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Pfizer COVID-19 boosters available for certain Washoe County residents

Pfizer COVID-19 boosters available for certain Washoe County residents

Sept. 24, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose is now available for residents starting Monday at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a final recommendation late Thursday outlining eligibility for boosters.

Only those who received the Pfizer vaccine (both first and second doses) completed 6 months ago are eligible. Residents must bring their COVID-19 vaccine card they received when getting the first two Pfizer COVID-19 doses. The additional dose will help increase protection from COVID-19.

If you received the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine you are NOT eligible at this time.  This is because the FDA and CDC has not yet approved boosters for those vaccines.

Booster doses, per the CDC, can be administered to the following residents:

  • 65 years of age and older
  • Long term care facility residents
  • 50-64 years of age with an underlying health condition
  • 18-49 years of age with an underlying condition are eligible, but should weigh their benefits with risks
  • 18-64 years of age with high exposure occupations

Residents who want to get the booster dose at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center can sign up here and clicking on the “Schedule Additional Dose” button. Residents could experience longer wait times and additional paperwork might be required onsite.

Other vaccine providers in Washoe County also will be administering Pfizer booster doses and those locations can be found here.

To schedule a vaccine appointment with Community Health Alliance, go here.

First and second doses will also be available for all residents by using the same sign-up form. You can also call 775-328-2427. The RSLEC will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays but could change based on demand.

Those with questions about their vaccination card should request that information through WebIZ. When you arrive at RSLEC, you will fill out paperwork self-attesting to your eligibility.

Third doses for immunocompromised still available

Residents who are immunocompromised can still receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and it can be either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible for the third dose at this time.

Read more about additional doses for immunocompromised people here.

COVID-19 testing in Washoe County

The availability of COVID-19 test appointments is limited but there are options.

It’s extremely important for residents who aren’t going to make it to their testing appointments to cancel through the platform from which they signed up.

About 20 percent of all appointments at the RSLEC have been no shows over the last week and those appointments go unused. The appointment slots could have been provided to others who need a test if those who cannot show up canceled through the proper channels. For questions about RSLEC testing, please call 775-328-2427.

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.

800th COVID-19-related death reported in Washoe County

800th COVID-19-related death reported in Washoe County

Sept. 20, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting the 800th COVID-19-related death in Washoe County.

The most recent 100 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in the last 42 days, and in that same time period there have been 10,644 COVID-19 cases reported.

In comparison, the time period for reporting COVID-19 deaths 601-700 (Jan. 27. 2021 and Aug. 8, 2021) is 193 days.

Of the most recent 100 COVID-19-related deaths reported:

  • 14 residents were younger than 50
  • 84 were not fully vaccinated
  • Of the 16 COVID-19-related deaths who were fully vaccinated, all 16 had an underlying health condition.
  • There have been 43 COVID-19 related deaths reported in September alone.

“Back in June, when we were experiencing much less COVID-19 transmission, we hoped that reporting of large numbers of COVID-19-related deaths was behind us,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “With this latest surge, unfortunately we’re seeing more impact from this deadly virus and we hope residents realize and understand that we’re not done with COVID-19 yet. We still have to be vigilant against this disease and get vaccinated.”

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and remains the best resource to reduce the chances of contracting, being hospitalized from, or dying from COVID-19. Here are some easy ways to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the NV Health Response COVID-19 Dashboard, 258,060 people have been fully vaccinated in Washoe County, which makes up 63.16% of the population 12 years and older.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Washoe County

The Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) is reporting that 84% of staffed hospital beds in Washoe County are occupied and that 197 patients hospitalized are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.

Hospital staffing continues to be a problem according to the NHA. Further exacerbating hospital overcrowding are people going to emergency departments to seek rapid COVID-19 tests to return to work or school. NHA is recommending people to avoid hospitals for COVID-19 testing.

Also, an issue is residents calling 9-1-1 for non-emergency issues. Last month, REMSA Health reported a 200 percent increase in 9-1-1 calls at certain periods of time and many were for non-emergency situations. REMSA is asking the public to consider alternative options to access care for non-emergency situations, like contacting your health system or insurance company’s nurse healthline, telehealth, or visiting your local urgent care. REMSA Health’s dispatchers may transfer non-emergency 9-1-1 calls to a registered nurse to help navigate patients to the most appropriate level of care.

