COVID-19 UPDATES: 19 more Washoe County COVID-19 cases

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - APRIL 5, 2:30 P.M. Washoe County reported 19 more COVID-19 cases on Sunday afternoon, bringing the total cases to 264.

Washoe County also reported three more people recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total recoveries to 29.

Eighteen people have been hospitalized, the county said. The deaths remained at four.

APRIL 5, 12:59 P.M. The state of Nevada is reporting 1,836 cases of COVID-19, 94 more than it reported Saturday. Deaths remained the same.

As of Sunday morning, Washoe County’s COVID-19 figures had not changed.

Clark County reported 101 additional cases Sunday morning, bringing the total there to 1,519. Deaths remained the same.

The Carson City Health and Human Services, which handles cases for Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties, reported no new cases on Sunday and said the number of people recovered remained two.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said it is seeing more juveniles away from home and asked parents to keep a close watch on their children said it’s the time for families to be safe at home. The office responded to a late night party Saturday in the Pinenuts.

“Any juvenile offenders encountered after hours violating the governor’s directive will be given a citation for any offenses committed to include the governor’s directive,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “The parents who allow these violations to occur will also be issued a citation for allowing the violation of the governor’s directives to occur by their juvenile children.”

The sheriff's office later added this statement:

"The sheriff will not be citing anyone during normal hours or out walking, exercising or conducting essential business。"

Placer County reported Sunday three people with COVID-19 have died, an increase of one。

APRIL 4, 5:10 P.M. Humboldt County has learned of two more COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 11.

Both are close contacts with previously identified cases and both are self-isolating at home。

One is a man in his 50s and the other is a woman in her 20s.
Of the previous nine cases, four remain hospitalized and five are self-isolating at home.

APRIL 4, 2:10 P.M. Washoe County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

That gives Washoe County 245 total cases; 26 people have recovered. Deaths remain at 4.

Washoe County noted the use of cloth facemasks could reduce the spread of COVID-19.

APRIL 4, 1:07 P.M. Nevada has had 46 COVID-19 deaths, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday, up from 43 reported Friday.

The state has 1,742 positive cases。 The demographic group with the most cases remains the 30 to 39 year olds, who have 19 percent of positive cases。

Also on Saturday, Gov。 Steve Sisolak said the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved his major disaster declaration in Nevada in response to COVID-19。

“I am grateful to the president and federal government for their help, which will aid Nevada in responding and recovering effectively and efficiently from this disaster,” Sisolak said in a statement。

APRIL 4, 10:05 A.M. Two new COVID-19 infections were reported Saturday in Carson City and Lyon County residents.

Both were women, a Carson City resident in her 70s and a Lyon County woman in her 30s.

Both are self-isolating in their homes and are in stable condition, Carson City Health and Human Services reported. CCHS is handling COVID-19 coordination for Carson City and Lyon, Douglas and Storey counties.

That four-county region now has 20 cases: 10 in Carson City, seven Douglas County an three in Lyon County. They have not reported any deaths and two people have recovered.

APRIL 4, 2020, 9:42 A.AM. Elko County on Saturday confirmed the county has its first death from a COVID-19 illness.

It was a woman in her late 50s with underlying medical conditions who had previously been confirmed as having COVID-19.

The woman had not been hospitalized at the time of her death。

Elko County on Friday said it had eight COVID-19 cases。

APRIL 3, 7:30 P.M. Elko County reported one new case of COVID-19, bringing the total in the county to eight.

The new case is a man in his 40s who has had close contact with other confirmed cases. He is self-isolating at home.

People with whom he had contact are being identified and ask to self-isolate, the county said.

APRIL 3, 6;50 P.M. Nye County on Friday reported two more COVID-19 cases, giving the county seven

The county said there were five cases in Pahrump, one in Amargosa Valley and one in Beatty. One person recovered in both Pahrump and Beatty.

Nye County said there have been 275 tests reported to the county.

APRIL 3, 5:50 P.M. Thirty-five people at the Willow Springs Center tested positive for COVID-19, the Nevada Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance reported Friday.

As of Friday, 24 youth and 11 staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the bureau said。 More test results are pending。

Willow Springs Center is mental health facility for children at 690 Edison Way in Reno。

The state is working with the facility “to ensure the health and safety of all youth and staff at the facility” and steps are being taken to ensure there will be no further exposure, the bureau said in a statement.
These statements were attributed to Willow Springs Center CEO Andrew Herod:

“The health and wellness of our patients and staff is of utmost importance and we are taking this matter seriously and cooperating with the state during their review of our facility。

“We have regular monitoring in place and continue to educate our patients about self-precautions. The team is in full cooperation with the state and health department, and we will take further steps if necessary to protect everyone’s well being.”

APRIL 3, 4:55 P.M. There are two new COVID-19 cases in Winnemucca, bringing Humboldt County’s total to nine.

