, March 9, 2020 after confirming a second presumptive positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area.

Kevin Dick with the Washoe County Health District said the patient is a 32-year-old man and had traveled to Santa Clara County, an area experiencing a number of COVID-19 cases. Health officials became aware of this second case late Saturday, March 7.

The district said they have identified family members who have had close contact with the patient, and those family members are in self-isolation for the 14-day incubation period. The health district said those family members have tested negative for COVID-19, but if they begin to show symptoms, they will be tested again.

The district is not releasing information in regards to the patient's place of employment, but said they are working with coworkers for any potential exposure.

Dick said there is no timeline for results of the presumptive positive cases in Washoe County, which have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. He said results will be released as soon as they are available.

The health district said there has been no local transmission of COVID-19 in our community, and prevention starts with those close to the people who have tested positive。

“Family members that are in households with the Covid-19 cases, they are still in that 14 day quarantine period," Dick explained. "We will continue to monitor them to make sure they don’t develop symptoms or if they do that we take appropriate actions with continued isolation until they recover.”

Dick urged anyone in the community with symptoms of concern, to not go to the emergency room, but instead to contact the health district at 775-328-2427。 Health officials said drive-thru testing is available for patients who are determined to be of high priority。 The drive-thru testing involves collecting samples in an outdoor area to minimize the risk of exposure。

As for the rush to buy supplies, Dick cautioned the community to maintain an adequate supply of food, but to not stockpile items, such as bottled water. The health district said they don't expect any disruption to the drinking water supply.

The health district has made several funding requests to help in the response to COVID-19 including $190,000 for medical staffing and supplies. That money, if approved, would come from the state's Public Health Preparedness Program.

When asked about social gatherings, Dick advised the community to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including avoiding crowds, and possibly reconsidering travel plans, especially for the older population.

Dick said there are still many unknowns about COVID-19。 "We are building a plane while flying it," he said。 "We've got it in the air, but we're working on how to improve things。"

MARCH 8 UPDATE: A second person in Washoe County has tested positive for COVID-19 coranavirus, the Washoe County Health District announced Sunday morning.

The test still has to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention。

The infected person is a 32-year-old man and he is isolated at home, the district said in a statement。 His only known travel was to Santa Clara。 Calif。 The district is determining who had close contact with him and is conducting community surveillance to see if it has spread。 He was tested at a medical emergency department。

"Given the increase in cases across the nation and the world, and the increased local testing we’re conducting, it isn’t surprising to see an additional presumptive positive case," Kevin Dick, district health officer, said in a statement。 "Washoe County residents should remain vigilant against this disease。"

The health district is recommending people reconsider all travel -- whether domestic or foreign -- to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The best ways for people to reduce their risk of getting sick, and preventing COVID-19 are: 



  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or tissue

  • Avoid touching your face 

  • Stay home if you are sick 

  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump

  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick

  • If possible, work from home

  • For businesses, 


More information of COVID-19 can be found at  or by calling Washoe 311 (Dial 3-1-1).


MARCH 7 UPDATE: Gov. Steve Sisolak assured Nevadans Saturday that the state is aggressively addressing the COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the Silver State.

Sisolak spoke at a Las Vegas press conference to give an update on the COVID-19 status.

“To summarize, Nevadans work together,” Sisolak said. “When we discovered we had two presumptive cases of COVID-19 this week, we didn’t underreact, we didn’t overreact – we reacted. We took swift action and worked together."

“In the past week, there were road bumps and challenges, but every Nevadan should join me in being proud of our local and state health authorities, and the collaboration and communication exhibited between our local, state and federal leaders,” Sisolak continued。 “We learned lessons, we improved, we identified needs, and we made the calls。 I can tell you this, the CDC is listening。”

Sisolak recapped that one person in Clark County and one in Washoe County have tested positive for the highly contagious virus, although the tests still have to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
The state is marshalling federal, state and local resources to assess and combat the problem, the governor said.

“I know a lot of Nevadans have questions on why certain people are getting tested and why others are not,” Sisolak said. “I want to assure you that our local health authorities have been responsible stewards in their administration of screenings and risk assessments based on existing CDC guidelines, but I believe we all share the same desire to test even more people, as necessary.”

MARCH 6 UPDATE: The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County has added safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

The RTC disinfects its buses daily. Surfaces in transit vehicles and transit stations are sanitized daily.

Bus drivers and passengers are being urged to use proper hand hygiene, safe-coughing etiquette, and to stay home if they are sick. The RTC urges the public to follow these precautions.

Carson City Health and Human Services continues to monitor for COVID-19 cases. So far there are zero cases in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey counties. CCHHS is meeting with local government officials including emergency management, school districts, and sherriff’s offices to discuss preventative measures and plans for any potential impacts from COVID-19.

U。S。 Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Friday requesting the agency fulfill Gov。 Steve Sisolak’s request for additional COVID-19 test kits to enhance the capacity of Nevada’s health agencies to test patients and protect communities。

ORIGINAL STORY: Northern Nevada Medical Center is limiting patient visitation until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns.

The changes include:


  • If deemed necessary, visitors will be allowed into the hospital from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This may change. NNMC advise people to contact your family members prior to going to the facility.

  • Visitors will be screened before entrance to the hospital is allowed.

  • People with a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or a severe respiratory illness, should not go to the hospital. They should contact the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2427.

  • No one younger than 12 is allowed to visit a patient at the hospital.

  • Only one visitor will be allowed per hospital patient at a time.

  • Only one visitor should accompany patients seeking treatment in the emergency department.

  • Visitors should use hand gel when entering the hospital to minimize the spread of germs. Hand gel stations are available at all entrances and by all elevator banks.

Gov。 Steve Sisolak commented Friday on the presumptive positive test for the coronavirus in Washoe County, saying his heart goes out to those impacted by COVID-19。

“As the situation continues to rapidly develop throughout Nevada and around the country, we will continue to coordinate and support a coordinated response and preventative measures at all levels of government,” Sisolak said in a statement. “As Nevadans continue to take preventative measures as they’ve been instructed to do, I will be joining our federal delegation in seeking additional resources to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

He encouraged Nevadans to not panic but to take the issue seriously and to keep informed. Sisolak said he is in daily contact with the state school superintendent and education leaders and is offering the state’s support.

“We will continue to choose collaboration over chaos,” Sisolak said。 “We will continue to prepare and prevent, not panic。”

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve also issued a statement, saying she was saddened to learn from the Washoe County District Health Department there was a presumptive test showing a Washoe County resident had COVID-19.

“The city of Reno is continuing to monitor the level of risk to the public in close coordination with WCHD and other regional agencies, and we will provide updates as they become available,” Schieve said. “In addition to these regional efforts, Ccty personnel and programs are prepared to protect the public without affecting services.”

Barton Health announced it is cancelling its performance and wellness classes, support groups and other non-essential public events until further notice.

“This does not affect patient care, and all clinical services and medical offices are fully operational,” Barton said in a statement。

The Washoe County Library said all library stay-and-play and virtual reality programs are currently suspended.

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