COVID-19 testing in Washoe County

The availability of COVID-19 test appointments is limited but there are options.

It’s extremely important for residents who aren’t going to make it to their testing appointments to cancel through the platform from which they signed up.

About 20 percent of all appointments at the RSLEC have been no shows over the last week and those appointments go unused. The appointment slots could have been provided to others who need a test if those who cannot show up canceled through the proper channels. For questions about RSLEC testing, please call 775-328-2427.

Businesses should setup own testing

Local businesses that have employees who are able, but unwilling to get vaccinated, and choose to get tested weekly instead should make arrangements for testing their employees and not rely on options at pharmacies and the RSLEC.

Community-based testing sites like our pharmacies and at the RSLEC are designed for residents to determine if they have COVID-19 so that we can notify them as soon as possible to decrease the spread of the virus in the community. It is not designed to be an option for obtaining a negative test result in order to go to work or for travel purposes.

Businesses should reach out to independent laboratories and testing providers for setting up testing for employees.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine at our Community Vaccine Sites

The Regional COVID-19 website for Washoe County, www.COVID19Washoe.com has a page dedicated to events where COVID-19 vaccines will be available in the community. To see those events, go here.

Here are some upcoming events:

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

  • Neil Road Recreation Center, 3925 Neil Rd. Reno, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Hosted by Reno Fire Dept.)

Thursday, September 23

  • Ijji Noodle House & Poke Don, 199 Damonte Ranch Pkwy #8m, Reno, noon-1 p.m. (Hosted by Reno Fire Dept.)

Friday, Sept. 24

  • Street Vibrations, Sands Regency, 345 N Arlington Ave, Reno, 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25

  • Street Vibrations, Sands Regency, 345 N Arlington Ave, Reno, 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26

  • John’s Presbyterian Church, 1070 Plumb Ln, Reno, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 30

  • Hobey’s Casino, 5195 Sun Valley Blvd, Sun Valley, 1-4 p.m.

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.

COVID-19 Testing Continues to Be in High Demand in Washoe County

Sept. 16, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reminding residents of all COVID-19 testing options as there is high demand in Washoe County.

With recent federal and state mandates that some employees must receive a COVID-19 vaccine or get a COVID-19 test every week, the availability of test appointments is limited but there are options.

“Testing at Walmart is underutilized and should be sought by those who need to get tested quickly,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “As we’ve stated previously, though, the shorter line at the Livestock Events Center is the vaccine line. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine, there is no longer a need to test out weekly unless you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19 so we highly recommend people get vaccinated.”

Cancel testing appointment if you can’t make it

It’s extremely important for residents who aren’t going to make it to their testing appointments to cancel through the platform from which they signed up.

About 20 percent of all appointments at the RSLEC have been no shows over the last week and those appointments go unused. The appointment slots could have been provided to others who need a test if those who cannot show up canceled through the proper channels. For questions about RSLEC testing, please call 775-328-2427.

Businesses should setup own testing

Local businesses that have a large number of employees who are able, but unwilling to, get vaccinated, and choose to get tested weekly instead should make arrangements for testing their employees and not rely on options at pharmacies and the RSLEC.

Community-based testing sites, like our pharmacies and at the RSLEC, are designed to determine if residents have COVID-19 so that we can notify them as soon as possible to decrease the spread of the virus in the community. It is not designed to be an option for obtaining a negative test result in order to go to work or for travel purposes.

Large businesses should reach out to independent laboratories and testing providers for setting up testing for employees.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine at our Community Vaccine Sites

The Regional COVID-19 website for Washoe County, www.COVID19Washoe.com has a page dedicated to events where COVID-19 vaccines will be available in the community. To see those events, go here.

Here are some upcoming events:

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, 1201 Valley Rd., Reno, 10 a.m.-2p.m. (Hosted by Reno Fire Dept.)
  • Great Basin Brewing Co., 5525 S Virginia St, Reno, 4-7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

  • University of Nevada, Reno – Joe Crowley Student Union, 1-4 p.m.
  • Reno Aces, Greater Nevada Field, 5:30-8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

  • Fiesta on Wells 2021, S Wells Ave, Reno, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

  • Neil Road Recreations Center, 3925 Neil Rd. Reno, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Hosted by Reno Fire Dept.)

