500 positive cases in Washoe County

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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 39 additional positive cases and 10 recoveries of COVID-19 in Washoe County. Eleven cases were discharged from the hospital.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 500
  • Deaths: 12
  • Recoveries: 71
  • Active cases: 417
  • Currently hospitalized: 31
  • Cases who have discharged from hospital: 39

Hospital bed and ventilator occupancy information in Washoe County as of April 12, 2020.

  • 53 percent of short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied
  • 51 percent of the Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied
  • 20 percent of ventilators are in use

Park Space – OPEN, Playgrounds – CLOSED!

City of Reno, City of Sparks and Washoe County Parks and Trails are currently open. However, all playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, baseball fields, football/soccer fields, beaches, golf courses and driving ranges, skate parks, bocce ball courts, handball courts, horseshoes pits, and pickle ball courts, restrooms and other amenities are closed until further notice. This means, you and the people you live with, can go to a park or trail but absolutely NO playing on any park equipment AND when enjoying our trails, please keep at least a six-foot distance between you and others on the trail. Wearing a mask is still recommended by the CDC, even when you recreate in the outdoors.

Virtual Town Hall – Friday, April 17
The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is busy assembling a panel of experts to take the community’s COVID-19 business questions in our second Virtual Town Hall on Friday, April 17 at 1 p.m. This Virtual Town Hall will feature guests from our regional business community, plus local elected officials. Submit a question online for our business experts. The first Virtual Town Hall took place on April 10.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week: April 12-18, 2020
The Regional Information Center and all its represented agencies would like to recognize National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 12-18, 2020. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of all of our dispatchers, especially given the current situation with COVID-19. While many people are staying home and/or teleworking, dispatchers are still going to work, putting the community first. Thank you.

Results for COVID-19 Testing

The Health Branch of the Incident Management Team is continuing its drive-thru COVID-19 sample collection for testing. The drive-thru technique allows for safety of patients and staff to collect samples that get sent to the Nevada State Public Health Lab for COVID-19 testing. To see if you’re eligible for testing, please call 775-328-2427 or fill out this form online.

The facility or organization that collects your sample will notify you of a negative test result. If residents had their sample collected by the Washoe County Health District, they will notify those of negative test results within 72 hours.

Notifying residents of positive test results will be completed by the Health District and are a higher priority than notifying those with negative test results. If positive, a case-contact investigation is launched to help notify anyone who had close contact with the person who tested positive.


The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. Follow us on Twitter @COVID19Washoe. The entities include: City of Reno, City of Sparks, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Regional Transportation Commission, REMSA, Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Reno Police Department, Reno Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County School District and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Also in the group are the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.