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Navigating through the Maze….

Vaccine to arrive in Carson City next weekend

There’s light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel now that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine. The first of the vaccine deliveries to our city should arrive here by 20 December with the First Tier to receive the vaccines.

Tier One includes:

  • General medical and surgical hospital staff
  • Long term care facilities – staff & residents
  • Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals
  • Emergency medical services personnel
  • Frontline public health – workforce and volunteers
  • Laboratory workers
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Outpatient and home health providers
  • Nevada Department of Corrections – staff
  • Deployed and mission critical personnel who play essential role in national security.
  • State and local emergency operations personnel

According to the Daily Indy:
Nevada Ranks #1 per capita for COVID hospitalizations

Nevada now has the highest number of people hospitalized per capita of any state, 58.8 people per 100,000 residents, now ahead of South Dakota, which has 56.6 people hospitalized per 100,000 residents and had the highest rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations per capita last week. An average of 2,723 cases have been reported daily over the past seven days.

Thanks to reporter Megan Messerly for the complete update. Please read the full story here, for it explains what is going on in our state.

Quad-County Region continues upward COVID-19 spiral

Within the 4-county region, Carson’s numbers continue to rise.  A good portion of the rising numbers can be attributed to two of our three prisons.  At last count, Warm Springs has accounted for over 535 positive tests and the minimum security Stewart Conservation Camp accounts for an additional 232. We have no knowledge at this point of what is happening at Northern Nevada Correctional Center. While we think it is unfair for the prison population to be counted against the overall stats of the region, we are informed that because this is the “home” (however temporary) of the prisoners, Carson City is being dunned. CCHS is working with the state to have these numbers eliminated.

This was released from CCHS on 12/8:  Of the new cases reported today, 232 are from the Stewart Conservation Camp. CCHHS has requested these individuals not be counted in the Quad-County numbers. This request was sent to the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force and they indicated at the last meeting that there would be further discussion on this topic. Until CCHHS receives the approval to remove the prison numbers from the Quad-County numbers, CCHHS is required to include them in the numbers. This brings the total number of cases to 6,420, with 3,086 recoveries and 59 deaths; 3,275 cases remain active.Link

The next free testing event is scheduled at Carson City Public Works at 3505 Butti Way between noon-2 next Friday, December 18.

DETR under fire – lots of fraudulent claims

The Reno Gazette Journal had a front page story this past Sunday on the travails of DETR. There’s been lots of fraudulent payments most especially under the PUA category. The most recent DETR news release states nearly 167,000 PUA claims have been found ineligible. Read the full press release.

Also, DETR is now finally upgrading their website to improve navigation on claimant and employer login screens beginning this Saturday. 

You are asked to navigate to the following websites to access the new login screens:

(press release)

There’s talk, talk, talk, but will there be action?

The ongoing pandemic continues to upend people’s lives as the unemployment continues – and could again become worse if the governor shuts down the economy even further. DETR just reported an increase in overall claims – up 36.3 percent since December 5. (press release)

There’s no consensus yet in the U.S. Congress about the continuation of the unemployment program. The feds continue to discuss an added $300 per unemployment paycheck, but Nevada cannot afford to continue the thousands of payments. DETR has stated it will not pay eligible filers the sixth round of the $300 per week Lost Wages Assistance program unless is received more $$’s from the fed. Link

We’re breathlessly waiting for the
Governor’s next press conference

Our three week “pause” is coming to an end and the whole state is on edge waiting to learn what is in store for each until COVID-19 stats subside. Businesses are always hit the hardest unless they are considered “essential” and those “essential” businesses will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine under the Tier 2 level.  Link

CCHHS changes case reporting protocol

Due to the increase in positivity rates throughout the Quad-County region, CCHHS changed their case reporting protocol.  Previously, cases were not reported until an investigation was completed. (that is probably the reason the numbers are now so high) Positive labs received will be reported as an active case and the individuals will be notified of their test result which may be prior to an investigation occurring. Link

Got an APPLE device?
Exposure Notification System launched yesterday

If you have an iPhone using iOS 13.7 or later and enable the Exposure Notification System, you will be automatically notified if you have been around anyone who tested positive for COVID-19. Read more about this new service.