Thursday, September 23

  • Ijji Noodle House & Poke Don, 199 Damonte Ranch Pkwy #8m, Reno, noon-1 p.m. (Hosted by Reno Fire Dept.)

Appointment times for COVID-19 vaccine at Livestock Events Center to change next week

COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Starting next week, Sept. 20, 2021, appointments can be made in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m. and no longer in the mornings.

Schedule an appointment here or call 775-328-2427.

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.

800th COVID-19-related death reported in Washoe County

COVID-19 at-home testing – what you need to know

Sept. 3, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – With the increasing availability of at-home COVID-19 tests, the Regional Information Center is issuing information to residents to help understand the situations when at-home tests might be useful and their limitations.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of at-home COVID-19 tests as they can be convenient in detecting COVID-19 quickly; however, because they are administered at home and not in a setting with medical personnel present there is no way to verify the test was done correctly and which person the test was collected from. Because of this, positive at-home test results are not counted toward the official COVID-19 case counts in Washoe County and results are not to be used in determining if someone can return to work, school or travel.

If used appropriately, with all directions followed properly, the Washoe County Health District and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommend that those who test positive should isolate immediately. If you tested positive and you had symptoms, isolate for 10 days since your symptoms appeared; if you don’t have symptoms, isolate for 10 days starting from the day you tested positive.

All positive cases should notify close contacts that they were exposed; that goes for anyone who was within 6 feet of you for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

For more about quarantining, visit the CDC website. For more information about self-testing, go here.

Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center on Monday-Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. To schedule an appointment, go here.

Walk-ins are welcome but only when space allows. Residents are asked to come at the time of their appointment. Long lines for testing have been reported; however, lines for the vaccine are much shorter. To schedule a vaccine, go here.

Other COVID-19 testing opportunities can be found here.

Masks required when getting a COVID-19 test at Livestock Events Center

Residents who come to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center for COVID-19 testing are required to wear a mask.

Some altercations have been reported at the testing site when persons seeking testing refuse to wear a mask. Those who refuse to wear a mask may be turned away. Masks are available free of charge to those who do not have one.

The test positivity rate in Washoe County, according to the State, is at 18.8%. Last week at the RSLEC, as many as 1 in 4 tests came back positive. Because of the high proportion of people that are testing positive, it’s highly likely that those being tested are contagious at the time of testing and wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of the virus to staff who are directing traffic and assisting those who collect specimen samples, which includes Health District staff, National Guard personnel and volunteers.

You can now make appointments for COVID-19 vaccine additional doses at Livestock Events Center

The COVID-19 vaccine scheduling platform now has the opportunity for immunocompromised residents to schedule an appointment for an additional dose. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine, go here.

Washoe County residents who are immunocompromised can receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC) drive-through clinic or Health District Community Vaccine Events if they meet certain criteria outlined by the FDA. Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine are not eligible for the third dose, per the FDA.

Click this link for more information about eligibility.

COVID-19 Testing at Walmart can be closed due to smoke

COVID-19 testing at two area Walmarts, for which information was distributed earlier this week, can be closed on short notice if air quality is deemed unsafe for its staff.

The company conducting the testing said residents will get a notification if a test is cancelled.

Community Vaccine Events Schedule

For information on Community COVID-19 Vaccine Events, visit our website. Next week, teams will be at the Boys & Girls Club on Neil Road, Lazy 5 Regional Park and the University of Nevada, Reno, weather permitting. Schedule an appointment here.

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.

Two Reno Walmart locations to expand COVID-19 testing

Aug. 31, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – Two area Walmart stores are increasing access to COVID-19 testing through late September with appointments now available weekdays and weekends.

Demand for COVID-19 testing in Washoe County has increased and the additional availability will help residents get appointments sooner. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is free to residents.

Locations:

Hours:

  • Weekdays: 4-9 p.m.
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Additional COVID-19 testing is available at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center on Monday-Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. To schedule an appointment, go here.

Walk-ins are welcome but only when space allows. Residents are asked to come at the time of their appointment. Long lines for testing have been reported; however, lines for the vaccine are much shorter. To schedule a vaccine, go here.

