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This breaking news story will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday, April 8.
Sisolak signs new order limiting places of worship; closes recreation areas
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive on Wednesday limiting the number of people who can gather in a place of worship to fewer than 10.
The directive also closes recreational locations like golf courses and public basketball courts.
Sisolak said any congregation of 10 or more people — whether at a place of worship or a basketball court — could be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
“I have spent countless hours praying on this myself and talking to faith leaders,” Sisolak said during a press conference Wednesday evening. “My primary purpose is to keep people alive and stop the spread of this disease. When groups gather together the disease will spread.”
The governor’s order on Wednesday also closes showrooms at retailers like car dealerships.
Sisolak also nixed open house showings by real estate agents and told grocery stores they must close salad bars and end sales of bulk goods.
He also prohibited barbers and hair dressers from providing in-home services to clients.
“I haven’t had a haircut in six weeks. I’ve adjusted. The first lady is sticking by my side.”
Asked why golf courses were allowed to remain open this long into the crisis, Sisolak said: “I’ve had a multitude of pictures sent into me that showed me people were not practicing good social distancing, not arriving one in a cart. They were congregating on the greens. We tried it. It didn’t work because some folks chose not to follow the rules. As a result we are closing golf courses.”
Carson, Douglas report two new cases; total in 4-county area now 27
Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Carson City and Douglas County.
A Carson City man in his 30s and a Douglas County woman in her 30s are self-isolating in their homes and are in stable conditions.
Lyon County reported one patient has recovered.
The total number of cases in the Carson-Douglas-Lyon-Storey County area is now 27, with nine recoveries. A total of 18 cases remain active.
- Carson City: 14 cases, 10 active cases, 4 recovered
- Douglas County: 9 total cases, 5 active, 4 recovered
- Lyon County: 4 total cases, 3 active, 1 recovered
- Storey County: 0 cases
Washoe reports 8th death, statewide fatalities climb to 81
The Washoe County and state dashboards tracking COVID-19 deaths reported new data Wednesday afternoon.
Washoe County reported its 8th death Wednesday afternoon — marking three total today. They include:
- Male in his 70s with underlying health conditions
- Female in her 80s, it is being determined if there were underlying health conditions
- Female in her 60s with underlying health conditions
Also, the state says there are now 80 total fatalities.
Nevada gets 50 ventilators from California
Nevada received 50 ventilators from the state of California on Wednesday, the Nevada National Guard announced in a statement.
“The California and Nevada National Guard cooperatively transported the
ventilators from Sacramento to Sparks today,” the statement said. “They are being stored safely and the Nevada Guard will distribute the ventilators upon the direction Gov. Steve Sisolak and health officials.”
About 120 Guardsmen are supporting the COVID-19 response, with about half in Northern and Southern Nevada respectively.
Washoe reports seventh death
A seventh person in Washoe County has died of COVID-19, according to an update from the Washoe County Health District.
This person — a woman in her 80s — is the second person to die of the disease today. Health officials are working to determine if this person had underlying health issues.
So far 73 people have died of coronavirus in Nevada and 2,318 people have tested positive.
Reno City Council votes to defer business license fees
The Reno City Council unanimously approved a 90-day deferral of business license fees owed by businesses that were closed by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s coronavirus shutdown.
Under the program, non-essential businesses that have been closed since March 17 will have 90 days after they re-open to pay their business license fees. Businesses that pay a flat fee also would have their typical fee reduced according to how long they were forced to stay closed.
Council members also wanted city staff to explore other options to reduce fees for businesses who have stayed open but have seen their revenues significantly affected by the coronavirus.
“We have tools in our toolbox and I want to deploy all of them,” Councilman Devon Reese said.
State reports largest single-day increase after midday update
The known number of Nevadans with COVID-19 increased again on Wednesday, jumping another 102 cases for a new total of 2,318, according to new figures posted by the state.
That’s an increase of 231 positive tests, the largest single-day increase the state has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of people tested also increased to 20,566.
Washoe reports sixth death, 17 new cases
A sixth person has died in Washoe County due to COVID-19 and 17 new cases of the disease have been reported, according to a release from the regional COVID-19 information center.
The person who died is a woman in her 60’s with underlying health conditions.
With the 17 new cases, Washoe County’s total count of COVID-19 infections has risen to 326.
In addition to the 17 new cases, the county is 35 recoveries and 27 current hospitalizations.
It’s likely the true number of COVID-19 infections is higher than reported as a testing shortage has stunted the number of people that can be screened.
— Sam Gross
Sisolak to address state at 5 p.m.
Gov. Steve Sisolak is expected to provide updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Nevada at a news conference late Wednesday afternoon.
According to a news release from his office, Sisolak plans on providing more information regarding the state’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of the virus.
The news conference is set for 5 p.m. Officials said the conference will be available to view live on the governor’s YouTube page.
— Marcella Corona
2,216 known COVID-19 cases statewide
The number of known Nevadans with COVID-19 increased by 129 on Wednesday morning, reaching a new total of 2,216 coronavirus cases statewide.
So far, 71 people statewide have died of the disease.
As of Wednesday morning, 18,639 people have been tested in Nevada. But a testing shortage makes it difficult to determine how widely spread COVID-19 is in the state, it’s likely the true figure is higher than what’s officially reported.
144 new cases in Clark County
Clark County is reporting 144 new known positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths, bringing the totals there to 1,878 known cases and 65 deaths, according to new numbers from the Southern Nevada Health District.
Statewide, officials are reporting 2,216 known coronavirus cases and 71 deaths.
A statewide testing shortage is stunting the number of people who can be screened for COVID-19, so it’s likely the true number of cases is higher.
Reno nurse at VA hospital dies from coronavirus
A registered nurse who worked at several local hospitals died Tuesday of coronavirus.
Vianna Thompson, 52, died in the intensive care unit at the VA hospital where she had spent the last seven years caring for her own patients.
She worked as a floating pool nurse at the VA and Northern Nevada Medical Center. Most recently, she was assigned to the night shift in the emergency department at the VA Northern Sierra Health Care System.
According to the hospital’s chaplain, Thompson’s family said a prayer for her over FaceTime because they could not physically be present in her isolation room.
Thompson is the second health care worker to die from coronavirus in Washoe County. A woman in her 30s who worked as a peer mentor at Willow Springs youth hospital also died earlier this month.
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Nevada death toll jumps to 71
As of Tuesday evening, a total of 71 people have died statewide from the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the Nevada Health Alliance Dashboard.
The dashboard, which tracks the total number of tests performed and cases reported throughout the state, showed a total of 2,087 people have tested positive thus far.
It’s likely the true number of people with the disease is much higher as a testing shortage has limited the number of people who can be screened.
In total, 21,818 tests have been performed, and 18,639 people have been tested.
Reno-Tahoe airline employee tests positive
An airline employee at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee reported feeling symptoms of the virus and was checked by a healthcare professional. The test came back positive, according to airport spokesman Brian Kulpin.
Every airport employee, including those who work for the airlines, car rentals and other businesses that operate from the airport, were notified of the positive case.
Spokesman Brian Kulpin confirmed the employee who tested positive works for one of the nine airlines but he did not release further information.
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