29 new cases, 17 recoveries of COVID-19

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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 29 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County with 17 recoveries.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 1,295 (+29 from 5/18)
  • Deaths: 48 (+0)
  • Recoveries: 689 (+17)
  • Active cases: 558 (+12)
  • Currently hospitalized: 55 (+1)
  • Cases who have discharged from hospital: 108 (+1)

The increase in positive cases is significant and indicative of community spread of COVID-19. We can’t stress enough the importance of staying at home, social distancing practices and using facial coverings. 

Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of May 18, 2020

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County: 16,992 (+173 from 5/17)

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.

Hospital bed and ventilator information

According to the Nevada Hospital Association, in Washoe County as of May 18, 2020:

  • 67 percent of all staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+0% since May 17)
  • 48 percent of the all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+6%)
  • 15 percent of all ventilators are in use (-10%)

NOTE: Numbers are for all hospital patients in Washoe County and not just COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19 underlying health conditions

People with certain underlying health conditions are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and are more susceptible to dying from the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC identifies underlying health conditions as:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Learn more from the CDC here.

Need to get tested for COVID-19? People who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough and more can fill out this risk assessment form online or (see the Spanish version here) or call 775-328-2427. There is also testing being conducted at Walmart and Saint Mary’s.