The two cases are a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s。 Both are close contacts of previously reported cases and both are self-isolating at home。

Of the seven previously reported cases, four have been hospitalized and three are self-isolating at home.

APRIL 3, 4 P.M. Washoe County is reporting 45 more COVID-19 cases. Washoe County now has 229 cases, four deaths and 26 recoveries.

APRIL 3, 10:45 A.M. A second person in Douglas County has recovered from COVID-19.

Carson City Health and Human Services also reported one new positive case in the Quad County region.

This brings the number of active cases in the Quad County region to 16 with two recoveries.

The new case is a Douglas County woman in her 60’s, and she is self-isolating in her home and is in a stable condition.

Here is the current case count:

Carson City

Total cases, 9
Active cases, 8
Recoveries, 1

Douglas County

Total cases, 7
Active cases, 6
Recoveries, 1

Lyon County

Total cases, 2
Active cases, 2

Storey County

Total cases, 0
Active cases, 0

APRIL 3, 8:30 A.M. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is reporting five additional people have died of COVID-19, which brings Clark County’s total to 39 and Nevada’s to 43.

SNHD’S data shows of the 39 people that have died, 32 were hospitalized, 25 were in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 22 had underlying medical conditions。

The Clark County health district's is also reporting a rise in COVID-19 cases from 1,125 to 1,279. Currently, 331 people are in the hospital, which is up 54 from the previous day. Also of the 331, 50 people are in an ICU and 52 have underlying medical conditions.

The case numbers are also increasing in Nevada, as 1,514 people have tested positive for the virus. 13,018 have tested negative. It is not known how many people have recovered from COVID-19 in Nevada and Clark County.

Elsewhere in the Nevada, Washoe County is reporting 184 positive cases, 26 people have recovered and four have died from the virus.

To see SNHD’s latest report, 。

APRIL 2, 6:10 P.M. Elko County reported two more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total in Elko County to seven.

Two cases have recovered and the county said it expects a third person to recover soon.

One new case is a woman in her 30s who is isolating at home. The source of this infection remains under investigation. The other new case is a man in his 30s who has had close contact with a previously disclosed case. He is isolating at home and other people who also had close contact with him are isolating.

APRIL 2, 2:55 P.M. Washoe County reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total cases to 184.

The county also reported eight recoveries, giving Washoe County 26 recoveries。

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reported two employees tested positive.

One is a deputy who has been out of the office since March 11 and has not been back to work since then. The deputy will remain home until cleared to work.

The other is a civilian employee a civilian, had been on vacation until March 18, when she returned and worked three days until she was sent home after the Washoe County Health District issued travel guidelines. The sheriff’s office said she had no interaction with the public.

APRIL 2, 8:15 A.M. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is reporting 34 people have died of COVID-19, which brings the state total to 38.

The Clark County health district's data released shows of the 34 people that have died, 32 were hospitalized, 25 were in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 22 had underlying medical conditions.

SNHD is also reporting a rise in COVID-19 cases from 961 to 1,125。 Currently, 277 people are in the hospital, 42 of them are in an ICU and 41 have underlying medical conditions。

The case numbers are increasing in Nevada as 1,458 people have tested positive for the virus. 12,588 have tested negative.

Elsewhere in the Nevada, Washoe County is reporting 163 positive cases, 18 people have recovered and four have died from the virus。

To see the latest SNHD report,

APRIL 1, 7:35 P.M.Humboldt County reported two more COVID-19 cases in Winnemucca. Humboldt County has seven cases now.

Both are close contacts of previously known cases, Humboldt County Health Officer Charles Stringham, a physician, reported。 One is a woman in her 60s。 The other is a man in his 70s。

APRIL 1, 5:35 P.M.Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has activated the Nevada National Guard to deal with the COVID-19 problem in Nevada.

Activating the National Guard provides more help to deal with the crisis and the state can also request federal money to offset the costs, Sisolak said。

National Guard Major General Ondra Berry said people working in critical needs jobs in the civilian sector will not be called up.

Sisolak also said the state has eased requirements to allow more medical staff to work in hospitals and doctor’s offices. He called them the Battle Born Medical Corps.

Sisolak said more than 1,200 Nevadans tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and 32 people have died.

He said 6 percent to 20 percent of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Nevada have required hospitalization。 Of those, 74 percent were admitted to the intensive care unit and 44 percent need ventilators。

Washoe County on Wednesday 163 COVID-19 cases, four deaths, and 18 recoveries。

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of influenza cases this year in the U.S. required hospitalizatoin.


Sisolak also extended the stay-at-home order to April 30, which includes schools.

APRIL 1, 2:00 P.M. Regional leaders updated the community on the COVID-19 crisis in Washoe County.

During the press briefing, Kevin Dick with the Washoe County Health District confirmed a fourth death related to COVID-19. Dick says the patient was a man in his 40s with underlying medical conditions.

The case count for Washoe County now stands at 143, with 126 active cases, and 13 recoveries. Of the active cases, 20 are residents who have been hospitalized. Updated numbers are expected later Wednesday.