Click here to learn more about how the Nevada COVID Trace app works.

Carson Tahoe hospital near capacity –
additional staff brought in

On 12/7, we received this notice from Carson Tahoe Health:
As you may already know, Nevada has recently been recognized as the state with the highest number of hospitalizations per capita in the country. This matches the surge of COVID-positive patients we are seeing and the increase in hospitalizations. Carson Tahoe is steadily functioning at near capacity daily.

The activation of our surge plan allows us to safely care for increasing volumes of patients. With the plan comes further changes to business as usual. With the holidays here, increasing hospitalized patients, and the steady strain on our frontline workers, Carson Tahoe has brought on additional staffing resources to allow a respite for our employees who are working tirelessly to take care of our community.

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority so maintaining and strengthening our resources is crucial for the long haul.

Non-emergent and elective surgeries continue to be postponed until further notice, allowing us to fully utilize staffed bed capacity and handle increased volumes. Our visitor restriction policy remains active with few exceptions. We are monitoring this fluid situation daily to assure specific needs are being addressed and that our patients are being cared for in the best possible way.

We, along with the rest of Nevada’s healthcare workers, are asking our community to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by doing your part to protect yourself and others.

Will you be following the Starbucks lead by raising wages?

Starbucks just announced an additional pay raise of at least 10% on top of the earlier raise in March given to baristas, supervisors, and café attendants hired before September 14. Those who have worked longer will get an even higher raise. The company is taking this action in light of President-Elect Biden’s proposed Main Street Recovery Plan that include raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Link

Shots fired at 502 Shoshone, off South Carson

11:03pm  Report of shots fired at 502 Shoshone.  Possible Shotgun.  Law Enforcement has surrounded the house.

11:15pm  Tribal officials are inside the house.  No one inside the house.

11:19pm  Those who may have been involved in the disturbance are in a blue or grey pickup – possibly at Shell station.  One male getting out of the pickup.

11:25pm  Law Enforcement says those in the pickup were not involved.

 

Like a story that just won’t die…

Attorney General Ford Joins Coalition Opposing Texas AG’s Baseless Effort to Invalidate 2020 Election Results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin 

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Attorneys General Argue Before Supreme Court That Texas Suit Lacks Legal Support and Offers Zero Evidence of Systemic Voter Fraud 

 

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford has joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general urging the Supreme Court to reject Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request that the Court overturn election results in four states critical to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. In an amicus brief, the coalition argues that Texas’s unprecedented suit depends on a misreading of the Constitution’s Electors Clause—one that clashes with a century of precedent, denies states’ power to make their own decisions about election administration and oversight, and threatens to upend the basic notions of states’ rights. Furthermore, the suit depends on unsupported claims of voter fraud, offering no evidence whatsoever of systemic fraud in the November election. In filing this brief, AG Ford and other attorneys general are asking the Court to throw out Texas’s suit against the four states.

“This last-minute attempt to throw out the results of a national election is unfounded in facts, unprecedented in our country’s history, and undermines fundamental principles of our democracy,” said AG Ford. “States run elections, and voters decide the outcome. As courts have concluded in countless cases across the nation, the states ran free, fair, and secure elections, and these baseless allegations of fraud have no evidentiary basis. American voters chose their next president. Never before has a state attempted to infringe on the right of another state and silence their voters simply because that state’s attorney general did not like the outcome of another state’s election.”

