22 new cases, nine recoveries of COVID-19 in Washoe County

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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Team is reporting 22 new cases of COVID-19 and nine recoveries in Washoe County.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 684 (+22 from 4/20)
  • Deaths: 18 (+0)
  • Recoveries: 175 (+9)
  • Active cases: 491 (+13)
  • Currently hospitalized: 41 (-2)
  • Cases who have discharged from hospital: 42 (+5)

Hospital bed and ventilator information

In Washoe County as of April 20, 2020:

  • 57 percent of short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+2% since April 19)
  • 53 percent of the Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-3%)
  • 24 percent of ventilators are in use (even)

Health District launches COVID-19 map; data doesn’t show where residents contracted the virus

The Washoe County Health District launched a COVID-19 case-positive map as part of its overall COVID-19 dashboard.

Users can see how many positive cases of COVID-19 are in each ZIP code in Washoe County by going to the COVID19Washoe.com website. The map is in the Case History area of the dashboard alongside tabs for “All Variables” and “History.” The full dashboard can be found by hitting the “Click Here for more maps.”

Residents should keep in mind that the data does not represent where residents contracted COVID-19, but rather where they are self-isolating. COVID-19 is spreading throughout our community. Just because one ZIP code might have more cases, that doesn’t mean it is a “hot spot.”

The COVID-19 dashboard also breaks down age, gender, currently hospitalized, those released from the hospital, deaths and those who have recovered. The Health District is working to include race and ethnicity. Not all cases provided that information because is not required in order to get tested. 

Total number of COVID-19 tests in Washoe County: 7,835

As of April 20, 2020, a total of 7,835 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Washoe County. The tests may include non-Washoe County residents who were tested in Washoe County.

In addition, the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory has completed 4,755 COVID-19 tests for people in Washoe County as of April 17, 2020. This number does not include cases who were tested more than once, just the number of individuals tested.

Testing FAQs: How long will it take to get results? How much does it cost?

When Washoe County residents get tested for COVID-19, the place where they get tested will inform them of a negative test. If you get tested via the Washoe County drive-thru testing, you will be informed of a negative test within 48-72 hours. The Health District will contact all positive cases as soon as possible to conduct case contact investigation.

To take a risk assessment, please contact your physician or call the COVID-19 hotline at 775-328-2427. You can also fill out this form (Complete el formulario de evaluación COVID-19). The cost for testing is free via the Washoe County drive-thru testing setup. No questions will be asked about medical Insurance or immigration status. See more FAQs on the COVID-19 Washoe website.

Virtual Town Hall Friday, April 24, 2020 at 1 p.m.

This week’s Regional Information Center Virtual Town Hall will focus on public safety and the mental and physical health and wellness of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual townhall will be live Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. on the City of Sparks Facebook page as well as on KOLO News Channel 8. We encourage the public to submit questions online specific to public safety and health and wellness.

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.