Watch the briefing here:

APRIL 1, 10:30 A.M.. Governor Steve Sisolak issued a "Stay at Home" directive for Nevadans Wednesday amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The directive also extends closure of non-essential businesses, gaming and schools through April 30, 2020.

This directive will go into effect at midnight on April 1, 2020.

“Today’s ‘Stay at Home’ directive strengthens the imperative that Nevadans must not leave their homes for nonessential activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Governor Sisolak. “This directive builds on previous directives around school closures, social distancing, closure of non-essential businesses, and bans on public gatherings of 10 or more people by requiring you stay at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary."

The governor's office said essential employees should continue their work activities, making sure to take proper precautions, like frequent handwashing, staying home if they are sick and abiding by aggressive social distancing protocols.

APRIL 1, 8:15 A.M.The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is reporting five additional people have died of COVID-19.

Clark County now has a total of 961 cases。 SNHD reports out of the 961 cases, 198 people have been hospitalized and 33 have been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit。

Out of the 28 deaths in Clark County, SNHD reports 18 people had underlying health conditions. This brings the statewide total to 31 deaths, with Washoe County reporting three.

The state of Nevada is reporting 1,279 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The state reports 12,798 people have been tested for the virus and 11,519 people have tested negative.

To see the state breakdown, 。

To see the full report from SNHD, 。

MARCH 31, 8:04 P.M. Governor Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive extending deadlines that may come due during the state of emergency.

The directive extends the time Nevadans have to file legal complaints for issues where the statute of limitations may come due during the state of emergency, when courts are closed, or less accessible.

All licenses and permits issued by the State of Nevada or by local jurisdictions that are set to expire during this state of emergency have been extended 90 days either from their current expiration date or 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted, whichever is later.

Any business owner whose annual business license renewal fee is due during the declaration of emergency will have a 60-day grace period after the end of the state of emergency to file, renew, and pay their dues. Penalties on these licenses will not accrue for late payment.

“Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Nevada residents are facing restricted travel and should not be penalized for doing the right thing and staying home,” said Governor Sisolak. “With this order, Nevadans don’t have to worry about losing legal rights while they focus on staying healthy.”

MARCH 31, 4:40 P.M. Washoe County is reporting 22 new cases, bringing the County total to 143. Thirteen patients have recovered and there were no new deaths.

One Truckee Meadows Firefighter has tested positive and two additional Reno Police Officers are also positive。

Washoe County also announced that it has set up a quarantine housing at Mill Street and Edison Way for families who need alternative housing for quarantine if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Each trailer consists of five rooms, each with their own private bathroom, a queen size bed, and closet and storage space. Seven of the trailers are expected to be available by the week's end.

Humboldt County is also reporting two new cases, bringing their total to 5.

MARCH 31, 8:30 A.M. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is reporting eight additional people have died of COVID-19.

The health district says there are 116 new cases of the virus, with the county now having 869 cases.

SNHD reports out of the 869 cases, 145 people have been hospitalized and 27 of them are in an Intensive Care Unit。

Out of the 23 deaths, SNHD reports 15 had underlying health conditions. This brings the statewide total to 26 deaths, with Washoe County reporting three.

To see the full report from SNHD, 。

MARCH 31, 7:40 A.M. Nevada is reporting 1,113 positive cases of COVID-19.

The state is also reporting out of 11,794 people tested, 10,681 have tested negative for the virus.

The state is reporting 17 deaths, but the county total stands at 18, with 15 deaths reported in Clark County and three in Washoe County.

To see the state breakdown, .

MARCH 30, 6:00 P.M. Washoe County health officials reported a third death Monday.

The patient was a woman in her 80s who had underlying health conditions。

This latest death increases the death total to 18, with 15 deaths in Clark County and three in Washoe County.

MARCH 30, 4:25 P.M. Officials have confirmed a second death in Washoe County related to COVID-19.

The patient was a woman in her 30s who had an underlying health condition.

The total COVID-19 case count is 121 in Washoe County。

The total recoveries is 10, up from 8. The total active cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County is 109, up from 99.

Officials with the Regional Information Center are urging everyone to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community by avoiding all non-essential travel, social interactions, and staying at least 6 feet away from others。

MARCH 30, 11:15 A.M. The is reporting 1,008 positive cases of COVID-19.

The number of deaths statewide remains at 16, with one in Washoe County and 15 in Clark County。

MARCH 30, 9:00 A.M. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is reporting another death related to the COVID-19 virus.

No information has been released at this time about the individual.

SNHD is also reporting an increase in number of cases to 753.

The shows 100 people have been hospitalized and 22 require the Intensive Care Unit. Of the 100 people hospitalized, 23 of them have underlying medical conditions.

