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29 new cases, 1 death reported in Washoe County
The Regional Information Center is reporting 29 new positive cases and one death from COVID-19 in Washoe County.
The recent victim was a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions, officials said in a news release.
The recent jump in positive cases brings the total to 1,514. Officials also reported 21 new recoveries.
In total, there have been 55 deaths, 834 recoveries, and 625 active cases.
Currently, there are 60 people hospitalized and 124 people have been discharged from the hospital.
In total, 23,932 tests have been performed since Thursday.
Peppermill, Atlantis reopening on June 4
Two Reno hotel-casinos announced on Thursday that they are officially reopening their doors on June 4, with one property already performing COVID-19 tests on employees today before they are allowed to return to work.
The Peppermill Resort Hotel and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will reopen on Thursday next week as part of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Phase 2 plans for reopening the state. Both properties have been closed since the governor ordered a mandatory shutdown of all nonessential businesses in March.
“Since the official announcement, we have been very encouraged by the hotel bookings we have received so far,” said Peppermill General Manager Billy Paganetti. “We have worked hard to enhance our already robust health and safety protocols, and can’t wait to offer the service and amenities that everyone has come to expect from us.”
Nevada hospitals to again allow visitors
Hospitals in Nevada will again having visiting policies for patients who do not have COVID-19, according to the Nevada Hospital Association.
As the state continues to see a decline in COVID-19 patients and begins to move into Phase 2 of Governor Sisolak’s Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery, Nevada hospitals are beginning to allow visitors for non-COVID19 patients with limitations,” said CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association Bill M. Welch.
Specific policies for Renown Health, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Northern Nevada Medical Center were not immediately released.
Safety measures for visitors include a health screening, limited visitors, social distancing policies and wearing a mask.
95 new known cases; positive test rate drops for 25th straight day
The number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 increased to 8,208, according to data released Thursday morning on the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
Thursday’s numbers represented an increase of 95 cases since Wednesday morning’s initial numbers. The number of fatal cases stands at 406.
More than 150,000 tests have been administered in Nevada since the beginning of the pandemic. After reaching a peak positivity rate of 12.2% in late April, the rate of positive tests has dropped to 6.3%.
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CVS rolls out drive-thru testing at 2 Reno locations
Thursday, 8:1 a.m.
CVS Pharmacy announced Thursday that it will begin free drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at five Nevada locations beginning Friday, May 29, including two in Reno and three in Las Vegas. The additional sites are part of the company’s efforts to establish 1,000 testing sites in 30 days by the end of May. The newly announced Reno locations are:
- 1695 Robb Drive, Reno
- 55 Damonte Ranch Parkway, Reno
- 3290 South Fort Apache Road, Las Vegas
- 7285 South Durango Drive, Las Vegas
- 8116 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas
Patients will administer their own self-swab test under the observation of a pharmacy employee. Results will be provided in about three days. Patients must register in advance by scheduling an appointment at cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.
Lyon County reports first COVID-related death
The first death in Lyon County due to COVID-19 was reported Wednesday.
The woman who died was in her 70s and had underlying health conditions, according to Carson City Health and Human Services. CCHS did not report where in Lyon County the woman lived.
She is the fifth COVID-related death in the Quad-County region of Carson City and Lyon, Douglas and Storey counties.
CCHHS also reported two new positive cases and one additional recovery of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 178, with 129 recoveries; 44 cases remain active.
The new cases are a Carson City resident in her 30s and a Douglas County resident in her 40s.
Three Quad-County residents are hospitalized for the coronavirus.
Washoe to offer testing for asymptomatic residents
The Washoe County Health District will be offering free testing to asymptomatic residents starting next week.
The health district plans to open its drive-thru post and begin the week-long testing on Monday.
The nasal swab tests will be conducted between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Saturday on a first-come-first-serve basis, according to Health Officer Kevin Dick.
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The asymptomatic tests are separate from the antibody tests the health district is also conducting in order to determine the extent of the viral spread.
Anyone interested in testing can contact the Washoe County Health District by dialing 311 or calling the hotline at 775-328-2427.
Washoe officials worried reopening could lead to a surge
Washoe County health officials are worried further reopening businesses could lead to another surge of positive COVID-19 cases.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick emphasized residents should continue to wear masks, maintain social distancing and stay at home whenever possible. The county is at its highest active case count of 618.
“What I think we’re seeing is probably some of the effects of the reopening of the economy as we reduce those mitigation measures that we had …” Dick said, adding he expects to see additional impacts as more people come into contact with others in the community.
He said staying home is “probably the safest place for people to be.”
Dick said following the health district’s recommendations could prevent an upward trend of positive cases as businesses slowly reopen.
On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the state is continuing to make steady progress toward meeting virus containment benchmarks, prompting officials to loosen restrictions on nonessential operations.
Sisolak said the state will move forward with the second phase of its plan to reopen more businesses starting on Friday. That includes bars, gyms, spas, movie theaters, indoor malls and public pools, among other businesses.
The Washoe County Health District will mail certified pool operators a compliance checklist to expedite their reopening. The district will then send someone to inspect the pools.
“So, we’re relying on our certified pool operators do their job to make sure those pools are operating in compliance so they can be enjoyed by members of our community,” Dick said.
Occupancy must not exceed 50% capacity or more than 50 people.
Despite his concerns, Dick said he supports Sisolak’s decision to move forward with Phase 2 of his plan. He recommended business owners encourage sanitation practices and social distancing.
He also said both employees and customers should wear facial coverings. Owners should also monitor employees and have them stay home if they show any symptoms.
The health district will also continue to monitor any increases in the number of cases within Washoe County.
“If we see things start moving in the wrong direction, the governor has assured us that he will step back with our approach,” he said.
Washoe County hits the highest number of active cases
Health officials reported an additional 26 positive cases and 12 new recoveries on Wednesday in Washoe County, according to a news briefing from the Regional Information Center.
In total, there have been 1,485 cases with 618 cases active, according to Health District Officer Kevin Dick. That includes the highest number of active cases in the county so far.
There have also been 54 COVID-related deaths in Washoe County.
On Wednesday, Dick emphasized a recent spike in cases reported the day before were 10 days old. He blamed the spike in a delay in receiving the results from a commercial lab the district contracted.
Dick also acknowledged that there hasn’t been a decline in cases.
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“What we are seeing is we’re kind of remaining along a plateau,” Dick said. “We’re not seeing a big decline in new cases of COVID that we’re detecting.
“It’s important that our community understands,” he said. “It means that we still have COVID-19 out in the community. We still have spread that’s occurring.”
He asked that the community remain responsible by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and continuing to stay at home whenever possible.
Number of known cases tops 8,000; no new deaths reported
The number of Nevadans who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 crested 8,000 on Wednesday, reaching a new high of 8,114 cases — an increase of 116 cases over what was previously reported on Tuesday.
Those 116 new cases came from a batch of 5,692 COVID-19 tests performed on May 26, according to new data reported on the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
That makes for a growth rate in testing of about 1.5 percent.
The state death rate also increased on Wednesday to 402 deaths.
The statewide rate of hospitalizations ticked up on Wednesday, with 108 current or suspected COVID-19 patients in the ICU and 48 are on ventilators.
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