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No seat belts tipped off deputies – Suspects busted for drugs

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While conducting “Joining Forces Operations” during a seat-belt “Click-It or Ticket” event, Carson City Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop that triggered the arrest of both men in a car.  Besides not wearing their seat belts, the deputies also discovered the suspects were trafficking drugs, money and paraphernalia. Even though the event is intended to educate drivers and passengers on the importance of seat belt use, deputies are always on the lookout for serious criminal activity.

The male driver was taken into custody for traffic violations including not wearing his seat belt as well as drug-related charges. The male passenger was also taken into custody for drug-related offenses. A substantial amount of cash was also seized. The investigation is ongoing.

Please drive carefully and remember to buckle up – and that drug-running is illegal.

Your Carson City Sheriff’s Office…

Five Carson High Student Athletes Sign for Division 1 Scholarships

Carson High School

Carson High School is pleased to announce five student athletes will carry their academic and athletic talents on to the next level in various Division 1 Scholarship signing ceremonies.

CHS 17-year-old Senior Camille Larkin, signed with George Mason’s Women’s Volleyball last night, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Silver State Volleyball Club. Cami will be a 3-year starting varsity player this next season, where she is set to be a co-captain, excelling at the position of middle attacker.  During her sophomore season Cami started in every set of every game. She played middle hitter with 97 kills out of 216 attempts, with a kill percentage of .333. She also had 18 solo blocks with 2 assists as well as 13 defensive digs. She helped her team to a 17-11 season. During her junior season, she led the team with 160 kills out of 351 attempts, with a kill percentage of .342. She also led her team with 40 solo blocks and 27 assist blocks. Cami started in 64 of the 66 sets played and also added 41 defensive digs.  

In the two seasons on varsity Cami was named player of the game 14 times. Cami has had the most kills for CHS volleyball since Jaycie Roberts in the 2016-2017 season (427 Kills Roberts, who is in her senior season at Niagara Falls University). Cami is the 20th player to go on to play at the next level from CHS since Lindsey Ford in 2006. 

CHS 17-year-old Senior Madison Rabideau will host a signing ceremony with her commitment to Louisiana Tech University Women’s Soccer Friday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at the CHS stadium. She was the 2019/2020 Girls Soccer 2nd Team Defender. 

Carson High will host another signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. on the CHS softball field for 17-year-old Senior Kedre Luschar, committing to the University of Oregon Women’s Softball, and 17-year-old Senior Amaya Mendeguia, committing to the University of Rhode Island Women’s Softball. Luschar was the 2017/2018 Softball 2nd Team Infielder and the 2018/2019 Softball 1st Team Outfield. Mendeguia was the 2017/2018 Softball Honorable Mention and the 2018/2019 1st Team Infielder.

CHS 17-year-old Senior Karen Beglin will also host a private signing ceremony with her commitment to St. Johns University for Golf. Beglin was the 2017/2018 Girls Golf All Region Athlete of the Year and the 2017/2018 Girls Golf Sierra League Athlete of the Year. In the 2018/2019 season, she was named Girls Golf Sierra League Athlete of the Year, All Region 1st Team and Tied for Fourth in State. In the 2019/2020 season, she was named Girls Golf Sierra League Athlete of the Year and the Northern Nevada Athlete of the Year. 

 

Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range Holiday Schedule

The Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range will be open for drop in use on the following holidays weather permitting:

• Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 26th from 8am to 4:30pm

• Christmas Day, Friday December 25 , from 8am to 4:30pm

• New Years Day, Friday January 1 , from 8am to 4:30pm

The facility may be closed on these days due to inclement weather as access may be hindered. During these Holiday openings, there will be no reservations, but use will be on a first come first serve basis for the general public.

The current drop in use operating hours of the rifle and pistol range are:

  • Thursday’s – Sunday’s: 8am to 4:30pm
  • Daily Fee: $5 per In-state/Resident $10 per Out-of-Stateo Payment accepted by Cash or Check; payment envelopes and drop-boxes are located on-site. Please retain and clip your payment envelope (tear-off) stub or annual pass card to station, for verification.

