Band plays as coronavirus marches on
The Fighting Tiger Marching Band serenaded participants in a combined flu shot and coronavirus testing clinic at Douglas High School on Thursday.
Vehicles were lined up around the school’s parking lot for the third clinic in Douglas County during the first half of October.
A total of 235 people were tested for coronavirus, while 229 received flu shots.
A similar clinic is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Monday at Whittell High School in Stateline.
As of Thursday evening, the county had 35 active cases, with an average of three new cases a day. So far the county has had 332 recoveries.
“Staying off of the White House and State’s radar means we test at least 100 people every rolling seven days,” Deputy Emergency Manager Dave Fogerson said on Wednesday.
It’s a good thing that Douglas County is off the coronavirus radar, because the county is undergoing scrutiny from the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
On Thursday, County Manager Patrick Cates said state inspectors have been in the county weekly since the Sept. 10 rally conducted by President Donald Trump at the Minden-Tahoe Airport.
“I’m very confident in the COVID-19 protocols the county has established,” Cates said. “They are looking really hard and it wouldn’t surprise me if they found some reason to attempt to fine us.”
While the county has seen an uptick in cases, there was no increase that could be related to the rally.
Cates said he received word that the county should the other half of its $8.9 million CARES Act money on Friday.
He said that the county has received 45 applications for its business program and approved 22 businesses, representing $130,000 of the money. The program is open through the end of the month.
While the county has seen an upswing in cases, most of its economic indicators have recovered from the major lockdown between March and June.