3 additional COVID-19-related deaths, 43 new cases reported

March 5, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting three additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County: A female in her 70s, a male in his 70s and a male in his 60s; all had an underlying health condition. There have been 649 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County since March 2020.

Additionally, we’re reporting 43 new COVID-19 cases and 178 recoveries.

Today’s date marks one year since the first COVID-19 cases was reported in Washoe County. The COVID-19 Response Team sent out a statement regarding the matter that can be read here.

Finally, the Regional Information Center will not be sending COVID-19 regional updates on Sundays moving forward starting this Sunday, March 7, 2021. The dashboard on the www.COVID19Washoe.com website, also available here, will have updated COVID-19 statistics, but no press release will be published to the website. Please note the “Updated” date on the dashboard to ensure which day the data was updated.

The regional COVID-19 updates can still be read Mondays-Saturdays on Twitter and on www.COVID19Washoe.com.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 43,095 (+43 from 3/4)
  • Deaths: 649 (+3)
  • Recovered: 39,029 (+178)
  • Active cases: 3,417 (-138)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 29 (+2 from 3/4)
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County total**: 128,212 (+5,482 from 3/3)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District***: 53,600 (+1,489 from 3/4)

*Data from Nevada Hospital Association 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 March 5: 381,274 (+2,337 since 3/3)

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 March 5:

  • 62 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (-2% since 3/4)
  • 60 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (-1%)
  • 36 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 16 percent of all ventilators are in use (-1%)

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

Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I want to receive?

At this time, there is not an opportunity for residents to choose which of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines they receive at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. The vaccine that is available the day of your appointment is the vaccine you will receive.

Recommendations from the Washoe County Health District, the State and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention advise people to get any vaccine that is available as all are shown to prevent contracting COVID-19 and being hospitalized from it.

More frequently asked COVID-19 questions can be found on the regional website, www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.com, including information on priority lanes and for COVID-19 vaccine for seniors.

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.

Sign up for the COVID Trace App

COVID Trace is a contact tracing mobile app developed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services that uses a technology called the Exposure Notifications System from Google and Apple. The app exchanges anonymous information with other phones in your vicinity and can notify you if you’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.See more 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.