Coronavirus live updates: Washoe sees 3 more deaths, 33 additional cases

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3 deaths, 33 new cases Wednesday in Washoe County

Three more people have died in Washoe County from COVID-19, according to new numbers released by the health district Wednesday.

The most recent deaths include two men in their 90s and a man in his 80s. All three reportedly had underlying health conditions. The total deaths in Washoe County is now 85.

The district also reported 33 new cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of known positives to 3,328.

The total number of known active cases totals 1,073, but health officials said a new prevalence study suggests that number could be as high as 5,000 active cases.

“People need to understand we are nowhere near out of this,” Washoe District Health Officer Kevin Dick said. “We are right in this battle with COVID-19.”

Although the number of hospitalizations is increasing, Dick said he isn’t yet concerned about capacity issues. Forty-two percent of intensive care beds remain empty and only 23 percent of ventilators are in use.

On Tuesday, 88 people were hospitalized with COVID-19.

516 new cases, 5 deaths statewide

Wednesday, 9:53 a.m.

The known number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 24,301 on Wednesday morning, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard. That’s an increase of 516 new cases over what was previously reported on Tuesday morning. The state hit an all-time high in testing on Tuesday, with 12,776 tests administered.

Five more deaths were reported — one in Carson City and four in Clark County —  bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Nevada to 553. The Carson City resident was a man in his 60s with no underlying heatlh conditions, according to Carson City Health ad Human Services.

Hospitalizations were up Tuesday with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 607, an increase of 10 hospitalizations from Monday’s data. An additional 269 hospitalized patients are suspected of having the coronavirus. The combined total of 876 confirmed and suspected cases in Nevada hospitals is an all-time high since the outbreak began. Of those, 233 are in intensive care units, down from 236 the previous day.

One hundred nine patients are on ventilators, down from 112.

The seven-day rolling average for positive tests stands at 13.1%, the lowest since June 23 but still well above the World Health Organization’s goal of 5%.

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Carson man becomes 4-county region’s 8th fatality 

Tuesday

A Carson City man has died of COVID-19, according to Carson City Health and Human Services.

The man, in his 60s, is the eighth death in the Carson City and Lyon, Douglas and Storey County region due to coronavirus. The man did not have any underlying conditions, according to CCHS.

CCHS is also reporting 10 new positive cases and six recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region.

This brings the total number of cases to 401, with 266 recoveries and eight deaths; 127 cases remain active.

The new cases are:

  • A Carson City resident in his 50s with no connection to a previously reported case;
  • A Lyon County resident in his 20s with no connection to a previously reported case;
  • A Lyon County resident in his 20s with a connection to a previously reported case;
  • A Douglas County resident in his 80s with no connection to a previously reported case;
  • A Douglas County in her 60s with no connection to a previously reported case;
  • A Carson City resident in his 60s with no connection to a previously reported case;
  • A Carson City resident in his 40s with no connection to a previously reported case;
  • A Lyon County resident in her 50s with no connection to a previously reported case;
  • And a Lyon County resident in her 50s with a workplace exposure.

Eight Quad-County residents are currently hospitalized with the virus.

COVID-19 drive-thru testing is conducted at the St. Marys Urgent Care facility in West Reno on March 31, 2020.

35 new cases, 75 recoveries in Washoe

Washoe County health officials reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 3,295 since the pandemic began.

Seventy-five patients have recovered in the past day, which brings the number of active cases in the county down to 1,090. Ninety-one patients are currently hospitalized, up from 88 yesterday.

No new deaths were reported. The number of deaths in Washoe County due to the coronavirus remains at 82.

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Report that Nevada has highest transmission rate questioned; hospitalizations double since June   

State emergency management officials said Tuesday that coronavirus infections continue to grow at a rate that should provoke people to take better individual precautions, but worked to rebuff news that Nevada is infecting people at a higher rate than other states.

Last week, the data analysis website rt.live ranked Nevada as having the highest transmission rate in the country, with each positive coronavirus case infecting on average 1.61 other people. That number has dropped to 1.20.

Caleb Cage, Nevada’s COVID-19 response director, said statistical ranges make it difficult to compare Nevada to other states.

“We cannot conclude the level of reproduction in Nevada is significantly higher or different than any other state,” Cage said. “That’s not intended to diminish the problem of COVID-19 in Nevada. It’s clear we are seeing an increase. Wearing masks and social distancing are more important than ever.”

As the number of new cases and hospitalizations continue to spike, Cage said it could be two or three weeks before the state starts to see the effect of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mandate to wear face coverings in public.

Cage also said the state is closely monitoring the number of hospitalizations, which have more than doubled since late June. But Cage said hospital capacity remains manageable with 74 percent of ICU beds full and 34 percent of ventilators being used statewide.

He said it would be up to individual county health officers to decide whether to implement tools to increase hospital capacity.

Julia Peek, deputy administrator of the Public and Behavioral Health Division, said the state continues to ramp up the number of people trained to do contact tracing, a key component of slowing the spread of the virus. She said they’ve been slowed by the need to train new contact tracing employees and also by the fact not all coronavirus patients provide accurate contact information.