2 additional COVID-19-related deaths, 38 new cases, 266 recoveries reported

Feb. 18, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting two additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County: a female in her 50s and a male in his 70s; both had an underlying health condition. There have been 635 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County since March 2020.

Additionally, we’re reporting 38 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County with 266 recoveries.

The Washoe County Health District administered 744 additional COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday (0 second doses) and 38,670 overall. Vaccine administration took place outside typical business hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and included both seniors 70 years and older as well as frontline essential workforce.

Residents aged 65-69 can start receiving the vaccine next week from pharmacies part of the federal pharmacy partnership program. The Washoe County Health District will continue to administer vaccine to residents 70 years and older. More than 51,000 people in Washoe County are aged 70 years and older. More information can be found here.

See data on how many vaccine doses providers in Washoe County are administering here.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 42,480 (+38 from 2/17)
  • Deaths: 635 (+2)
  • Recovered: 35,769 (+266)
  • Active cases: 6,076 (-230)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 59 (-2)
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County total**: 92,732 (+17,300 from 2/10)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District***: 38,670 (+744 from 2/17)

*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 18: 365,463 (+1,205 since 2/17)

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 18 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 68 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+1% since 2/17)
  • 65 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+1%)
  • 45 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+2%)
  • 12 percent of all ventilators are in use (-3%)

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

New COVID-19 vaccine dashboard launched

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. 

Need a COVID-19 test? It’s easy to sign up and it’s free

COVID-19 testing is still available at the Livestock Events Center and can be scheduled online here (en español aqui) or by calling 775-328-2427. It’s free and it does not matter if you have symptoms or not.

Know a Senior 70+? Help them get the COVID-19 vaccine

More than 7,000 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 codes 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 covidvaccine@washoecounty.us. 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.

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.