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COVID-19 cases in Washoe up 67 since Friday
The total number of cases of coronavirus reported in Washoe County increased by 67 from Friday to Saturday, to 3,574.
Currently there are 1,118 active cases, according to the Washoe County Regional Information Center. On Friday the active case number was 1,103.
Another death was recorded since the day prior, bringing the total to 92.
Eighty-nine people are hospitalized, also a drop from yesterday, when 96 hospitalizations were recorded on the county dashboard.
Nevada positive cases jump 930 since Friday
The number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 increased to 26,838 on Saturday, a 930-case jump since Friday, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
Friday saw the largest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic began, up 1,004 cases over Thursday.
The death toll increased Saturday to 592, 13 more than the 579 deaths reported on the state dashboard Friday.
The state has performed 425,027 tests.
Hospitalizations were up Friday, the last day for which data was available, with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 693, an increase of 39 hospitalizations from Thursday’s data and an all-time high. An additional 225 hospitalized patients are suspected of having the coronavirus.
Of the combined total of 918 confirmed and suspected cases in Nevada hospitals, 241 are in intensive care units and 122 are on ventilators. The number of ventilated patients is up 11 from the prior day.
The seven-day rolling average for positive tests rose to 13.4% on Friday. That is well above the World Health Organization’s goal of 5%.
Two deaths and 48 new cases in Washoe County
Two more people are dead and 48 more people have tested positive as the number of coronavirus cases continues to spike in Washoe County.
A woman in her 90s and a woman in her 80s have died, bringing the total number of deaths in Washoe County to 91, health officials said Friday. Twelve people have died in the last week.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Washoe County also spiked Friday, jumping to 96 from 82 a day ago.
Despite the jump in hospitalizations, the capacity remains strong, with 79 percent of acute care beds full, 58 percent of ICU beds full and 19 percent of ventilators in use.
The total number of known positives in Washoe County is 3,507, with 1,103 active cases reported.
Person at Nevada Legislature for special session tests positive
An unnamed person who tested positive for the coronavirus will not be returning to an ongoing special session of the Nevada Legislature, according to Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Brenda Erdoes.
Erdoes — who heads the agency charged with keeping lawmaking sessions running smoothly in Carson City — on Friday said the person is asymptomatic and feeling well. It remains unclear if the person is a lawmaker, staffer, media member or one of the very few other individuals who have been allowed to enter the Legislature during the emergency session.
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1,004 new cases, 8 deaths in Nevada in past 24 hours
The known number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 25,908 on Friday morning, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard. That’s an increase of 1,004 new cases over what was previously reported on Thursday morning, the largest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic began. The new cases were discovered through 8,096 tests administered Thursday.
Officials have identified eight more deaths due to COVID-19 — three in Washoe County and five in Clark County — bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Nevada to 579. Two of the Washoe County deaths were residents of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks: a 90-year-old male and a 95-year-old female.
Hospitalizations were up Thursday with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 654, an increase of 22 hospitalizations from Tuesday’s data and an all-time high. An additional 270 hospitalized patients are suspected of having the coronavirus. The combined total of 924 confirmed and suspected cases in Nevada hospitals is down from 935 yesterday. Of those 924 cases, 248 are in intensive care units and 111 are on ventilators.
The seven-day rolling average for positive tests rose to 12.7%, well above the World Health Organization’s goal of 5%.
Two Veterans Home residents die of COVID-19; 13 residents currently positive
Two residents of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks have died of COVID-19 related complications, the nursing home announced Thursday evening.
A 90-year-old male resident died at the Reno VA hospital from cardiopulmonary arrest brought on by COVID-19, and a 95-year-old female resident died while she was being treated at Renown Regional Medical Center, according to a news release.
The man was a Navy veteran and the woman was the spouse of a deceased Korean War veteran.
Since an outbreak of the disease erupted at the nursing home in late June, three residents have died.
Thirteen NNSVH residents are currently positive for COVID-19. Two residents have recovered, the facility said, and residents and staff are being tested approximately every three days.
According to administrator Mike Ball, the veterans home is partnering with Renown and Charles River Labs to expedite test results.
“Faster test results will help us with early detection of staff contracting the disease in the community, and limit exposure within the Home,” said Ball.
On July 1, the nursing home announced eight residents and 14 staff members had tested positive. The staff were self-quarantining at home and residents were being treated in a COVID-19 unit with an ICU-level of care at the Reno VA Hospital, according to the facility.
The Thursday release did not include information on the number of staff members that are currently positive.