Coronavirus live updates: Washoe reports 37th death; new case number lowest since March 27

One new positive in Quad County region

6:11 p.m.

Quad-County Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday reported one new positive case and two additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 109, with 65 recoveries and one death. A total of 43 cases remain active. 

The new case is a female Lyon County resident in her 20’s.

— Amy Alonzo

Las Vegas assessing COVID-19 antibody tests ahead of next week’s program launch

2:32 p.m.

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is now working on validation studies of antibody tests to determine which one to roll into the community.

“There are a lot of antibody tests that have been out on the market,” said Michael Johnson, SNHD’s director of community health, “some of them good, some of them not good.”

The biggest question about the tests, Johnson said, is how sensitive they are to detect COVID-19 immunity.

Holly Hansen, SNHD’s lab supervisor, said it’s important to offer tests that are reliable.

The antibody testing method in Southern Nevada is drawing blood and plasma, Hansen said.

Southern Nevada could have its antibody testing program online by next week, she said.

Also called serology tests, these blood tests are designed to detect whether a person has developed antibodies to fend off SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Public health experts have questioned the precision of antibody tests deployed in communities nationwide, warning that elected officials, business leaders and consumers should be careful about making decisions based on antibody test results.

Washoe reports 37th death, 8 additional cases

12:01 p.m.

Officials in Washoe County say one more person has died of COVID-19, a man in his 70s who had an underlying health condition. 

This is the 37th person to die of coronavirus in Washoe County.

Health Officer Kevin Dick also reported eight additional COVID-19 cases in the county, the smallest number of new cases reported in Washoe County since March 27, over a month ago.

That brings the total number of cases here to 1,022. An additional 16 people recovered from the virus, Dick said.

There are currently 59 people hospitalized.

67 new known cases since Tuesday morning

Wednesday, 10:10 a.m.

The number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 has increased to 5,663 and the number of people who have died increased to 276, according to new data reported by the Nevada Health Response.

That’s a statewide increase of 69 new cases over Tuesday morning’s numbers.

So far, 49,275 people have been tested statewide for coronavirus.

In Clark County, 65 new cases and 12 more deaths related to coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, according to new data from the Southern Nevada Health District.

That brings the totals there to 4,473 cases and 238 deaths.

So far, 3,695 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Clark County. Roughly 5.3 percent of all the known infections there have died.  

it’s likely the true number of those who have COVID-19 is higher than what’s officially reported due to a statewide testing shortage.


Nine more people die from COVID-19 in Nevada


The number of Nevadans who have tested positive for COVID-19 has increased to 5,594 and the number of people who have died increased to 276 — nine more deaths from what was reported Tuesday morning.

So far, 47,884 people have been tested statewide for coronavirus.

Worker at children’s shelter tests positive for COVID-19


A worker at The Kids Kottage — a shelter that provides temporary care for abused and neglected children — tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Washoe County Regional Information Center.

The worker, who was contracted through the Washoe County Human Services Agency, was reportedly experiencing symptoms related to the virus over the weekend.

Health officials said the worker has not worked at the home since Thursday. He is also no longer reporting to work and has remained at home during the testing process.

Health officials said he tested positive on Tuesday and was resting at home.

No one else has reported any symptoms.

Washoe County reports 36th death; more than 1,000 cases


Another person had died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 36 deaths in Washoe County, according to the Regional Information Center.

The latest victim was a woman in her 90s, health officials said in a news release.

Health officials said the total number of positive cases surpassed 1,000 on Tuesday—hitting 1,014 cases.

Fifteen people have recently recovered and 56 are still hospitalized. In total, 563 cases remain active, 415 people have recovered, and 73 people have been discharged from the hospital.

Costco temporarily limits meat purchases per customer


Costco is temporarily limiting meat purchases to three items per customer, according to the company.

Meat items include poultry, beef, and pork.

The goal is to ensure more members are able to buy items they want and need, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Other grocers have adopted similar limits on meat purchases. Kroger also has purchase limits on ground beef and fresh pork.