For Immediate Release
PR #:2000056
Date Issued:May 17, 2020 - 10:32am

Washoe County Sheriff's deputy tests positive for COVID-19

CONTACT:Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam reported today that a Sheriff’s Office detention deputy has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the fifth Washoe County Sheriff’s Office employee to test positive for the novel coronavirus.

The deputy was at the end of his shift Thursday, May 14, 2020 when he began experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus. He remained at home during the testing process. His test came back positive last night.

The Sheriff’s Office also tested a second deputy who had been working with him on Thursday. That deputy’s test came back negative. Out of an abundance of caution the Sheriff’s Office has quarantined an additional six personnel who worked around the deputy who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to work with the Washoe County Health District for further investigation. Information about all persons who may have come into contact with these employees is being provided to the Health District.

The Sheriff’s Office is prepared to take any additional steps deemed appropriate by the Washoe County Health District.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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