    For further information about the Carson City Rifle and Pistol range, please visit the rifle and pistol range website at www.carson.org/range or contact the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department at (775)887-2262 Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm or email the Department at ccrange@carson.org.

Outdoor restaurant heaters are comin’ ’round the mountain….

Outdoor restaurant heaters…

In response to the mandated social distancing, many businesses have established outdoor seating areas. With the approaching winter season, the Board of Supervisors recently authorized the City to use CARES Act money for portable outdoor heaters in order to reinforce the necessary protocols. Businesses may be eligible for reimbursement for up to $1,000 for their purchase of outdoor portable heaters, excluding paid sales tax, through December 30, 2020.

A standing portable propane heater may be used in an outdoor dining area if such use has been reviewed and approved by the Carson City Fire Department. An electric heater or any other type of heater which uses a fuel other than propane is prohibited in an outdoor dining area.

  • Heaters must be listed for commercial use. Residential use heaters from the hardware store are not approved.
  • Heaters must be located outdoors.
  • Heaters shall not be used under tents.
  • Heaters shall be a minimum of five (5) feet from buildings, as well as overhangs, awnings, and other similar combustible construction.
  • Heaters shall not be within five (5) feet of an exit.
  • Propane containers shall not exceed 20 pounds.
  • Propane containers shall be secured at all times.

In order to get reimbursement businesses must visit carson.org/heater. Complete the online request form, if the form is approved by the Fire Prevention Division the following documents will be needed for reimbursement:

Receipt or invoice from the business. The receipt or invoice should have the company name and address along with the cost on it.

  • Proof of payment which can be a canceled check, bank or credit card statement.
  • If the business is not a vendor with Carson City, they will need to fill out the W-9.
  • Copy of the Carson City business license.

As a reminder, businesses currently holding a valid business license within Carson City are eligible to apply for personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies in order to facilitate compliance with public health measures. Visit carson.org/ppe to apply for supply assistance. For questions relating to portable heater specifications contact Dave Ruben, Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal at (775) 283-7153. For questions regarding the reimbursement call Mirjana Gavric, Grants Administrator at (775) 283-7069.

 

Child molestation case finally comes to a settlement end…

Carson City Community & Recreation Center

A painfully long child molestation case has finally come to a close for the City of Carson City.  Court records show that a rather mentally disturbed teen-age male volunteer was sexually molesting young girls enrolled in the city’s Camp Carson Summer program.  The fifteen year old teenager was accused of molesting young Camp Carson attendees over the course of a summer a few years ago.

When the molestation surfaced the families of the young victims sued the city.   The total damages came to about $1.6 million dollars proportioned between the city and its insurance company.  The city has since re-calibrated the summer recreation program – launched close supervision of Camp Carson employees, closer re-evaluation of who is hired, who gets to volunteer and to keep a close eye on the children.

Nevada slow to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic recession

Employment in Nevada increased over the month by 3,600 jobs as the state continues to recover from the pandemic. Jobs still remain below typical levels, down by 117,200 compared to October 2019, for an annual rate of – 8.2 percent according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s October 2020 economic report.

The total employment level in the State is 1,305,300. The state’s unemployment rate in October is 12 percent, down from 12.5 percent in September but up 8.3 percentage points when compared to October 2019.

“I’m encouraged to see that employment continues to grow.​ It is important that all Nevadans help reduce the spread of COVID so businesses can bring jobs back. DETR is committed to helping Nevadans get back to work,” said Director Elisa Cafferata.

DETR’s report also notes that Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, with a balance of $89.1 million increased during the week ending November 14th as tax contributions were received from businesses. Combined with ​declining claims, this will allow the state to avoid borrowing for a few more weeks. As of November 17th, twenty-one states and territories have borrowed $40.7 billion in funds from the federal government to support benefit payments.

“Employment gains continued at a moderate pace again this month as the labor market continues to recover. The unemployment rate has improved for six consecutive months since it reached a record high of 30 percent in April. The rate is down by nearly two thirds from that high, although still over three times larger than in February.

