REGIONAL INFORMATION CENTER UPDATE – JUNE 18
1 COVID-19-related death, 83 new cases 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: A male in his 60s with underlying health conditions. There have been 72 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County.
Additionally, there are 83 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, the largest single-day increase in cases.
The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) reported a delay in results due to an equipment issue, which is not uncommon given the substantial volume of tests conducted. The issue was fixed and two days of results came in at once. More information can be found on the NSPHL website here.
The total active cases climbed to 670, which breaks the highest mark by 28 cases (642, set June 13). This increase is not associated with any delay in reporting. This is a sign of increased community transmission.
“It’s imperative that residents understand COVID-19 is not slowing down in our community,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “The health and wellbeing of our vulnerable populations is at stake. Studies are coming out showing the efficacy of wearing face coverings and social distancing of six feet to reduce community transmission. Please look out for fellow Nevadans by practicing these safety measures.”
- Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 2,106 (+83 from 6/17)
- Deaths: 72 (+1)
- Recoveries: 1,364 (+46)
- Active cases: 670 (+36)
- Currently hospitalized: 71 (+3)
- Cases who have discharged from hospital: 171 (+2)
Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County
- Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of June 18: 42,484 (+609 since 6/17)
Note: These figures are provided by the State of Nevada and can be found on the State Dashboard. 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 June 17, 2020:
- 76 percent of all staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (+1% since June 16)
- 52 percent of the all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+5%)
- 17 percent of all ventilators are in use (-2%)
NOTE: Numbers are for all hospital patients in Washoe County and not just COVID-19 patients.
Employees must wear face masks
While many local businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19, our region has been pleased to see businesses begin to reopen. However, in order to keep businesses open, we must work together.
We have been receiving calls from concerned citizens reporting employees at public-facing businesses not wearing masks when working with the public. In Nevada, all employers must require employees who interact with the public to wear face coverings, per the Governor’s directive.
Let’s remember we’re all in this together and we can emerge stronger if we all stay safe, to stay open.
The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. While press releases are only sent periodically for significant events, you can always get daily results on our website, www.COVID19Washoe.com, our COVID-19 Dashboard or by following 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.