Testing returns to Douglas High today
Douglas is one of three counties in Nevada that is meeting all three of the state’s goals for limiting the coroanvirus outbreak.
“We need to keep that up,” Deputy Douglas Emergency Manager Dave Fogerson said Monday. “Keep getting tested at community events, keep staying home when sick, keep wearing your mask, and keep staying away from others. We must celebrate this victory but we also must remember the disease is still out there.”
Another drive-through opportunity to be tested for the virus and get a flu shot is 4-6 p.m. today at Douglas High School. Testing is free, but bring an insurance card or $20 for the shot. No one will be turned away, but there isn’t a funding source for the vaccines.
A similar clinic is scheduled at Whittell High School 3-5 p.m. Oct. 19.
A clinic at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School in the Gardnerville Ranchos on Oct. 7 saw 180 residents receive flu vaccinations, with 175 taking a coronavirus test. Most of the people attending took both tests.
On Tuesday, Douglas County Superintendent Keith Lewis reported a 15th case of the coronavirus since school opened.
He said that so far none of the cases appears to have been contracted in the schools, though he believes that nine of those who tested positive over the last two months may have been in the schools while possibly contagious. He credited mask wearing for keeping the number of cases down.
Douglas Emergency Management reported nine new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday bringing the total for the county up to three-dozen active cases, 324 recoveries and one death since mid-March.
Lyon County experienced two more deaths and a spike in cases associated with a Yerington assisted living facility. The neighboring county has 70 active cases and 10 deaths so far related to the outbreak.
Lyon County Manager Jeff Page said last week his office has been informed that Mason Valley Residence is currently notifying family and guardians of the residents, as well as employees. The facility had South Lyon Medical Center conduct the testing on Oct. 2.
Lyon County is working with South Lyon Medical Center, Carson City Health and Human Services and the Quad County Health Care Coalition to assist the facility to reduce the impacts and further spread of virus at the facility and in the community.
One in nine active coronavirus cases in Washoe County are associated with the University of Nevada, Reno, prompting the university to announce it was converting to remote learning after the Thanksgiving break.
On Friday, UNR President Brian Sandoval sent a university-wide message to students, faculty and staff announcing additional coronavirus mitigation efforts concerning fall break and spring break.
“COVID-19 remains a significant challenge, not only for our institution but for our community, the state of Nevada and our country,” Sandoval said. “I write today to share our plan forward, which is essential in order to safeguard the health of everyone associated with our university.”
University students living in the dorms are being asked not to return on Nov. 30 barring extenuating circumstances. The university is delaying the start of its spring semester a week until Jan. 25.
Combined with the news that 34 out of 53 tests results at a Mason Valley assisted living home were reported to be positive are reminders that the coronavirus is lingering in Western Nevada.