The latest death brings the statewide total to 16, with 15 being reported in Clark County and one in Washoe County。 Out of the 15 deaths, SNHD reports 13 people had underlying medical conditions。

It is not known at this time how many people have recovered in Clark County. However, Washoe County is reporting 107 cases and eight people have recovered.

To see the breakdown of SNHD's numbers, 。

MARCH 30, 8:10 A.M. The State is reporting 996 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The State reports 15 people have died from the virus, including a man in his 40's in Washoe County.

More than 11,000 people have been tested and more than 10,000 tests have come back negative.

To see the break down, .

MARCH 29, 4:10 P.M. UPDATE: There were press conferences today by Washoe County and the state of Nevada to update the status of the COVID-19 response.

Gov. Steve Sisolak said evictions on businesses and homes will be suspended for 90 days.

Sisolak also asked landlords to develop a plan to deal with people who can’t pay rent due to the business shutdown and stay-at-home order。 Sisolak said they did not want families out on the street, making the health situation worse。

The plan does not mean free rent or a free mortgage, officials said。

Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine said he has worked with financial institutions to waive late fees on mortgage payments for the next 90 days and people who miss payments won’t be reported to the credit agency. Conine said people have to reach out to lenders.

Attorney General Aaron Ford said he will give $2 million from settlement funds to United Way to help families in need。

In Washoe County, the Washoe District Health Department said people are considered free of the disease if they healthy at least seven days from the onset of symptoms and also have gone at least 72 hours without a fever。

Washoe County's first COVID-19 death was a man who had traveled to New York City。 He was hospitalized on March 23。

MARCH 29, 12:50 P.M. White Pine County is reporting its first COVID-19 infection.

The county reported no information about the person, but said it was trying to identify all people the person had contact with recently.

MARCH 29, 12:16 P.M. Washoe County is reporting its first COVID-19 related death.

The deceased is a man in his 40s。 It is not known if the man had underlying health conditions。 The case is being investigated。

Washoe County also reports 14 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 107. One more person has recovered, bringing the total recoveries to eight.

One Reno Police Department officer in patrol is among the new cases. The officer began experiencing coronavirus symptoms on March 21, contacted the Washoe County Health District and began to be quarantined at home, the county said. The Health District subsequently tested the employee, and Saturday evening the Reno Police Department learned the employee tested positive. The Health District is investigating the case and have learned of all the people with whom the officer came in contact.

“We’re devastated to learn that a Washoe County resident has died due to COVID-19,” said Kevin Dick, district health officer for Washoe County. “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

MARCH 20, 10:30 A.M. Humboldt County reports two more COVID-19 cases in Winnemucca. Humboldt County now has three cases.

Both patients were tested last week after showing symptoms and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health confirmed the positive tests Saturday night.

MARCH 28, 8:36 P.M. The State of Nevada is reporting 738 positive COVID-19 cases and 14 people have died across the state.

The state is also reporting 9,150 people have been tested and 8,412 have tested negative for the virus.

For the full break down, .

MARCH 28, 5:50 P.M. A Southern Nevada State Veterans Home resident in Boulder City died from COVID-19 complications, the Nevada Department of Veterans Services said Saturday.

He was 86 years old and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
He died Saturday after being admitted to a hospital. At the time he was transferred, he was not known to have the virus, but a test confirmed it at the hospital.

Nevada Department of Veterans Services Director Katherine Miller called him “a beloved member of our Veterans Home community and will be deeply missed。” She offered condolences to his family。

MARCH 28, 5:15 P.M. Eighteen more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Washoe County, the Washoe County District Health reported Saturday. Washoe County’s total of confirmed cases is now 93.

Now seven people in Washoe County have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that a jail deputy has tested positive for COVID-19. The deputy had been off for a week and returned Thursday. She reported symptoms of COVID-19 and she was sent to an independent laboratory for testing and then sent home. The sheriff’s office learned Saturday she tested positive.

The Health District is trying to find all people who have come into contact with the deputy, including the short time she was at the sheriff’s office。

Sheriff Darin Balaam ordered the immediate use of a single point entry and of screening for all employees and visitors。 All those entering the sheriff’s office for business will have their temperature taken and answer basic screening questions before being allowed inside。

This follows precautions such as increased medical screenings for arrestees, increased education and awareness for both inmates and staff and increased sanitation efforts throughout the entire Sheriff’s Office.

Washoe County has no deaths attributed to COVID-19. Four cases were reported Saturday in Clark County, bringing the state total to 14.

MARCH 28, 9:15 A.M. Carson City Health and Human Services reported two new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning.

The agency said both are in their 30s with recent travel history. One is a Carson City woman and the other is a Douglas County man.

There are now 11 cases in the Quad County area handled by the agency。 Five each in Carson City and Douglas County and one in Lyon County。 Storey County has no reported cases。

All infected people are self-isolating and in stable condition. The agency is trying to identify people with whom they had contact.

Humboldt General Hospital reported a new COVID-19 case in Humboldt County on Friday. The person has been in self-quarantine.

