El Dorado County reports 30 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 10 from Tahoe

Thirty more El Dorado County residents have contracted the coronavirus, including 10 in the Lake Tahoe region, officials announced Tuesday.

All of the new cases are from tests taken Saturday or before. Officials continue to experience delays with the state’s reporting system, CalREDIE, which impacts the data. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard shows no new cases, or “episodes,” since Saturday where there are two cases.

The testing delays are preventing officials from receiving all the negative results which impacts the positivity rate which is showing up the state’s 8% threshold for going on the watch list. However, the state has paused putting any additional communities on the list due to the issues. 

Officials reported 17 recoveries on Tuesday putting the active case count at 173.

The Lake Tahoe region of the county continues to far outpace the rest of the communities with 374 of the total 785 cases.

Of the new cases, one is a kid 17 or younger, 16 are in the 18-49 age group, eight are between 50-64 and five are 65 or older.

There are also four residents in local hospitals, all are in the intensive care unit.

Incline Village has 10 active cases, out of 69 overall, Washoe County officials reported on Tuesday. 

The county also reported its 121st death and 72 new cases along with 90 recoveries. There are 1,082 active cases and 87 residents are in the hospital.

Carson City Health and Human Services reported two new cases in Douglas County, and 13 overall in the Quad-County region which includes Carson City, Lyon and Storey counties.

Douglas County reported its first death on Monday, a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions.

Douglas has had 208 cases and 36 remain active.

The Quad-County region has had 816 cases overall, 142 are active and there have been 15 virus-related deaths.

Drive-Through COVID-19 testing for Quad-County residents is available from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, on a first-come, first served basis at Douglas High School in Minden. Testing is free.

Coronavirus claims 1st life in Douglas County

The first Douglas resident’s death attributed to the coronavirus outbreak as announced on Monday.

A man in his 80s with underlying conditions became the first person residing in the county to succumb to the virus.

According to Carson City Health and Human Services that brings the total to 15 deaths in Carson City, Lyon, Douglas and Storey counties.

The only new Douglas case was a woman in her 30s with no known connection to a previous case.

Douglas has had 206 cases since the first case in mid-March.

There are 42 active cases of the virus and 163 recoveries.

A community coronavirus testing event is scheduled for 8-11 a.m. Friday at Douglas High School.

For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 775-283-4789. Spanish speakers are available.

Callie’s Cabin:

Welcome to cabin fever. It’s a real thing — restlessness rising from a prolonged stay in a confined place. The thing is, in the pre-pandemic summertime I’d swim, travel, and write or edit a book. This year, my life, like maybe yours, has been turned upside down due to the new normal.

Sure, I try to maintain structure, like walking the dog, planting trees, writing articles — and cooking up immune-boosting summer-ish vegetables. It’s all part of my long stay healthy “staycation” (a vacation at home).

So this week I decided to enjoy making a homemade veggie dip including a small bread bowl and crunchy, stress-busting gourmet crackers. The dip is often enjoyed as an appetizer for more than one — but these days one is the new normal number.

Spinach-artichoke dip brings me back home to my roots in California. South of San Jose we have fields of artichokes, garlic, mushrooms, and spinach. While it may not be a Pacific Northwest or enjoying my favorite Emerald Suite in Seattle with a bay-city view — it is inspired by life the way it was in our Golden State and provided a homey feel-good vibe.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip and Bread Bowl

1 cup parmesan cheese shavings (save ½ for topping)

1/3 cup sour cream

½ cup Greek Yogurt (I used honey vanilla)

1 to 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced

½ cup baby spinach, rinsed, drained

½ cup fresh artichoke hearts, cooked, drained, chopped (I used fresh, raw mushrooms)

½ teaspoon Herb de Provence (a mix of Italian dried herbs)

Ground pepper to taste

2 tablespoons European style butter (salted), melted

1 small round sourdough bread (I used one purchased at Safeway)

Whole grain crackers

In a mixing bowl, combine cheese, sour cream, and yogurt. Stir. Fold in garlic, artichokes chunks (or mushrooms), spinach, spice, and ground pepper. Put in fridge. Meanwhile, cut top off bread. Scoop out bread. Brush bowl with butter or dip bread into bowl with melted butter. Fill bread bowl with dip. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Serve hot. Cut or cut into quarters and dip. You can serve with crackers. Serves 1. *You can put in the refrigerator for leftovers.

The bread bowl was small – ideal for one. This fun to make and eat bread bowl with dip helped beat a bout of cabin fever on the south shore. On the deck with my oasis garden spots, I savored the treat as you will, too. As I often say, “You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.” Who wants their own bread bowl?

Cal Orey, M.A., is an author and journalist. Her books include the Healing Powers Series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, HonTey, Coffee, Tea, Superfoods, Essential Oils, Herbs and Spices) published by Kensington. (The collection has been featured by the Good Cook Book Club.) Her website is www.calorey.com.

