Governor Sisolak Releases Statement Regarding Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 in Washoe County

Carson City, NV - March 06, 2020

Last night, the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) announced Washoe County’s first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. As stated by the WCHD, the test will now go to the federal Centers for Disease Control for confirmatory testing. This is Nevada’s second presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

Governor Sisolak: “My heart goes out to the patient impacted by COVID-19 in Washoe County. As the situation continues to rapidly develop throughout Nevada and around the country, we will continue to coordinate and support a coordinated response and preventative measures at all levels of government. As Nevadans continue to take preventative measures as they’ve been instructed to do, I will be joining our federal delegation in seeking additional resources to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19. I encourage all Nevadans not to panic, but to take this seriously and to stay informed as updates on this developing situation become available. As we are now experiencing the anticipated impact on our local schools, I am in daily contact with the State Superintendent and education leaders, and we continue to work in partnership with the districts to prioritize the health of our students, education staff and their families, and ensure that the State serves as a resource to provide the necessary support. We will continue to choose collaboration over chaos. We will continue to prepare and prevent, not panic.”

Jhone Ebert, Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction: “The Department of Education has been working with district leaders throughout the state on preparation and contingency plans for COVID-19 and we have developed recommendations and options to support them in addressing local concerns. Just as we are partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services, our districts and schools are working with local health districts to ensure that all decisions are made with the safety of students, educators, and staff at the forefront, as always.”

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Ryan McInerney
Communications Director