“Let’s be clear – this is an illegitimate case,” AG Ford continued. “It is a political ploy masquerading as a lawsuit, and a meritless one at that. Anyone associated with this craven attempt to score political points at the expense of our democracy should be ashamed of themselves. I am deeply disappointed and greatly regret the affect that this spectacle will have on what historically has been a civil and productive relationship between attorneys general who, despite different philosophies, often work together for the common good of our states’ residents.” (more…)

Shots fired into a CC house – CCSO wants public’s help in tracking down the gunman

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is asking for assistance in identifying subjects involved in a “Shots Fired” into a Carson City residence Wednesday evening.

Carson City Dispatch received several 911 calls about shots being fired in the 2300 block of Columbia Way. Deputies responded and found several shell casings in the area. Deputies located a nearby residence which had damage from a bullet. The bullet was recovered inside.  Luckily no one was injured.

This is an ongoing investigation and the Carson City Sheriff Office is requesting anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Investigation Division at 775-283-7858.

Those with relevant information can also contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Detective Erin McMahon (775) 283-7858, Detective Sergeant Craig Lowe, Lieutenant Daniel Gonzales (775)283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.

Case #2020-7290.

Thank you in advance.
Detective Erin McMahon
Carson City Sheriff’s Office

Investigations
(775) 283-7858
(775) 887-2008 Dispatch

Latest Covid tally in Oregon…December 10th

Oregon reports 1,586 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed 13 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,123, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA also reported 1,586 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 89,838.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across Oregon is 576, which is four fewer than yesterday. There are 127 COVID-19 patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than yesterday. 

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

OHA updates guidance for quarantine

The updates to the new OHA guidance for quarantine follow the new CDC guidance. A person who has been exposed to the virus will need to quarantine if they have spent more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period in close proximity (less than 6 feet away) with an infected individual. Quarantine means keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.  

If a person has been near someone with COVID-19 they should stay home and at least 6 feet away from everyone, including the people they live with, for 14 days. 

A 14-day quarantine is the safest option to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. If the person has not had any symptoms, they may consider ending quarantine early:  

  • After 10 days, without any testing, or 
  • After seven days, if they have had a negative result from an antigen or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that was administered less than 48 hours before they end quarantine. 

If they choose to shorten their quarantine period, there is a small chance they may spread the disease to others post-quarantine so it is critical that they continue monitoring their symptoms for 14 days.   

If the person does develop symptoms, they should continue to avoid contact with others and call their healthcare provider to discuss testing.

There were no updates to the isolation guidelines.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (11), Benton (30), Clackamas (101), Clatsop (13), Columbia (26), Coos (10), Crook (6), Curry (2), Deschutes (47), Douglas (20), Grant (1), Harney (2), Hood River (10), Jackson (60), Jefferson (52), Josephine (14), Klamath (38), Lake (2), Lane (117), Lincoln (7), Linn (58), Malheur (26), Marion (153), Morrow (14), Multnomah (400), Polk (30), Sherman (1), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (31), Union (2), Wallowa (1), Wasco (12), Washington (247), Yamhill (35).

Oregon’s 1111st COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Nov. 9 and died on Dec. 4 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1112th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on Nov. 21 and died on Dec. 8 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1113th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on Nov. 22 and died at her residence. Date of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1114th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Douglas County who tested positive on Nov. 27 and died on Dec. 9 at Mercy Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 1115th COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old man in Douglas County who tested positive on Nov. 10 and died on Dec. 8 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1116th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Nov. 30 and died on Dec. 7 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1117th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Josephine County who tested positive on Nov. 29 and died on Dec. 8 at Three Rivers Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 1118th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Nov. 25 and died on Dec. 9 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1119th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 1 and died on Dec. 7 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1120th COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Nov. 30 and died on Dec. 8 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1121st COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 26 and died on Dec. 6 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1122nd COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 25 and died on Nov. 27 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 1123rd COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Union County who tested positive on Dec. 1 and died on Dec. 4 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Mental and emotional resources for difficult times:

  • Mental and emotional health resources are available on OHA’s Safe + Strong website.
  • Or call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP). The line offers free, 24-7 emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it – not only those experiencing a mental health crisis.

