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Valley events succumb to coronavirus


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Several Carson Valley events have been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Concerns about the virus prompted the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce to cancel the April 16 Business Showcase, which draws hundreds of people.

On Friday, Genoa canceled its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration scheduled for Tuesday.

All Douglas County Public Library events and programs at both the Minden and Lake Tahoe branches have been suspended through the end of March.

The bookmobile service will also be halted through the end of March. As of this time, both branches of the library will remain open, and precautions are being taken to provide as clean of an environment as possible.

Performances of “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” have been postponed until next fall.

Suicide Prevention Network’s fundraiser, Gotta Dance set for April 3 has been delayed to a date that has yet to be determined.

“The show will go on and we hope you understand we still want to have your participation in the future date as you have so generously supported Suicide Prevention Network with this fundraiser that we depend so much on,” Executive Director Debbie Posnien said on Friday.

Both Elks and Young at Heart have canceled their bingo sessions over the next week. The Elks have also canceled their breakfast and taco night for the month.

Nevada Democrats have canceled county conventions set for April 18.

Carson City Health and Human Services announced on Thursday that a Carson City woman in her 70s, who traveled from San Jose to Reno had a positive presumptive test for the disease. The woman is isolated and was feeling better on Thursday, health officials said. Her test was sent to the Centers for Disease Control for confirmation.

The Carson City agency handles public health services for Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties.

Carson Valley Medical Center has opened a screening clinic for patients concerned about their risk for the virus, who meet the criteria for testing.

Call 782-1508 to contact the clinic 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Alpine County has ordered that all county-sponsored events involving seniors be postponed or canceled.

Alpine Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson recommended gatherings of 250 people should be postponed or canceled, including concerts, conferences and school sporting events. Residents should avoid gatherings where they have less than 6 feet between them.

“The goal of this recommendation is to prevent people physically coming together unnecessarily, where people who have the infection can easily spread it to others.”

It doesn’t apply to regular school, work, essential services, or shopping.