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Quad County Covic-19 Update….

Corona Virus
Update…

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: Eighteen New Cases and Seven Recoveries

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eighteen new cases and seven additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 764, with 622 recoveries, and fourteen deaths, 128 cases remain active.

The new cases are:

  • A male Lyon County resident under the age of 18 with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Carson City resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 40’s with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Douglas County resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Douglas County resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Douglas County resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Lyon County resident in his 60’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Lyon County resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Lyon County resident in his 50’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Carson City resident in his 40’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Carson City resident under the age of 18 with a connection to a previously reported case.
  • An adult male Douglas County resident in his teens with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Carson City resident in his 70’s with no connection to a previously reported case.Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.

 

The erupting fire was lightning quick and snuffing it out was just about as fast…

It doesn’t take much….

6:30 pm A lightning bolt hit the hillside overlooking the Indian Colony in Southwest Carson City early Friday evening. It was a pretty good hit because it caused a very visible fire. A neighbor down below near the intersection of Boyle and Wialaki grabbed a bucket of water, walked up the side of the hill and doused most of the flames. Carson City Fire Fighters joined in and some spotty rainfall helped finished off the rest.

But neighbors in the area should not let their guard down. With so much dry brush, a hiding spark could erupt and cause an encore.

Governor Sisolak lays it out – “Racism is a public health crisis across the United States.”

Governor Sisolak
“Racism is a public health crisis nationwide.”

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a proclamation this week to formally declare “Racism is a public health crisis nationwide.”

Nevada’s chief executive said “Given Nevada’s diverse population as a minority, majority state, this call to action raises awareness so Nevada does not perpetuate poor health outcomes due to systemic racism during and after the pandemic.

“Institutional and systemic racism has gone on far too long in this country and in this State. Based on research, we are taking a proactive approach in joining fellow leaders around the country to declare racism as a public health crisis, “ said Gov. Sisolak. “I am grateful to be joined by the Nevada Legislature in recognizing that racism manifests in measurable ways, including public health. I look forward to working with Nevada leaders and the Office of Minority Health and Equity on this critical issue.”

Experts and studies have shown that negative social determinants, with racism being at the forefront, have adversely affected the health of minority communities. This has also been demonstrated in many forms including unequal access to mental health services and a lack of educational and career opportunities, among many others.

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the challenges caused by racial disparities within Nevada’s communities, especially in the form of virus and environmental exposure risks, and through all major stages of health care.

With this proclamation, Nevada joins other state and local governments that have passed or are considering similar declarations to raise awareness and with the goal of instigating long-term change across all sectors of government, including education, housing, and criminal justice. Importantly, this proclamation also enhances work already being done by the State’s Office of Minority Health and Equity, which was initially created by the Nevada Legislature in 2005 and expanded in 2017.

The Office of Minority Health and Equity engages communities statewide to promote health equity and combat health disparities through advocacy and education. For example, the Office is supporting important legislation signed by Governor Sisolak during the 2019 Session which addresses the results of systemic racism and requires cultural competency training for health care providers.

CC Supervisors covered a lot of ground Thursday…

CC Board of Supervisors
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Carson City Supervisors were all over the map Thursday working with Carson Tahoe Hospital on plans to construct an enclosed walkway from the hospital’s main building, across Eagle Creek and into CTH’s surgical center. The plan was approved. The Supervisors also approved the layout of catch basins to reduce the likelihood of any major flooding up or downstream from the surgical center. The addition of the new enclosed walkway will make patient transfers from the main hospital building to the surgical center much easier. Nearby wetlands will also be better protected with carefully regulated water flows through the downstream area. The hospital is paying for the improvements.

The Supervisors were quite pleased to acknowledge the arrival of what amounts to a huge check from Washington DC. Nevada state officials notified Carson City that there is over $10 Million available to be split between the city, the Carson City School District as well as Carson Tahoe Hospital and Eagle Valley Care Center, all under the umbrella of coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

And finally, the Supervisors were convinced that instead of buying new they can pay half-price for what will be the rebuilding of the city’s main landfill trash compactor. It’s got a lot of miles on it. Landfill employees were given permission to rebuild their Al-Jon 500 trash compactor that arrived in Carson City back in 2012. 11,000 work hours later it needs an over-haul. The restoration of the compactor will be handled by Tri-County Equipment and Repair and is a sole source for Factory Certified Re-manufactured Al-Jon compactors in the United States. The over-haul will run the city just under a half-million dollars. A totally new unit would run well over one million dollars.

Smart Suggestions Coming From Western Nevada College


Western Nevada College

A group of seasoned professors at Western Nevada College have some sage advice for new and returning students: Enroll in Strategies for Academic Success (EPY 150) class this fall.

You can thank them later when you have completed your college education and are a happily employed professional.

