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The March 31 R-C Morning Report

Genoa, Nev. — East Fork medics posted to Twitter that they and nurses are having to reuse personal protective equipment when they respond to calls involving respiratory distress. It’s always a good idea to be careful out in the world.

The Douglas County Parks Department is reminding people to practice social distancing while using county facilities. The parks folks saw the same social media posts everyone else did about the skate park over the weekend. I cruised by there three times on Monday, and the number of skaters was well within parameters.

The signs with affirmative messages around town were put up by the Suicide Prevention Network. Director Debbie Posnien said any other businesses who’d like to have one should call her at 775-783-1510.

It’s going to be breezy this afternoon as a minor cold front rolls in. Expect winds out of the southeast 5-15 mph shifting west in the morning. Winds could gust up to 30 mph.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at khildebrand@recordcourier.com

Susan Lynn Larkin

Susan Lynn Larkin April 6, 1955 – March 22, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of famed pedigree analyst, author,Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred historian, Susan Lynn Larkin, on March 22, 2020. Born April 6, 1955, Susan lived life to the fullest with her husband, Tim, and devoted her work to pedigree research, and sharing her knowledge with some of the most prominent Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse operations in the nation, such as the American Quarter Horse Association Museum, and Speedhorse Magazine.

Although many knew Susan through the horse industry, those closest to her remember her through her love of her family. Susan never missed an opportunity to tell her friends how wonderful her husband and son are. She always had the most wonderful stories of all the complex things her husband custom built, and the amazing work her son is doing in the photography and graphic design sectors.

She is survived by her husband, Tim Larkin, her son Bill Larkin, Daughter-In-Law, Jennifer Larkin, Grandson, Brandon, and Brother and Sister In-Law, Gary and Lisa Barwig.

Although she is no longer with us, we will never forget the impact she had on our lives.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Alpine reports first confirmed coronavirus case

California’s least populated county reported its first laboratory confirmed case of the coronavirus in a resident.

“The individual is recovering at home and was never hospitalized,”Alpine Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson said on Monday. 

Johnson said that investigation revealed the person was exposed in a location outside of Alpine County.

“The individual and their household have been very cooperative with self-quarantine measures, and therefor we do not believe that this case presents any risk of community transmission.”

Johnson said that estimates are that it will take a few more weeks before there’s evidence that firm physical distancing measures in place have flattened the curve.

“This is not a time to let down our guard,” he said. “Even though we have not demonstrated the presence of community spread in Alpine County, we believe that we are all at some risk, as community transmission has been demonstrated in many of our surrounding jurisdictions where we live, work and shop. It is just a matter of time. Our vulnerability is especially high because of the limited resources we have in Alpine County, including gasoline, groceries, tourist-based economy, limited healthcare facilities and lack of a pharmacy.”

On Monday, Sheriff Rick Stephens asked that visitors and second homeowners remain home.

“Alpine County does not have the resources for an influx of second homeowners who want to come here and people recreating from areas affected by COVID-19,” he said. “There is almost nowhere to recreate. The National Forests are being shut down. Parking lots and restrooms are closed, along with stores and restaurants.”

Stephens asked people to stay home and practice social distancing.

“My staff is isolating themselves on their days off so that we may be here to serve you,” he said. “Lately, they’ve had to respond to calls that were unnecessary due to visitors not following the advice given by the CDC and our local public health officers. You will be putting my staff and their families in danger from unnecessary exposure.”

The March 30 R-C Morning Report

Genoa, Nev. — I’ve received reports from a couple of quarters that youngsters aren’t doing a very good job of social distancing in public places. The rule is to have fewer of the same 10 people, so they aren’t passing the virus around. Failure to do that will end up getting those gathering places shut down and us all put on lockdown, so knock it off.

Both Minden and Genoa have canceled their Wednesday meetings. County commissioners are meeting Thursday, but it’s a light agenda. 

Last week, the school board met using Zoom. It wasn’t great, but the work got done and they’ll get better at it as they go along. Trustee Keith Byer had a pretty effective rig vaguely resembling an air traffic controller.

Help with PINs to log into the system has been the bottleneck for people applying for unemployment. It’s been a while since unemployment was an issue, so few people remember their user and password from last time. Check at ui.nv.gov and then call 687-6838 if you run into trouble.

Two Gardnerville and one Minden child were born March 19-24 at Carson Tahoe. Welcome to little Kelsey, Gavin and Steele. Life continues in Carson Valley.

