2 COVID-19-related deaths, 24 cases, 257 recoveries reported
Feb. 15, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting two additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County: A female in her 90s and a male in his 70s; both had an underlying health condition. There have been 630 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County since March 2020.
Additionally, we’re reporting 24 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County and 257 recoveries.
The Regional Information Center has launched a new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard that details how many vaccine doses have been administered by Washoe County providers, except for some pharmacies. The new dashboard can be viewed here and is on the www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.com website. The data is intended to be supplementary to the COVID-19 vaccine data posted by the State of Nevada (view here). The data is updated by the provider and has not necessarily been entered into the state’s immunization record platform, WebIZ, at the time of reporting.
- Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 42,384 (+24 from 2/14)
- Deaths: 630 (+2)
- Recovered: 34,778 (+257)
- Active cases: 6,976 (-235)
- Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 59 (-11)
- Vaccines administered in Washoe County total**: 75,432 (+16,559 from 2/3)
- Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District***: 35,092 (+0 from 2/14)
*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 15: 362,542 (+723 since 2/14)
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 15 (Numbers not updated on weekends):
- 64 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (-9% since 2/12)
- 62 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (-7%)
- 43 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-10%)
- 20 percent of all ventilators are in use (+0%)
NOTE: Numbers are for all hospital patients in Washoe County and not just COVID-19 patients.
Know a Senior 70+? Help them get the COVID-19 vaccine
More than 6,000 seniors 70 years and older who signed up for the Washoe County Senior COVID-19 vaccine list have been invited to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. As a way to serve more equitably, most of those who were invited live in zip code identified by the Washoe County Community Health Needs Assessment as most needy in terms of socioeconomic status and health outcomes. The top five zip code codes are 89431, 89433, 89501, 89502 and 89512.
If you know a senior who is interested in receiving a vaccine, whether it’s your family member, friend, coworker, neighbor, etc., we encourage you to reach out to them to see if they need help. It’s important that those 70 years and older who might have difficulty using technology get help to understand the process.
There are reports of some email invitations going to spam folders so it’s important to check all folders. It’s also important to know that just because you received an email, it doesn’t mean you’re signed up; you still need to sign up and schedule the appointment time.
Those on the list are asked to check their email inbox or their phone voicemail to see if they were selected. If there are any issues, please call 775-328-2427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up for the senior wait list here, or see other options to receive the vaccine for seniors 70+ here.
The vaccine remains in short supply, but community organizations are working diligently to schedule seniors 70 and older, as well as vaccinate those eligible as part of the frontline/essential workforce. See the priority groups, per the State’s COVID-19 Playbook, here.
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 severe 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.
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.