MARCH 27, 9:15 P.M. The state of Nevada has 621 cases statewide, the state reported Friday night. That is up from Thursday’s figure of 535.

The number of deaths remained the same at 10.

Almost one in five who tested positive are age 30 to 39, the highest for any demographic.

MARCH 27, 7:30 P.M. Three residents at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City tested positive for COVID-19, the Nevada Department of Veteran Services announced Friday.

On March 25, 19 veterans home residents were tested and the results came back March 26. The state took immediate steps to protect the veterans. The three residents are in isolation and will continue to be cared for by staff members.

MARCH 27, 4:30 P.M. The Washoe County Health District reported eight additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the Washoe County total to 75.

The district also said a fifth person has recovered from COVID-19 and has been released for self-isolation.

There have been no reported COVID-19 deaths in Washoe County。

MARCH 27, 12:30 P.M. Elko County is reporting a third positive case of COVID-19.

According to a , the patient is stable and self-isolating at home。

The county manager said the two cases reported last Thursday are stable。 They continue to be self-isolated and are being monitored by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health。

MARCH 26, 8:40 P.M. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 535 COVID-19 cases in Nevada Thursday, an increase of 115 from Wednesday.

The statewide death total remained at 10.

The report came on the state coronavirus dashboard and there were no breakdown of where the increased cases happened。

About a fifth of the cases were age 30 to 39 and about one in eight were age 70 or older.

MARCH 26, 8:25 P.M. The Mono County Health Department said two more people have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases there to six.

Meanwhile, a recent Mammoth-area resident has tested positive for COVID-19 in Tuolomne County. That person was infected in Mono County but is being treated as a Tuolomne County case.

Two of these three people have been hospitalized and one is critically ill with respiratory failure, Mono County reported.

The Mono County Health Department has started tracking down people with whom the infected people had contact. People with symptoms will be asked to self-isolate and monitor themselves.

The Mono County Health Department said they do not know how many infected people develop severe versions of COVID-19, but the state of California and others are estimating it to be 5 percent to 10 percent. That means for every severe COVID-19 case there are 10 to 20 others that are not detected, the Mono County Health Department said.

MARCH 26, 7:30 P.M. Only groups of nine people or less can congregate in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest through the end of June.

People who violate this may face prosecution, the Forest Service said.
The action is in response to state and federal guidance on limiting the spread of COVID-19.

“Our priority is always to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “Limiting group sizes on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Lands in Nevada will helps us meet that goal and align with Governor’s Sisolak’s directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

The Lassen National Forest has closed developed recreational sites at least until April 30.

MARCH 26, 5:16 P.M. The Washoe County Health District on Thursday reported 10 more cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County. That gives Washoe County 67 cases total.

The number of people recovered remains four. There are no deaths in Washoe County from COVID-19.

MARCH 26 4 PM Th Nevada Department of Corrections said an employee at High Desert State Prison north of Las Vegas has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee is self-isolating at home and prison inmates are being isolated in their cells. NDOC medical staff will continue observing inmates and staff for signs of the virus, which includes coughing, fever and shortness of breath.

Prison staff is thoroughly cleaning all surfaces with a 10 percent bleach solution。

“Our top priority is the health of staff and inmates at our facilities,” NDOC Director Charles Daniels said in a statement。 “Our preparation and response is deliberate and in accordance with agency contingency plans and protocols。 Now that we have a confirmed case, our next goal is mitigating and ultimately preventing the sustained spread of COVID-19。”

MARCH 26, 10:45 A.M. Two Carson City residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Carson City Health and Human Services, the patients include:

  • A woman in her 60’s who had close contact to a confirmed California case
  • A man in his 40’s with a travel history
  • This brings the total number of cases in the Quad-County region to eight.

    The case count for each county is:

    • Carson City: 4
    • Douglas County: 3
    • Lyon County: 1
    • Storey County: 0

    All cases are self-isolating in their home and are doing well, according to officials.

    MARCH 26, 8:30 A.M. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is reporting four new deaths related to the COVID-19 virus, bringing county and statewide total to 10.

    SNHD officials say there are now 350 cases in the county. The state website is reporting 420 total cases across Nevada.

    The four individuals that died from there virus were:


    • A man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions

    • A man in his 80s with underlying medical conditions

    • A man in his 30s with underlying medical conditions

    • A man in his 60s with no reported underlying medical conditions


    The six previously reported deaths include:

    • A man in his 70s with underlying medical conditions

    • A woman in her 50s with underlying conditions

    • A woman in her 70s who had underlying medical conditions

    • A man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions

    • A woman in her 60s with underlying medical conditions

    • A man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions

    MARCH 25, 9:30 P.M. The state of Nevada on Wednesday night reported there are 405 positive COVID-19 cases statewide and 10 deaths.

    The Nevada Health Response website did not break down the statistics beyond that。

    MARCH 25, 4:30 P.M. Washoe County has seven new COVID-19 cases, the Washoe County District Health reported Wednesday. That gives the county 57 total.

