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Washoe County Reports Biggest One-Day Jump In Coronavirus Cases

Another nursing home has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the biggest one-day jump of coronavirus cases over at Washoe County. There were 54 new cases reported, bumping up the total count to, 1,256.

According to the Washoe County Health District, it was the highest daily increase in the county to date. And it appears that a nursing home in Sparks has been singled out as the source aside from increased testing and socializing by members in public in the region, Reno Gazette-Journal reported. Arbors Memory Care was identified as the spot where half of the new COVID-19 cases came from.

Arbors Memory Care released a statement, saying that they are implementing strict guidelines for their staff and patients. They added that they were testing all staff and patients as often as necessary. Last May 12, one of the residents tested positive for COVID-19. Arbors did not confirm if it was tied up to the outbreak at the facility.

Arbors Memory Care is the latest nursing home linked to an increase in coronavirus cases. Other nursing homes who had an increase in cases include Lakeside Health and Wellness, which accounted for 15 of the 30 total COVID-19 deaths that were mentioned in a past report covering Washoe County. But even more alarming is that cases in nursing homes around the state are getting higher.

There have been 714 confirmed cases from skilled nursing and another 80 from assisted living facilities. Breaking down the numbers, 462 of those were residents while 334 were staff members. Aside from the new cases, there was a new COVID-19 death reported over the weekend. It was the 47th death, a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions.

However, there were also new cases in the county not linked to nursing homes. A deputy from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office tested positive for COVID-19. He was the fifth employee to test positive after showing symptoms only on Thursday after his shift ended. A second deputy who had been working alongside him was also tested but results returned negative. Six employees who were in contact with the infected deputy have been placed on quarantine, according to News 4.

With COVID-19 testing increasing, the county expects more cases to be added. The 80,637 people in Nevada have undergone coronavirus testing with total deaths currently at 349.

Registered nurse in nursing home Abuse of the elderly has increased in nursing homes in recent years. Thomas Bjørkan