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Quad-County: 4 more test positive; 4 others recover

Four more people tested positive and four others have recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the Quad-County Emergency Operation Center.

Quad-County EOC health officials said the additional cases brought the total to 96 cases.

In total, 50 have recovered, 45 cases remained active and one person has died.

The new cases include a Carson City man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s. A Douglas County man in a Lyon County woman, both in their 20s, also tested positive.

“Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease,” health officials said in a news release on Friday. “Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.”

Washoe reports 33rd death

A man in his 70s with underlying health conditions has died of COVID-19, Washoe County repo

Washoe’s highest-yet spike in new COVID-19 cases tied to Easter gatherings

The highest one-day spike of positive new cases in Washoe County is due to recent family gatherings over the Easter weekend, Washoe County Health District officials said Friday. 

Heather Kerwin, of the Washoe County Health District, said most of the 48 cases reported on Friday stem from those family gatherings.

“It’s not from one gathering specifically,” she said. “It’s primarily family gatherings. Family is family, but that doesn’t mean they’re part of a household.”

Kerwin said people who are still working may be loosening up on hygiene.

“It’s a lot of little gatherings and larger households coming down with it as well.”

Although the county may have hit a peak in cases in mid-April, Health Officer Kevin Dick emphasized this is not the time to relax.

“I think this is a reminder, as well the role and responsibility of each individual in our community, that they have to help us reopen the economy,” Dick said at news conference on Friday.

Dick and Kerwin reminded people to continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks while out in public. 

Washoe sees spike in new cases, reports two more deaths

11:40 a.m.

Two more people have died from COVID-19 and another 48 people have tested positive  — the highest single-day increase in new cases in Washoe County.

The two victims include a woman in her 60s and another woman in her 40s with underlying health conditions. Health officials are investigating if the first victim had any underlying health conditions.

The recent deaths bring the county’s toll to a total of 32 deaths, according to the Washoe County Regional Information Center.

The new cases also bring the total to 546 active case in the county.

Health officials said there were an additional 11 recoveries. Currently, there are 43 people hospitalized and 66 have been discharged.

— Marcella Corona

Click here to see Washoe’s live COVID-19 dashboard.

Tahoe beach closures extended

1:37 p.m.

People thinking of heading to Lake Tahoe this weekend should verify the spots they’re planning to visit are open before leaving the house.

On Friday the U.S. Forest Service announced it would extend closures of recreation sites near South Lake Tahoe through May 15.

The closures are aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. The extended closures cover the following sites:

  • Pope-Baldwin National Recreation Bike Path
  • Pope Beach
  • Camp Richardson Resort
  • Camp Richardson Corral
  • Fallen Leaf Campground/Beach
  • Tallac Historic Site/Beach
  • Kiva Picnic Area/Beach
  • Kiva Beach/Tallac Point
  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center
  • Baldwin Beach

Boat launches around the lake are also closed. For public land that remains open to recreation, the Forest Service advised people to follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.
  • If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.
  • Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes potential sources for the spread of COVID-19.
  • Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest, unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for other visitors and employees.

More: ‘It is dangerous all around’: Concerns rise over lack of social distancing at Lake Tahoe

139 new cases identified in Clark County

8:10 a.m.

Four more people have died of COVID-19 in Clark County and 139 more people tested positive since Thursday morning, according to new numbers released by the Southern Nevada Health District.

That brings the totals there to 4,118 known cases and 206 total deaths due to the coronavirus.

So far, 2,756 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 139 from Thursday morning’s reported totals. About 67% of all Clark County cases have recovered.

More: Coronavirus live updates: Pandemic could last 2 years, report says; some state lockdowns wind down; Trump pushes China virus theory

229-case jump for COVID-19 in Nevada

Friday, 7:37 a.m.

The number of known COVID-19 cases in Nevada jumped by 229 in the past day, according to data released by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

As of Friday morning, the state reported 5,227 positive cases, up from 4,998 reported on Thursday morning. The number of deaths increased by 6 to 243.

So far, 43,595 Nevadans have been tested for the coronavirus, with a total of 53,843 tests administered (some individuals have been tested multiple times). It’s likely that the true number of Nevadans with the virus is higher, as a statewide testing shortage has limited the number of people who can be screened.

Sisolak details state’s plan to reopen

Thursday

Gov. Steve Sisolak unveiled Nevada’s plan to reopen its economy during a Thursday afternoon press conference in Carson City. 

The long-awaited plan, dubbed “Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery,” is set to build on last week’s “framework” for gradually restarting Nevada’s COVID-clobbered economy — starting with gyms, certain restaurants and some outpatient surgery facilities.

Sisolak said those operations could look forward to unlocking their doors once the state has, among other things, seen a 14-day decline in positive COVID tests and hospitalizations.

Sisolak said stand-alone retail stores can reopen during Phase1 of his plan, but he emphasized services providers and customers should be wearing face coverings.

More on the plan: Gov. Sisolak details what can and can’t reopen

“We still encourage curbside pickup or home delivery for retail stores, but customers may be able to shop in stores during Phase 1 with certain conditions,” he said.

Sisolak said he’s also considering the gradual reopening of dine-in restaurants and personal care services under strict guidelines to protect workers and customers.

Here’s what won’t open during Phase 1:

  • Bars
  • Night clubs
  • Malls
  • Large sporting events
  • Large in-person places of worship
  • Concerts

Sisloak said the Nevada Gaming Control Board will make the final decisions in determining how gaming establishments will reopen.

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Carson City reports two new cases

Thursday

Quad-County Emergency Operations Center on Thursday reported two new positive cases and five additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region of Carson City and Lyon, Storey and Douglas counties.

This brings the total number of cases to 92, with 46 recoveries and one death. A total of 45 cases remain active. 

The new cases are a female Carson City resident in her 70s and a female Lyon County resident in her 20s.

State reports six more deaths

Thursday

Six more people died from COVID-19—bringing the total number of deaths 243 as of Thursday evening, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.  

In total 41,986 people have been tested and 4,998 have tested positive. It’s likely that the true number of Nevadans with the virus is higher, as a statewide testing shortage has limited the number of people who can be screened.

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