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Clark County chair: Additional reopenings on hold until people wear masks
LAS VEGAS – Clark County Commission Chairwoman Mariyn Kirkpatrick won’t allow more businesses to reopen in Southern Nevada until people get better about wearing masks.
“It is super stressful right now, because everybody and anybody thinks they should be open,” Kirkpatrick said at a commission meeting Tuesday morning. “Everybody thinks they don’t have to follow the rules, and constituents are getting complacent with the new norm – which they’re not practicing.”
The increase in cases is likely tied to Memorial Day weekend gatherings where social distancing rules were ignored and masks were left at home.
Nevada reports largest one-day increase in COVcases
Nevada reported its single highest increase in new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, adding 379 new cases to the state’s tally. The previous record single-day jump was 295 new cases on May 22.
This brings Nevada’s statewide total for COVID-19 cases to 11,658 with 467 deaths, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
Those 379 new cases come from a pool of 6,301 tests performed on Monday, making for a growth rate of 3.4 percent — the highest single day growth rate recorded since May 22.
Hospitalizations are also ticking up, continuing a gradual upward trajectory that’s gone on for the past six days. Currently, 87 current or suspected COVID-19 patients are in the ICU and 48 are on ventilators.
The state has not updated its test positivity rate as of Tuesday morning, according to the dashboard.
Clark County sees 342 new cases
Tuesday, 9:01 a.m.
LAS VEGAS – Health officials reported 342 new COVID-19 cases in Clark County on Tuesday – the largest single-day increase in Nevada since the pandemic started spreading in March.
There are now 9,157 cases confirmed in Clark County, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Clark County reported one new death Tuesday. A total of 380 patients have died from the contagious respiratory illness.
Sisolak: State ‘not ready’ for Phase 3 yet
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced he is planning on extending the second phase of his plan to reopen businesses through the end of the month.
On Monday, Sisolak emphasized the extension would allow state officials to assess data they’ve gathered on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We are not ready to go into Phase 3,” Sisolak said when asked when the state would launch the next phase of the reopening plan. “The timeline will be dictated by the virus.”
WCSD to open athletic facilities and start practices
The Washoe County School District said athletic fields and facilities will open for coaches and athletes on July 6.
Only students in fall sports sanctioned by Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, such as football, will be allowed to be on school district property.
Fields and facilities are not open for club sports.
Training is mandatory for coaches and administrators to provide clear direction about what each coach and every student must do to access school property. The district said the training will happen before July 6 and coaches will have to submit a plan for using fields and how they will keep students safe.
The district said students and families will receive information in the coming weeks about practices and returning to campus.
Drive-thru testing to be held in Virginia City, Dayton
Two drive-thru COVID-19 testing events for Quad-County residents without COVID-19 symptoms will be offered this week. Testing is first come, first served, with no appointments or reservations accepted.
Testing will be offered from 8-10 a.m. June 17 at the Virginia City Senior Center, located at 100 Mill St. in Virginia City. A total of 75 tests will be available. On June 19, testing will be offered from 8-11 a.m. at Dayton High School, 335 Dayton Valley Rd. in Dayton. A total of 200 tests will be available.
On Monday, Carson City Health and Human Services reported seven new positive cases and one additional recovery of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 262, with 185 recoveries and seven deaths; 70 cases remain active.
The new cases are a Douglas County resident in his 50s with connection to a previously reported case; a Carson City resident in his 40s with connection a previously reported case; Carson City resident under the age of 18 with connection to a previously reported case; a Carson City resident in her 50s with no connection to a previously reported case; a Douglas County resident in his 40s with connection to a previously reported case, and two Douglas County residents under the age of 18 with connection to a previously reported case.
Six Quad-County residents are hospitalized with the virus.
Mackay Stadium capacity could be cut by more than 50 percent
In a letter to University of Nevada, Reno athletic boosters on Monday, Director of Athletics Doug Knuth said the number of Mackay Stadium seats available could be cut by more than 50 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic. The letter comes two months before the first home football game is scheduled.
UNR, including athletics is waiting for more guidance from Gov. Steve Sisolak as the fall semester approached. What the football season will look like is still very much unknown.
Nevada is scheduled to play UC Davis at home on Aug. 29.
“How much is to be determined but it is anticipated that capacity at Mackay will be less than 50 percent of the stadium, which has about 27,000 seats,” Knuth said.
UNR said it is prioritizing accommodations for season ticket holders. While the deadline to renew football tickets was June 3, Knuth said the deadline was extended to June. 20.
Washoe reports 71st death
The Regional Information Center has reported another death in Washoe County—bringing the total death toll to 71, according to a news release on Monday.
The latest victim was a man in his 60s who had underlying health conditions.
Health officials also reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, along with 23 recoveries. There have been a total of 2,003 cases. In total, 640 cases remain active—the largest amount of active cases that has been reported so far in the county.
Here’s a look at the numbers:
- 1,292 individuals have recovered
- 71 individuals have died
- 640 cases remain active
- 67 individuals are currently hospitalized
- 167 people have been discharged from a hospital
Health officials said a total of 40,932 COVID-19 tests have been preformed so far in Washoe County—a jump of 555 tests conducted since Sunday.
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