Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1 Million Wochit
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16 new cases reported in Washoe County
Washoe County health officials confirmed 16 new positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the Regional Information Center.
In total, there have been 245 cases reported in Washoe County. Of that total, four patients have died and 26 have recovered.
Currently, there are 215 active cases, officials said in a news release.
State officials have issued guidance asking residents to wear faces masks and face coverings in public places. The cloth face coverings recommended are not N95 or surgical masks.
Health officials said those supplies must be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
FEMA approves Sisolak’s major disaster declaration
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Saturday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved his request for a major disaster declaration for Nevada.
FEMA’s approval of the request would unlock additional federal assistance programs for Nevadans affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“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 Twitter post.
Sisolak submitted the formal request to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to a previous news release.
The disaster declaration includes requests for public assistance funding and programs. Some of those programs include disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal services, crisis counseling, training programs and mas care and emergency assistance.
Sisolak signed a declaration of emergency for the outbreak in mid-March — a required step to request a federal major disaster declaration.
Three more deaths reported in Nevada
Three more deaths were reported late Saturday morning, bringing the statewide total to 46, according to Nevada Health Alliance Dashboard.
A total of 1,742 people have tested positive. More than 19,000 tests were performed throughout the state.
Two new cases in Carson City, Lyon County
The Carson City Health and Human Services Department is reporting two new positive cases of coronavirus in the four-county region it covers.
A Carson City woman in her 70s and a Lyon County woman in her 30s tested positive are both self-isolating at home in stable condition.
The new cases bring Carson City’s total of known coronavirus cases to 10 and Lyon County’s total to 3. The true number of those sick is unknown due to limited testing supplies.
Elko County sees first death from COVID-19
A woman in her 50s has died of the coronavirus in Elko County, health officials announced Saturday.
The woman was one of eight positive cases in the county.
She had an underlying health condition and was not being treated in the hospital when she died, health officials said.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the patient’s family and friends,” Elko County Manager Rob Stokes said in a press release. “This serves as a very unfortunate reminder to the community about the importance of staying at home and social distancing when leaving the household for essential activities or to work at an essential business.”
West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona said on Twitter that the woman was a resident of his town.
“I am heartbroken by the news of the passing of the first person to test positive for COVID19 in our community,” he said on Twitter. “My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family.”
Two more coronavirus deaths, 139 positive cases reported today in Clark County
Two more people have died and 139 have tested positive for the coronavirus in Clark County, according to statistics updated Saturday morning.
The additional positives bring the county’s total known cases to 1,418. The actual number of people with the virus is unknown due to the scarcity of testing supplies.
In Clark County, 362 people have been hospitalized — 25 percent of the total known positive cases.
Nevada posts its largest daily increase of coronavirus cases: total now 1,742
The statewide total of new cases has grown to 1,742 Nevadans testing positive for the new coronavirus.
Nevada posted the single highest daily jump of cases Saturday, with 228 new cases. New daily totals, however, are based on how many people have been tested, a number that fluctuates daily and are not necessarily an accurate count of the number of Nevadans sick with the virus.
The number of people tested continues to grow, however, as both government and private labs increase their capacities. As of Saturday, 16,163 people in Nevada have been tested.
The percentage of people tested who come back positive has grown to 11 percent from 6 percent two weeks ago.
Southern Nevada site running out of supplies for drive-through testing
UNLV Medicine, which has conducted more than 2,000 people for coronavirus, said Saturday it is nearing the end of its testing supplies.
The school’s clinic said it will have to halt testing after Tuesday, when it is expected to run out of tests. The clinic has been conducting curbside testing by appointment since March 23rd.
“In the meantime, we are actively seeking more tests, and if we acquire a substantial number, we intend to continue with or restart our curbside testing operation,” the school said in a press release.
There is no out-of-pocket cost to patient, who are first screened to determine whether they meet CDC guidelines for testing. The results of all tests, both positive and negative, are reported to the Southern Nevada Health District, the school said.
Humboldt County cases stand at 9
Two people have tested positive for coronavirus in Winnemucca, bringing Humboldt County’s total known cases to nine.
The new cases include a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s. Both people were in close contact with someone who had previously tested positive for the virus. Both are self-isolating at home.
Of the total known cases in the county, four have been hospitalized.
Renown converting garage into hospital rooms in anticipation of surge in coronavirus patients
Renown Regional Medical Center is turning its Mill Street parking garage into hospital rooms ahead of an anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks.
In a statement sent Friday, Renown said the space is being converted into an alternate care site ahead of a surge of patients expected in the next several weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Renown’s effort to expand capacity is in addition to work by state and federal health officials to stand up an “alternate care site,” potentially at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. That site, however, would be about 300 beds, significantly smaller than what Renown is planning.
The makeshift hospitals are part of the region’s preparation for a “worst case scenario” surge of coronavirus patients.
24 children, 11 staff ill at Willow Springs
The outbreak at Willow Springs children’s residential treatment has grown to 24 children and 11 staff members, according to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
The state continues to investigate the infection control procedures at the 116-bed hospital that provides mental health and addiction services for children.
One staff member at the facility has died.
State health officials are awaiting the results of additional tests to determine the extent of the coronavirus spread at the facility.
Since the outbreak, the hospital has implemented new procedures. It has stopped taking new patients until at least April 15. It has also halted visitation. As staff members arrive, their temperature is screened before they are allowed into work. Patients also have their temperature taken twice a day.
Latest jobless claims among highest ever
A total of 71,942 unemployment insurance claims were filed during the week ending on March 28, according to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Although the number is down 22% from the record of 92,298 seen during the preceding week, it is still the second-highest figure for claims seen in the Silver State, according to DETR.
New unemployment claims also remain at the highest levels ever seen, DETR said. In the last three weeks alone 170,596 new claims for unemployment insurance benefits were filed. In contrast, there were 119,232 weekly initial claims filed in 2019 for the entire year.
45 new cases in Washoe County; total now 229
The Regional Information Center reported 45 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County on Friday, bringing the total to 229.
So far, four people who tested positive have died and 26 are reported to have recovered.
The number of people infected is thought to be greater than the numbers identified because Nevada, like the rest of the U.S., is facing a shortage of tests for the virus.
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