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COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter – May 2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter – May 2022

Reno, Sparks, Nev. May 11, 2022. The Regional Information Center is updating the community on COVID-19 vaccine information.

Updated Recommendations – Second Booster

On March 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a second COVID-19 booster shot. Individuals 50 years of age or older, and those who are immunocompromised, who have received the primary series of the Pfizer, Moderna, and/or Janssen vaccines as well as their first booster may now receive the second booster of an mRNA vaccine. The time frame required between the first and second booster is 4 months.

Vaccine Opportunities

Washoe County Health District (WCHD) mobilized staff and resources to begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine 5 days a week (excluding holidays) at the WCHD Immunization Clinic. This allows for the establishment of a permanent resource in our community within a zip code (89512) with low vaccination rates. Vaccination slots are limited.

COVID-19 Immunization Clinic – Washoe County Health District, 1001 E. 9th St., Building B, Reno, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays). Call 775-328-2427 for appointments.

Upcoming Vaccine Events

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Rancho San Rafael, 1595 N Sierra St, Reno
3:30-6 p.m.

Thursday May 19, 2022
Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St, Reno
3:30-6 p.m.

Saturday May 21, 2022
WCSO Resource Fair, Reno Town Mall 4001 S Virginia St, Reno
9 a.m.-noon

Wednesday May 25, 2022
Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks
3:30-6 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccine Strike Team

Additionally, to continue meeting the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities, we are continuing to provide Community COVID-19 Vaccine events. A tentative list of events can be found above or online here.

Vaccine Administration Jan-April 2022

  • 243 Janssen doses administered (3% of total vaccines administered)
  • 1,736 Moderna doses (24%)
  • 1,771 Pfizer for ages 5-11 doses (25%)
  • 3,483 Pfizer for ages 12+ doses (48%)

For more information, go to www.COVID19Washoe.com.

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 Health, 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 Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.

COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter – May 2022

UNR Wastewater Data Shows 99% of COVID-19 Signatures Sequenced to Be Omicron BA.2 Variant

Reno, Sparks, Nev. April 22, 2022. Recent wastewater samples collected by the University of Nevada, Reno reported that more than 99% of the COVID-19 variants detected were the Omicron BA.2 subvariant.

BA.2 is the dominant COVID-19 variant in Washoe County and in the State of Nevada and is very contagious. In Washoe County, there have been 28 BA.2 cases sequenced.

While BA.2 cases are increasing, the overall number of new COVID-19 cases reported remains flat at about 16 cases per day over the last seven days, according to the Washoe County COVID-19 Dashboard. More importantly, COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased in Washoe County and are at record lows statewide, according to the Nevada Hospital Association.

“It’s not a surprise to see an uptick in COVID-19 BA.2 cases in Washoe County,” said Kevin Dick, District Health Officer in Washoe County. “It was only a matter of time before it hit in Washoe County. What we’re seeing, however, is that while the proportion of cases that are BA.2 have risen, our hospitalizations and deaths remain low, which is good. We believe deaths and hospitalizations are decreasing thanks to more and more people getting the COVID-19 vaccine and booster as well as the increased availability of COVID-19 treatments.”

Wastewater samples were collected at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility in Sparks, which treats the majority of wastewater of the Truckee Meadows.

“Based on the genome copies in the wastewater, it does not seem that there are high levels of SARS-CoV-2 circulating in the community,” said Subhash Verma, associate professor in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. “BA.2 does not seem to have any selective advantage, and there isn’t an uptick in the viral genome copies, which may suggest that there may not be much increase in the cases with this variant.”

The wastewater monitoring program is operated through the Nevada Water Innovation Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Institute includes regional agency partners the City of Sparks, the City of Reno and Washoe County. The wastewater monitoring program began in April 2020 and is continuing with support from the City of Sparks through the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters remain the best form of protection from contracting COVID-19. Vaccines and boosters can be scheduled at local grocery stores and pharmacies by going to www.vaccines.gov, or you can find a local COVID-19 vaccination event here.

Residents can also visit the Washoe County Health District Clinic at 1001 E. 9th St., Building B, Reno, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., every weekday, Monday-Friday. Call 775-328-2427 for an appointment; that number can also be called to schedule a homebound COVID-19 vaccine appointment where a nurse comes to you.

For COVID-19 booster eligibility, go 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 Health, 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 Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.

COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter – May 2022

Additional (second) COVID-19 vaccine boosters available at Health District starting Friday

NOTE: This release was updated to state that the Health District COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours are from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and NOT 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Reno, Sparks, Nev. March 30, 2022. The Washoe County Health District will administer additional (second) COVID-19 vaccine boosters for those 50 years and older or persons who are moderately or severely immunocompromised starting on Friday, April 1, 2022, at its clinic (indoor) location at 1001 E. 9th St., Building B.

Those eligible must have had their last booster at least four months prior. For guidance on what is considered moderately or severely immunocompromised, go here.

To schedule an appointment at the Health District, or with our homebound COVID-19 vaccine program, please call 775-328-2427. The vaccines are administered at the indoor Health District clinic, not at the drive through, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., every weekday, Monday-Friday. Walk-in appointments are available as space allows.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday recommended the second booster for certain individuals, as did the Food and Drug Administration in a release.

Community Health Alliance also will begin second booster administration on Friday, April 1, 2022, and appointments can be made on their website.

If you have not received a booster at all, it is recommended for everyone who is fully vaccinated. Learn more here.