    The number of recovered cases remains at four.

    There was no break down on the ages of the infected people nor how they may have gotten COVID-19.

    MARCH 25, 2:00 P.M. Regional agencies gave an update Wednesday afternoon on COVID-19 and the local response.

    The Washoe County Health District reported no new cases of COVID-19, but said the number of positive cases is expected to grow over the next few weeks。

    Washoe County's total remains at 50 with four people recovered.

    Watch the entire press briefing here:

    MARCH 25, 9:30 A.M. Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) announced two new positive cases of COVID-19.

    The patients include a Lyon County man in his 60’s with recent travel history to the Bay Area, and a Douglas County woman in her 60’s with no recent travel history.

    This brings the total number of cases in the region of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties to six.

    The case count for each county is:

    • Carson City: 2
    • Douglas County: 3
    • Lyon County: 1
    • Storey County: 0

    All cases are self-isolating in their home and are in stable conditions. Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease.

    MARCH 24, 6:00 P.M. Governor Steve Sisolak again urged Nevadans to stay home in his address to the state Tuesday night.

    The governor said aggressive social distancing is our number one defense against COVID-19, but expressed concerns with people who are continuing to gather in groups and congregate, further increasing the risk of exposure。

    As a result, the governor signed an emergency directive prohibiting the general public from congregating in groups of 10 or more people in any indoor or outdoor public space, including social clubs, parks, libraries, parking lots, and sports fields.

    "This does not mean your home," the governor said. "If you live inside together, you can be outside together."

    The governor also said the measure does not apply to the state's homeless population.

    The governor also directed local governments to limit the public's use of recreational equipment, including playgrounds, basketball courts and baseball fields.

    His announcements come as the reports six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 50. The district also reports four people who have fully recovered.

    On Tuesday, the Health District of Southern Nevada also reported two more deaths in Clark County related to COVID-19.

    Gov。 Sisolak also weighed in on reports that people are having trouble filing unemployment claims。 Sisolak said despite the reports, a vast majority of Nevadans are getting through。 He also advised people to go online and to "keep on trying。" He said benefits will not be affected as a result of delays some people are experiencing。

    When asked about President Trump's comment that he hopes to reactivate the economy by Easter, and if Nevada is prepared to reactivate by Easter, Sisolak said, "Any decision about ending this, shutting it down, deescalating will be made in colnsultation with medical professionals, we're basing these decisions on facts and statistics, not on emotion or political gain."

    The governor ended his address with a final plea to Nevadans: "If we practice social distancing, if we practice it diligently, we can prevent this virus from spreading," he said. "Please join me in taking this seriously and in staying home for Nevada."

    You can watch his latest address here:

    MARCH 24, 8:00 A.M. The State of Nevada is reporting 278 cases of COVID-19. Four people have died.

    4,536 tests have been performed。

    MARCH 23, 6:18 P.M. The Washoe County Health District is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, bringing the total to 44.

    The Health District is not giving any specific details due to privacy requirements.

    MARCH 23, 1:40 P.M. The Southern Nevada Health District announced two more deaths in Clark County as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

    The patients include a woman in her 70s who had underlying medical conditions and a man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions.

    This brings the total deaths related to COVID-19 to four in Clark County and the state of Nevada。

    Gov. Steve Sisolak confirmed the news through a tweet:

    The also reported a total of 212 positive cases as of Monday。

    MARCH 23, 1 P.M. UPDATE: A Douglas County woman in her 70's has tested positive for COVID-19, the Carson City Health and Human Services reported.

    This is the fourth case in the area of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties。

    Health officials said the woman has no underlying health conditions, and started showing symptoms after having an out-of-state visitor.

    She contacted her primary care physician who conducted the test. She has been self-isolating in her home, where she lives alone.

    On Monday, the reported 245 positive cases of COVID-19 across the state; with 3,735 people tested; and 3,490 negative results。

    Statewide, there have been two deaths related to COVID-19, both in Clark County.

    MARCH 22, 5:40 P.M. UPDATE:The Washoe County Health District reported no new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

    Additionally, a second Washoe County resident, a man in his 60s, has fully recovered from COVID-19 and was released from self-isolation.

    The total number of Washoe County COVID-19 infections remains 25。 Testing will continue through Sunday evening。

    MARCH 22, 1:43 P.M. UPDATE: Washoe County jail inmates will receive two free phone calls a week courtesy of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Legacy Inmate Communications, the sheriff’s office said Sunday.

    The free calls are a reaction to changes in the normal visiting procedures because of COVID-19。

    Edovo, the company that owns Legacy Inmate Communications, originally offered one free 10-minute call each week. The sheriff’s office came up with $2,200 and doubled the free phone calls.