Employment has regained 58 percent of the 287,300+ jobs lost from February to April. Although the labor market continues to improve, Nevada remains one of the states most impacted by the COVID pandemic, with our economic outlook dependent on the response to COVID-19 including treatments, policy responses, and public compliance with measures to slow the spread of the disease,” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR.

Additional October Economic Report Highlights:

— Nevada jobs are up by (+0.3%), US jobs are up by (+0.5%) from September to October.
Construction added the most jobs (2,300) over the month.

— Management of companies and enterprises (-21.9%) and educational services (-20.6%) are down the most since the same time last year.

— The unemployment rate in Nevada is higher than the national rate in October and is at 12% on a seasonally adjusted basis and 11.8% on an unadjusted basis; the national rate was 6.9% adjusted and 6.6% unadjusted.

— Unemployment in October totaled 185,498, up 7,386 from September and up 128,260 from October 2019.

Pfizer coming out of the starter gate first for Covid-19 Vaccine

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Lab scientists have made a roof-shattering breakthrough in developing a vaccine that is nearly 95% effective against the Covid-19 Virus.  Pfizer scientists announced today that they may be a bit ahead of rival Moderna Laboratories who are also hot on the trail of ending the viral pandemic that has gripped the country for months.

Here’s the story in the Washington Post:  Click here.

Attorney General Ford Announces $113 Million Settlement with Apple Over iPhone shortcomings…

Attorney General Ford Announces $113 Million Settlement with Apple Over iPhone Shortcomings

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford and a coalition of over 30 attorneys general announced a $113 million settlement with Apple, Inc. over Apple’s 2016 decision to throttle consumers’ iPhone speeds in order to address unexpected shutdowns in some iPhones. Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will pay $1,577,469.41to the State of Nevada.

Through the multistate investigation, the attorneys general found evidence to allege that Apple discovered that battery issues were leading to unexpected shutdowns in iPhones. Rather than disclosing these issues or replacing batteries, however, Apple concealed the issues from consumers. Apple’s concealment ultimately led to a software update in December 2016 that reduced iPhone performance in an effort to keep the phones from unexpectedly shutting down.

The attorneys general allege that as a result of this concealment and subsequent decision to throttle the performance of consumers’ iPhones, Apple profited from selling additional iPhones to consumers whose phone performance Apple had slowed.

“One of my roles as attorney general is to hold businesses accountable to the highest standards for our consumers,” said AG Ford. “Through this settlement, consumers can expect more transparency from Apple, and I’m grateful to my Bureau of Consumer Protection for reaching this important agreement.”

In addition to the monetary payment, Apple also must provide truthful information to consumers about iPhone battery health, performance and power management. Apple must provide this important information in various forms on its website, in update installation

 

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Steel bars don’t seem to stop the Corona Virus

Warm Springs Correctional Facility
Carson City

Ninety-three offenders and seven staff members from Warm Springs Correctional Center (WSCC) in Carson City have tested positive for COVID-19, according to lab results received by the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) late Thursday. Additionally, two staff members at other NDOC facilities have also tested positive for the virus through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.

At this time, Warm Springs Correctional Center is in lockdown, with meals being delivered to each unit. Sanitation measures are being increased throughout the facility daily. All Nevada Department of Corrections employees are tested for COVID-19 every two weeks and offenders are tested every three weeks. More frequent tests are administered when necessary. All staff are required to wear masks at all times and follow proper PPE protocols.

All staff are screened for symptoms and temperatures are taken before entering any facility. WSCC employees are required to wear N95 masks at all times and full gowns when entering the units. “We will manage the outbreak as we have a first-class outbreak response plan and talented professionals committed to executing the plan,” said Charles Daniels, Director of the Nevada Department of Corrections. “I do believe our protocols will mitigate the spread of the virus not only at Warm Springs but the rest of the agency as well.”

