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UPDATE: Washoe County Health District confirms positive case of COVID-19

Posted at 11:12 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:40:03-04

WASHOE COUNTY (KTNV) — UPDATE MARCH 10, 2020: The Washoe County Health District has now confirmed with the CDC that the male patient from Reno in his 50s is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The second presumptive positive case has been submitted to the CDC and they are waiting for final confirmation on that case.

At this point those are the only 2 cases in Washoe County.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County Health District has received a presumptive positive case of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, Thursday evening.

The district reports this is the first case reported in Washoe County, and the test has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.

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The case involves a Washoe County man in his 50s who was linked to the Grand Princess cruise ship outbreak. Officials his condition was stable and self-isolating at home.

"The health district's top priority right now is to investigate this case and identify close contacts," said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer for the Washoe County Health District.

Also, the case has a family member who is a student at Huffaker Elementary School in Reno, Nev., and out of an abundance of caution, the health district requested the elementary school to be closed on Friday.

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The Washoe County School District said it has informed parents of the closure, but that there were no confirmed cases at the school.

"Our staff is working with the school district to help ensure safety for students and faculty at Huffaker, as well as the community," Dick said.

Friday, the health district said testing results indeed came back negative and that classes at the school would resume on Monday.

The district also said COVID-19 is a serious public health threat, but the immediate risk to the general public in Washoe County and the United States remains low.


"We cannot stress enough that the most important thing people can do to prevent contracting COVID-19 is to practice social distancing, wash your hands with water and soap frequently, cough and sneeze into your sleeve and stay home if you're sick. We ask that you inform family and friends of these preventive measures," Dick said.