Coronavirus live updates: 38 new cases, 1 death in Washoe County

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38 new cases, 1 death in Washoe County

3:52 p.m.

Health officials reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County and 973 active cases, both down from yesterday’s numbers. 

The county also reported one death, a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions. Forty-two patients recovered over the past day. A total of 2,804 cases have been identified in Washoe County since the outbreak was first identified locally in March; 1,755 patients have recovered.

Eighty-two COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Washoe County, up from 79 yesterday.

Washoe County: Be patriotic and wear a mask for your fellow citizens

With the July 4 weekend approaching, Washoe County District health officer Kevin Dick hopes Northern Nevadans are feeling patriotic.

And he says the most patriotic thing anyone could do would be to stay home and practice good social distancing and health guidelines.

“The most patriotic thing you can do is to support your fellow Americans and play your part in defeating COVID-19,” Dick said in a conference call Wednesday. “So please avoid gatherings; please continue to wear masks; please social distance; and try to avoid getting out and about everywhere where you have many, many contacts if you become infected.”

Dick reported 38 new COVID-19 cases in the county on Wednesday morning, although he noted that results from some labs were expected later in the day. That brings the total cases in Washoe County to 2,804.

An additional death was reported, bringing the county’s total to 76.

Dick said that 1,755 of the county’s cases are listed as recovered; 933 cases remain active, down five from Tuesday.

“There is a large reservoir of the virus in our community, and people need to really pay attention to the recommendations that we make and understand the simple actions that each individual can take to help prevent the spread of the disease,” Dick said.

The county said it had 82 virus-related hospitalizations current through Wednesday morning, with 226 persons having been discharged from hospitals.

2 new cases of childhood illness tied to COVID-19

10:02 a.m.

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two new cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in Clark County.

Both patients tested positive for COVID-19 and required hospitalization, but the have been discharged. They are recovering, according to the health district.

The district reported the first confirmed case of MIS-C tied to COVID-19 in a child on June 12. 

There isn’t a known cause, but many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or contact with someone who did. 

The best way to reduce the risk of MIS-C for children is by taking precautions against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the health district.

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2 more residents at Northern Nevada State Veterans Home test positive for COVID-19

9:44 a.m.

Two more residents at a veterans’ home in Sparks have tested positive for COVID-19.

The new cases bring the total number of coronavirus cases at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home to 22, which includes residents and staffers. So far, eight residents and 14 staff members have tested positive at the veterans’ home, which is the newest skilled nursing facility in Northern Nevada, according to the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

Veteran residents who tested positive are not in critical condition but are receiving care at a specially designed COVID-19 ICU unit at the Reno VA Hospital. The staffers who were infected with COVID-19 are self-quarantining at home.

The veterans’ home is working on contact tracing with the Nevada Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology in order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Residents and staffers who have tested positive need to have two consecutive negative test results before they can return to the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home. Access to the veterans’ home is limited to workers and essential vendors, who are all required to undergo a screening before entering the facility. All residents and staff will also be tested weekly,  said Kat Miller, director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.

“We remain committed to providing the best care available for NNSVH residents and continue to adhere to all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Department guidelines,” Miller said. “We are in daily contact with Federal and state medical authorities to ensure that our residents are receiving the best care possible. Importantly, we will continue to test all residents and all staff every week to catch any possible infection early.”

645 new cases statewide, hospitalizations and ventilator use up

Wednesday, 8:49 a.m.

The known number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 19,101 on Wednesday morning, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard. That’s an increase of 645 new cases over what was previously reported on Tuesday.

Four additional deaths were reported. That brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Nevada to 511.

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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 rose for the ninth straight day. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases currently in Nevada hospitals has reached 454 cases — an increase of 47 hospitalizations and a new high since the outbreak began.

An additional 176 hospitalized patients are suspected of having the coronavirus. The combined total of 630 confirmed and suspected cases in Nevada hospitals is the state’s highest since April 14, when 635 patients were confirmed or suspected of infection.

Seventy-four patients are on ventilators, up from 65 yesterday.

The 645 new cases identified on Tuesday were discovered by a relatively high number of tests — 8,374, the third-highest number of tests administered in a single day in Nevada. The one-day positive test rate of 7.7% helped drop the state’s seven-day rolling average to 15.4%, the lowest in four days but still higher than the World Health Organization’s recommended test rate goal of 5% for economies to reopen.

The latest estimate of COVID-19’s effective reproduction number in Nevada is 1.48 — roughly speaking, each person infected with coronavirus transmits the disease to 1.48 other people on average. The number is down from an estimate of 1.61 earlier this week, but it’s still the highest rate in the U.S.

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