Family identifies first COVID-19 related death in Washoe County

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Family members tell KOLO 8 News Now that the first person to die of COVID-19 in Washoe County is 47-year-old Bruce McAllister of Reno.

Family members tell KOLO 8 News Now that the first person to die of COVID-19 in Washoe County is 47-year-old Bruce McAllister of Reno.

“He always put everybody else first, his main priority was always me and his son,” Bruce’s wife Alana explains. Never did she dream that she would be referring to her husband Bruce in the past tense, adding, “Sometimes I'm sad, then I get real sick about the whole situation.”

Alana tells KOLO 8, Bruce passed away from covid 19 on Saturday March 28th. He worked for Reno's VA Hospital and recently traveled to his home state of New York, returning to our area on the 17th.
His symptoms started around March 20th with a cough and fever, he was admitted to the hospital on the 23rd.

Alana and her son Bryce have a week left of being quarantined, after doctors say she also has tested positive for coronavirus. “We've been self-isolated since all of this has happened, they did not test Bryce so I'm assuming he has it as well, but his symptoms have been nothing compared to mine...were extreme nausea, slight cough, tiredness and a little bit of body aches,” Alana details.

She describes her life partner as extremely generous, regularly giving back to the less fortunate, telling us,
“He was always right by my side, rather it was at the Food Bank, helping with the Northern Nevada Gray Family Foundation, whether its passing out toiletries on Christmas Day.”

Her message to Nevadans…do not take social distancing or health recommendations lightly, adding that this virus is real and it doesn't discriminate against age, gender or race.

“It’s not a laughing matter, it is something that everyone needs to take seriously. You know…you don't realize how bad it can get until it’s you. And I don't want to see anybody else have to deal with the same pain I've gone through,” Alana states.

A football fanatic and family man through and through. Alana is pausing any plans of a funeral until her health improves and the virus dangers decrease so Bruce's beloved community can have a chance to bid him farewell.

Bruce's wife tells us he battled Graves' disease and had his thyroid removed a few years ago.

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Bruce McAllister with his wife Alana and 10-year-old son Bryce.


 

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