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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.

Fire at Gold Dust Casino-Hotel on Highway 50 East

Full Out response to Gold Dust West. They caught it in time.

Several fire engines surrounded the Gold Dust West Hotel-Casino.

1:54pm  Report of a fire at Gold Dust Hotel-Casino.  No smoke showing.  Firefighters are on scene track it down.

1:59pm  Smoke in a hallway.  Investigating.

2:28pm  Fire was small…mostly smoke.  Upstairs machinery had a problem.  No fire damage.  Damage limited to the machinery.

And the virus continues….

Covid-19 Virus update

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 34 New Cases and 25 Recoveries 

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 34 new cases and 25 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 2,219, with 1,892 recoveries and 27 deaths; 300 cases remain active.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease.

County Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Deaths
Carson City 1024 209 804 11
Douglas County 466 27 437 2
Lyon County 704 60 630 14
Storey County 25 4 21 0
TOTAL 2,219 300 1,892 27

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/).

Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination & COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents

For convenience, 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; first come, first served, no appointments or reservations.

To view a list of all events in November visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CBT-Testing-Flu-Vaccination_November_ENGSpan_V2.pdf .

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available. The phone number is (775) 283-4789.

Governor Sisolak lowers the boom on those who ignore the Corona Virus.

Gov. Steve Sisolak

Governor Sisolak has lowered the boom – “Nevadans will wear masks, practice social distancing, wash their hands often and stay home when possible.  Governor Sisolak said he’s putting Nevada on notice, “We have two weeks – that’s it!  If people don’t comply I’m not giving you another chance.  This is serious.”

Sisolak is warning the public that new restrictions may be coming if COVID numbers don’t go down.  He said, “Please give it a chance for two weeks.  I’m calling it Stay-At-Home 2.0.”

The number of Covid-19 numbers are way up in Nevada: 7 deaths – more than 1,300 cases, and the 14-day-positivity rate is 13.7%.

Medical officials are supporting the Governor’s concerns. “For the first time in the last 9 months, people are being hospitalized and dying at higher rates than ever before. I am very very concerned. This is new,” said Renown Health CEO Dr. Anthony Slonim.

The Governor is giving the state two weeks to turn things around before enacting potential restrictions. ”  Mask wearing, social distancing, and staying at home are part of his request. “You saw when we had the shutdowns. The cases came down. I don’t want to have to do that again,” said Governor Sisolak.

He also wants masks to be mandatory at airports.  He also strongly urged Nevadans to work from home if at all possible.  He also wants businesses to cancel any special sales events that will put more than 2 people in the same room.

Governor Sisolak added…” I am asking local governments to step up enforcement efforts over the next two weeks to insure that all business are doing their part.  Violators will be issued citations, fines, and potential license suspensions,” if they break the rules.

The Governor says he’ll check back in two weeks to determine whether Nevadans have given their full support to the partial shut-down.

Private Aircraft loses power – lands behind Fremont Elementary School

Single engine plane trying to land at Carson-Tahoe Airport doesn’t quite make it…

Expert flying skills saved the day and the plane…

Student pilot in background and flight instructor kneeling at fence post. Both are fine!

12:20pm  Report of a private aircraft making a rough landing in a field east of Fremont School.  Miraculously no one was injured.  Two young women emerged from the craft saying they were flying from Truckee to the Carson City Airport on a training flight.  The instructor said they lost power on approach to the airport and the engine quit.  The instructor took the controls and glided the aircraft to the ground and landed in a field right behind Fremont School.  No injuries to the women and apparently little to no damage to the aircraft.

Veteran pilots always say, “any landing you walk away from is a good landing.”  The aircraft will be towed to the Carson-Tahoe Airport where mechanics will determine why the plane’s engine stopped.

Natural Gas Leak in northwest Carson City

1pm  Report of a construction crew, building houses, has struck a natural gas line at 3498 Red Leaf Street in northwest Carson City.   CCFD is enroute.

1:06pm  CCFD arrives on scene.  Evaluation of the situation underway.

1:07pm  Arriving firefighters determine that the gas line has an automatic shut-off function that was activated, so there is no longer leaking gas – no immediate danger.  The gas company will come out and fix the line and then re-set the auto-shut off system.

Ash Canyon Winter Closure

Ash Canyon Road – Winter Closure

Carson City, Nevada – The gate located at the trailhead to Ash to Kings Trail, will be closed starting Monday, November 9, 2020.

The Ash Canyon Road gate will be closed to all motorized vehicle traffic for the winter season and is expected to re-open in the spring after winter precipitation has passed.

For additional information on the Ash Canyon Road, please contact Gregg Berggren, Trails Coordinator, 775-887-2262 ext. 7219 or gberggren@carson.org.

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