6 COVID-19-related deaths, 305 new cases reported

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Dec. 31, 2020. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting six additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County. The deceased were: Two males in their 50s, male in his 60s, male in his 70s, male in his 80s and a female in her 50s; all had an underlying health condition.

We’ve reported 489 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County. In December there were 211 COVID-19-related deaths reported, which accounts for 43 percent of the total deaths reported.

For comparison, in November, there were 80 COVID-19 related deaths reported, with 39 in October and 20 in September.

The Health District recommends residents avoid hosting or attending a New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day gathering.

Additionally, there were 305 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 35,756 (+305 from 12/30)
  • Deaths: 489 (+6)
  • Recovered: 20,769 (+78)
  • Active cases: 14,498 (+221)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 281 (-24)

*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 31: 298,538 (+1,682 since 12/30)

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 31 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 85 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (-1% since 12/30)
  • 72 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (-1%)
  • 63 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-2%)
  • 31 percent of all ventilators are in use (-4%)

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

People in COVID-19 Vaccine Tier 1 must bring identification, proof of employment to get vaccine

The Washoe County Health District is reminding those in the COVID-19 vaccine Tier 1 that they must bring a valid ID and proof that they work in a Tier-1 group when they show up for a vaccine appointment at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Those who do not have the proper documentation will be turned away. Those 75 and older are not included in Tier 1; however, they will be in the Tier 2 group, which is expected to be vaccinated in late January.

The Health District has vaccinated more than 3,900 Tier-1 workers through today. The Health District has received more than 7,500 COVID-19 vaccines from the State of Nevada and has vaccinated more than 3,900 people at the Livestock Events Center. The rest of those vaccines have been distributed to area hospitals, fire departments, REMSA and other area frontline workers.

The State of Nevada announced that residents 75 and older will be included in Tier 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine response. Residents are asked to avoid contacting the Health District to see if they can get vaccinated. The Health District is in contact with groups in Tier 1 and will not move to Tier 2 until a majority of Tier 1 has been vaccinated.

For more information,  go to our website. For a list of Frequently Asked Question, go here.

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.