Coronavirus updates: 2,584 known cases, 86 deaths; Rosen urges rural hospital support

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This breaking news story will be updated throughout the day on Friday, April 10.

Coronavirus outbreak at Reno nursing home kills two patients

8:34 a.m.

State health officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at the Lakeside Health and Wellness nursing home in Reno that has killed two residents.

Lakeside Health and Wellness is one of two nursing homes in Washoe County and 20 nursing homes in the state that have had residents or staff test positive for the virus, according to a list provided to the Reno Gazette Journal by the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. HearthStone in Sparks is the second nursing home in Washoe County to have at least one positive coronavirus test.

Neither state or local health officials would provide further information on how many coronavirus cases have been discovered among patients and staff at Lakeside Health and Wellness or the condition of those who have tested positive.

Full story: Coronavirus outbreak at Reno nursing home kills two patients, state is investigating

Clark County reports 4 more deaths, 135 more positive tests

9:07 a.m.

Clark County reported four additional deaths and 135 known new cases on Friday morning. The number of fatalities there now stands at 75, with 2,144 identified cases, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

It’s likely the true number of those with coronavirus is higher than what health officials are able to report. A testing shortage has limited the number of people who can be screened for the disease.

Rosen, 18 other US senators call for rural hospital support

8:32 a.m.

U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada) joined a bipartisan group of senators calling for financial support for rural hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.

Nineteen senators including Rosen co-signed a letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the department to take rural health care under consideration as it allocates $100 billion in emergency funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, rural hospitals were already operating on shoestring budgets, and with the cancellation of elective procedures, have a desperate and immediate need for more funding,” the letter reads. “Therefore, we request you make this funding available immediately to provide relief to our struggling health care providers.”

Urban and suburban Americans live, on average, roughly 5 miles from the nearest hospital, according to Pew Research Center data from 2018. For rural residents, it’s an average of 10.5 miles. 

But many towns are twice as far as that or more. 

More: Rural residents’ access to hospitals is already a problem. Coronavirus could make it worse

2,571 positive tests, 86 deaths in Nevada due to COVID-19

Friday, 7:16 a.m.

The known number of Nevadans with COVID-19 has surpassed 2,500, according to data released by the state — an increase of 115 cases since the previous data set Thursday morning.

The data also shows 86 deaths statewide, an increase of five in the past 24 hours.

On Thursday, Elko County reported two new cases, a man in his 60s and another man in his 30s. The two new cases bring the county total to 11, with seven active cases, three recoveries and one fatality.

A total of 27,125 tests have been administered for the coronavirus. It’s likely the true number of people with COVID-19 is higher than reported as a state testing shortage is limiting the number of people who can be screened. 

More: Nevada churches mostly taking Easter online; some still plan to gather

Third Veterans Affairs worker dies from coronavirus 

Thursday

A third person who worked for the Veterans Affairs System in Reno died of the coronavirus on Thursday.

Alex Gousev, 57, worked as a medical technician in the community care and laboratory services department at the hospital.

On Thursday, the statewide death toll reached 86 — a jump of five deaths since Wednesday, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

In total, 21,771 people have been tested, and of that total, 2,456 came back positive.

4 new cases in Carson City, Lyon County

Thursday

Health officials reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Carson City and Lyon County, according to the Quad-County Emergency Operations Center.

The new cases include a Lyon County woman in her 20s, a Lyon County man in his 30s, a Carson City woman in her 40s and a Carson City man in his 70s.

All the individuals were self-isolating and were in stable condition. Further information on them was not released for privacy reasons.

In total, 16 cases have been reported in Carson City, with 11 cases still active and five recovered.

Douglas County has reported nine cases, with five cases still active and one recovered.

Meanwhile, Lyon County reported six cases, with five still active and one recovered.

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