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What We Know Friday in Reno and Washoe County

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An anniversary for Bob Mansfield, 86, a veteran of the Navy who has long supported the Reno Elks Lodge, the Reno Rodeo Association and the Reno Fire Department.

Reno Gazette Journal

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40 new cases reported in Washoe County

2:50 p.m.

Washoe County reports 40 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total to 1,356 cases.

The number of Washoe County residents who died from the virus remains at 48.

So far, 764 people have recovered and 544 are still considered active cases.

Washoe to randomly test households for COVID-19 antibodies

Note: This article was updated after the Washoe County Health District sent updated information that only one adult household member who receives a letter will be tested for antibodies.

Washoe County announced Friday that it will test COVID-19 for 1,181 random households in the county as part of a study on the spread of the coronavirus, according to a press release.

Letters are sent at random and an adult member of the household will be tested for antibodies. Other household members will receive a COVID-19 test

Residents are invited to check their mailboxes and respond no later than Tuesday May 26 to participate. The instructions are included in the letter.

UNR and TMCC examine staff departures amid budget deficits resulting from COVID-19

The Nevada System of Higher Education will speak to the implementation of leave for the 2021 fiscal year at a special meeting next week.

The governing body of state public colleges, including the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College, will vote to amend administrative codes to allow for the rapid implementation of leave in response to budget cuts due to financial consequences for the State of COVID. -19 pandemic.

Leave could start as early as July for academic and administrative professors.

In April, the Council of Regents approved budget cuts, including the possibility of half a day off per month or one full day off per month as a measure of general emergency economy.

The meeting is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m.

Unemployment climbs to 28.2%

The unemployment rate in Nevada has reached 28.2%, according to the April Economic Report released by the Nevada Department of Jobs, Training and Rehabilitation.

This is the first monthly report published by DETR which covers the period affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent closings of non-essential businesses.

In total, the state lost 244,800 jobs during the month.

Read more.

Nevada cases increase by 146

Update, 7:56 a.m.

There are now 7,401 known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada, 146 more than what was reported on Thursday, according to new figures from the Nevada Health Alliance.

These 146 positive cases came from 6,283 people tested on Thursday, the third day that Nevada tested more than 6,000 people.

This represents a growth rate of 2% on Thursday.

The test positivity rate in Nevada continues to drop, reaching a new low of 7.4%. That’s a good thing, says state biostatistician Kyra Morgan – it tells researchers that there aren’t many cases that go undetected.

The state’s death toll was not updated on Friday and remains at 381.

Washoe Announces Largest Day-Long Increase in Recoveries

Thursday

Washoe County reported 47 recoveries of COVID-19 on Thursday, its largest one-day increase to date, according to the Regional Information Center.

An additional 11 confirmed positive cases have also been reported, bringing the Washoe County total to 1,316. ​​The death toll remains at 48 and 521 cases remain active.

There have been 18,023 tests done in Washoe County, up more than 1,000 since Monday.

To get tested for COVID-19, complete this form or call 775-328-2427.

WCSD working group working on reopening plans for more than 100 schools

Thursday

The Washoe County School District announced Thursday that it has formed a task force on the recovery of parents, teachers, staff and public health officials to guide the district when the schools reopen.

The district said it plans to start August 10 for the 2020-21 school year, but what it looks like depends on advice from health officials and Governor Steve Sisolak.

WCSD: Future ceremonies for the 2020 class would be decided by each school

There is currently no plan in place for what the reopening will look like, including whether distance learning will be a large part of the school day. The district will post updates at school board meetings and make announcements on its website.

The district said it is considering things such as social isolation, protective equipment, testing and testing, transportation and loss of learning, with schools closed since March.

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Reno relaxes certain commercial regulations

Thursday

The city of Reno announced Thursday that it is relaxing some regulations to help businesses operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These regulations include, among other things, temporary authorization for driving, sidewalk pickup and outside operations without a permit.

“We recognize the current challenges faced by businesses adapting to these new health and safety standards,” said Arlo Stockham, Acting Deputy City Manager of the City of Reno, in a press release. “Reno City Council has made it clear that it wants to find ways to help our business community during the recovery phase of the pandemic, while ensuring that public health continues to be of the highest standard priority.”

The easing of regulations will also allow businesses to operate on public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, by obtaining a revocable temporary occupancy permit from the city. The fees for this permit will be waived.

For more details on easing the regulations, go to reno.gov/COVID19 in the “Business Information” section.

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