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Man’s death Wednesday marks 67th fatality from COVID-19 in Washoe County
Washoe County reported its 67th COVID-19 related death on Wednesday, a man in his 90s with underlying health conditions.
The total number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 44, which makes it the sixth-highest single-day increase in cases in Washoe County. On Friday, there were 40 additional cases, which is now the seventh-highest single-day increase.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Washoe County now stands at 1,832. There have been 1,175 recoveries, an increase of 20 from previous reports. The number of people currently hospitalized is 70, and 149 in total have been discharged.
As of June 10, 37,253 people in Nevada have been discharged. It is an increase of 1,188 since Tuesday.
Health officials said testing 1,000 people a day in Washoe is in line with what Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak had wanted. Sisolak said Nevada needed to do 4,000 tests a day.
According to the Nevada Hospital Association as of Tuesday:
- 70 percent of all staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied in Washoe County, an increase of 2 percent from Tuesday.
- 39 percent of the all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied in Washoe County
- 18 percent of all ventilators are in use in Washoe County.
Two women with no connection to cases test positive for COVID-19 in Carson and Douglas
Two women with no connection to previously reported cases are the latest COVID-19 positive cases being reported by Carson City Health and Human Services.
The total number of cases for the Quad-County Region which includes Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties is now 244. There have been seven deaths and 175 recoveries.
The two new cases are a Douglas County woman in her 40s and a Carson City woman in her 20s.
Washoe sees positive case increase
According to Washoe County Health District’s Kevin Dick there is an increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19.
“What we have seen since May 10, about the time of the reopening, we have seen an increase in cases that are occurring,” Dick said. “On Friday we reported 40 new cases and that was the 6th highest day we have had.”
He said the county is watching for an uptick in cases. Numbers on Wednesday were not available. “We have high number of cases being reported. Don’t let your guard down.”
“The trend of seeing more people hospitalized is concerning,” Dick said.
The Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston said Northern Nevada is hitting its goal of about 1,000 COVID-19 tests being conducted a day. He said outlets such as CVS and Walmart has helped increase the numbers of tests. He also said insurance companies including Anthem Blue Cross are planning to run their own testing.
Dick said in total the county has tested 37,253 people which is 7.7 percent of the population. Gov. Steve Sisolak had set a goal of Nevada testing 4,000 people statewide per day.
“We are not through this just because we have reopened. Because we have reopened there’s greater potential for spread of disease,” said Dick.
Dick encouraged the public to maintain awareness about how a business is operating and leave a business if it did not appear to be taking appropriate precautions.
He is aware of clusters of cases in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, landscaping businesses and at least one restaurant in Washoe County.
If there is concern about a business’s lack of precautions, Dick encouraged the public to reach out to whatever agency regulates the business.
Second Lyon County resident dies of COVID-19
A second Lyon County resident has died of COVID-19, Carson City Health and Human Services reported on Tuesday.
The victim was a woman in her 70s; it is unknown if she had underlying conditions.
Seven people in the four-county area managed by Carson City Health and Human Services have died of the coronavirus, five in Carson City and now two in Lyon County.
CCHHS also reported five new positive cases and eight additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Carson-Lyon-Storey-Douglas region. This brings the total number of cases to 242, with 170 recoveries and seven deaths; 65 cases remain active.
The new cases are a Carson City resident under the age of 18 with connection to a previous case, a Carson City resident in her 20s with connection to a previous case, a Carson City resident in his 40s with no connection to a previous case, a Lyon County resident in her 30s with no connection to a previous case and a Lyon County resident in her 70s with connection to a previous case.
Four Quad-County residents are hospitalized with the virus.
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