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This breaking news story will be updated throughout the day on Tuesday, April 14.
Sisolak to address state on unemployment claims
Gov. Steve Sisolak will provide a Tuesday afternoon update on the Nevada’s efforts to stem a flood of unemployment insurance claims filed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sisolak is set to speak to reporters during an in-person press conference scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in Carson City.
His remarks will also be carried live on the governor’s YouTube page, linked to above.
Nevada state death toll rises to 130
Ten more deaths were reported—bringing the statewide death toll to 130, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services website.
According to the agency’s dashboard, a total of 3,088 positive cases have been reported.
In total, 32,178 tests have been performed. Out of that total, 26,661 people have been tested, but because of testing shortage, the number of people who have been screened is limited. The true number of sick people is likely higher than what the state has reported.
800 step up to aid Nevada’s medical response
More than 800 people have responded to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s call for medical professionals to step up and support the state’s response to COVID-19, according to a news release from Battle Born Medical Corps.
Earlier this month, Sisolak urged health care providers, behavioral health care workers and other medical professionals to join Medical Corps to help expand the state’s medical care capacity.
Sisolak signed a declaration of emergency on April 1, which waived certain licensing requirements and allow additional health care workers into the state’s medical system. It also allowed certain doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians and even some medical students to care for patients.
Several doctors, nurses, paramedics, psychologists, respiratory therapists and other specialists recently joined Medical Corps, according to the news release.
“These professionals are a precious resource right now, and I am grateful for their service to Nevada,” Sisolak said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I am inspired by their support and encourage other medical professionals and students to join this elite force.”
Medical Corps has also received requests for support from Willow Springs Center in Reno, the Washoe County Incident Management Team and the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City.
The program is also accepting requests from other facilities for volunteers.
Anyone interested to join Medical Corps should log onto the agency’s website at servenv.org and register through the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
Death toll rises to 13 in Washoe County
Another person has died from the coronavirus—raising the death toll to 13 deaths in Washoe County, according to the COVID-19 Regional Information Center.
Adam Mayberry, spokesman for the Regional Information Center, confirmed the patient was a woman in her 50s who suffered from underlying health conditions.
Health officials are also reporting 21 more individuals have recovered from the illness and 32 more people have tested positive. Two people were discharged from the hospital.
In total, there have been 532 cases reported in the county and 427 positive cases remain active. Ninety-two people have recovered
Washoe County will not release information on COVID-19 cases by ZIP code
This item has been updated to clarify that Washoe County Health District is tracking data of where COVID-19 patients live or are isolating at home but will not release that information by ZIP code to the public.
The Washoe County Health District said it is not releasing positive coronavirus cases by ZIP code to the public.
“We aren’t providing geographical information at this time due to limited resources,” said Scott Oxarart, spokesperson for the Washoe County Health District. “We feel that everyone should be practicing social distancing, washing hands and doing everything they can do to prevent contracting COVID-19 no matter where they live in Washoe County. “
Oxarart said the county data shows where the person lives or where they’re isolating, but doesn’t show where they contracted COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the Southern Nevada Health District announced is now posting daily summaries of COVID-19 cases by zip code and cities in Clark County.
Data from Clark County shows that at least nine zip codes have more than 60 confirmed cases.
700 hospital beds at convention center to be available soon
The plan to turn the Reno Sparks Convention Center into a makeshift hospital with as many as 700 beds is moving forward quickly.
According to county and health district officials, the convention space on South Virginia Street known for hosting car shows, volleyball tournaments and big conventions like the Safari Club could be converted into a hospital for less critically ill patients in as early as a week.
“We have moved forward with a confirmation that we need to do this and we need to do this right away,” said Washoe County Manager Eric Brown.
Washoe health officials said as many as 500 of the beds could be ready for patients in about a week, with space for 200 more ready soon after.
Nevada cases stand at 3,009; death toll remains 120
8:20 a.m. Tuesday
The total known number of COVID-19 cases is Nevada has crested 3,000 on Tuesday morning, according to new numbers released by the state.
Cases now stand at 3,009 statewide, according to the cumulative report. But according to a Reno Gazette Journal analysis, the number of cases reported by individual counties is outpacing the number reported by the state by nearly 100 cases.
The official number currently reported by the state is 3,009 cases for all of Nevada, while individual counties are reporting a collective total of 3,102 cases. The total number of deaths match, however, at 120.
At least 25,910 people have received a test so far, but a testing shortage has limited the number of people who can be screened, so the true number of sick is likely higher than what the state can report.
2,509 cases, 106 deaths in Clark County
The known number of COVID-19 cases in Clark County crested 2,500 on Tuesday and the number of deaths there increased by five, according to new numbers released by the Southern Nevada Health District.
The case total there is now 2,509 and the total number of coronavirus deaths is at 106.
The Southern Nevada Health District is now breaking down its 2,509 confirmed COVID-19 cases by city and zip code.
Maps posted to the SNHD website show the density of cases in each particular area.
As of Tuesday morning, Las Vegas proper had the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the county at 1,694. It was trailed by North Las Vegas at 259 cases, then Henderson at 250 cases and Boulder City at 18 cases.
The map breaking the numbers down by zip code distills the figures down even further. At least nine zip codes in the greater Las Vegas area show bright red on that map, indicating they are among the highest density areas of sick people, with at least 61 to 83 people diagnosed with coronavirus.
Half of Washoe hospital beds full, 20 percent of available ventilators in use
The Washoe County Health District reported its 500th COVID-19 case on Monday. It’s up 39 new cases from Sunday.
Ten additional people have recovered.
The number of people who have died in Washoe County is still 12, including most recently man in his 90s whose death was reported Sunday.
In total 71 have recovered, and there are 417 active cases.
Of those, 31 people are hospitalized and 39 people have been discharged from local hospitals.
As of Sunday, 53 percent of the staffed and licensed acute care beds were occupied in Washoe hospitals. Just over half of hospital beds not in ICU units were also occupied.
Also as of Sunday, 20 percent of the ventilators in Washoe County were in use.
‘We need to do this right away’: Convention center to become alternative care site
2,971 known cases of COVID-19, 114 deaths
The number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached nearly 3,000 on Monday morning, according to new figures released by the state.
So far, 2,971 people have tested positive and 114 have died of coronavirus in Nevada.
That’s an increase of two deaths and 135 cases over what had previously been reported on Sunday.
A total of 25,464 people have received a COVID-19 test, but a testing shortage means it’s likely the true number of those who have COVID-19 is higher than what’s officially reported.
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51 positive COVID-19 cases at Willow Springs, 36 at Lakeside Health and Wellness
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is now tracking COVID-19 data at facilities including jails and nursing, assisted living and treatment facilities.
According to the newly tracked data there are 176 cases of people in facilities and jails who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 18 deaths.
At Reno nursing home Lakeside Health and Wellness and residential treatment center for children Willow Springs, the numbers jumped on Monday, according to Washoe County Health District.
Washoe District Health Officer Kevin Dick said the state is investigating 50 possible cases at Lakeside Health and Wellness and of those 36 have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.
At Willow Springs, 65 cases are being investigated and 51 have come back positive for COVID-19.
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