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Covid 19 Update: 13 New Cases in the local four counties – CC, VC, LC and DC

Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 13 New Cases and 25 Recoveries

(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting 13 new cases and 25 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 12,731, with 12,239 recoveries and 226 deaths; 266 cases remain active.

Total Cases  Active Cases Recoveries Deaths *Population
Carson City 6,508 98 6,287 123 56,546
Douglas County 2,896 76 2,785 35 49,695
Lyon County 3,217 84 3,068 65 57,987
Storey County 110 8 99 3 4,465
Quad-County 12,731 266 12,239 226 168,693

*Population information taken from the Nevada Health Response Dashboard found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Upcoming Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Appointments are still available, a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Visithttps://booking.appointy.com/en-US/quadcovidvaccine/bookings/service to schedule an appointment.

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Douglas Community Center Gymnasium (1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville)
    • Pfizer (authorized for those ages 12 and older)
  • Friday May 21, 2021 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Dayton High School (335 Dayton Valley Rd, Dayton)
    • Pfizer (authorized for those ages 12 and older)

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

Testing is for Quad-County (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County) residents ONLY, all others will be turned away. Testing is free of charge, no appointments or reservations. To view all upcoming events visit  https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/.

Date Time Location
5/20/2021 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Central Lyon Fire Station 38

199 Six Mile Canyon Rd, Dayton

For COVID-19 questions, vaccine appointment confirmations, or to arrange for testing, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The phone number is (775) 434-1988.

Medical “Provider” Sentenced to Jail for Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Ford Announces Sentencing of former Medicaid Provider Business Owner Lavell James Worthy, Jr.

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Lavell James Worthy, Jr., 34, of Las Vegas, was sentenced in a Medicaid fraud case involving the failure to maintain adequate records. The false claims were submitted to Nevada Medicaid between March 1 and December 23, 2017.

Judge Michael Cherry sentenced Worthy to 364 days in jail, suspended, and placed Worthy on probation. As a part of his sentence, Worthy was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution. Individuals or businesses convicted of Medicaid fraud may also be administratively excluded from future Medicaid and Medicare participation.

“Worthy intentionally misused the Medicaid reimbursement system for his own gain,” said AG Ford. “My office will not allow Medicaid providers to cheat Nevada out of resources reserved for vulnerable individuals. Providers, be on notice that my office will continue to aggressively prosecute these crimes to protect those in need of these services.”

The investigation of this case began after the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) received information that Worthy, the owner of Spirit of David Behavioral Health, LLC, was using his business to submit false claims for services that were never actually provided to Medicaid patients. The investigation revealed that Worthy failed to maintain medical records necessary to substantiate claims billed to Nevada Medicaid. For the minimal documentation that was preserved, many of the notes indicated Medicaid recipients no longer wanted to receive services – however, Worthy, through the operation of Spirit of David, continued to submit claims to Medicaid for payment for medical services that were allegedly provided to his imaginary “customers.”

 

The MFCU investigates and prosecutes financial fraud by those providing healthcare services or goods to Medicaid patients. The MFCU also investigates and prosecutes instances of elder abuse or neglect. The Nevada MFCU receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award. The remaining 25 percent is funded by the State of Nevada, MFCU. Anyone wishing to report suspected fraud regarding any of these concerns may contact the MFCU at 702-486- 3420 or 775-684-1100.

This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Behnaz Salimian Molina.

To view the criminal information of Lavell James Worthy, Jr., click here. To file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, click here.

Havin’ a talk with Nevada’s Attorney General…

Aaron Ford
Nevada AG

Attorney General’s Office Hosts Fourth Conversations With AG Ford   

WHO: Attorney General Aaron D. Ford and members of his Bureau of Consumer Protection. 

WHAT: The fourth in the series of Conversations With AG Ford will feature our office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Members of this Bureau will discuss scams and how Nevadans can protect themselves, how to fight fraud, and what Nevadans should do if they believe they have fallen victim to a scam, deceptive trade practice, or antitrust law violation. Viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions live via the chat bar.    

WHEN: This segment of Conversations With AG Ford will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 4 P.M. 

DETAILS: Members of the public and the media are invited to view and participate in this series which will be streamed through Lifesize. Please note that you do not need a Lifesize account to watch the live stream.  

Link: https://bit.ly/3dk7Im0 

NOTES: Members of the media are encouraged to submit questions in advance via email to MMoazez@ag.nv.gov and Forest@Aag.nv.gov. Members of the public will be provided an opportunity to tune in and pose questions in real time via the chat feature on the right hand side of the screen. 

Seat Belts Save Lives

NHP Increasing Seatbelt Enforcement Efforts

You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Buckle Up

The Nevada Highway Patrol and other Nevada law enforcement agencies participating in the Joining Forces program will be increasing seat belt enforcement efforts throughout the state. While law enforcement continues to conduct traffic stops daily for a multitude of violations, the focus from May 17 through June 1, 2021 will be on “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement.

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2017. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Wearing your seat belt properly and being buckled up during a crash helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle.

Every year, the Nevada Highway Patrol investigates numerous fatal crashes or crashes that result in life-altering injuries due to seat belts being worn improperly or not at all. These tragic crashes and subsequent losses of life are what the Nevada Highway Patrol is trying to prevent through enforcement and education. Seat belts save lives and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time.

The Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Nevada Highway Patrol office located at 357 Hammill Lane, Reno, Nevada 89511 at 10:00 A.M. As community partners committed to saving lives, your attendance is respectfully requested.

