176 new COVID-19 cases, total recoveries eclipse 20,000

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Dec. 28, 2020. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 176 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County. After a cleanup of the data, we’re reporting 668 recoveries for a total of 20,492.

There were zero COVID-19-related deaths reported today.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 35,038 (+176 from 12/27)
  • Deaths: 460 (+0)
  • Recovered: 20,492 (+668)
  • Active cases: 14,086 (-492)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 300 (+2)

*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 28: 294,622 (+622 since 12/27)

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 28 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 80 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (-5% since 12/24)
  • 68 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (-5%)
  • 58 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-9%)
  • 34 percent of all ventilators are in use (-1%)

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

Cities of Reno, Sparks partner with Walgreens to offer free COVID-19 testing

The cities of Reno and Sparks are partnering with Walgreens to offer residents free COVID-19 testing beginning Sunday, December 27, 2020. Residents can make an online appointment on the Walgreens website by visiting www.Walgreens.com/COVID19testing.

Testing will be available at eight local Walgreens locations:


  • 12645 S. Virginia St.
  • 10370 N. McCarran Blvd.
  • 750 N. Virginia St.
  • 305 Lemmon Dr.


  • 2299 Oddie Blvd.
  • 9705 Pyramid Way
  • 3000 Vista Blvd.
  • 292 Los Altos Pkwy.

Health District working with medical community for COVID-19 vaccine

The Washoe County Health District is currently working with medical professionals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals or companies who have not scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine are asked to read the latest Washoe County Health District Epi News, which can be found here.

Residents are asked to avoid contacting the Health District regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and instead go to our website for the latest information.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine in Washoe County? See who’s incorporated into Tiers 1-4 and learn about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines on our website.

Learn more about all things COVID-19 at our website, https://covid19washoe.com/.

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.