15 new COVID-19 cases, 43 recoveries reported

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May 28, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 15 new COVID-19 cases and 43 recoveries. No COVID-19-related deaths are being reported.

The last Washoe County COVID-19 weekday update will be issued on June 1, 2021. After that date, news releases will be distributed periodically when needed. To sign up for those updates, go to our website. The COVID-19 case, testing, and vaccination information is available on our dashboard noted below.

COVID-19 vaccines will be available next week at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC) – you can schedule an appointment here. The RSLEC vaccine and COVID-19 testing site will be closed over the weekend and on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The COVID-19 call center will also be closed Sunday-Monday.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at Little Flower Church today from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 2-7 p.m. REMSA Health will be administering the Pfizer and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines. No appointment is required. Spanish speaking personnel will be on site. The COVID-19 vaccine is always free.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 45,855 (+15 from 5/27)
  • Deaths: 681 (+0)
  • Recovered: 43,562 (+43)
  • Active cases: 1,612 (-15)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19: 21 (+0)
  • Positivity rate: 4%
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County: 413,281 (+1,965 from 5/27; 55.93% of Washoe County population 12+ have had vaccination initiated)
  • Washoe County residents fully vaccinated: 198,735 (+1,466 from 5/27; 48.64% of Washoe County population 12+)
  • Vaccine doses administered by Washoe County Health District: 168,820 (+130 from 5/27; 82,856 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: 455,259 (+644 since 5/27)

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 (+0% since 5/27)
  • 67 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 47 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+0%)

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

New version of Washoe County COVID-19 Dashboard launched

A new version of the Washoe County COVID-19 dashboard launched on May 27, 2021. The updated version offers a better experience on a mobile device, includes pertinent vaccine data and incorporates the Truckee Meadows COVID Risk Meter. See the dashboard here. More vaccine data will be added to the dashboard at a later date.

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

The rideshare companies Uber and Lyft announced that each are offering free or discounted rides to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments. 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 discounted ride.

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.