54 additional COVID-19 cases, 153 recoveries reported over the last 3 days

Lyft and Uber offer free rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments

May 24, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 54 additional COVID-19 cases in Washoe County with 153 recoveries over the last three days. The breakdown over the last three days:

  • May 22, 2021 – 23 new cases, 37 recoveries
  • May 23, 2021 – 15 new cases, 28 recoveries
  • May 24, 2021 – 16 new cases, 88 recoveries

The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County remains at 679 as none were reported over the last three days.

More than 400,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Washoe County, according to the NV Health Response Dashboard. More than 190,000 residents in Washoe County are fully vaccinated (47.17 of population 12 years and older, over 50 percent of those 16 years and older). More than 80,000 people have been fully vaccinated at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC).

COVID-19 vaccines are available all week at the RSLEC – you can schedule an appointment here. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine is available Thursday, May 27, 2021 and requires only one dose, which means you would be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after on June 10 and be able to not wear a mask indoors or outdoors, per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidance.

Appointments are not required but having an appointment will take less time at check-in. Those aged 12-17 years must receive the Pfizer vaccine and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Lyft and Uber announce free or discounted rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments

The rideshare companies Uber and Lyft made the announcement today. See more ride information from Lyft here; more ride information from Uber is here. You must book for vaccine appointment first before signing up for the free or discount ride.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 45,835 (+54 from 5/21)
  • Deaths: 679 (+0)
  • Recovered: 43,508 (+153)
  • Active cases: 1,648 (-35)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19: 15 (-5)
  • Positivity rate: 4.3%
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County: 404,444 (+6,497 from 5/21; 55.08% of Washoe County population 12+ have had vaccination initiated)
  • Washoe County residents fully vaccinated: 192,740 (+4,462 from 5/21; 47.17% of Washoe County population 12+)
  • Vaccine doses administered by Washoe County Health District: 165,300 (+2,922 from 5/21; 80,282 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: 452,681 (+1,842 since 5/21)

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:

  • 57 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (-6% since 5/21)
  • 60 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (-6%)
  • 39 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.

3 simple rules to follow regarding the updated mask mandates

  1. If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer have to wear a mask, indoors or outdoors.
  2. If you have not been vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask indoors.
  3. If a business asks that you still wear a mask when visiting them, please respect their rules.

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.