Tahoe Talk: US surpasses 5 million virus cases; Meteor shower peaks this week

Tahoe Talk brings you the major news dominating the world right now and some fun niche news for conversation starters as you break bread with friends and family. Listen to the discussion here.

Quick Hits:

  • Trump signs four executive orders … you’ll hear plenty about this throughout the week, no details yet about overall stimulus checks
  • A magnitude 5.1 earthquake along North Carolina’s border with Virginia on Sunday… strongest to rock the region since a magnitude 5.2 quake in 1916
  • 12,000-plus crew members are still on cruise ships in US waters months after shutdowns
  • Mulan premieres on Disney Plus Sept. 4 for $30 (in addition to $6.99 monthly subscription)
  • Global spending on cloud services hit a record $35 billion in the second quarter, surging 30% as companies shifted biz apps online for WFH.
  • Samsung unveils its 5G Galaxy Note 20 phone at a lowered price tag of $1K
  • Perseids meteor shower is set to peak this week (Tues/Wed best for our region)

Deeper Dives:

  • The U.S. surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday — one-quarter of all cases reported worldwide. The staggering milestone comes just 17 days after reaching 4 million cases and as the U.S. reports more than 165k deaths. Brazil is now the second country with 3m cases and also the second country to report 100k deaths. All this as the world nears passes 20m cases, a number experts widely believe is underreported due to insufficient or inaccurate testing.
  • San Quentin State Prison is now home to the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak after its case levels last week passed those at an Ohio prison (2,470 cases and 22 deaths as of last week since the May transfer of inmates from a Chino facility hard-hit by the virus)
  • California corporate boards would no longer be allowed to have only white members if a bill currently under consideration in the Legislature passes. The bill, would require publicly held companies to have at least one person of color on their corporate boards by 2021 or face a $100,000 fine … this follows on the heels of a controversial 2018 law that mandated women in corporate boardrooms

Local News:

  • Minden protests conclude with no vandalism or injuries
  • All campfires in NV banned
  • City Council SLT and other filing deadlines
  • NLT town hall for small business on Thursday
  • Bats test positive for rabbles in Douglas Co.

Fact Check:
Trump: “Children are virtually immune from this disease.” False. 97,000 children test positive in the last two weeks of July

National Relaxation Day: Sat. Aug. 15.

Listen to the discussion here.

Tahoe Talk: US surpasses 5 million virus cases; Meteor shower peaks this week

Tahoe Talk brings you the major news dominating the world right now and some fun niche news for conversation starters as you break bread with friends and family. Listen to the discussion here.

Quick Hits:

  • Trump signs four executive orders … you’ll hear plenty about this throughout the week, no details yet about overall stimulus checks
  • A magnitude 5.1 earthquake along North Carolina’s border with Virginia on Sunday… strongest to rock the region since a magnitude 5.2 quake in 1916
  • 12,000-plus crew members are still on cruise ships in US waters months after shutdowns
  • Mulan premieres on Disney Plus Sept. 4 for $30 (in addition to $6.99 monthly subscription)
  • Global spending on cloud services hit a record $35 billion in the second quarter, surging 30% as companies shifted biz apps online for WFH.
  • Samsung unveils its 5G Galaxy Note 20 phone at a lowered price tag of $1K
  • Perseids meteor shower is set to peak this week (Tues/Wed best for our region)

Deeper Dives:

  • The U.S. surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday — one-quarter of all cases reported worldwide. The staggering milestone comes just 17 days after reaching 4 million cases and as the U.S. reports more than 165k deaths. Brazil is now the second country with 3m cases and also the second country to report 100k deaths. All this as the world nears passes 20m cases, a number experts widely believe is underreported due to insufficient or inaccurate testing.
  • San Quentin State Prison is now home to the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak after its case levels last week passed those at an Ohio prison (2,470 cases and 22 deaths as of last week since the May transfer of inmates from a Chino facility hard-hit by the virus)
  • California corporate boards would no longer be allowed to have only white members if a bill currently under consideration in the Legislature passes. The bill, would require publicly held companies to have at least one person of color on their corporate boards by 2021 or face a $100,000 fine … this follows on the heels of a controversial 2018 law that mandated women in corporate boardrooms

Local News:

  • Minden protests conclude with no vandalism or injuries
  • All campfires in NV banned
  • City Council SLT and other filing deadlines
  • NLT town hall for small business on Thursday
  • Bats test positive for rabbles in Douglas Co.

Fact Check:
Trump: “Children are virtually immune from this disease.” False. 97,000 children test positive in the last two weeks of July

National Relaxation Day: Sat. Aug. 15.

Listen to the discussion here.