Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting four additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. Two of the individuals were Lyon County residents and two were Carson City residents.
Currently there are 751 cases in Lyon County with 62 active cases. Of the 751 cases, 673 people have recovered, however 16 people have died from the disease. As a whole Nevada has seen 137-thousand COVID-19 cases, including 83-percent of the states prison population having become infected, with over two-thousand deaths blamed on the virus.
To this end, Nevada announced that it has entered into a $10 million contract with Quest Diagnostics for COVID-19 testing through December at state prisons and veterans homes. It remains unknown how the money will be divided between the two targeted groups.
On Friday, Nov. 20, Gov, Steve Sisolak issued new restrictions under what he called “Stay at Home 2.0,” Nevadans were urged to not go out in public unless absolutely necessary, not gather with those outside their households, to order groceries for delivery instead of going to the store and to pick up food curbside instead of dining at their favorite restaurant. Employers were also being asked to have their employees work from home as much as possible and to host meetings virtually instead of in conference rooms.
Private gatherings are to be limited to ten and can include people from no more than two households. Public gatherings limits will also be reduced from 250 people to 50, including churches.
Masks are required at any time you are around someone not part of your immediate household, including during private gatherings inside and outside.
Other restrictions include:
- Reservations are required at all restaurants and bars that serve food for in-person dining. Fast food restaurants and food courts are exempt from the reservation requirement. Restaurant and bar capacity was reduced from 50 to 25 percent, and there can be no more than four patrons at a table.
- Capacity at gyms, fitness and dance studios is reduced from 50 to 25 percent. Patrons must wear a mask at all times, unless actively drinking. If the activity is too strenuous to be done while wearing a mask properly, people must seek an alternative.
- Casino capacity has been reduced from 50 to 25 percent.
- Public gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people, or 25 percent of fire code capacity, whichever is less.
- Arcades, art galleries, aquariums, racetracks, bowling alleys, mini golf, libraries, museums and zoos all are reduced to 25 percent capacity.
- Big box stores that have more than 50,000 square feet must now have monitors at public entrances to manage capacity.
- A pause on all adult and youth sports tournaments.
In addition to individual and workplace action, Sisolak asked that colleges and universities communicate with students and faculty that they should avoid any gatherings on campuses and in homes. He did not make any specific requests of K-12 schools, including whether or not schools should discontinue in-person learning if the upward trends continue.
Sisolak’s stay-at-home request, however, did not apply to tourists, who the governor said should continue to travel the state while following all coronavirus health and safety protocols. The state’s tourism-driven economy came to a halt earlier this year when casinos were forced to shut their doors for several months and remains battered as visitors have been slow to return amid the pandemic.
CCHHS is also reporting 34 new cases and 25 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 2,869, with 2,119 recoveries and 30 deaths; 720 cases remain active. They continue to work to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease.
CCHHS is continuing to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing and flu vaccination events for Quad-County Residents only. Those from other counties will be turned away. For the flu vaccine, CCHHS is contracted to bill most insurances.
For uninsured we ask for a $20 administration fee; however, no one will be turned away for the inability to pay. CCHHS is not contracted with Tricare or labor unions. Testing is free of charge.
Events are first come, first served, no appointments or reservations.
The Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force met with nine counties, including Lyon County, flagged for having an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19. Lyon County’s Assessment/Action Plan remains the same with a main focus on messaging from local County and City leaders to correlate issues and actions that need to be taken from the community.
The task force said that all counties, regardless of risk level, must maintain the statewide baseline mitigation measures, including wearing face coverings, limits on gathering sizes and capacity in businesses. Additionally, all counties must continue to follow the criteria on gatherings and youth/adult sports outlined in Directive 033 and Directive 034, respectively.