8:51pm T-bone accident at the intersection of Carson and Washington. Calling for animal control.
8:51pm T-bone accident at the intersection of Carson and Washington. Calling for animal control.
Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eight new positive cases and twelve additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 354, with 255 recoveries and seven deaths, 92 cases remain active.
The new cases are:
- A male Carson City resident in his 50’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Carson City resident in her 50’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Lyon County resident in his 30’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Carson City resident in his 20’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Carson City resident in his 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
- A male Douglas County resident in his 60’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
- A female Carson City resident in her 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.
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Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code is available at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website: nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/.
For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.
Stay informed. For updates and more information on COVID-19 visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.
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Letter from the Superintendent of Schools in Carson City to Governor Sisolak and a few others…
June 30, 2020
Dear Carson City School District Students, Families, Staff, and Friends:
The changes in our lives due to the COVID-19 Pandemic are many. Unfortunately, the impact of the virus continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school, which is the purpose of this letter. Due to the emergency directives from the Office of the Governor, I must announce that at this time, schools within the District cannot reopen in normal fashion to begin the 2020-2021 school year.
Emergency Directive 022 from Governor Steve Sisolak and subsequent guidance from the Nevada Department of Education require schools to employ a variety of pandemic- related restrictions, in accordance with Phase 2 of his Reopening Plan. Once developed, each district’s plan is to be communicated to parents, staff, and school communities and presented to the district’s Trustees for approval at least 20 days prior to the first day of school. For Carson City School District, a draft of the proposed plan will be presented at the July 14 School Board Meeting and the final plan will be
presented at the School Board Meeting scheduled for July 28, 2020. Please be advised that the starting date of school in the Fall could be delayed. Please watch for updates.
To develop a specialized educational plan, a committee of staff, parents, trustees, and community partners was organized to study the restrictions, survey responses, district resources and then recommend a proposed plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Because schools must operate within the requirements of social-distancing and the limitations of having less than 50% occupancy in the buildings, the Committee is looking to create a hybrid system of on-campus and at-home learning for the start of the 2020- 2021 school year. Other options like full remote learning with teacher-led support will also be available for families who desire to keep their children at home. While the specific details of the plan are still being developed, the Committee recognizes the need to reduce the burden on families as much as possible while providing the best educational opportunities for students.
We wish to thank those who participated in taking the School District’s Survey regarding the opening of the next school year. To see the Survey results, please press Ctrl + click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-36998QJ37/. To view the Survey results from the families who took the Survey in Spanish, please use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-WXKS6QJ37/. You will notice from the Survey results, the majority of participating families preferred to return to school in the fall without restrictions. Unfortunately, what citizens and school officials desire is somewhat different from what is being required by State officials. If you have on opinion on school operations due to COVID-19, we encourage you to exercise your civic freedoms by contacting the Governor’s Office to share your thoughts regarding the expected restrictions to reopen schools.
Richard Stokes, Superintendent and the Board of Trustees
We are to remain in Phase 2
It is our hope we will not move even one step backwards as Texas has done by closing bars. Wearing masks is now mandated in public places in an attempt to curb the spread.
Do take a moment to read part 1, and part 2 Here’s an excerpt:
“Indeed, after infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people, with about 675,000 in the United States, the worldwide Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 had arrived in Las Vegas.”
The Las Vegas Doctor at that time instructed the population to:
- Avoid and assist in preventing gatherings and crowds.
- Do not stand close to or directly in front of one while talking.
- Insist on isolation of people with symptoms of Influenza.
- Wear a mask as required by the order of the City Commissioners.
- Clean out, clean up and keep clean inside and out, personally and otherwise.
- Brush your teeth, gargle your throat and spray your nose with antiseptic solution.
- Remember that people can carry influenza for several days after they think they are well.
- Beware of “sure cures.”
Dr. Martin ended by saying, “Fear only when you have not done your duty to yourself and fellow man. You will have but little to fear, if instructions are properly observed.”
The Quad-County Region continues to add cases, though not in the numbers seen elsewhere. Link
Legislature projected to be in special session next week
Facing huge shortfalls due to COVID-19, the Governor will be calling in the legislators to discuss how to deal with FY19-20 shortfall of $812 million along with the projected $1.27 BILLION shortfall expected for this coming fiscal year. The prediction is that new taxes will be on the agenda; however, it is not known how new taxes will be imposed or what segments will be affected. The public will not be allowed within the building due to health concerns, thus results of deliberations will come from the various news outlets..
PPP ends today – new round being proposed
EIDL loans restarted
The Payroll Protection Plan ends today. Yesterday, in a phone call with NV Chamber directors, Senator Cortez-Masto stated she is working on a second round of PPP funding to further assist businesses. This new round is being called P4 (Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program). Click here for a deeper look.
EIDL loans were shut down on April 15th providing loan interest loans and emergency grants to small businesses. Up to $10,000 per business is available in relief funding that need not be reimbursed (or $1,000 per employee). Every little bit helps. Click here for the application.
Remember to wear your mask – ask your customers to wear masks
The wearing of masks is mandatory. If the wearing of the masks proves to stop the spread, we can go back to normal sooner rather than later. If we have to wear masks, why not be safe and have a little fun with this new standard of dress? The Chamber is hoping to be able to sell some affordable and interesting masks soon. For the truly unusual, try Purple Avocado (904 N. Curry St.)
Love to travel? Enjoy Rick Steves on PBS!