Brandishing a knife at a residence at 3189 Imperial Way

8:28pm  Sheriff’s deputies are enroute to an apartment at 3189 Imperial Way where a man is reported to be brandishing a knife in a domestic dispute.  Two men and a woman are said to be involved. 

8:33pm  Reports from the scene indicate that one man is detained.  Deputies trying to get to the bottom of the dispute.

8:34pm  Appears that deputies have things calmed down. 

Attorney General Ford Joins Multi-state Lawsuit Seeking to End Facebook’s Alleged Illegal Monopoly 

AG Aaron Ford
NV Attorney General

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford has joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging that the company has and continues to illegally stifle competition to protect its monopoly power. The lawsuit alleges that, over the last decade, the social networking giant illegally acquired competitors in a predatory manner and cut services to smaller competitors.  These actions deprived users of the benefits of competition and reduced privacy protections and services. All of these actions were taken in an effort to boost Facebook’s bottom line through increased advertising revenue. 

AG Ford and the coalition of attorneys general asks the court to halt Facebook’s illegal, anticompetitive conduct and block the company from continuing this behavior in the future. Additionally, the coalition asks the court to restrain Facebook from making further acquisitions valued at or in excess of $10 million without advance notice to the plaintiff states for review. Finally, the court is asked to provide any additional relief it determines is appropriate, including the divestiture or restructuring of illegally acquired companies, or current Facebook assets or business lines.  

“Facebook is the most popular social networking platform in the world, with nearly 1.82 billion hits daily,” said AG Ford. “While it is a great tool to connect with people around the world and advertise products and businesses, Facebook’s conduct has violated antitrust laws and gained too much power in the market through legally improper tactics. One aspect of the law is to protect against the restraint of trade by individuals and businesses in the marketplace, and that’s exactly what my office is doing today—protecting Nevadans from legally improper actions that unlawfully restrict trade in this arena.” (more…)

From Nevada Health Institute

Covid-19 Virus

If you’ve been near someone who has COVID-19, you may have been exposed to the virus. You will need to quarantine to keep from spreading the virus to someone else. Quarantine means keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.  

If you have been near someone with COVID-19:  

  • Stay home and at least six feet away from everyone, including the people you live with, for 14 days. 

A 14-day quarantine is the safest option to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. If you have not had any symptoms, you may consider ending quarantine early:  

  • After 10 days, without any testing, or 
  • After seven days, if you have had a negative result from an antigen or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test that was administered less than 48 hours before you end quarantine. 

If you choose to shorten your quarantine period, there is a small chance you may spread the disease to others post-quarantine so it is critical that you continue to monitor yourself for symptoms daily.  

If you develop symptoms, you should continue to avoid contact with others and call your healthcare provider to discuss testing. 

Staying away from others can be difficult. It’s important to take care of yourself during these times. Here are some ideas for self-care during quarantine: 

  • Take time to do things you love – watch a movie, read a book or work in the garden.  
  • Connect with loved ones and friends over phone or video. 
  • Cook something you enjoy, or order contactless food delivery.  
  • Do something creative like art, woodworking or crafting.  
  • Exercise at home.  
  • Meditate.  

Gas Leak in Carson….on Conte, between Hudson and Snyder

3:12pm Carson City Fire-Rescue units are rolling on a report of a natural gas leak at 5510 Conte Drive, between Hudson and Snyder. Natural gas leak in the front yard. Caution in the area.

3:20pm  The gas company is on scene.

3:22pm  Gas company says there is no natural gas leak.   Perhaps a stinky car, truck or bus went by spewing an odor.   It’s usually how it goes.

Crime spree in Carson City, Reno and Sparks – Teens with guns and drugs

Three young men went on a multi day-and-night crime spree last weekend and early this week in Carson City, Reno and Sparks – that according to Carson City deputies as well as Reno and Sparks investigators.  There appeared to be many individual crime scenes from Carson and throughout the Truckee Meadows.

