Coronavirus live updates: What we know Friday in Reno, Northern Nevada

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Sisolak announces lift on eviction moratorium

Thursday

Gov. Steve Sisolak said late fees, evictions and lockouts for non-payment of rent can begin again on July 1 for commercial properties and as soon as Aug. 1 for some residential properties. 

For residential properties evictions can happen in August if the eviction process started prior to March 30. Those who have not been able to pay since the coronavirus pandemic began have until Sept. 1 or risk eviction. 

“It is just as imperative today as it was when I signed the original directive to allow Nevadans to stay home and stay safe as much as possible, while also providing clarity and a timeline in which rental obligations must be met,” Sisolak said in a statement on Thursday evening. 

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Fourth record high in past 7 days

Thursday

For the fourth time in the past seven days, Nevada has set a new record for the largest single-day increase in new cases since coronavirus was first detected in the Silver State in early March.

Nevada’s case count jumped by 497 new cases on Thursday, increasing the state’s total case count to 14,362 known cases of COVID-19, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.

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Thursday’s jump surpasses the previous single-day record of 462, which was set on June 23.

The state is reporting one new death, bringing that total to 495.

The record-setting jump in cases comes the morning after Governor Steve Sisolak mandated the wearing of masks or face coverings in public, citing a sudden spike in the number of cases here since the state began reopening.

Sisolak called the surge as “some steps backward” in the fight against the virus.

That backward slide is apparent in Nevada’s seven-day moving average test positivity rate, which has been surging upwards since mid-June.

On Thursday morning, that 7-day average reached 11.9 percent, well above the World Health Organization’s recommended rate of 5 percent. The WHO had previously recommended a rate of 10 percent, but revised that number several weeks ago.

Hospitalizations are also ticking upwards, reaching 467 on Thursday — an increase of 28 over the number of hospitalizations reported on Wednesday.

There are currently 98 COVID-19 patients in the state’s ICU units and 57 people are on ventilators.

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