REGIONAL INFORMATION CENTER UPDATE – MAY 18
48th COVID-19-related death reported in Washoe County
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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting an additional COVID-19-related death in Washoe County. The deceased is a female in her 90s with underlying health conditions.
There are 48 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County.
In addition, there were 15 recoveries from COVID-19 and 10 new cases in Washoe County.
- Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 1,266 (+10 from 5/17)
- Deaths: 48 (+1)
- Recoveries: 672 (+15)
- Active cases: 546 (-6)
- Currently hospitalized: 54 (-1)
- Cases who have discharged from hospital: 107 (+1)
Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of May 17, 2020
- Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County: 16,819 (+1,091 from 5/16)
Note: These figures are provided by the State of Nevada. COVID-19 tests may include non-Washoe County residents who were tested in Washoe County.
Have COVID-19 symptoms? Get tested
Washoe County has testing readily available for those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and others. Testing for those who don’t have those symptoms is only for healthcare workers, first responders and other vulnerable populations at long-term care facilities.
To conduct a risk assessment, you can fill out this form online or see the Spanish version here. You can also call 775-328-2427. There is also testing being conducted at Walmart and Saint Mary’s.
Hospital bed and ventilator information
According to the Nevada Hospital Association, in Washoe County as of May 17, 2020:
- 67 percent of all staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+0% since May 14)
- 42 percent of the all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-4%)
- 25 percent of all ventilators are in use (+10%)
NOTE: Numbers are for all hospital patients in Washoe County and not just COVID-19 patients.
Mask usage and the current stay-at-home order
The Regional Information Team strongly encourages people to wear masks not for themselves, but to protect those around you. Learn more about cloth masks and how they can be effective in fighting COVID-19. Also, see the stay-at-home order from Gov. Sisolak and all other COVID-19 directives here.
May 17- 23, 2020 is EMS WEEK
In 1974, President Gerald Ford established EMS Week to celebrate emergency medical service practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. We are excited to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of the women and men who provide emergency medical services across northern Nevada. EMS practitioners play a significant role in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities. EMS Week is an opportunity to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s front line – particularly during challenging times like this. Join us this week to thank our community’s EMS personnel at the City of Sparks, the City of Reno, REMSA and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
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.