1 additional COVID-19-related death, 38 new cases and 72 recoveries reported

May 19, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting one additional COVID-19-related death in Washoe County: a female in her 30s with an underlying health condition. There have been 678 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County since March 2020.

Additionally, we’re reporting 38 new COVID-19 cases and 72 recoveries.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s easy to do. Those 12 years and older can schedule an appointment here. Appointments are not required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that registering for a vaccine appointment will take less time at check-in.

The vaccine and COVID-19 testing site moved recently to the southwest corner of the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. The new entrance for both vaccines and testing is on Wells Avenue and Sadlier Way (see map here).

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 45,793 (+38 from 5/18)
  • Deaths: 678 (+1)
  • Recovered: 43,381 (+72)
  • Active cases: 1,734 (+8)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19: 23 (-3)
  • Positivity rate: 4.6%
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County: 390,578 (+2,482 from 5/18; 53.70% of Washoe County population 12+ have had vaccination initiated)
  • Washoe County residents fully vaccinated: 183,564 (+1,534 from 5/18; 44.93% of Washoe County population 12+)
  • Vaccine doses administered by Washoe County Health District: 159,555 (+430 from 5/18; 75,697 fully vaccinated)

Please note that COVID-19 case count, recovery and death information can change retroactively based on updated information that the Washoe County Health District receives. For example, if the Health District receives new positive test results or discovers that a case did not live in Washoe County, the number of cases, recoveries or deaths reported on a previous day can go up or down based on what was previously reported. See the COVID-19 Dashboard here.

*Hospitalization data is from Nevada Hospital Association.

*Washoe County COVID-19 Vaccine Data can be found on the State of Nevada dashboard, here.

*Vaccine data from the Washoe County Health District can be found here.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County: 449,320 (+771 since 5/18)

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:

  • 64 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+3% since 5/18)
  • 67 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+4%)
  • 41 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+2%)

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

Mask guidance from CDC

Washoe County and the Local Authority plan will follow Governor Sisolak’s Directive 45 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding masks for vaccinated individuals.  Anyone who has not been vaccinated must still wear a mask as required by the CDC’s guidance for unvaccinated individuals and we encourage anyone who has not received a vaccine to do so as soon as possible. Additionally we ask our residents and visitors to respect businesses and other organizations that choose to require masks regardless of vaccination status at their establishments.

For businesses, we suggest looking at information sent out by the Department of Business and Industry regarding masks – see Frequently Asked Questions here.

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.