Carson City Sheriff’s investigators say the crime spree was conducted by three young adults, two 18 year olds and one 20year old, armed up with BB guns, hatchets and machetes, driving around all three cities shooting out vehicle windows, business windows as well as apartment windows.

Sheriff’s investigators said the vandals returned to Carson City where they entered The Sportsman’s Warehouse on South Carson Street. An alert clerk spotted two of the young men stealing a BB gun.  The clerk quickly called 9-1-1 and Sheriff’s Deputies soon had them in custody.  The third suspect was caught hiding behind a nearby building.

Deputies say the trio were identified as:  Kelvin Smith, 20, Logan Smith, 18 and Brandon ZaZa, 18.  All three were arrested for what turned out to be 20 separate criminal events. All three were lodged in the Carson City Jail.  Investigators went through the young men’s living quarters and found a wide array of weapons and illegal drugs like hash, meth and other illegal substances.

AG Aaron Ford and other AG’s around the country settle for $86 Million over mortgage loans

AG Aaron Ford
NV Attorney General

Attorney General Ford, 51 Attorneys General reach $86.3 Million Settlement with Mortgage Servicer Nationstar 

Case settles allegations of past violations affecting thousands of ‘Mr. Cooper’ customers  

Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Aaron D. Ford joined with 50 attorneys general and other federal and state agencies to reach an $86.3 million settlement with Nationstar Mortgage. Nationstar is the country’s fourth-largest mortgage servicer.  

The consent judgment resolves allegations that Nationstar, which does business as “Mr. Cooper,” violated consumer protection laws during its servicing of mortgage loans. The settlement provides restitution for a variety of harms that were identified in the investigation. Thousands of borrowers had problems when their loans were transferred to Nationstar, leading to foreclosure in some circumstances. 

“As your attorney general, I strive to protect consumers and homeowners in Nevada,” said AG Ford. “Borrowers who are current homeowners and those looking to become homeowners should not have to worry about questionable loan servicing practices and today’s settlement demonstrates that we will hold loan servicing companies who would harm Nevadans accountable.” 

Today’s announcement reflects the success of collaborative efforts among state and federal law enforcement partners, including the United States Trustee Program (USTP), a component within the Department of Justice that seeks to promote the efficiency and protect the integrity of the bankruptcy system. The USTP is finalizing a separate agreement with Nationstar to address historical servicing issues impacting borrowers in bankruptcy. 

The consent judgment, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, provides approximately $79.2 million in relief affecting 55,814 loans nationally. It covers conduct by Nationstar between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2017.  

In Nevada, the settlement affects 941 loans for a total of $1,233,963.41 in relief.  (more…)

Covid-19 update…Quad County Area

Covid-19 Virus

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 2 Deaths, 104 New Cases, and 15 Recoveries  

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting two additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individuals were:  A female Douglas County resident in her 70’s, another female Carson City resident in her 60’s.

CCHHS is also reporting 104 new cases and 15 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 5,453, with 3,019 recoveries and 56 deaths; 2,378 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 2,786 1,119 1,640 27
Douglas County 1,152 582 564 6
Lyon County 1,456 650 785 21
Storey County 59 27 30 2
TOTAL 5,453 2,378 3,019 56

Gender and age break down of the cases by county as well as the cases by zip code, found at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/ will be updated as information becomes available. Statewide numbers can be found at the Nevada Health Response website (nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/).

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents

The events are COVID-19 testing only, no flu vaccine will be available. Testing is for Quad-County (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County) residents ONLY. All others will be turned away. Events may be canceled 48 hours in advance if inclement weather is expected. Testing is free of charge. Events are first come, first served, no appointments or reservations. View all upcoming events at https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/.

Date Time Location
12/8/2020 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. East Fork Fire Station 12

3620 N. Sunridge Dr, Carson City

12/9/2020 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. New Yerington City Hall

14 Joe Parr Way, Yerington

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) 434-1988.

 

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