Record 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in Washoe County

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Dec. 2, 2020. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 10 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County, a record.

The deceased are six males and four females, ages ranges are 30s, 40s, 50s, two in their 60s, three in their 70s, 80s and 90s, and all had an underlying health condition.

The total COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County is 295, with 17 of those coming in December.

Additionally, we’re reporting 401 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County with 222 recoveries.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 25,870 (+401 from 12/1)
  • Deaths: 295 (+10)
  • Recovered: 15,585 (+222)
  • Active cases: 9,990 (+169)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 280 (+16)

*Data from Nevada Hospital Association (not updated on weekends or holidays) includes residents from outside of Washoe County.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of December 2: 242,721 (+1,304 since 12/1)

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 December 2 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 91 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+5% since 12/1)
  • 77 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+3%)
  • 57 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+5%)
  • 34 percent of all ventilators are in use (+3%)

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

State of Nevada, CDC issue updated guidance on COVID-19 quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently issued an update to COVID-19 quarantine guidance that was supported by the State of Nevada.

The CDC still recommends a 14-day quarantine for COVID-19 positive cases; however, the guidance now states a 10-day quarantine is an acceptable alternative based on local circumstances and resources. A seven-day quarantine is a possibility if asymptomatic with a negative test result five days after symptoms started. Read more.

White House Task Force issues recommendations for Washoe County residents

The White House Coronavirus Task Force released a report for Nevada warning residents of historically high COVID-19 transmission and things residents should do to keep safe.

Among the recommendations are:

  • If you are over 65 or have significant health conditions, you should not enter any indoor public spaces where anyone is unmasked due to the immediate risk to your health
  • You should have groceries and medications delivered
  • If you are under 40, you need to assume you became infected during the Thanksgiving period if you gathered beyond your immediate household and you must isolate away from anyone at increased risk for severe disease
  • If you are over 65 or have significant medical conditions and you gathered outside of your immediate household for Thanksgiving, you are at a significant risk for serious COVID infection; if you develop any symptoms, you must be tested immediately as the majority of therapeutics work best in early infection

Read the full report here.

Washoe County seeks public feedback on COVID-19 support efforts

The county and regional partners have issued two public surveys that will create the foundation for effective recovery planning. The surveys seek to understand financial, educational, social, and emotional impacts on the community, as well as employment and economic losses.  Please take a moment to fill out a survey.

Volunteer to help fight COVID-19 in Washoe County

The Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for medical professionals or those without medical experience to volunteer to help fight COVID-19 in Washoe County.

MRC was created to support public health and emergency response efforts during natural disasters and other emergencies by providing trained volunteers to help staff shelters, alternate care sites, and points of dispensing. Given the rise in hospitalizations and increased demand in COVID-19 testing, volunteers are needed to support the region. Learn how to volunteer by going to this website, or email wchdvolunteers@washoecounty.us.

Download the COVID Trace app, and help stop COVID-19

Washoe County health officials are strongly recommending that residents download the COVID Trace, an easy-to-use app that helps fight COVID-19 in Washoe County and Nevada, without compromising your privacy. Learn more here

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.