Washoe County, Reno listed in ‘Yellow Zone’ for COVID-19 cases and deaths
COVID-19 Incident Management Team Supports the Governor, Federal Policy Recommendations
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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional COVID-19 Incident Management Team is supporting and implementing White House Coronavirus Task Force recommendations to preempt exponential COVID-19 community spread.
Washoe County as a whole and the Reno metropolitan area were localities identified to be in the “Yellow Zone,” which means that cases of COVID-19 reported here last week were between 10-100 per 100,000 population and that COVID-19 test positivity was between 5-10 percent. The “Red Zone”, a category for which Clark County falls into, had cases reported above 100 per 100,000 population and test positivity above 10 percent.
The Regional Information Center is reminding residents to adhere to following Governor Directives, Federal and State recommendations:
- Wear a mask at all times outside the home and maintain physical distance
- Limit social gatherings to 25 people or fewer (Previously was 50)
- Use take out, outdoor dining or indoor dining when strict social distancing can be maintained
- Protect anyone with serious medical conditions at home by social distancing at home and using high levels of personal hygiene
- See updated regional business guidelines
The Regional COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT), which makes up members of the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) and many other agencies, already has instituted some of the recommendations, including robust COVID-19 testing strategies to the public, first responders and workers in assisted living and long term care facilities.
WCHD has also hired 29 contact tracing staff, nine nurses, nine call center staff as well as other staff to help with administration and COVID-19 testing, in addition to support we have from the Nevada National Guard. WCHD also operates a COVID-19 Call Center with REMSA and configured an automated tool to help with COVID-19 test scheduling and results reporting,
COVID-19 testing is available to all Washoe County residents. To sign up for a COVID-19 test, fill out this risk assessment form and schedule a test online. The form is also available in Spanish here.
There are also vast COVID-19 resources on our regional website, www.COVID19Washoe.com, which includes our COVID-19 Resources page that has information on what to do if you have COVID-19, self isolation/quarantine information, FAQs as well as information in Spanish and other languages.
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, https://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.