Other COVID-19 testing opportunities can be found here.

COVID-19 vaccine third dose still available for immunocompromised residents

Washoe County residents who are immunocompromised can receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC) drive-through clinic or Health District Community Vaccine Events if they meet certain criteria outlined by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  At this time, only those immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and residents don’t need an appointment when coming to the RSLEC on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine are not eligible for the third dose, per the FDA.

Click this link for more information about eligibility.

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.

60% of Washoe County residents 12+ fully vaccinated, 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

Aug. 26, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – More than 60 percent of eligible Washoe County residents are fully vaccinated and more than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, the Regional Information Center is reporting.

According to the NV Health Response dashboard, 245,699 people 12 years and older in Washoe County are fully vaccinated, which is 60.13% of the eligible population. The dashboard also states that 500,617 total doses have been administered.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment as we are among the leaders in the state for having the highest percentage of our eligible population fully vaccinated,” said Kevin Dick. District Health Officer in Washoe County. “This shows the great work from the National Guard, Health District staff, volunteers and several outstanding partners in the community to protect the community from COVID-19. We still have a long way to go, but this is very encouraging news.”

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in the community, including at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center and at Community Vaccine Events. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received full Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval earlier this week.

While the 60.13% mark ranks second in the state to only Carson City (60.94%), there is still a large portion of the community that is eligible but not vaccinated and they are accounting for a strong majority of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in our area. According to the Nevada Hospital Association, about 80% of hospitalized patients have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Below are some common myths and misinformation related to the vaccine that are spreading online, all of which are either unproven or have no supporting evidence. If you see misinformation on social media, please report it to that website, and do not propagate information that isn’t coming from reputable sources.

  • Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
    • The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) states that COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. Any reference to gene therapy is false and misleading.
  • More people are being hospitalized due to the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • According to the Nevada Hospital Association, nearly 80% of all hospitalized patients are unvaccinated. There is no evidence that people are being hospitalized or dying from the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Hospitals should be using Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 hospitalization cases.
  • Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
    • There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Vaccination is important.
  • Do COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips?
    • COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are developed to fight against disease and are not administered to track your movement. Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.

More information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccine misinformation can be found here.

COVID-19 third dose still available for immunocompromised residents

Washoe County residents who are immunocompromised can receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC) drive-through clinic or Health District Community Vaccine Events if they meet certain criteria outlined by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine are not eligible for the third dose, per the FDA. At this time, only those immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and residents don’t need an appointment when coming to the RSLEC on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Click this link for more information about eligibility.

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.

Pfizer COVID-19 boosters available for certain Washoe County residents

New COVID-19 case counts continue to climb in Washoe County

Aug. 20, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – COVID-19 disease investigators are concerned by the rise in new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County and the Washoe County Health District is reminding our community to do their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Since June 1, 2021, new COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations have seen a sharp increase:

  • The 7-day moving average for new COVID-19 cases per day went from 13.7 to 211.1
  • The COVID-19 test positivity rate increased from 2.9% to 19.5%
  • The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations increased from 20 to 142
  • The occupancy rate of Staffed hospital beds is at 91% in Washoe County

There are 270 additional COVID-19 cases today on top of the 308 reported on Thursday. The 7-day moving average is as high as it’s been since Jan. 13, 2021, and the positive case numbers represent a market increase in infection in our community.

Washoe County Health District disease investigators can no longer reach out to every new COVID-19 positive case in Washoe County and have prioritized outreach to youth, aged 5-12, because this age group will exhibit higher transmission levels and be in a more vulnerable situation. Other groups in that priority order are those aged 13-17 and 0-4, then households with multiple cases. Persons who work in school settings, including transportation, are also being prioritized to keep our schools open for in-person learning.

“Our disease investigators are simply overwhelmed,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “We have a dedicated staff working 7 days a week who are reaching a breaking point under very difficult circumstances to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing is not designed to be effective when COVID-19 is widespread in the community and with this many new cases coming in. We need to the public to both help limit the spread of COVID-19 and also get vaccinated as that is the easiest and most effective thing you can do at this point to keep those around you safe.”

