16th death reported in Washoe County

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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting the 16th COVID-19-related death in Washoe County.

The deceased was a female in her 90s with underlying health conditions.

Sixteen additional cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Washoe County for a total of 588 residents. There were four additional recoveries.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 588 (+16 from 4/16)
  • Deaths: 16 (+1)
  • Recoveries: 119 (+4)
  • Active cases: 453 (+11)
  • Currently hospitalized: 40 (+2)
  • Released from the hospital: 30

Hospital bed and ventilator occupancy

The state licensed bed count in Washoe County for short-term, acute care hospitals is 1,388, with 287 of those being Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds. The update in Washoe County as of April 17, 2020:

  • 54 percent of short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+-0% since 4/14)
  • 49 percent of the ICU beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 28 percent of ventilators are in use (+5%)

Health District to resume routine inspections

The Environmental Health Services division of the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) will resume conducting routine inspections as staff resources become available from the COVID-19 response.

WCHD inspection staff had paused routine inspections to concentrate only on complaint investigations, construction inspection and essential inspections, based on FDA guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many in the Environmental Health Services division of the Health District were directly involved in the COVID-19 response in Washoe County, such as standing up the drive-thru testing, among other things. More info here.

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Community asked to turn on lights for 2020 high school seniors

The Washoe County School District is asking local businesses and organizations to create signs and messages to remind our seniors to “Be the Light—and Never Give Up on Your Dreams!” on Friday, April 17, at 8:20 p.m. (2020 in military time).

The WCSD Class of 2020 is on the threshold of graduating from high school, but because of COVID-19 closures, they are missing out on some of the most memorable experiences of their senior year. WCSD is asking members of the community to turn up the lights on their signs, marquees, and front porches to send their own message to our graduating seniors. See more here.

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.