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March 23, 2020 Regional Information Update

19 Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Washoe County

One additional confirmed case has fully recovered

Reno/Sparks, Nev. March 23, 2020  –  The Washoe County Health District is reporting 19 additional cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, moving the total number of cases to 44. Due to the influx of cases, the Health District will not provide specific details or any other information due to medical information and privacy requirements. It should be noted that the additional 19 confirmed cases were from two-plus days of testing due to the increased number of tests being submitted to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory from throughout the region and state.

The Health District is also reporting that one additional confirmed COVID-19 case has fully recovered, bringing the total recoveries in Washoe County to three.

Regional COVID-19 Business Operations Guide established

A regional COVID-19 Business Operations Guide has been established to be implemented in Reno, Sparks and unincorporated Washoe County. Please be advised, this document may be updated as the COVID-19 situation changes. Due to health and safety concerns for the public in light of COVID-19, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his administration took actions starting on March 17, 2020 with regard to the operations of essential and non-essential businesses. This guide summarizes operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses during this public health emergency. Restrictions remain in effect until April 16, 2020. 

How Businesses Can Donate

The COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) is accepting donations of sterile, unopened Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from businesses. In order to effectively manage these donations, the IMT is asking for any of the following:

·         Masks – N95, surgical or dust

·         Gloves

·         Gowns

·         Face shields

·         Protective eyewear

Businesses that have ceased operations or have excess stock should call Washoe 311 (Dial 3-1-1) or email donationsmanagement2020@yahoo.com if they have these unopened, sterile items.  If the material is needed by the IMT, a representative of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will contact the business to arrange pick-up or delivery.

Area parks and trails are open, but safety precautions must be taken

City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County Parks and Trails are currently open. Although the parks remain open, it is important to follow the recommendations to help protect public health and prevent the possible transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). More info from City of RenoCity of Sparks and Washoe County here.

Postponement of Annual Real Property Tax Auction

In light of current COVID-19 concerns, Washoe County Treasurer, Tammi Davis, has postponed the annual Real Property Tax Auction, originally scheduled for April 22. 2020. Click here for details.

Notice regarding evictions

Sparks Justice Court and Reno Justice Court are closed to the general public but are still conducting business.  Eviction cases will not be processed quickly.  However, they will still be processed, and eviction orders will eventually be issued in appropriate circumstances. More information on Reno Justice Court and Sparks Justice Court hours can be found here.

Test Kits vs. Swabs

A “swab” is a reference to a nasopharyngeal swab, which is placed up a patient’s nose to get a sample and then sent to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL). The NSPHL then extracts what they need from the swab and inserts it into COVID-19 test kit and runs the test. The results from that test are then sent to the Health District, and the Health District then works to notify the cases. For more on how to get tested, please go here.

For more info on how many COVID-19 tests have been performed, go to the NSPHL homepage.

The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. Follow us on Twitter @COVID19Washoe. The entities include: City of Reno, City of Sparks, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Regional Transportation Commission, REMSA, Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Reno Police Department, Reno Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County School District and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Also in the group are the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s. 

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