Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting this week the second case of the B.1.1.7 Covid-19 VARIANT within our four county region.
The Nevada State Public Health Lab has confirmed the arrival of a viral variant in a Douglas County resident. The individual has no travel history and no known exposures or connections to the previously reported B.1.1.7 case in Carson City. The lab is conducting extensive contact tracing on the confirmed case to reduce or stop the spread of the variant.
This is the second case of the variant in the region. CCHHS is encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Getting vaccinated and staying diligent with COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, staying home when sick and practicing proper hand hygiene are important to slowing the spread of COVID-19 – especially the B.1.1.7 variant. Carson City and surrounding county residents can sign up to attend COVID-19 vaccination sessions for those age 16 and older. But it’s by appointment only.
Those ages 16 and 17 are authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine. When scheduling an appointment, the vaccine name is included in the title. To schedule an appointment and for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccine/.
10:58pm Head on crash at Spooner Junction. Careflight is standing by.
11:04pm Injuries are minor.
Sheriff’s Deputies know how to box in a fleeing suspect.
Initial reports indicated that a stolen car out of Reno was headed for Carson City with a lady driver at the wheel. Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies picked up on the chase which wound around the west side of town. The lady driver reportedly hit a number of parked cars while trying to elude Carson City Deputies.
This is how a Deputy maneuvers the fleeing vehicle.
Fortunately nobody was reported to be hurt.
Sheriff Ken Furlong said a number of Sheriff’s Office patrol cars were damaged in the chase. But again, deputies corralled the woman without any reported injuries. She was described as very “disturbed” and was whisked away from the scene and taken to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.
Submitted by Carson City Sheriff’s Department:
On April 9th, a state-owned vehicle was reported stolen from the Reno area. Agencies throughout the region were alerted to be watchful for the vehicle. At approximately 3 p.m., a Carson City Deputy on routine patrol witnessed a vehicle matching the reported stolen vehicle passing through the downtown city corridor at an estimated 70 miles per hour. When the Deputy turned his vehicle to stop the car the driver attempted to escape by speeding into a congested neighborhood with several schools letting out at the time.
Deputies were nearly able to stop the suspect at the extreme west side of Carson, however, the suspect then ran the stolen vehicle into the Deputies car and another parked car to escape from the area and fled directly into a school zone with parents and children exiting the schools. Although a school lockdown and spike strips were directed, the suspect ran the stolen vehicle head-on into another Sheriff’s vehicle at the 700 block of West Fifth Street before either precautionary measure could be executed. The suspect rammed the stolen vehicle into a Deputies SUV on the opposite side of the roadway. A total of 8 vehicles (including the stolen vehicle) were damaged by the suspect ramming the stolen vehicle into them. Initial information received suggested one vehicle hit in the school zone was loading children into the car.
Amber Monson, DOB:12/24/1989, was taken into custody at the scene after offering substantial resistance. While no significant injuries were reported, the suspect was transported to Carson Tahoe Hospital to be examined before she was transported to the jail. One Deputy was reported to have minor injuries resulting from shattering glass. No hospitalizations were necessary.
Monson was booked into the Carson City Jail on the charges of: Battery with a Deadly Weapon (5 counts, Class B Felony), Eluding Police with Death or Bodily Harm, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Child Endangerment, Duty to Stop at an Accident (three counts), and Reckless Driving. Bail was set at $30,000.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is pleased to announce expanded care for addiction services. On April 8, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Oregon’s application for a five-year Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver, which will increase access to treatment services for people with substance use disorders (SUD) who are covered by the Oregon Health Plan.
Prior to the approval of the SUD waiver, any Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) could not bill services to Medicaid. IMDs are settings of more than 16 beds that are primarily engaged in providing diagnosis, treatment, or care of persons with mental diseases, including medical attention, nursing care, and related services. The waiver now allows federal funds to match state funds for substance use treatment for Medicaid members in an IMD.
The waiver, which is effective April 8, 2021, through March 31, 2026, will allow Oregon to:
- Expand the continuum of care for people with substance use disorders.
- Improve access to care for substance use disorders, including outreach, initiation, treatment and recovery.
- Reduce use of emergency departments and inpatient hospital settings for treatment.
- Reduce readmissions to the same or higher level of care when the readmission is preventable or medically inappropriate.
- Increase rates of identification, initiation, and engagement in treatment for substance use disorders.
- Include housing support services in the treatment care plan.
“The new federal funding, in addition to the investment provided in the Governor’s Budget for 2021-23, will allow Oregon to accomplish our vision to prevent and identify substance use disorder and support people in sustaining long-term recovery,” said Oregon Health Authority Behavioral Program Director Steve Allen.
While the additional covered services will help more Oregonians, the state’s application to support people with ongoing, post-treatment, and peer recovery services with Medicaid funding was not approved. Oregon will continue to find other ways to fund this crucial component of effective treatment.
Oregon Health Authority Medicaid Director Lori Coyner said, “We are excited and hopeful about the opportunities to improve access for Oregon Health Plan members to important substance use treatment services.”
OHA will begin working with Coordinated Care Organizations to implement activities immediately, with the goal of implementing all new activities by January 2023