Looks as though many will not be traveling for pleasure soon. New York has cancelled Broadway shows until after January 2nd – that means all those wonderful Christmas shows won’t be a part of the New York holiday culture enjoyed by so many travelers to this wonderful city at the “most wonderful time of the year.” Europe really doesn’t want us diseased Americans anywhere near them, but we think that is because we imposed the travel ban on them first. And, from first-hand experience, travel isn’t much fun these days with all the regulations/restrictions placed on hospitality businesses who can’t be very hospitable right now.
Fourth of July 2020 cancelled in most of Northern Nevada
It sure doesn’t seem as though we are approaching the most favorite holiday of the summer. Fourth of July BBQ’s are traditional as is the watching of the fireworks to remind us of our independence from English domination and declaring us “the land of the free.” We don’t expect any major “rallies” to protest this, however.
RSVP (the organization helping our seniors) has had to cancel the Carson City celebration this year because of the pandemic. No spectacle at Mills Park this year. All that pre-planning for naught. And, nothing in Reno. Or, Lake Tahoe – the most spectacular show of them all. If you are a 4th of July fireworks junkie, maybe Virginia City could be your go to location – but must stay in car. Be sure to check the VC website, however. That, too, might be cancelled.
REMINDER: City offers grant for businesses having to retrofit to comply with COVID-19 directives
If you have had to put in plastic shields or in any way had to alter your place of business as a result of dealing with COVID-19 regulations, you are eligible to apply for a grant from the City. The funds have to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020. Flyer. Please read the guidelines. All applications must be submitted by July 13.
When our children return to school this fall it won’t be the same educational environment as when school let out for the summer. The Covid-19 virus has turned everything upside down.
When students enter Carson City classrooms this fall, they’ll have to sit at least six feet apart from each other according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. It means that instead of 30+ students in a classroom, it’s likely to be half that – which means a lot of children will have to remain at home unless the community comes up with a more creative approach to the problem.
There are a lot of options out there, but one version that’s being talked about is something that’s likely to be presented to students and their families – and that is half the students are in school while the other half are learning remotely from home. Then during the week they alternate – kids at home come to school and the kids at school attend remotely from home. That way there’s constant contact with all the kids while maintaining continuity of scholastic achievement. Some parents may choose to home school their children or enroll them in private schools.
It may sound a little chaotic but the set-up will hopefully be limited to only half of the school year. By then a vaccine and therapies to fight the virus will be universally available to all kids and their families so things can get back to normal after the first of the year, or shortly thereafter.
There are two school board meetings coming up to sort all this out. The first meeting is scheduled for July 14th with the Carson City School Board reviewing the start-up plan 20 days before the first day of school. Then two weeks later the School Board is expected to finalize the plan and prepare everyone for the start of the school year in the Fall. Because of the unique circumstances there is some talk that the school year may start a week or two or three late.
Again, world-wide scientists are getting closer and closer to a Covid-19 vaccine along with medical treatments for those already infected. It’s a hard lesson that we’re learning that it takes everybody in the world to solve a world-wide threat. The old Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” will be top of mind for anyone who lives through this pandemic.
Scammers are marketing fraudulent or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially leading consumers to receive false results. In addition, fraudsters are trying to gain access to victims’ personal information, including names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. They are also seeking personal health data, including Medicare and private health insurance information, which can be used in future insurance or identity theft schemes.
Researchers are trying to develop testing methods that can quickly and easily test large numbers of people for COVID-19 antibodies. However, the FDA has not approved all COVID-19 antibody tests nor has it determined the efficacy of all tests.
Here are some indicators of fraudulent activity:
- Claims of FDA approval for antibody testing that you can’t verify
- Ads for antibody testing through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited or unknown sources
- Marketers offering “free” COVID-19 antibody tests or providers offering incentives – including cash – if you undergo testing
- Individuals contacting you in person or by phone or email to tell you the government or government officials require you to take a COVID-19 antibody test
Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:
- Check the FDA’s website (fda.gov) for an updated list of approved antibody tests and testing companies
- Consult your primary care physician before undergoing any at-home antibody tests
- Use a known laboratory approved by your health insurance company to provide the antibody testing
- Don’t share your personal or health information with anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals
- Check your medical bills and the “explanation of benefits” (EOBs) that your insurance company sends you for any suspicious claims and promptly report any errors to your insurance provider
- Follow guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trusted medical professionals
Early morning traffic crash at West 5th and Nevada. Sheriff’s Deputies say the eastbound red car was headed toward South Carson Street. As it was crossing 5th at Nevada, a grey Jeep either pulled out from her stop sign at 5th and Nevada or she failed to stop at the stop sign. The impact tore the front end grill assembly off the eastbound red car while the Jeep veered to the left and rolled up on its side. Neither driver was seriously hurt. But they were shaken up. Seat belts work!
A backroads Jeep tried to stay on Northbound 395 in thick traffic at south 580. The Jeep driver got caught in the wrong lane and tried to manuver his way back toward the north. But he clipped a car in the process – went sideways and began rolling northbound. His vehicle rolled up on and then off of a small sedan. The first car shook up the driver but she and her car survived the incident pretty well. The Jeep bounced off her car and starting rolling over and over, rolling on top of a Prius that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It all came to stop. Everybody got out – no injuries. The guy in the off-road Jeep will probably have a tough time talking to his insurance company. A Nevada Highway Patrolman was filling out the accident report. Gonna be expensive.