Essentially, what the course will do for students is set them up for success in higher education. It will help them learn how to learn.

But some may say, “We’ve had 13 years of elementary and secondary education before coming to college so we know what it takes to learn.”

Yes, but in EPY 150 there is an opportunity to gain more insight into what it takes to be successful in college courses and the chance to become more self-aware of what will make you a better learner.

“I like to think of it as a course that is designed to assist students in their personal journey, whether it is their academic journey or their own intrapersonal journey and to help them engage in the process of reaching their own individual potentials — wherever those potentials lie,” said History Professor Kim DesRoches, who has also served as the college’s interim Liberal Arts director.

Listen to those who have taken the course.

Nayelli Lara-Gutierrez said she was apprehensive heading into her freshman year at WNC, but fortunately registered for EPY 150 her first semester.

“I was a nervous new college student with no real idea of what college had in store,” said Lara-Gutierrez, who recently graduated with an Associate of Arts degree. “But this class taught me how to handle my stress, how to take good notes and what learning style best fit me. I use all these habits now and this class made me a better student. I highly recommend taking this class; it gave me the confidence to succeed.” read more…

Covid-19 Update, August 6

Corona Virus
Update…

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: One Death, Six New Cases, and Fifteen Recoveries

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individual was a female Lyon County resident in her 80’s with underlying conditions. There are also six new cases and fifteen additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 746, with 615 recoveries, and fourteen deaths, 117 cases remain active.

The new cases are:

  • A female Carson City resident in her 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • An adult male Lyon County resident in his teens with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Douglas County resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Douglas County resident in his 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A female Carson City resident in her 30’s with no connection to a previously reported case.
  • A male Douglas County resident in his 20’s with no connection to a previously reported case.

Carson City Health and Human Services is working to identify close risk contacts to prevent further spread of the disease. Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, no further information about the cases will be released.

County Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Deaths
Carson City 330 41 281 8
Douglas County 194

38

156 0
Lyon County 218 38 174 6
Storey County 4 0 4 0
TOTAL 746 117 615 14

 

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 COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents

There is one drive-thru COVID-19 testing event for Quad-County residents this week. Testing is free of charge; first come, first served, no appointments or reservations.

  • August 7, 8 a.m. to 11 a.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) 283-4789.

 

They’re finally building the BIG traffic roundabout on South Carson @ Stewart

Nothing but progress as far as the eye can see on South Carson Street.  Not only are lanes being added but there’s a HUGE roundabout that’s already made an impressive footprint there at South Carson and Stewart. The underground work on storm water, sewer and water utilities have been completed making it possible to start building a very large circular intersection which is completely devoid of traffic lights.  You just get into the circle and drive – and you exit when it suits you!

The Stewart Street portion of the intersection at South Carson is closed until the middle of next month when there will be some sort of gala opening of the roundabout – the first since Carson City Public Works installed the first roundabout at 5th and Edmonds over ten years ago.

The mid-September opening of the east side of the roundabout will provide northbound movements on Carson Street and northbound movements to Stewart Street.  City public works expects to fully open the new roundabout in early to mid-October.

In the meantime detour signs will direct drivers to Roop Street and to Fairview Drive.  Curry Street won’t be marked as a detour and will no doubt provide easier north-south driving until the roundabout is fully functional.

Public Works sent out a brochure in utility bills and has posted a video on how-to safely navigate the new roundabout.  It’s on the “Carson Proud” web site at http://carsonproud.com/southcarsonstreet/, and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/swV_kY6ovH0.

Sierra Nevada Construction will resume repaving the week of Aug. 10, starting from Sonoma to Stewart streets, which should be finished that week.  Northbound lanes between Stewart and 5th streets should be done by mid-September and the southbound lanes by early October. The stretch from Sonoma Street south to Appion Way will be repaved by mid-October.

One nice this about this very large round-about is that by being larger there is less tire wear as drivers navigate the wider circle.  It’s much larger than the roundabout at Edmonds and 5th.

Trump takes aim at Nevada’s voters – Making it harder to get their ballots counted….

Democrats protest new rules that have slowed the delivery of absentee ballots

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill told President Trump that preserving funding for the U.S. Postal Service and removing new rules that have slowed down the mail already, are essential components to a new coronavirus relief bill – especially in a year when millions of Americans plan to vote by mail rather than stand in long lines for hours just to vote – not to mention the Covid-19 Virus being carried everywhere on the winds.

 

“Elections are sacred,” Senator Schumer told reporters after a meeting with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “To hold  back the mail when all ballots have to be counted we can’t say, “Oh, we’ll get 94 percent of them!”  Schumer reminded everyone “In this country we count ALL the ballots – not just some of them.”

But Trump has shot back with an ominous threat.  Click here.