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This is a breaking news story and will be updated throughout Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Washoe County death toll climbs to 35 in total

Monday

One more person has died from the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 35 in Washoe County.

According to a news release Monday, the latest victim was a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions.

An additional 11 people have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 988. Of that total, 553 cases are still active.

As of Monday, 400 people have recovered and 55 people were hospitalized.

Four more die at Reno nursing home

Monday

Four more people died from the COVID-19 coronavirus at Lakeside Health and Wellness, totaling 19 deaths at the facility, according to the state dashboard tracking infections in long-term care facilities.

The death toll includes 18 residents and one staff member.

In total, 716 positive cases have been reported in long-term care facilities. Fifty -seven people have died, including 55 residents and two staff members.

For subscribers: Half of Washoe’s COVID-19 deaths came from one nursing home. What went wrong?

The number of people who have died at Lakeside accounts for more than half the deaths in Washoe County.

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Washoe health officer says recent spikes are ‘unsettling’

Monday

Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick described the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases as “unsettling,” even as the state begins discussions of relaxing stay-at-home orders and reopening nonessential businesses.

On Friday, Washoe County reported 48 new coronavirus cases—the highest single-day spike in cases since the pandemic began. That spike was directly related to family gatherings over the Easter weekend, according to health officials.

At a news conference on Monday, Dick said he believes people may be becoming more relaxed and have lost focus on protecting themselves and others.

There has been a total of 988 cases reported in Washoe County. Of that total, 553 cases remain active, and 35 people have died.

Washoe commissioner says recovery will be tough

Monday

The economic shutdown of the Nevada economy as part of a coronavirus prevention plan has devastated local tax revenues and Washoe County’s tourism industry, Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Lucey said on Nevada Newsmakers.

Yet getting the economy back to previous levels will be difficult, he told host Sam Shad.

“In the last budget hearing I had at the county, we are looking at a $33 million budget shortfall in Washoe County for a half-billion annual budget,” Lucey said. “A $33 million shortfall in just a month’s time is dramatic.”

Full story: COVID-19 recovery will be tough, says Washoe County Commission chair 

Washoe County’s overall budget is $717 million while the general fund budget is $363 million, according to county documents. Citizens of the county will soon feel the pinch of lower tax revenues.

“You’re going to see some massive budget shortfalls which is going to relate to services being cut,” he said.

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