Two COVID-19-related deaths, 11 new cases reported

Feb. 24, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting two additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County: Two females, both in their 70s with an underlying health condition. There have been 642 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County since March 2020.

The State of Nevada reported 4,552 additional vaccines administered in Washoe County for a total of 107,425. The Health District administered 975 vaccines on Tuesday with seniors 70 years and older making up a portion of those receiving the vaccine.

To see more demographic information about Washoe County residents who have received the vaccine, see this spreadsheet provided by the State of Nevada. For context, the data presented was entered into the state’s immunization database, WebIZ, and it often takes several days to enter that data after a shot is administered. The majority of people who received the vaccine in Washoe County initially were first responders, health care workers and others frontline/essential workforce designated by the State of Nevada in its playbook.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 42,737 (+11 from 2/23)
  • Deaths: 642 (+2)
  • Recovered: 37,226 (+271)
  • Active cases: 4,869 (-262)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 35 (-13)
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County total**: 107,425 (+4,552 from 2/23)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District***: 44,172 (+975 from 2/23)

*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 24: 371,585 (+1,483 since 2/23)

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 24 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 68 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+3% since 2/23)
  • 65 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+3%)
  • 48 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+4%)
  • 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.

Seniors 65+ now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine at Livestock Events Center

Seniors 65 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, the Regional Information Center announced. Those 65 and older can sign up for the Washoe County Senior Covid-19 Vaccine Wait List Form, or call 775-328-2427 for assistance with signing up.

Walmart to begin vaccinating seniors 65+

Walmart announced they are administering the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors 65 years and older in Washoe County as well as well as those in frontline/essential workforce.

The vaccine is free, and insurance is not required. To see if there are appointments, visit their website.

To see a list of other providers in Washoe County who are administering the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors, go here.

What are your thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine?

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and Immunize Nevada are conducting a survey to learn about the public’s knowledge about the COVID-19 vaccines.

The survey is anonymous and is for community members and health care providers:

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.