Spike affects Douglas coronavirus status

A single day’s spike resulted in Douglas going from one of the only counties with no criteria to joining its neighbors in the red zone for increased coronavirus risk.

The county had 20 new cases between Monday and Thursday, with 11 on Wednesday, the largest single-day spike in cases since the pandemic began, according to figures released by Carson City Health and Human Services.

As of Thursday, Douglas was in the red for cases per 100,000 over the last 30 days and the percentage of positive tests over two weeks.

The county is home to 49,665 residents, according to the state.

Douglas had 128 cases over the last 30 days, according to the state and 8.1 percent of positive tests over a two-week period.

It was still in the black for average number of tests per day per 100,000 residents.

A combined community coronavirus testing and flu clinic at Carson Valley Middle School drew around 275 people on Wednesday. The next testing event in Douglas County is 2-4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

Alpine County reported that the number of coronavirus cases nearly tripled with five new cases on Thursday.

That brings California’s smallest county up to eight total cases since the outbreak began in March, with four active and one hospitalized.

Alpine is one of nine California counties with minimal risk for the virus on Tuesday, but that could change when the new risk map is issued next week.


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