March 20, 2020 update regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Governor Sisolak signed a Declaration of Emergency (Directive 003) today. The declaration orders all non-essential businesses in Nevada to close, effective March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. until April 16, 2020, unless changed by a subsequent directive. More information from the City of Reno is available at Reno.gov/News.
The National Recreation and Park Association has issued a Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing. NRPA prepared the statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. To date, more than 500 organizations have signed on to voice support, including the City of Reno.
El Gobernador Sisolak firmó hoy una Declaración de Emergencia (Directiva 003). La declaración ordena que todas los negocios no esenciales en Nevada cierren, a partir del 20 de marzo de 2020 a las 11:59 p.m. hasta el 16 de abril de 2020, a menos que sea modificado por una directiva posterior. Más información de la Ciudad de Reno está disponible en Reno.gov/News.
La Asociación Nacional de Recreación y Parques ha emitido una Declaración Conjunta sobre el uso de Parques y Espacios Abiertos mientras se mantiene la distancia social. NRPA preparó la declaración en apoyo del uso seguro de parques y espacios abiertos durante el brote de COVID-19. Hasta la fecha, más de 500 organizaciones se han suscrito al soporte de voz, incluida la Ciudad de Reno.
Washoe County Regional Information Center update:
One Washoe County COVID-19 Case Fully Recovers, Released From Self-Isolation
Four additional confirmed cases announced, total number of cases is 22
A Washoe County resident has fully recovered from COVID-19 and has been released from self-isolation, the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) reported. The case is a male in his 30s who had traveled domestically. This is the first Washoe County resident who had COVID-19 to be released from self-isolation.
Four new COVID-19 cases announced in Washoe County
The Health District announced four new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County.
A woman in her 60s who recently traveled domestically
A woman in her 20s who recently traveled internationally
A man in his 70s who is hospitalized
A man in his 50s who is hospitalized
The two female cases are self-isolating and are in stable condition. No further information for the hospitalized patients is known at this time. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.
The total case count in Washoe County is 22. That number includes all cases, both current and those who have recovered.
Reno and Sparks Justice Court suspension of eviction notices
Reno and Sparks Justice Courts have suspended eviction proceedings. In addition, Reno and Sparks Justice Courts and Reno Municipal Court are closed to the public. More information is here from Reno and Sparks.
Save the pipes and don’t flush wipes
Washoe County Residents are being asked by the public works agencies to only flush toilet paper and not wipes. Despite some wipes being described as “flushable,” they, in fact, do not break down in the sewer. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed. Things like flushable wipes are not friendly to our lift stations or treatment plants.
School District, Food Bank of Northern Nevada offer free meals for kids
Working in partnership, the Washoe County School District and Food Bank of Northern Nevada are providing free meals for all children, aged 18 and under. See which locations here.
Nevada State Public Health Lab (NSPHL) updates number of COVID-19 tests
The NSPHL announced it will be updating the number of patients tested for COVID-19, Monday-Friday. See the updated count here.
Employer guidance for sick employees
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising employers to not require a note from a healthcare provider in order for an employee to return to work. The CDC recommends that sick employees should stay home. More info here.
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