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6 new cases in Douglas County, Carson City
Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting six new positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of reported cases in the Carson-Douglas-Lyon-Storey County area to 252, with seven deaths.
The new cases are:
- A Carson City boy under the age of 18 with no connection to a previous case.
- A Carson City man in his 50s with no connection to a previous case.
- A Carson City woman in her 50 with no connection to a previous case.
- A Douglas County man in his 80s with a connection to a previous case.
- A Douglas County woman in her 50s with a connection to a previous case.
- A Douglas County woman in her 50s; unknown if she has connection to previous case.
The four-county area has 61 active cases, and 184 recoveries. Eight people are currently hospitalized.
Washoe reports 70th death; 1,955 cases
Washoe County Regional Information Center is reporting the death of a 70-year-old woman with underlying health conditions from COVID-19 on Saturday. The death toll from the disease in the county now stands at 70.
In addition, 41 new cases of coronavirus were reported Saturday, bringing the total to 1,955 cases.
The active case count has reached 642, its highest point for the second straight day. Yesterday’s case count was 630.
Additional statistics for Washoe County, with change from previous day:
Currently hospitalized: 70 (-2)
Cases who have discharged from hospital: 160 (+6)
Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of June 13: 39,697 (+732 since 6/12)
According to the Nevada Hospital Association, in Washoe County as of June 11, 2020:
76 percent of all staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+1% since June 10)
45 percent of the all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+5%)
18 percent of all ventilators are in use (+2%)
Numbers are for all hospital patients in Washoe County and not just COVID-19 patients.
Athletic fields for youth sports reopening starting today, with restrictions
Athletic fields are reopening starting today for youth sports, although spectators are still prohibited. The fields are available for contactless outdoor practices only.
The guidance outlines the mandatory procedures that must be followed and the recommended best practices including specific guidance for baseball, softball and soccer.
Nevada cases on Saturday: 10,946 cases, 463 deaths
The number of COVID-19 cases statewide on Saturday morning stood at 10,946, with 463 deaths.
After 235,500 tests performed, the net positivity rate was 5.3% on Friday, the latest data available on the state dashboard. That is the lowest net positivity rate recorded to date. The WHO recommends a net positivity rate of 10% or less for safe reopening of businesses.
Washoe County had a total of 1,914 positive cases as of Friday afternoon; 630 of those are active cases, and 72 people are hospitalized. The death rate stands at 69.
Nevada reports first case of COVID-19 related syndrome that is dangerous to children
Las Vegas has confirmed its first case of multi-system inflammatory syndrome, a rare but possibly deadly syndrome being found in children who have tested positive for COVID-19.
It is the first reported case in Nevada. The Washoe County Health District said there are no cases in the Reno-Sparks region.
The Clark County child was hospitalized but was discharged and is recovering, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
Last month Renown CEO and President Dr. Tony Slonim said that health officials were on the lookout for the illness that causes fever, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, fatigue and bloodshot eyes.
“This condition and how it is related to COVID is fascinating, and I think it is going to have a real human toll on our children,” Slonim told the Reno Gazette Journal.
The onset of the condition seems to come weeks after a child, who had no initial symptoms, may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Hundreds of cases have been reported across the country including about a dozen cases in California. New York reported at least 3 deaths from the syndrome.
Truckee, Tahoe California reopening businesses
California tourism officials announced Friday that restaurants, retail and hotels were eager for visitors under stage 3 of California’s reopening plans. The release said Nevada casinos and properties “reopened safety” on June 4 and California was now following in the Silver State’s footsteps.
“To say our business community is excited to welcome visitors back to the lake and mountains would be an understatement,” said CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Jeffrey Hentz.
Tourism officials from California said there have been extra challenges because Tahoe is in two states and had to deal with different reopening plans.
But they are encouraging visitors while asking visitors to wear masks and keep health precautions in mind.
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