We didn’t get much in the way of precipitation over the weekend. Hydrologists will check the snowpack on Thursday remotely. Wednesday is the first day of irrigation season and the Carson River basin is up to 77 percent snow-water equivalent, so not great, but not too shabby either.

We’ll say farewell to March without adding anything to that. Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high of 56 degrees and the wind out of the west at 5-15 mph.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at khildebrand@recordcourier.com

Washoe County reports first coronavirus death

A man in his 40s was the first Northern Nevada death attributed to the coronavirus, the Washoe County Health District reported on Sunday.

Washoe Health officials are investigating the man’s contacts and whether he had any underlying health conditions.

In all Washoe County has reported a total of 107 cases, with 99 active cases and eight who have recovered and been released from self isolation.

As of Sunday morning, the number of active cases remained five each in Douglas County and Carson City, with one case in Lyon County, according to Carson City Health and Human Services.

A fifth case was announced in Douglas on Saturday morning.

All 11 of those cases are still considered active. All the current cases are self-isolating in their homes and health officials are working to identify contacts.

Statewide there have been 15 deaths in 738 cases, most of whom have been in Clark County. In all, 9,150 tests have been conducted. 

Katherine Grell

Katherine Grell, age 91, of Gardnerville, NV passed away on March 24, 2020. Arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Funerals & Cremations Gardnerville, 775-783-9312.

Jacqueline Harper

Jacqueline Harper, age 98, of Gardnerville, NV passed away on March 24, 2020. Arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Funerals & Cremations Gardnerville, 775-783-9312.

Louis Pettinger

Louis Pettinger July 2, 1953 – March 16, 2020

Longtime Gardnerville resident and HAM radio operator, Louis Pettinger, passed away on March 16, 2020 from cancer.

He was preceded in death by both parents, Richard and Beverly Pettinger.

He is survived by his siblings, Cece, Theresa, Catherine, Gina, John and numerous nieces and nephews. He was well liked in the Valley for the past 33 years.

Fifth Douglas coronavirus case is first diagnosed male in county

Both Douglas County and Carson City had new cases of the coronavirus reported on Saturday morning.

Douglas saw its first confirmed case in a man, who is in his 30s and had recent travel history.

A Carson City woman in her 30s tested positive for the disease bring the numbers for Douglas and Carson to five each, while Lyon County had the 11th case. The first case was reported on March 12 and was a woman in her 70s.

Public Information Officer Jessica Rapp said all the cases are self-isolating and are in stable condition. More specific information is being withheld to comply with state and federal health safety laws.

Carson City Health and Human Services officials are working to identify where the positive cases have been and contact those who might have been exposed. 

The Carson agency serves as the public health officer for Douglas, Carson, Lyon and Storey.

Carson City Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 Hotline is staffed 7 days a week. Monday thru Friday it is staffed 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.

The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. For updates and more information on COVID-19 visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.

NIAA updates contingency plan for spring sports

The NIAA announced an updated contingency plan for high school spring sports on Friday.

Should schools re-open April 16 as currently scheduled, the NIAA anticipates resuming the spring sports season April 22 with shortened seasons that will lead into seeding for a regional tournament.

Similar to the update issued last week, team sports are currently planned on being split into groupings of three to five schools, beginning April 22.

Individual sports fall under the same parameters laid out in the NIAA’s last contingency plan and state qualification will play out as it would in a normal season.

In the statement, the NIAA also said that these provisions are by no means final and can be changed.

“These are contingency plans and not absolute by any means. Adjustments can and likely will be made,” read the statement. “There may be a need to limit the number of contests in which a school competes in sports which will not be involved with pool play. This is to assure that an excessive intrusion into what will be limited classroom time between the re-opening of schools and the scheduled end of the school year does not occur. “

Realignment committee meeting

The NIAA realignment meeting was originally scheduled for March 13, but was postponed. The meeting will now take place remotely on April 8, 9 or 13.

In the statement the NIAA said that public comment will need to be made to the NIAA “in advance of the meeting.”

The meeting is for the adoption of a recommendation for tournament formats for winter sports in the 3A, 4A and 5A classifications.

Additionally, the NIAA stated that there will be academic eligibility checks when school resumes.

“When school reconvenes, schools will be required to do academic eligibility checks. The schedules for those checks will be determined by when the last check was completed,” read the statement.

The NIAA also postponed its spring Board of Control meeting. The NIAA says it currently anticipates having the meeting in late April.