Archives for August 2020

Spaghetti Bowl Express Project is Underway

The Nevada Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that northbound Interstate 580 lanes have now been shifted and reduced directly south of the spaghetti bowl as NDOT launches the Spaghetti Bowl Xpress project. Additional overnight lane closures are also being announced. Through December, northbound I-580 lanes are split as crews replace aging interstate concrete. The existing interstate lanes are reduced between Mill Street and the spaghetti bowl 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Nevada health officials reporting 447 new confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, but no additional deaths. They said confirmed cases reported daily has decreased since peaking above 1,400 on July 15. It’s a trend that officials attribute at least partially to Nevada’s face-covering mandate and limits on large gatherings.

More WCSD Schools Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Sixteen schools in the Washoe County School District (WCSD) now have at least one coronavirus case, district officials reported Sunday night. WCSD officials reported positive cases at four new schools and two cases at schools where positive cases were already reported. They reported positive cases at Reed High School, Lemelson STEM Academy, Mendive Middle School, Spanish Springs High School, Hunsberger Elementary School and Drake Elementary School. All schools are undergoing enhanced cleaning protocols per health district and CDC guidelines.

Lyon County added to state’s ‘high-risk’ COVID-19 transmission list

Lyon County makes a list no one wants to be on…they’re now considered “high-risk” when it comes to COVID-19 transmission. The state’s two largest counties Washoe and Clark remain on the list while Humboldt County dropped off. If Lyon County remains on the list for a second straight week, county officials will have to submit a plan to show how they will curb spread of the virus.

600 students in 10 schools are home after possible COVID exposure

Six-hundred students in Washoe County School District currently couldn’t take in-person classes if they wanted to — they’re participating in distance learning after possible exposure to COVID-19. The cases are tied to 10 different schools.

Washoe County adds 3 COVID-19 deaths for a total of 136

Washoe County’s death toll from COVID-19 didn’t hold steady for the week. We added three deaths, including a man in his 70s with no underlying health conditions, and two men–one in his 50s and one in his 70s–both with underlying conditions. The death toll now stands 136. The county added 73 new cases and 45 recoveries.

Washoe’s COVID risk assessment, online permitting site to close over weekend

Washoe County’s COVID risk assessment, which you need to get a COVID-19 test, and online permitting and licensing system will be down beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. The system is undergoing routine maintenance and won’t be usable again until Monday morning.

Douglas County shooting facility to close for maintenance Monday

The Douglas County Shooting Facility will close its shooting range this Monday for routine maintenance. The closure will last for about two weeks. They’ll be installing additional baffles to protect surrounding neighborhoods from projectiles. It will reopen September 11th.

Missing Boater Found Dead

The missing boater was found dead with the help of El Dorado County Search and Rescue and cadaver dogs around 3 p.m. Thursday. He has been positively identified as Ian Morlang. Families and friends have been notified. There is no other information given at this time. Multiple agencies were searching for a boater who went missing after an accident on Tuesday afternoon. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department were called at about 5 p.m. on August 25 about the incident involving a sail boat.

Washoe Co. Resident First to Test Positive for COVID-19 Twice in the U.S.

A Washoe County resident is the first person to contract the coronavirus twice in the United States. According to Dr. Mark Pandori, the director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, the case involved somebody who was symptomatic and appeared to be sick. The resident tested positive, then negative twice and eventually tested positive a second time. The second time required hospitalization, according to Pandori.