4 additional COVID-19-related deaths, 149 new cases reported

Feb. 4, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting four additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County today, but the total increase is just three due to the determination that one previously-reported death was a case who did not reside in Washoe County.

The deceased reported today are:

  • Female, 60s, unknown if underlying health condition
  • Female, 60s, underlying health condition
  • Male, 60s, underlying health condition
  • Male, 60s, unknown if underlying health condition

There have been 610 COVID-19-related deaths reported in Washoe County.

Additionally, we’re reporting 149 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County and 645 recoveries.

The Washoe County Health District administered 678 COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday (669 second doses). The total number of vaccines administered is at 24,355 (7,799 second dose).

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  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 41,735 (+149 from 2/3)
  • Deaths: 610 (+3)
  • Recovered: 30,946 (+645)
  • Active cases: 10,179 (-499)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 117 (+15)
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County total**: 58,873
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District***: 24,355 (+678 from 2/3)

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

**This number includes first and second doses and is updated by the state of Nevada every Wednesday and can be found here under “Vaccinations” tab.

***This number is approximate and is only COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Health District. It includes first and second doses.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of February 4: 350,644 (+1,644 since 2/3)

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 February 4 (Numbers not updated on weekends/holidays):

  • 67 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+0% since 2/3)
  • 66 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 46 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-1%)
  • 15 percent of all ventilators are in use (-1%)

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

Symptoms from second dose of COVID-19 vaccine can be more severe than first

The Washoe County Health District, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are reminding people that early reports indicate the second dose of the vaccine can lead to more side effects than the first.

Side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine are normal signs that your body is building protection from the virus. For some, they will be unpleasant, especially the second dose, but they are temporary. Others have reported little to no side effects.

Some of the common side effects from the vaccine are fever, chills, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and nausea. If you have a sever reaction, seek immediate medical attention.

For an informational sheet about the COVID-19 Vaccine side effects, and what you can do to reduce pain and discomfort, see the file here.

Bring your questionnaire to vaccine appointment 

Residents who have an appointment to receive the first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center are asked to bring their COVID-19 questionnaire. If coming for the second dose, they must also bring the COVID-19 vaccine card they received after the first dose.

The questionnaire is emailed in the appointment reminder and must be turned in for both doses of the vaccine.

Residents are also asked to show up to their appointments on time and not early to prevent delays in receiving the vaccine for everybody.

Washoe County needs volunteers for COVID-19 fight

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.

The greatest need is for volunteers with computer skills, people skills, clinical and clerical skills. Recent reports have indicated long wait times to get registered to volunteer; please be sure to email wchdvolunteers@washoecounty.us to notify us you’re interested in volunteering when going through the process to sign up. This can speed up the process.

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, continued demand for COVID-19 testing, and now dispensing of the COID-19 vaccine, volunteers are needed to support the region. Learn how to volunteer by going to this website, or email wchdvolunteers@washoecounty.us

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.