    “I want to thank Edovo for their understanding of the human impact that comes from some the challenges our detention facility is facing in light of our community’s COVID-19 response,” Sheriff Darin Balaam said in a statement。 “In this rapidly changing situation, we feel that it’s critical for inmates to have as much opportunity to communicate with their loved ones as possible and the willingness to provide that service at no charge to the inmate shows great compassion for our fellow community members during this crisis。”

    MARCH 22, 11:50 P.M. UPDATE:LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada now has 190 cases of the coronavirus after 33 more tests came back positive. State officials say the death count remains at two.

    Meanwhile, John Tartan Elementary School in North Las Vegas announced Sunday that one of its members has tested positive for COVID-19. But it was unclear if the person was a student, teacher or faculty member.

    A statement from school officials said they were working with the Southern Nevada Health District to identify anyone with close contact to the stricken person while following federal privacy laws. Almost three-fourths of Nevada’s positive cases of COVID-19 have been in the Las Vegas area. Officials said they expected more will be detected with more testing.

    (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press。 All rights reserved。 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission。)

    MARCH 21, 5:30 P.M. UPDATEThree more people have tested positive in Washoe County for COVID-19, the Washoe County Health District said Saturday.

    They are a man in his 20s who recently traveled internationally; a woman in her 60s who has had contact to a known case; and a woman in her 50s who recently traveled domestically.

    A three cases are self-isolating and are in stable condition, the district said。

    It brings Washoe County’s cases to 25, including any who have recovered, the district said。

    On Saturday, Washoe County and the cities of Reno and Sparks gave an incident management team the authority to manage the COVID-19 problem.

    “This team will support the region's local governments and regional partners on logistical, fiscal, planning, operational, safety and community issues related to the COVID-19 crisis,” the statement said.

    MARCH 21, 5 P.M. Local law enforcement will be checking to ensure non-essential businesses have closed, pursuant to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order.

    A statement from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Reno and Sparks police departments said initially they will give warnings to businesses and refer them to Sisolak’s emergency order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    It follows an announcement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Saturday afternoon that it will enforce Sisolak’s order.

    Las Vegas Metro reported its officers will give the business notice of the governor’s order, make them sign to acknowledge they received it and will stand by as the businesses is closed。

    The Washoe County law enforcement agencies will also try to educate business owners。

    “However, the initial intent is for law enforcement officers to issue warnings to businesses to help spread awareness about the need for this action, what businesses are impacted, and what the potential penalties are,” the statement said.

    The Washoe County agencies also said they will increase patrols to keep watch over closed businesses。

    If they public has questions or wants to report businesses operating that should not be, this is who they contact:


    The agencies thanked the businesses who are making sacrifices and complying with the governor’s order.

    MARCH 21, 1:50 P.M. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will close the lake and the rivers on the reservation beginning Monday, March 23. There is no date set yet when it will reopen.

    Fishing is allowed for Saturday and Sunday before the closure.

    MARCH 21, 10:15 P.M.A patient at Mammoth Hospital tested positive for COVID-19, but the test still needs to be confirmed by the California state laboratory, the Mono County Health Department said Saturday.

    The patient is in good condition in the hospital and was recognized as a possible case when he was admitted on March 15, the health department said. He has been in isolation since his admission. The positive test results came back Saturday morning.

    The health department identified people with whom he has had contact and those people are self-isolating.

    MARCH 20, 9:01 PM Gov. Steve Sisolak said Friday Nevada schools will not open sooner than April 16, in accordance with him shutting down non-essential businesses for 30 days.

    Sisolak said the U。S。 Department of Education also approved a waiver of federal assessments, accountability, school identification, and reporting requirements for the 2019-2020 school year as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act。 It means no student testing for federal requirements。

    “Each decision we are making in response to the COVID-19 crisis is based on the latest scientific data and recommendations from health officials, which can sometimes change as frequently as every hour,” Sisolak said in a statement. “I have been working closely with Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert and the Nevada Department of Education to ensure our response to this unprecedented public health crisis is in the best interest of our students, their families, teachers, and all of the essential staff involved in the education of our children.”

    MARCH 20 5:20 P.M. UPDATE: The Washoe County Health District reported four new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County. That brings the total to 22.

    The four cases are a woman in her 60s who recently traveled domestically; a woman in her 20s who recently traveled internationally; a man in his 70s who is hospitalized; and a man in his 50s who is hospitalized.

    The two women are in stable condition and are self-isolating, the health district said. It had no information on the condition of the men.

    The district said a Washoe County man who was in his 30s who tested positive for COVID-19 has fully recovered and has been released from self-isolation. He is the first Washoe County person to be released from self-isolation. He had traveled domestically.

    The University of Nevada, Reno said a UNR student studying abroad tested positive for COVID-19. She returned home and has not been back to campus, the university said. She has been following the mandated 14-day self-quarantine protocol.

    Clark County on Friday reported 126 cases and two confirmed deaths.

    MARCH 20, 3 P.M. UPDATE: The Southern Nevada Health District reported a second death Friday in Clark County linked to COVID-19. The patient who died was a woman in her 60's with underlying medical conditions.