The Health District, per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is recommending the following steps for residents who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Reach out to close contacts who were within 6 feet of you for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period when you were infectious
    • Per the CDC, an infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms (or tests positive if non symptomatic). By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Rest, stay hydrated and monitor symptoms
  • Separate yourself from those in your household
  • More tips from the CDC can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf

If you were exposed to someone under these circumstances, it’s advised that you get a COVID-19 test at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center or elsewhere in the community. Home COVD-19 tests are not as reliable; Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are recommended.

If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine UNLESS you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell/taste, or other symptoms similar to seasonal allergies. Read more CDC guidance related to quarantine here.

Vaccines remain the best way to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death due to the virus. Schedule an appointment or walk in to local pharmacies and grocery stores, or the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. You sign up for an appointment 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.

Personas que estén inmunocomprometidos pueden recibir su tercera dosis de la vacuna contra COVID-19 en el Condado de Washoe

Ago. 18, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – A partir de hoy, los residentes del Condado de Washoe que están inmunocomprometidos podrán recibir una tercera dosis de las vacunas contra COVID-19 Pfizer o Moderna en la clínica de auto servicio del Centro de Eventos Livestock de Reno-Sparks o en los Eventos Comunitarios de Vacunación del Distrito de Salud si llenan ciertos requisitos definidos por la Asociación de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA).

Aquellos que recibieron la vacuna Janssen (Johnson y Johnson) no son elegibles para la tercera dosis, según la FDA.  En este momento, solo los que esta inmunocomprometidos son elegibles para la tercera dosis y esto es independiente del anuncio de la Casa Blanca sobre las vacunas de refuerzo para aquellos que han estado completamente vacunas por más de ocho meses.

El Distrito de Salud del Condado de Washoe se une a las farmacias CVS y Walgreens como organizaciones con permiso por parte del estado de Nevada para iniciar la administración de dosis adicionales, que han probado ofrecer mejor protección contra COVID-19 a aquellos que más lo necesitan.  Algunas oficinas médicas también tienen la habilidad de administrar terceras dosis.

Elegibilidad

Aquellos que son elegibles incluye, pero no se limita, a personas que tienen:

  • Estado recibiendo tratamiento activo contra el cáncer por tumores o cánceres en la sangre
  • Recibió un trasplante de órganos y toma medicamento para suprimir el sistema inmunológico
  • Recibió trasplante de células madre durante los últimos 2 años o está tomando medicamento para suprimir el sistema inmunológico
  • Inmunodeficiencia primaria moderada o severa (tal como síndrome de DiGeorge , síndrome Wiskott-Aldrich)
  • Infección por VIH avanzada o no tratada
  • Tratamiento active con corticosteroides en dosis altas u otros fármacos que pueden suprimir la responsiva inmunitaria

Residentes deben llevar prueba de la tarjeta de vacunación a su cita.  Aquellos con preguntas sobre su tarjeta de vacunación deben pedir esta información a través de WebIZ.

Aquellos que cumplan con dichas condiciones solo recibirán la tercera dosis si han pasado mínimo 28 días desde la última dosis de Pfizer o Moderna.  La tercera dosis, que es idéntica a las dosis que se han administrado hasta ahora, deben ser el mismo tipo que se administró la primer/segunda dosis.  La vacuna Janssen (Johnson y Johnson) no fue autorizada para dosis adicionales de la vacuna contra COVID por ahora.

¿Cómo recibir la tercera vacuna?

  • Centro de Eventos Livestock de Reno-Sparks (RSLEC) – Aquellos que son elegibles puede visitar la ubicación de vacunación de autoservicio en el 1350 N Wells Avenue en reno (entrar por la intersección de Wells Avenue y Sadleir Way).
    • No necesita cita por el momento.
    • Horas de operación es lunes, miércoles, y viernes de 8:30-11:30 a.m.; sábados de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m.
  • Ubicaciones de Farmacias CVS  en el Condado de Washoe
  • Ubicaciones de Farmacias Walgreens en el Condado de Washoe

¿Qué llevar?

Para terceras dosis en el RSLEC, residentes deben traer su tarjeta de vacunación de COVID-19.  Si no tiene su tarjeta, pida su información a través del portal de inmunización del estado, WebIZ. Cuando llegue al RSLEC, llenara su papeleo auto atestiguando su condición inmunocomprometida.  Para aquellos que buscan una cita, no hay opción para nuestra forma de registración en línea. Esa característica se agregará tan pronto como sea posible.