Report of a bank robbery – Wells Fargo at Saliman and Highway 50 – Suspect in custody

Wells Fargo at 50E & Saliman robbed Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday at about 4:18 PM the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1550 East William Street for a reported bank robbery. According to witnesses the suspect approached the bank teller and demanded money. The suspect took the money from the teller and fled the bank with the stolen money. The suspect was described as having dyed orange hair and wearing a blue winter jacket. No weapons were used or seen during the commission of the bank robbery.

Jesus Monroy Rojas, 23
Accused Bank Robber

Carson City Sheriff’s Office personnel arrived in the area and set up a containment perimeter. The suspect’s blue jacket was recovered a short distance from the bank. At about 4:43 PM a citizen called 911 and reported witnessing a man shoving money into his pockets in the area of 1764 Russell Street. Carson City Sheriff’s Office personnel responded and apprehended 23-year-old Jesus Monroy-Rojas, whose hair and general description matched the description provided by witnesses at the bank.

Monroy-Rojas was in possession of a large sum of money at the time he was contacted by Sheriff’s Deputies and ultimately admitted he was responsible for the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank.
Jesus Monroy-Rojas was transported to the Carson City Jail where he was booked for Robbery.

 

You don’t get a secod chance to Buckle-UP!

Seat Belts aren’t glamorous…but they do save lives….

NHP Increasing Seatbelt Enforcement Efforts

The Nevada Highway Patrol and other Nevada law enforcement agencies participating in the Joining Forces program will be increasing seat belt enforcement efforts throughout the state. While law enforcement continues to conduct traffic stops daily for a multitude of violations, the focus from May 17 through June 1, 2021 will be on “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement.

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2017. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Wearing your seat belt properly and being buckled up during a crash helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle.

Every year, the Nevada Highway Patrol investigates numerous fatal crashes or crashes that result in life-altering injuries due to seat belts being worn improperly or not at all. These tragic crashes and subsequent losses of life are what the Nevada Highway Patrol is trying to prevent through enforcement and education. Seat belts save lives and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time.

The Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Nevada Highway Patrol office located at 357 Hammill Lane, Reno, Nevada 89511 at 10:00 A.M. As community partners committed to saving lives, your attendance is respectfully requested.

Saluting paramedics on the ground and in the air…

Transporting wounded inmate to hospital.

National EMS Week, May 16-22, is a time to thank those who provide Emergency Medical Services.  This year’s theme is “Caring for Communities” recognizing the vital role EMS plays within Carson City. EMS Week is an opportunity for Carson City Fire Department to demonstrate where EMS is today – and where it’s headed tomorrow.

Nearly 90 percent of emergency calls require medical intervention. The Fire Department’s EMS division provides advanced life support 24-hours a day. All staff are dual-trained Firefighter/Paramedics, Firefighter/EMT, or Firefighter/Advanced EMT, and are well-equipped for any emergency in their jurisdiction and surrounding areas. The EMS division strives to advance with technology and improve efficiency to support the growing need for emergency medical services in Carson City and surrounding jurisdictions.

The EMS division recently purchased and implemented a new life saving piece of equipment for sudden cardiac arrest patients, called AutoPulse. The AutoPulse provides high-quality CPR continuously without interruptions. The AutoPulse measures the chest of a patient and then a band squeezes around the chest and provides uninterrupted CPR, improving blood flow to the heart and brain. A recent study showed the AutoPulse can decrease interruptions in CPR by 85%.  With this device, responders can now concentrate on other life saving measures such as breathing and medications for patients.  Responders have little to no interruptions in CPR during movement of the patient in homes or stairways, difficult terrains, or transport in a moving ambulance. 

Around-the-clock Carson City’s emergency medical responders care for their community, offering compassion to those in critical need. The AutoPulse device is a key element in increasing resilience, Carson City Fire Department is making every additional effort in life-saving practices. During the week-long initiative honoring EMS professionals, community members are encouraged to reach out and thank emergency medical service practitioners for their remarkable service.

YouTube link to Carson City Fire Department’s AutoPulse video – https://youtu.be/b1VyfHosLto

Watch out for scammers trying to hijack funerals

Welcome to the FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against COVID funeral scams. 

Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) started providing up to $9,000 in reimbursement funds to applicants for each COVID-19 related funeral for which they were responsible. Let’s say you had a parent die, and the death certificate confirms COVID was the cause. You paid for the funeral and have receipts to prove it. You can apply to FEMA for reimbursement.  

If you were responsible for multiple funerals, you can apply for a total of up to $35,500. There are some restrictions in terms of eligibility for the funds, and anyone who is interested in applying should check FEMA.govfor all eligibility requirements (https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq) 

As with any disaster or relief program, scam artists will attempt to take advantage of those most in need. According to FEMA, one particular fraud that is already taking root involves bad actors who offer to help you apply for aid. Note: there is only one way to apply for FEMA’s funeral aid, and that is by calling FEMA directly at 844-684-6333. There is no online application process and no legitimate way that others can apply on your behalf. 

Here’s how to protect yourself: 

Don’t respond to any third-party offer, email, text message, or social media post offering to help you get aid.
Don’t respond to any solicitation that looks like it is from FEMA directly. FEMA will not contact you unless you make the initial call.
Never give out personal information – including name, date of birth, Social Security number or other sensitive information – for yourself or for your deceased relative unless you made the call to FEMA and you know you are speaking to a FEMA representative.  

If you believe are a victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

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