The Department has implemented testing facility-wide and the remainder of WSCC’s population of 525 offenders and all staff will be tested Friday and Saturday. NDOC will continue to monitor the situation at all facilities.

Spread joy, not COVID-19: Considering a very different holiday season

An vitally important message from Samaritan Health Services
By Robert J. Turngren, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

It has been a challenging year full of unwelcome changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of these changes are for the greater good − precautions which limit the spread of the virus. With some changes it is hard to see any silver lining, such as when people have lost work or businesses have struggled or closed, being isolated from family and friends, or worst of all, when loved ones have suffered or passed away. 

After many months of precautions and prevention, we are now facing winter with surging cases of COVID-19 across our region and the nation. We are spending more time indoors, where the virus can spread more easily from person to person. Precautions such as wearing face coverings and physical distancing continue to be of utmost importance. 

Gov. Steve Sisolak’s recent announcement of a return to stricter precautions across the state is a clear reminder that we need to think carefully about our holiday plans. We encourage our community to embrace alternatives this holiday season. 

One of the main ways the coronavirus is spreading is through household gatherings of extended families and friends. We have some difficult choices to make, but we need to consider the risks of gathering together, continue to observe the precautions and adjust our plans. 

My wife, Nancy, and I have canceled plans to visit extended family – including our six children, three grandchildren and her parents in the Midwest. This is the commitment we made to ensure everyone’s safety despite our strong desire to spend the holidays with family.

Celebrating with members of your own household, or virtually with video platforms like FaceTime or Zoom, poses the lowest risk of spread. We know this is not the same as being there in person, but after the diligence and sacrifice of the past several months, this is not the time to let our guards down. 

If extended families or friends still decide to get together, they should do everything they can to reduce risks as much as possible. Consider the personal risk factors of each person – age, health conditions, occupational exposure – and COVID-19 transmission rates where each will be traveling to or from. Carefully observe all coronavirus precautions, including face coverings, hand washing and physical distancing and avoid crowds, especially indoors. And do not assume that getting a coronavirus test before traveling to a family event is a sure way to know it is safe. The test tells your status at a moment in time and may not tell you if you will be contagious at the time of the gathering.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidance and resources for navigating the holiday season, here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

We thank you again for everything you have done to help keep our communities safe and limit the spread of coronavirus. We are in this together and with continued diligence and shared sacrifice, we will get through this pandemic together.

For more information about Samaritan Health Services’ response to COVID-19, visit samhealth.org/Coronavirus.

Brush fire near the summit of Highway 50 near Spooner Lake

6:50am  Carson City and Douglas County Firefighters are knocking down a brush fire caused by a sparking power pole near the summit of Highway 50 just east of Spooner.  Sparking wires have set a small brush fire on the ground.  Firefighters say they they’ve got it contained.  The power company has been summoned to the scene. 

Highway 50 is very slick.  At least two vehicles have spun out.  Firefighters have called for tow trucks.

Update from Carson City City Hall

Carson City City Hall

From Carson City City Hall

The City encourages the community to stay informed, practice good hygiene, wear masks and when feasible please stay home.

The City is proactively taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its residents. In response to the Governor’s recent stay at home request, the City will continue to enable staff to work from home in order to limit the amount of personnel in the workplace.

While all regularly scheduled City operations will continue, critical in-person services will be available and emergency services will not be impacted, the City encourages residents to minimize in-person visits to City offices and to alternatively access City services online or telephonically.

The City offers a variety of services online and encourages residents and businesses to utilize the website, carson.org to access these services, or reach City departments telephonically. Should you choose to visit City offices in-person, masks are mandatory in all City buildings.

Board and Commission meetings remain closed to the public. However, public participation is always encouraged, the community can access public meetings at carson.org/meetings and provide public comment electronically or call in while a meeting is in session.

Carson City must remain steadfast in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you to Carson City’s businesses, residents, and visitors, for operating safely under the Governor’s directives. Our community’s commitment and resilience will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our businesses open.

The City encourages the community to stay informed, practice good hygiene, wear masks and when feasible please stay home.