Para terceras dosis en CVS y Walgreens, favor de contar a esas organizaciones con sus preguntas.

La diferencia entre “refuerzo” y “tercera dosis”

Esta dosis adicional se le ha llamado “refuerzo” lo que es técnicamente inexacto. Un refuerzo es para las personas no inmunocomprometidas ya que apoya las responsivas inmunitarias que se han debilitado con el tiempo. Una tercera dosis es para aquellos que no tiene una responsiva lo suficientemente fuerte después de la primera serie debido a su condición.

El Centro Regional de Información de COVID-19 está trabajando para entregar actualizaciones a la comunidad sobre COVID-19 de manera unificada. Mientras que los publicados son enviados periódicamente para eventos significativos, siempre se pueden ver los resultados diarios en nuestro sitio, https://covid19washoe.com/, nuestro Boletín de COVID-19, y en Twitter @COVID19Washoe. Las agencias incluyen: Ciudad de Reno, Ciudad de Sparks, Distrito de Protección contra Incendios de North Lake Tahoe, Tribu Pyramid Lake Paiute, Comisión de Transporte Regional, REMSA, Colonia de Indios de Reno Sparks, Departamento de Policía de Reno, Departamento de Bomberos de Reno, Distrito de Protección contra Incendios de Truckee Meadows, Universidad de Nevada, Reno, el Condado de Washoe, el Distrito de Salud del Condado de Washoe, el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Washoe y la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Washoe. También en el grupo están los hospitales del área, el Centro Médico del Norte de Nevada, Renown Health y Saint Mary’s.

Pfizer COVID-19 boosters available for certain Washoe County residents

People who are immunocompromised can now get third COVID-19 vaccine dose in Washoe County

Aug. 18, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – Starting today, Washoe County residents who are immunocompromised can now receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center drive-through clinic or Health District Community Vaccine Events if they meet certain criteria outlined by the Food & Drug Administration.

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine are not eligible for the third dose. At this time, only those immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and this is separate from impending announcements about booster shots for those who’ve been fully vaccinated for more than eight months.

The Washoe County Health District joins CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy as organizations in Washoe County who received permission from the State of Nevada to begin administering additional doses, which have been shown to offer better protection from COVID-19 for those who need it most. Some doctor’s offices also have the ability to administer third doses.

Eligibility

Those eligible include, but are not limited to, people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response

Residents must bring proof of vaccination card to the appointment. Those with questions about their vaccination card should request that information through WebIZ.

Those who meet the above conditions will only be given the third dose if it has been at least 28 days since the last dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. The third dose, which is identical to the doses that have been administered all along, must be the same vaccine type as administered for the first/second doses. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine was not authorized for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

How to get the third shot?
  • Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC) – Those who are eligible can visit the drive-through vaccine location at 1350 N Wells Ave in Reno (enter at Wells Avenue and Sadleir Way intersection).
    • No appointment is needed at this time.
    • Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CVS Pharmacy locations in Washoe County
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy locations in Washoe County
What to bring

For third doses at the RSLEC, residents must bring their COVID-19 vaccination card. If you do not have your card, request your information through the state’s immunization portal, WebIZ. When you arrive at RSLEC, you will fill out paperwork self-attesting to your immunocompromising condition. For those looking for an appointment, there is currently not an option on our online sign up form. That feature will be added as soon as possible.

For third doses at CVS and Walgreens, please contact those organizations with questions.

Difference between ‘booster’ and ‘third dose’

This additional dose has been referred to as a “booster,” which is technically inaccurate. A booster is for non-immunocompromised people as it supports immune responses that have weakened over time. A third dose is for those who didn’t have a strong enough immune response after the first series because of their condition.

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.

Pfizer COVID-19 boosters available for certain Washoe County residents

700th COVID-19-related death and 50,000th COVID-19 case reported in Washoe County

Aug. 16, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting two unfortunate COVID-19 milestones from over the weekend: 700 COVID-19-related deaths and 50,000 COVID-19 cases in Washoe County.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County is at 706 and COVID-19 cases reported are 50,167.

COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations are rising rapidly in Washoe County and residents are reminded to take mask wearing seriously as it is required per Governor Sisolak’s Directive 47 and to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a summary of data showing the high transmission:

  • 15 – COVID-19-related deaths reported in August so far. In both June and July, six were reported, respectively.
  • 136 – Residents hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 according to the Nevada Hospital Association. On Aug. 1, it was 50.
  • 80% – Percentage of staff hospital beds occupied reported on Aug. 15. On Aug. 1, it was 61%. On Aug. 13, it was 83%.
  • 3 – 7-day moving average for new cases per day in Washoe County. On Aug. 1, it was 105.3.
  • 4% – Positivity rate in Washoe County, per NV Health Response dashboard. On Aug. 1, it was 11.7%.

“The impact COVID-19 and the Delta variant are having on everyone in Washoe County, in particular hospitals, is reaching a breaking point,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “Our healthcare system and public health systems are facing the same labor shortages as retail and service industry and likely cannot support another surge at the same level we faced in the winter.

“If you are still waiting for more time to pass by to get the COVID-19 vaccine or refuse to wear a mask in public, be aware of the inherent risks of failing to do so. Vaccines are over 90% effective at keeping you out of the hospital or dying from COVID-19, and masks block respiratory droplets to reduce disease transmission. Please do your part.”

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in Washoe County at local pharmacies and grocery stores, as well as at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. You can walk in or sign up for an appointment here. Vaccines cannot be administered if you are sick or have COVID-19 currently.

Several Community Vaccine Sites are planned this week, including the Boys & Girls Club locations on Neil Road, in Lemmon Valley and on 9th Street, and at the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada  – see the list here.

Other important reminders are:

  • Wear a mask when in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings
  • Stay home when you don’t feel well
  • Socially distance
  • Check the Truckee Meadows COVID Risk Meter on our COVID-19 Dashboard (Look for “Risk Meter” tab) if you’re wondering how the risk level is increasing or decreasing. The meter is currently at “Very High”

The COVID-19 dashboard has more information regarding COVID-19 in Washoe County. Please note that only 701 COVID-19-related deaths are reported on the dashboard today but we received notification of five more (706 total) that will show up tomorrow on the dashboard. Three of the 706 deaths were vaccinated.

COVID-19 third dose update

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses.

The third dose will be available this week at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. More information will be distributed once details are finalized. Check COVID19Washoe.com and our COVID19Washoe Twitter page for updated information as it is released.

Some refer to this dose as a “booster,” which is technically incorrect. An additional dose is given to people who may not have had a strong enough immune response after receiving the initial vaccine series. A booster dose is a supplemental dose given to groups whose immune response has weakened over time. No booster doses are recommended at this time. This may change as more information becomes available.

The additional dose would need to be administered 28 days after a two-dose regimen of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Those who have received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine are not eligible for an additional dose at this time, per the CDC and Food & Drug Administration.

Updates to disease investigations in Washoe County

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Washoe County Health District is prioritizing disease investigation and contact tracing for pediatric cases aged 5-11 due to the fact they are ineligible to be vaccinated and the rise in cases at local schools.

Those who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 are asked to reach out on their own to close contacts who’ve been closer than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour timeframe to notify them. CDC guidance says those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks since second Pfizer/Moderna shot or two weeks since one-dose Janssen shot) do not need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms. Unvaccinated individuals must quarantine per CDC guidance after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Those who are confirmed to have COVID-19 will be sent a text notifying them that a Washoe County disease investigator will contact them by phone soon. Disease investigators will also leave a voicemail with a call-back number if you are unavailable. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it’s imperative that you cooperate with disease investigators and ensure that your voice mailbox is not full.

COVID-19 Testing at Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center and results

COVID-19 testing at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC) has expanded to five days a week, Monday-Friday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. To sign up, go here (en Espanol). Previously, testing was done Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at RSLEC, but due to increased demand the availability increased. Vaccines remain available only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and you can schedule an appointment here (en Espanol).

COVID-19 test samples are sent to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and results usually take between 24-36 hours. The Washoe County COVID-19 Incident Management Team is working with area labs to reduce the amount of time it takes to get a test result back.

Pregnancy, fertility and COVID-19

According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. More information can be found here.

There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.

For more information on COVID-19 in Washoe County, visit the Regional Information Center website.

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