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This breaking news story will be updated throughout the day on Saturday, April 11.
Reno Fire Department, REMSA to donate masks for nursing home after RGJ report on outbreak
Responding to a call for help from Councilwoman Naomi Duerr for Lakeside Health and Wellness, Reno Fire Department and REMSA will be donating masks Saturday to the facility in the grips of a coronavirus outbreak.
Duerr asked for help after reading a Reno Gazette Journal story about the nursing home’s directive to staff to wear surgical masks a second day by turning them inside out.
Duerr said both REMSA and Reno Fire Station 3 on Moana Lane will be digging into their own limited supply of masks to help the residents and health care workers at the assisted-living facility.
“We just all assume we all have to pitch in together,” Duerr said. “Nobody wants another person to die.”
Reno home builder Bob Lissner also donated about 35 homemade masks late Friday night, according to a tweet from Duerr.
Statewide deaths hit 107, with 2,700 positive cases
The Southern Nevada Health District is now reporting 96 COVID-19 deaths in Clark County, bringing the statewide total to 107.
The statewide total of positive cases totaled 2,700 Saturday morning, according to the state coronavirus dashboard. The bulk of the cases – 2,258 – are in Southern Nevada.
The actual number of infections in the state is likely higher given the scarcity of testing resources.
Renown seeks handmade masks, gowns, caps
Renown Regional Medical Center needs handcrafted masks, gowns and surgical caps.The center is asking the community to help.
Here’s what Renown is looking for and how Nevadans can help:
Masks for Patient Visitors: Community members can sew masks for loved ones visiting patients at Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center. All patterns and cotton or cotton-blends are welcome.
Isolation Gowns: For homemade isolation gowns, Renown requires this pattern. Instructions can be found here:
Bouffant (surgical caps): The pattern is available here:
Donations are accepted at Renown’s drive-thru, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., located in the valet area of Tahoe Tower at Renown Regional Medical Center.
All handcrafted masks, gowns and surgical caps will be laundered and sanitized before being distributed.
Nevada unemployment site down Saturday for update
Nevada residents seeking to file unemployment claims will be unable to do so between 1 p.m. and midnight on Saturday.
The state’s unemployment insurance website will be down.
The shutdown is in order to conduct system enhancements and take steps toward “fast-track implementation” of the federal CARES Act, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
During this time, all unemployment insurance functions, including unemployment insurance filing will not be functional.
The state encourages filers to visit the site after midnight on Saturday evening
The CARES Act is the $2 trillion recovery package negotiated by the White House and congressional leaders to help Americans – and the economy – bounce back from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
One-time payments of up to $1,200 are expected to go out in the next three weeks to most Americans who file individual tax returns.
State visitors ordered to self-quarantine as death toll rises
All out-of-state visitors are ordered to stay in a short-term rental and remain quarantined for 14 days before venturing out, according to Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick.
The order was made after concerned residents in Incline Village worried over visitors, who were putting their community at risk.
Dick said visitors may leave their rental only in emergencies. Once the 14 days are up, they are still expected to follow the governor’s directive for staying home.
On Friday, 22 deaths were reported in Nevada, bringing the statewide total to 102, according to the state coronavirus dashboard.
The number of known cases in the state remained at 2,584. The actual number of infections in the state is likely higher given the scarcity of testing resources.
A Lyon County man in his 50s and a Douglas County man in his 30s also tested positive, according to the Quad-County Emergency Operations Center.
Health officials said one person recovered.
The new cases brought the total 33 in Carson City, Storey, Lyon and Douglas counties. In total, 11 people have recovered, and 22 cases were still active.
Reno company lands $551 million contract to build ventilators
A Reno company will receive more than $550 million to help the U.S. government boost its stockpile of ventilators.
On Friday, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., announced Hamilton Medical Corp would receive $551 million contract to help in the national effort to boost the stockpile by about 100,000 machines in the next 100 days.
The Division of Strategic National Stockpile of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will be making the payments.
The money comes in the form of a five-month, firm-fixed-price contract that started on March 31.
The company that makes the ventilators is based in Switzerland and has a Reno distribution center.
Meanwhile, Hamilton is a company with Reno roots dating back decades.
The contract would allow Hamilton to bring ventilator manufacturing to Northern Nevada. It would also allow the company to seek hundreds of manufacturing and warehousing positions, according to the Hamilton website.
Health officials ‘can’t answer’ if there will be a second wave
Southern Nevada health officials say they don’t know if there will be a second wave of COVID-19 case as the statewide death toll continues to climb.
“That’s a question we can’t answer just based on our case numbers,” said Dr. Vit Kraushaar, the Southern Nevada Health District’s medical investigator in charge of responding to outbreaks.
Still, health officials said they would not be surprised if another wave hit the state in the fall.
Kraushaar said coronaviruses are mostly seasonal.
Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch told the USA TODAY Editorial Board Wednesday the U.S. may see a second wave of cases.
Marcella Corona is a breaking news reporter who covers crime and justice in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.
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