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March 29, 2020 Regional Information Center Update

Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center today is reporting the first death due to COVID-19 in Washoe County.

The case was a male in his 40s and is under investigation. It is not known if the case had underlying health conditions.

“We’re devastated to learn that a Washoe County resident has died due to COVID-19,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer for Washoe County. “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

The COVID-19 Incident Management Team is stressing the importance of social distancing, proper hand washing with soap for 20 seconds, staying home when you are sick, self-isolation for 14 days if you have traveled out of the area and limiting contact with people outside your home, especially with those who have symptoms of cough, fever and shortness of breath.

Total COVID-19 case count reaches 107

The Health District announced 14 additional cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, bringing the total to 107. One additional case has recovered and is released from self-isolation, increasing the total recoveries to eight.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County is 99.

RPD officer tests positive for COVID-19

Reno Police Department Chief Jason Soto has reported that a member of sworn personnel assigned to the Patrol Section has tested positive for Covid-19.

The employee began experiencing symptoms of coronavirus on March 21, 2020 and immediately contacted the Health District and began to be quarantined at home. The Health District subsequently tested the employee, and yesterday evening the Reno Police Department learned the employee tested positive.

The Police Department is currently working with the Washoe County Health District, which is continuing the investigation of this case. Information about all persons who may have come into contact with the employee has been provided to the Health District.

Chief Soto will continue the employee screening policy that was implemented last week. The Police Department will also continue increased sanitation efforts throughout the department, as well as having employees separated by division and working remotely when possible, all of which were implemented in early March to reduce exposure. The Reno Police Department will continue to work with the Health District and be proactive in their efforts to protect employees.

Press Briefing: A virtual press briefing will be held today at 3 p.m.  You can watch it live on the Washoe County YouTube page, the City of Reno YouTube page or the City of Sparks Facebook page.

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.