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6 new cases in Lyon and Carson City
Carson City Health and Human Services on Thursday reported six new positive cases and nine additional recoveries of COVID-19.
The total number of cases in the Carson-Lyon-Douglas-Storey region is 159, with 114 recoveries and three deaths; 42 cases remain active and five people are hospitalized for the virus.
The new cases are a Lyon County woman in her 30s and man in his 50s, and from Carson City, three men in their 40s, 50s and 90s, and a woman in her 70s.
Washoe reports largest single-day increase in recoveries
Washoe County reported 47 COVID-19 recoveries on Thursday, its largest single-day increase in recoveries so far, according to the Regional Information Center.
There were also 11 more confirmed positive cases reported, bringing the Washoe County total to 1,316. The death toll remains at 48, and 521 cases remain active.
There have been 18,023 tests performed in Washoe County, up by more than 1,000 since Monday.
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WCSD task force works on reopening plans for more than 100 schools
The Washoe County School District announced on Thursday it has formed a recovery task force of parents, teachers, staff and public health officials to guide the district as it reopens schools.
The district has said it is planning on an Aug. 10 start date for the 2020-21 school year but what that looks like depends on guidance from health officials and Gov. Steve Sisolak.
There is currently not a plan in place for what that what reopening will look like, including if distance learning will be a big part of the school day. The district will issue updates at school board meetings and make announcements on its website.
The district said it is considering things such as social distancing, protective equipment, screening and testing, transportation and the learning loss with schools closed since March.
Reno easing certain business regulations
The city of Reno on Thursday announced it is easing certain regulations to help businesses operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those regulations include the temporary allowance of drive-thru operations, curbside pickup and outdoor operations without a permit, among other things.
“We recognize the current challenges facing businesses as they adapt to these new health and safety standards,” Arlo Stockham, Acting Assistant City Manager for the City of Reno, wrote in a press release. “The Reno City Council has made it clear they want to find ways to assist our business community during the recovery phase of the pandemic while ensuring public health continues to be of the highest priority.”
The eased regulations will also allow businesses to operate on public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, by obtaining a temporary revocable occupancy permit from the city. The fee for that permit will be waived.
More details on the eased regulations can be found at reno.gov/COVID19 under the “business information” section.
Peppermill Casinos to provide testing for employees
Peppermill Casinos Inc. will provide free COVID-19 testing to all employees at its Peppermill Reno, Western Village and Wendover properties, the company announced Thursday morning in a press statement.
Testing began May 20, and tests are administered on-site.
The company also has published its enhanced health and safety protocols online, including mandatory employee face coverings, non-invasive thermal cameras at employee and guest entrances, the addition of Plexiglass barriers in certain areas, increased cleaning with EPA-approved sanitizer, reduced capacity in restaurants and staggered slot machine and table game seating.
Nevada reports 89 new cases, positivity rate going down
The known number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada rose by 89 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 7,255 confirmed cases, according to new numbers posted to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
Those 89 positives are out of 3,657 people tested, making for a growth rate of 1.2 percent.
The state’s test positivity rate is continuing its downward trend, dropping to 7.7 percent on Thursday. With this metric continuing to go down as the state expands testing, state biostatistician Kyra Morgan says it signals to officials that there aren’t a lot of undiagnosed cases.
The number of deaths have not yet been updated and remain at 378.
3 new cases Wednesday in Douglas County, Carson City
Carson City Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported three new positive cases and two additional recoveries of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases in the Carson-Lyon-Storey-Douglas region to 153, with 105 recoveries and three deaths; 45 cases remain active.
The new cases are a Douglas County man in his 60s and two Carson City men in their 30s.
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NDOC reports first COVID-19 case in prison inmate
The Nevada Department of Corrections confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in an inmate at High Desert State Prison, just north of Las Vegas.
Officials said the man was sent to the prison from the Clark County Detention Center in late April. He entered the intake unit where offenders undergo health, mental and physical screenings.
He was taken to a local hospital for unrelated medical care. He reportedly was asymptomatic and was tested, which was confirmed positive on Monday, officials said in the news release.
According to the state Department of Correction’s intake policy, offenders must be isolated for at least 20 days. Medical staff can then assess the individual and isolate them for the 14-day incubation period.
Washoe reports 10 new cases
Ten more people in Washoe County have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases here to 1,305, according to Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick.
The number of deaths in the county remains at 48.
So far, 700 people have recovered from coronavirus and 557 cases are still active in the county.
Nevada sees 120 more COVID-19 cases
An additional 120 Nevadans tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total number of cases to 7,166 on Wednesday, according to the Nevada Health Alliance Dashboard.
Those positives, reported from a batch of 3,963 tests, represent a growth rate of 1.7 percent, according to the dashboard.
In total, 378 people have died statewide.
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