3 additional COVID-19-related deaths, 57 new cases, 250 recoveries reported

Positivity rate under 8%, active cases under 6,000 & Health District administers 40,000th vaccine

Feb. 19, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting three additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County, 57 new cases and 250 recoveries. The deceased are two females in their 60s and a male in his 80s; all had an underlying health condition, and 638 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in Washoe County since March 2020.

According to the NV Health Response state COVID-19 dashboard, the positivity rate in Washoe County dropped to 7.9%. The threshold for elevated disease transmission established by the State is 8%. Washoe County is currently flagged for just one of the three criteria for elevated disease transmission: the case rate per 100,000 population over the last 30 days is at 493 (threshold is 200). For comparison, the case rate per 100,000 population reached its highest point in Washoe County on Dec. 6 at 2,310.

On the vaccine front, the Washoe County Health District administered its 40,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose on Thursday. For the day, the Health District administered 1,380 vaccines (716 second doses) and has administered 40,050 vaccines overall (14,902 fully vaccinated). Renown Health recently surpassed 29,000 vaccines administered, Community Health Alliance has administered over 2,300 and Reno Fire Department is approaching 2,000. See more vaccine distribution numbers in Washoe County here.

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: 42,537 (+57 from 2/18)
  • Deaths: 638 (+3)
  • Recovered: 36,019 (+250)
  • Active cases: 5,880 (-196)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 48 (-11)
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County total**: 97,678 (+4,946 from 2/17)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District***: 40,050 (+1,380 from 2/18)

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

**This number includes first and second doses and is updated by the state of Nevada every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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 19: 366,163 (+700 since 2/18)

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 19 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 68 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+0% since 2/18)
  • 65 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 45 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 13 percent of all ventilators are in use (+1%)

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

Update on senior vaccines for ages 65-69

Several organizations have been granted approval from State or Federal partners to administer vaccine to seniors aged 65-69. Most organizations will start vaccinating that age group next week. See the list of providers administering vaccine to seniors in Washoe County here.

Vaccine administration at the Livestock Events Center will be for those 70 years and older for the time being. Seniors 65-69 can sign up for the Senior COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List here.

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.

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.