Coronavirus live updates: What we know Monday in Nevada

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Washoe County reports 54 new cases, nearly half from a nursing home

Sunday

Washoe County reported the largest one-day jump in its number of COVID-19 cases, with one nursing home accounting for the bulk of the infections.

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The total number of cases from the novel coronavirus reached 1,256 on Sunday, according to the Washoe County Health District. The 54 new cases represent the highest daily increase seen in the county to date, according to the health district.

The spike in the numbers was tied to an outbreak in COVID-19 cases at one nursing home in Sparks, as well as increased testing and socializing by members of the public. 

Arbors Memory Care, a residential state-licensed facility, accounted for nearly half of the new cases, the health district reported.

This is not the first time that a Washoe County nursing home was tied to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Earlier this month, the Reno Gazette Journal reported on a Reno nursing home, Lakeside Health and Wellness, accounting for 15 of the 30 total coronavirus deaths reported in Washoe County at the time.

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Statewide, the number of novel coronavirus infections tied to nursing homes are even higher. As of Sunday, there have been 714 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from skilled nursing facilities and 80 from assisted living facilities, according to a state database. Of those, 462 involved residents while 332 were staff members.

Another death in Washoe County was also reported on Sunday. The 47th death in the county involved a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions. 

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5th Washoe County Sheriff’s Office employee tests positive 

Sunday

Another deputy with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has tested positive for COVID-19.

The deputy reported that he started feeling symptoms for the novel coronavirus at the end of his shift on Thursday, May 14. The deputy’s test came back positive on Saturday night.

Another deputy who was working with the law enforcement officer was also tested but the results came back negative. Six other personnel who worked around the deputy have also been quarantined out of an abundance of caution, according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy is the fifth employee of the sheriff’s office to test positive for COVID-19, according to Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam.

Nevada reports 195 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

Sunday

Nevada reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday as the state saw its total count rise to 6,857.

A total of 80,637 Nevadans have been tested for the novel coronavirus statewide.

The death rate on the Nevada Health Response dashboard remains at 349.

The state reported that 6,500 tests were performed on Saturday, the highest number for a single day in Nevada since the pandemic started.

The cumulative test positivity rate also fell to 8.5% on Saturday. The World Health Organization recommends a rate below 10% for the metric, which is used to determine whether businesses can stay open.

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