COVID-19: Spike of 31 cases in the Quad Counties linked to one household, official says

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Spike in Quad Counties cases linked to one household, official says

Monday, 3:30 p.m.

The spike in cases seen in the Quad Counties last week is linked to a household case that had previously been reported to be COVID-19 positive, said Jessica Rapp, a spokeswoman for  Carson City Health and Human Services. 

“Our disease investigation team and our epidemiologists are working to determine the source of the exposures for the cases and if there is an association to anything,” Rapp said in an email. 

The Quad counties — including Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County and Storey County — reported the highest one day spike in cases on Sept. 15 with 31 cases. 

According to data released on Sunday, the counties collectively reported 122 active cases and a total of 1,240 cases since tracking began. There have been 16 total deaths across the four counties. 

Nevada reports 232 cases, no new deaths

Monday, 11:30 a.m.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is reporting no new deaths and 232 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. That’s the lowest number of new cases reported in one day since Sept. 15.

The state also reported 3,352 new tests on Monday. Over 8,000 tests were reported on each of the previous three days. 

There were 22 new hospitalizations of patients confirmed to have COVID-19, bringing the total to 355. Three less patients were reported in the Intensive Care Unit, down to 130. Eighty-one patients either confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 are currently on ventilators, down by three since data reported yesterday. 

The daily positivity rate is down slightly, at 6.1 percent. Nevada’s cumulative positivity rate continues to hover at 10 percent. 

Washoe reports 92 cases, one death; active cases down from record high

Update: Sunday, 3:55 p.m.

Washoe County officials reported 92 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, along with one death.

The county’s active case count fell by 70 to 1,348, one day after setting a record high.

Sunday’s death was reported as a man in his 50s with no underlying health conditions.

Since tracking of the virus began, Washoe has reported 8,677 total cases and 154 deaths. A total of 7,175 persons are considered to have recovered.

In all, the county has administered 129,852 coronavirus tests.

A total of 51 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19 issues, down one from Saturday.

Nevada reports 385 cases, three deaths 

Sunday, 9:55 a.m.

Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services reported 385 new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday morning. An additional three deaths were also reported. 

Figures reported by the state reflect numbers from the previous day. 

In all, 75,804 cases and 1,531 deaths have been reported across the state since COVID-19 tracking efforts were put in place. 

Area high school football players protest outside the Washoe County School District board of directors meeting on Tuesday at Sparks High.

Clark County remains the area with the highest number of cases in the state, at 64,160. Washoe County is second at 8,585 cases. 

Nevada’s cumulative positivity rate was 10 percent. 

Washoe reports 92 new cases; active cases at highest point 

Saturday

Washoe County reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the county’s Regional Information Center. No additional deaths were reported.

The county’s active-case count reached 1,418, the highest total recorded since tracking of the virus began.

In all, the county has documented 8,585 total cases and 153 deaths since the outbreak began.

There were 24 recoveries since the previous report, pushing the cumulative recoveries past 7,000. In all, Washoe lists 7,014 individuals as having recovered. 

Currently, 52 persons are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 issues, a drop of two from the day before.

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After trending downwards since Aug. 24, Nevada’s daily positivity rate rose, to 8.2 percent. For comparison, the goal set by WHO suggests a positivity rate of 5 percent.