The City is proactively taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its residents. In response to the Governor’s recent stay at home request, the City will continue to enable staff to work from home in order to limit the amount of personnel in the workplace.

While all regularly scheduled City operations will continue, critical in-person services will be available and emergency services will not be impacted, the City encourages residents to minimize in-person visits to City offices and to alternatively access City services online or telephonically.

The City offers a variety of services online and encourages residents and businesses to utilize the website, carson.org to access these services, or reach City departments telephonically. Should you choose to visit City offices in-person, masks are mandatory in all City buildings.

Board and Commission meetings remain closed to the public. However, public participation is always encouraged, the community can access public meetings at carson.org/meetings and provide public comment electronically or call in while a meeting is in session.

Carson City must remain steadfast in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you to Carson City’s businesses, residents, and visitors, for operating safely under the Governor’s directives. Our community’s commitment and resilience will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our businesses open.

Carson City to Follow the Governor’s Recent Stay at Home Request

Carson City City Hall

(Carson City, NV) – The City encourages the community to stay informed, practice good hygiene, wear masks, and when feasible please stay home. The City is proactively taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its residents. In response to the Governor’s recent stay at home request, the City will continue to enable staff to work from home in order to limit the amount of personnel in the workplace. While all regularly scheduled City operations will continue, critical in-person services will be available and emergency services will not be impacted, the City encourages residents to minimize in-person visits to City offices and to alternatively access City services online or telephonically.

The City offers a variety of services online and encourages residents and businesses to utilize the website, carson.org to access these services, or reach City departments telephonically. Should you choose to visit City offices in-person, masks are mandatory in all City buildings. Board and Commission meetings remain closed to the public. However, public participation is always encouraged, the community can access public meetings at carson.org/meetings and provide public comment electronically or call in while a meeting is in session.

Carson City must remain steadfast in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you to Carson City’s businesses, residents, and visitors, for operating safely under the Governor’s directives. Our community’s commitment and resilience will reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our businesses open.

Attorney General Ford Warns of Utility Imposter Scams Involving QR Codes

Aaron Ford
Nevada AG

Attorney General Ford Warns of Utility Imposter Scams  

Involving QR Codes  

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford is warning Nevadans to be cautious of increasingly sophisticated utility imposter scams as winter approaches and COVID-19 cases increase. Scammers attempt to mislead and defraud consumers and small local business owners.  

“Scammers use technology to capitalize on times of uncertainty and hardship,” said AG Ford. “Protect yourself and your family by learning how to identify utility imposter scams involving QR codes sent directly to your smart phone.”   

Imposter scams, both online and over the phone, come in many forms. The basic utility imposter scam involves a scammer posing as a member of a reputable utility company demanding money from unsuspecting customers. These types of scams unfortunately victimize both the consumer and the utility company.  

In a typical utility imposter scam, the scammer often calls from a number that has been “spoofed” to look like it belongs to the actual company; however, it is just an attempt to add legitimacy to the scam. The scammer usually explains that the consumer is behind on his or her utility bill and demands immediate payment to avoid a shutoff of utilities.  

A new sophisticated twist to this basic scam involves the scammer requesting the consumer to go to a bill pay kiosk while the scammer remains on the phone. The scammer instructs the consumer to pay the bill pay kiosk in cash so the payment cannot be tracked. The scammer then texts a QR code to the consumer’s smart phone and instructs the consumer to scan the code at the bill pay kiosk. The scammer will tell the consumer the QR code is a “link” to the consumer’s utility account sent to the consumer to help ensure the consumer’s payment goes directly toward the consumer’s unpaid balance. However, in reality, the QR code is linked directly to the scammer’s account. Once the consumer puts the cash into the bill pay kiosk and scans the QR code, the consumer has unknowingly made a payment to the scammer, not to the utility.  

Typically, utility companies send at least two past due notices in writing before disconnecting or terminating service, and consumers should be suspicious if they receive a threatening phone call, suspicious text message or in-person visit with no prior written notice. If you receive a phone call, text message or in-person visit without having received written notice, call your utility company directly using the number on your bill to discuss the status of your account.  