    The health district said there are 74 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clark County.

    MARCH 20, 2:20 P.M. UPDATE:

    Governor Steve Sisolak expressed frustration Friday toward non-essential businesses that remained open in Nevada. In a virtual address streamed live on Facebook, Sisolak directed all non-essential businesses to close to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

    "Previously I asked non-essential businesses to close。 I'm no longer asking them to do that," Sisolak said。 "I am directing all non-essential businesses to close。"

    He went on to say, “If you are not an essential business, I’m using my power as governor under an emergency declaration to order you to close。”

    The governor said it is part of a new emergency directive he is signing that will go into effect midnight Friday, March 20, and will last until April 16。

    By signing the directive, the governor said it gives local governments the authority to impose civil penalties including fining and revoking licenses of businesses that do not shut down。

    If a non-essential business defies the directive, the governor said state and local law enforcement will have the ability to treat it as a criminal act。

    Governor Sisolak echoed a familiar message throughout his address: to stay home for Nevada.

    He cited the growing number of positive cases in Nevada, and said that positive cases have gone up 70 percent in three days。

    “The numbers aren’t slowing down," he said. "We have not yet reached our apex.”

    The governor said aggressive mitigation efforts are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed。

    "Waiting one more day to begin taking serious action to mitigate this virus is one more day of Nevadans getting sick and dying。 If someone is telling you otherwise, they are either mistaken or recklessly incorrect," Sisolak said。

    The governor said statewide, there are fewer than 5,000 acute care beds。 Of the 5,000 beds, fewer than 700 are intensive care unit beds that are equipped to handle severe cases of COVID-19, the governor said。 He went on to say that more than 80 percent of beds are occupied with a mix of COVID-19 and other patients。

    “If we do not do everything we can to slow this virus, hospital beds will soon be filled with COVID-19 patients。”

    Governor Sisolak also noted the disruption recent closures are having on gaming and hospitality in Nevada.

    “I see it and I feel the damage this is causing," he said.

    MARCH 20, 10:30 A.M. UPDATE:

    Carson City Health and Human Services reported a third positive case of COVID-19 on Friday.

    The patient is a male Carson City resident in his 70’s. He had close contact with a previously identified COVID-19 case. His condition is stable, and he is self-isolating at his home.

    This is the third case reported in the Quad County region: Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey counties。

    On March 12, officials announced a Carson City woman tested positive, and on Wednesday, March 18, officials said a Douglas County woman also tested positive.

    The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Nevada has risen to 109. According to the State of Nevada Health and Human Services, there are nearly 2,000 cases that have come back negative in Nevada.

    There has been one death linked to COVID-19 in Southern Nevada.

    For the latest on COVID-19 cases in the state, .

    MARCH 19, 11:46 P.M. Lake Tahoe Community College is closing its campus to students, public, and most college employees.

    The shutdown comes after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a 'shelter in place' on March 19, 2020。

    Spring quarter starts Monday, April 6, 2020 and will proceed with online instruction。

    MARCH 19, 6:25 P.M.The Washoe County Health District on Thursday reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, bringing the total number to 18.

    All cases are self-isolating and in stable condition。

    The new cases are a woman in her 60s with recent travel; a woman in her 30s who has had close contact with someone previously identified in Washoe County as having COVID-19; a man in his 70s with recent travel; and a woman in her 60s with recent travel. She contracted COVID-19 in a different state and is self-isolating there, the health district said.

    The health department is monitoring people who had close contact with these people.

    MARCH 19, 5:50 P.M. El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams on Thursday issued a shelter in place order for people in the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County, South Lake Tahoe and Placerville to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    It is in effect through April 16.

    “I have taken this unprecedented step to stem the tide of the virus among our population to protect our most vulnerable residents,” Williams said in a statement. “Quite simply, how successful we are in protecting the health of the most number of people in El Dorado County will depend on our residents abiding by this directive.”

    MARCH 19, 3:30 P.M.Elko County confirmed Thursday it has its first COVID-19 case.

    The Nevada Department of Public and Behaviorial Health notified the county on Wednesday。

    It said the infected person is a woman in her 30s with no underlying medical condition。

    She felt symptoms and was tested on Monday and has been in self-isolation since。

    The state of Nevada is monitoring the patient and her family in her home.

    “While this is a serious public health threat, the immediate risk to the general public in Elko County is considerably low,” Elko County said in a statement。 “There have been no positive COVID-19 cases reported in Humboldt, Lander, Eureka or White Pine counties。”

    Elko County said people with symptoms should call their health care provider to see how to get treatment.

    MARCH 19, 10:50 A.M.: Nevada has now confirmed the number of COVID-19 coronavirus positive tests in our state has reached 95. There is no word on where the latest positive cases are from.

    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.”

    People can file


    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 new 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 urged 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.

    If you'd like to make an online donation, click .

    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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