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Carson man dies of COVID-19; all but 2 new cases have no connection to previous case
6:26 p.m. update:
A Carson City man has died of COVID-19, according to Carson City Health and Human Services.
The man, in his 60’s, is the eighth death in the Carson City and Lyon, Douglas and Storey County region due to coronavirus. The man did not have any underlying conditions, according to CCHS.
CCHS is also reporting 10 new positive cases and six recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region.
This brings the total number of cases to 401, with 266 recoveries and eight deaths; 127 cases remain active.
The new cases are:
- A Carson City resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case;
- A Lyon County resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case;
- A Lyon County resident in his 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case;
- A Douglas County resident in his 80’s with no connection to a previously reported case;
- A Douglas County in her 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case;
- A Carson City resident in his 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case;
- A Carson City resident in his 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case;
- A Lyon County resident in her 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case;
- And a Lyon County resident in her 50’s with a workplace exposure.
Eight Quad-County residents are currently hospitalized with the virus.
35 new cases, 75 recoveries in Washoe
4:40 p.m. update:
Washoe County health officials reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 3,295 since the pandemic began.
Seventy-five patients have recovered in the past day, which brings the number of active cases in the county down to 1,090. Ninety-one patients are currently hospitalized, up from 88 yesterday.
No new deaths were reported. The number of deaths in Washoe County due to the coronavirus remains at 82.
Report that Nevada has highest transmission rate questioned; hospitalizations double since June
Update: Tuesday, 12:45 a.m.
State emergency management officials said Tuesday that coronavirus infections continue to grow at a rate that should provoke people to take better individual precautions, but worked to rebuff news that Nevada is infecting people at a higher rate than other states.
Last week, the data analysis website rt.live ranked Nevada as having the highest transmission rate in the country, with each positive coronavirus case infecting on average 1.61 other people. That number has dropped to 1.20.
Caleb Cage, Nevada’s COVID-19 response director, said statistical ranges make it difficult to compare Nevada to other states.
“We cannot conclude the level of reproduction in Nevada is significantly higher or different than any other state,” Cage said. “That’s not intended to diminish the problem of COVID-19 in Nevada. It’s clear we are seeing an increase. Wearing masks and social distancing are more important than ever.”
As the number of new cases and hospitalizations continue to spike, Cage said it could be two or three weeks before the state starts to see the effect of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mandate to wear face coverings in public.
Cage also said the state is closely monitoring the number of hospitalizations, which have more than doubled since late June. But Cage said hospital capacity remains manageable with 74 percent of ICU beds full and 34 percent of ventilators being used statewide.
He said it would be up to individual county health officers to decide whether to implement tools to increase hospital capacity.
Julia Peek, deputy administrator of the Public and Behavioral Health Division, said the state continues to ramp up the number of people trained to do contact tracing, a key component of slowing the spread of the virus. She said they’ve been slowed by the need to train new contact tracing employees and also by the fact not all coronavirus patients provide accurate contact information.
876 new cases, 11 deaths statewide in past day
Monday, 9:17 a.m.
The known number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 23,785 on Tuesday morning, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard. That’s an increase of 876 new cases over what was previously reported on Sunday.
Eleven additional deaths were reported, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Nevada to 548.
Hospitalizations were up sharply on Monday; the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases currently in Nevada hospitals rose to 597 cases — up 548 from Sunday’s data.
An additional 252 hospitalized patients are suspected of having the coronavirus. The combined total of 849 confirmed and suspected cases in Nevada hospitals is an all-time high since the outbreak began. Of those, 236 are in intensive care units, up from 201 on Monday.
One hundred twelve patients are on ventilators, down from 114 yesterday.
The 876 new cases identified on Monday were discovered through 6,970 tests. The seven-day rolling average for positive tests stands at 14.9%, well above the World Health Organization’s goal of 5%.
Washoe reports 35 new cases; corrects misreported data from Sunday
Another 35 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Washoe County, according to new figures released by the Washoe County Health District.
But the district also is correcting some erroneous data reported on Sunday. According to the district, 60 positive test results were reported on Sunday, not 93. That means the true number of positive test results in Washoe County remains at 3,260.
Eighty-eight people are hospitalized with the coronavirus, a 46 percent increase from late May when many Nevada businesses were allowed to reopen.