Ask for details about your account to verify whether the caller is legitimate. If the caller is unable or unwilling to provide details such as dates and amounts of prior invoices and payments, hang up and call the utility company directly.  

Remember, individuals of all ages and walks of life are susceptible to scams. Whether you are a college student or senior, do not hesitate to ask your family and friends about a suspicious text message or phone call you received from a potential scammer. Bring in people that you trust.  

The Office of the Nevada Attorney General suggests the following additional tips to avoid utility imposter scams:  

  • If you are being pressured to make an immediate payment, remain calm and ask questions to confirm your account status before making a payment;  
  • Don’t agree to make payments by wire transfer or with a prepaid card over the telephone. A legitimate utility representative will explain to a customer how a payment can be made using the utility’s established payment options, and will not demand payment over the phone; and  
  • Don’t feel pressured by an upcoming weekend or holiday. According to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission website, a utility company may not disconnect or terminate service the day before a weekend, on the weekend or on a State holiday, unless a safety issue requires disconnection.  

These tips also apply if a utility company representative comes to your home to demand payment for a past due account. In this situation, ask to view an identification badge with the representative’s full name, and then call the utility company directly to discuss the status of your account.  

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, you may file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General here or with the Federal Trade Commission here.

The Office of the Nevada Attorney General encourages Nevadans to protect their health and personal and financial information. For additional helpful information regarding the status of COVID-19 in Nevada, visit the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services website here. 

Carson-Tahoe RMC lays it out for us…

Carson Tahoe RMC
Carson City

CTRMC Info Update: Carson Tahoe makes space for more patients, asks for your help, and provides comprehensive updates on COVID-19

Like the rest of Northern Nevada, the nation, and the world, Carson Tahoe has spent the last 8-10 months planning … planning to be prepared in a crisis so we can still take care of our community; planning to persevere; planning to help one another. Now – we’re in it. The Quad County area (specifically Carson City) is seeing more COVID cases than ever. We are no longer living in “an abundance of caution” but rather, proactively changing processes and thoughtfully reacting to the current situation.

Here is how Carson Tahoe is proactively addressing the concerns of our community:

Capacity:

Most, if not all, regional hospitals are operating at nearly full capacity. We’ve been making adjustments in patient placement, moving patients based on seriousness and common conditions, finding alternate hold areas for patients ready to be discharged, freeing up beds for Emergency Department admits, and helping to preserve our staffing levels during this ongoing pandemic.

As a continuum of care, with access to a system of resources, we are utilizing our alternate care sites (like the Long Term Acute Care facility and potentially Sierra Surgery). This will allow us to provide the same level of care to our patients while best using our available resources (physicians, nurses, techs, sitters, etc.) for additional patients.

Elective Procedures Sierra Surgery: For the safety of our staff and patients and per recommendations from the U.S. Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons, effective immediately, elective/non-urgent surgeries and procedures have been postponed and will be monitored and re-evaluated on a regular basis.

• This allows our Carson Tahoe staff to address the new resurgence of COVID cases and utilize our available resources to ensure a safe and healthy environment for those who receive and provide care through our facilities.
• Emergency surgeries/procedures have not been suspended. Additionally, Carson Tahoe has temporarily closed the lab EKG services at Sierra Surgery until further notice. If you are looking for lab/EKG services, please go to the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center or Carson Tahoe Specialty Medical Center (lab only). All imaging services, including the Breast Center, are still open.

Access To Care: Please stay home if you’re feeling sick and we encourage you to self-quarantine. If you feel you need medical attention for respiratory illness/cough/fever, please call the Carson City Health Human Services COVID-19 hotline (775) 283-4789 to determine if you need to seek further medical care.

COVID-19 Testing

The tent outside our emergency department is open again. This time it is an extension of our emergency department. It is serving as an annex to evaluate patient safely and effectively as our numbers increase. The ED Triage Tent will be open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The tent is staffed with emergency personnel and is for anyone seeking emergency care. It is NOT for COVID screening. Please note – we are still performing symptomatic testing at Carson Urgent Care. The only reason we test at the Emergency Department is if a patient needs a higher level of care and perhaps should be hospitalized.

