SNHD Releases More Info On 2nd Clark County Coronavirus Case

Diagnosis Still Needs To Be Confirmed By The CDC

Mitch Kelly
March 05, 2020 - 9:24 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The Southern Nevada Health District received a report of a second presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident on March 8 and released more details on Monday

The patient is a woman in her 70s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation. Two adults have been identified as close contacts of this individual and are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The patient is reporting in-state travel prior to developing symptoms. The Health District is working with its health care partners on this ongoing investigation.

Last week, a male in his 50s also tested positive for cornoavirus. The result is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The man remains hospitalized in serious condition.

The first patient reported a recent travel history to Washington state, where community spread of the virus is being reported, and Texas, which recently reported its first travel-associated case. The Health District is working with its health care partners and leading the effort to quickly identify close contacts of the patient.

Also over the weekend, Washoe County Health Authorities reported a second similar "presumptive positive" case. The identity of that person has also not been revealed

The public can help the response: 

  • Do not go the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
    • If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
  • Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. Up to date information is available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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