REGIONAL INFORMATION CENTER UPDATE – MAY 15
An additional COVID-19-related death reported
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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting an additional COVID-19-related death in Washoe County: A female in her 60s with underlying health conditions.
There are 46 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County.
In addition, there were 36 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County with seven recoveries.
- Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 1,190 (+36 from 5/14)
- Deaths: 46 (+1)
- Recoveries: 582 (+7)
- Active cases: 562 (+28)
- Currently hospitalized: 55 (+4)
- Cases who have discharged from hospital: 103 (+0)
Hospital bed and ventilator information
According to the Nevada Hospital Association, in Washoe County as of May 14, 2020:
- 67 percent of all staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+2% since May 13)
- 46 percent of the all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+1%)
- 15 percent of all ventilators are in use (-4%)
NOTE: Numbers are for all hospital patients in Washoe County and not just COVID-19 patients.
Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of May 14, 2020
- Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County: 15,327 (+392 from 5/13)
The COVID-19 tests may include non-Washoe County residents who were tested in Washoe County. The numbers are provided by the State of Nevada and include testing done in Washoe County via the drive-thru site at the Livestock Events Center and at area hospitals.
COVID-19 Washoe Joint Information Center (JIC) Transition
Adam Mayberry will step down as the Lead Public Information Officer for the JIC and return to his regular duties. The JIC will transition to modified operations as we move into recovery and reopening phases. Washoe County Communications Specialist Amy Ventetuolo will serve as the primary contact for the JIC moving forward and can be reached at 775.313.8582. She will work closely with the Scott Oxarart, Communications Manager with the Washoe County Health District who can address Health District related questions. Scott can be reached at 775.276.1021.
The JIC will discontinue weekend updates, however, the COVID-19 Washoe Dashboard will be updated every day, to include weekends. The dashboard is time stamped each time it is updated. Follow updates on Twitter at @COVID19Washoe.
4 youth test positive for COVID-19 at Kids Kottage foster care shelter
Kids Kottage foster care shelter has reported four youth have tested positive for COVID-19. One youth is hospitalized due to underlying health condition and is in stable condition. The other three youth are being quarantined at Kids Kottage. All remaining youth at Kids Kottage tested negative for COVID-19. In addition, four staff at Kids Kottage have tested positive and are in non-work status and home caring for themselves. They will not return to work until they are medically cleared.
The State Health Department who licenses Kids Kottage has been involved to assist with providing best care protocols and guidance. The Department of Public and Behavioral Health, Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE), has extended their contracted Epidemiologist to assist as well and has approved the COVID Response Plan developed by Kids Kottage and Washoe County Human Services Agency.
Health District, UNR to conduct study on prevalence of COVID-19 in Washoe County
The Washoe County Health District, in coordination with the University of Nevada, Reno, is conducting a study to help determine how prevalent COVID-19 is in Washoe County.
Over the weekend up to 1,181 households may receive a letter inviting their family to participate in an antibody study designed by WCHD and the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Community Health Sciences. The study uses a randomized sample frame to obtain a represented sample to participate in this study. If your household receives one of these letters and decides to participate, follow the instructions in the letter
The study is only for those who were selected at random. Residents cannot opt into this study.
By sampling residents in various geographic areas, the expectation is to gather a statistically significant data set that will help public health officials and the public determine effectively how many residents had COVID-19. The results are expected to be published in late June or early July.
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.