Conserving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Carson Tahoe has been aware of the new challenges in the PPE supply chain, onset by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since February, when we first called a Code Yellow (business not as usual), we’ve been conserving and closely monitoring our usage of gloves,
masks, hand sanitizer, gowns, hair covers, and more. Although the supply chain is not scheduled to normalize anytime soon, and cases continue to increase, we will continue to conserve following Center for Disease Control Guidelines, all for the safety of our staff and patients.

Controlled Access: Limiting Visitation: The main entrance and emergency room entrance at the Regional Medical Center are the only ways for patients (and select guests) to enter the facility. The Regional Medical Center main entrance will be open from 6:00am to 6:00pm. Before 6:00am or after 6:00pm all public access is through the main Emergency Department entrance. ALL patients and staff are required to wear a mask upon entering any CTH facility and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Additionally, we are screening everyone for fever, cough, or signs of respiratory illness upon entry to our locations. If a fever or signs of a respiratory illness are detected, the person will immediately be
isolated and screened for COVID-19. Based on guidance from the CDC and the principal of social distancing, Carson Tahoe Health is continuing to restrict visitors to help protect patients, patient support individuals, and staff from the potential spread of COVID-19.

Visitor Limitation Guidelines (Since 8/10/2020 – Current): No visitors will be allowed with the following guidelines/exceptions:
• A laboring patient may be accompanied by two designated birth partners.
• A pediatric patient may be accompanied by one caregiver, or both parents/guardians.
• An incapacitated, disoriented, or confused patient may be accompanied by one caregiver.
• ICU status patients will be allowed one visitor for 30 minutes during the day. For ICU status patients who have been put on comfort care, or are clinically deteriorating, additional family members may be allowed in on a case-by-case basis; at the caregiver’s discretion.
• Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to visit.
• Isolation units will remain on a no visitor restriction except if patient is critically ill or deteriorating.
• The CDC does not recommend the use of vented masks for COVID-19 transmission prevention so are no longer allowing vented masks to be worn by staff, patients, or visitors.

Canceled Events/Classes: At this time, all Carson Tahoe wellness classes or support groups area canceled, with the exception of several offered online through Zoom. Visit CarsonTahoe.com/Calendar
to learn more.

Ways To Support Our Caregivers:
We have always known that our strength is in our people. When we all come together, we can meet any challenge. As we rise to meet the healthcare challenges currently
facing our community, we encourage you to lend your support any way you can. The most important way to support us is to continue to take this pandemic seriously. Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay home if you can, and practice social distancing. Help us help you!

Additionally, on our COVID-19 Updates page (accessible through CarsonTahoe.com), you’ll find the various ways we’d appreciate your support, including homemade cloth masks, kind notes, PPE, and more. You’ll also find links to informational blogs, both English & Spanish resources, and more.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time as we do all we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, staff, and community.

Governor Sisolak comes down with a Covid-19 Virus

Gov. Steve Sisolak
Staying at home for two weeks to see if his immune system can kick it out of his body.

Governor Steve Sisolak has been dodging the Covid-19 virus by having his staff and himself being tested for the virus.  And so far, it was working.  But fate caught up with our governor.  He tested positive last week for Covid-19.  He’s been told to stay at home for two weeks while waiting to see if he starts showing symptoms.  So far, no symptoms…yet.

Gov. Sisolak says a considerable number of his staff have come down with the virus and they too are ordered to stay at home for 14 days to see whether they come down with the full expression of the disease.

Gov. Sisolak will work from home…a growing trend during the Covid pandemic.  Millions of Americans are working from home not just because they’ve tested positive for the virus. Many work from home because they can.  Working from home by using computers is largely the same as working from the work place – so it’s becoming very common, to be sure. Working from home also helps to slow down climate change because vehicle exhaust is a major culprit.

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