The Health District also has COVID-19 vaccine events in the community, including one today at the Spanish Springs Library from 3:30-6 p.m. and Thursday, March 31 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from 3:30-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, go here. For more information on dates, go to our website. Vaccines are also available at area pharmacies and community providers – schedule here.

Upcoming Community Vaccine Events – appointments here

  • Wednesday, March 30 – All residents aged 5+
    • Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31 – All residents aged 5+
    • Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St, Reno, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 5 – All residents aged 5+
    • Swill Coffee and Wine, 3366 Lakeside Ct, Reno, 2:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7 – All residents aged 5+
    • Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St, Reno, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14 – All residents aged 5+
    • Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St, Reno, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21 – All residents aged 5+
    • Boys and Girls Club, 2680 E. 9th St., Reno, 4-6:30 p.m.

Schedule an appointment to any of those COVID-19 vaccine events here.

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect you and your loved ones from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Those aged 5 and older are eligible to receive the free vaccine.

Omicron BA.2 variant update in Washoe County

The Washoe County Health District is reporting five total COVID-19 Omicron BA.2 variant cases in Washoe County, per sequencing from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory.

The Omicron BA.2 is a subvariant of Omicron. The CDC reported on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, that BA.2 is the dominant variant in the United States.

In Nevada, the BA.2 variant makes up about 4% of sequenced cases.

At-Home COVID-19 tests available

The Washoe County Health District has at-home COVID-19 tests available for the public. To get one, go to the WCHD clinic office at 1001 E. 9th St., Building B, in Reno at the front service counter. You can also obtain at-home tests from the federal government 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 Health, 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 Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.

COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter – May 2022

Washoe County COVID-19 Dashboard to be updated weekly

Reno, Sparks. Nev. March 10, 2022. The Washoe County Regional Information Center is announcing that its COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated weekly starting next week, joining other jurisdictions.

Daily updates on the dashboard will end Friday, March 11. The weekly updates will begin Wednesday, March 16. The data updates on Wednesday will include the cases reported from Tuesday the previous week, through Monday of the current week to mirror the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services’ dashboard.

The Washoe County Health District will continue to collect COVID-19 case data. The dashboard will still feature datasets like the 7-day moving average and daily case counts for previous days. Other tabs on the dashboard will still include cases per 100,000 and data on COVID-19-related deaths.

The Health District recently embedded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels feature, which measures the impact of COVID-19 cases on health and healthcare systems locally. The three indicators are low (green), medium (yellow) and high (orange). Washoe County is currently at low.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters available

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect you and your loved ones from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Those aged 5 and older are eligible to receive the free vaccine. To get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit http://www.vaccines.gov.

The Health District is traveling into the community to distribute COVID-19 vaccines weekly. Schedule an appointment here or walk-in. Upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, March 15 – All residents aged 5+ – Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 17 – All residents aged 5+ – Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St, Reno, 3:30-6 p.m.

You can find more community vaccine events here. For more information on COVID-19 in Washoe County, visit www.COVID19Washoe.com.

For more information on COVID-19 in Washoe County, visit www.COVID19Washoe.com.

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 Health, 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 Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.

COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter – May 2022

4 Community COVID-19 Vaccine Events scheduled for next week

Reno, Sparks. Nev. Feb. 4, 2022. The Regional Information Center is reminding residents that four COVID-19 vaccine events throughout the community will take place next week, giving those 5 years of age and older a chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster. The events are:

Tuesday, Feb. 8 – All residents aged 5+

  • McQueen High School, 6055 Lancer St, Reno, 3-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 – All residents aged 5+

  • Desert Skies Middle School, 7550 Donatello Dr, Sun Valley, 3-6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 10 – All residents aged 5+

  • Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St, Reno, 3:30-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12 – All residents aged 5+

  • Washoe County Administrative Complex, Board of County Commission Chambers, Building A, 1001 E. 9th St., Reno, 9 a.m.-noon

Schedule an appointment to any of those COVID-19 vaccine events here.

Residents are encouraged to visit COVID19Washoe.com to view other community vaccine events scheduled weekly.

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect you and your loved ones from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Those aged 5 and older are eligible to receive the free vaccine. To get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit http://www.vaccines.gov. You can also find more community vaccine events here.

First Omicron BA.2 variant detected in Washoe County

The Washoe County Health District is reporting the first COVID-19 Omicron BA.2 variant case in Washoe County, per sequencing from the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory.

The Omicron BA.2 variant is a subvariant of Omicron. To date, other sequenced Omicron cases have been Omicron BA.1, which currently makes up over 99% of new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County.   The BA.2 variant has been found in 57 countries to date. Initial data suggest that it is more transmissive than the original BA.1 form of Omicron; however, it does not seem to be any more severe and the vaccines continue to provide similar protections against the different forms of Omicron according to the World Health Organization.

The Washoe County resident who was positive for Omicron BA.2 had travelled internationally, which is where the individual is believed to have been infected but has since recovered from the illness. The resident was fully vaccinated but not boosted.

COVID-19 testing demand decreasing in Washoe County; Livestock Events Center hours being adjusted

Due to a rapid decrease in demand for COVID-19 testing, the operations schedule for the testing site at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is being adjusted.

Starting Feb. 7, 2022, the Livestock Events Center testing site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Up to 300 people can be tested per day and all must have COVID-19 symptoms or be a close contact (6 feet or less for 15 minutes) to a confirmed COVID-19 case.

To schedule a test, go to www.COVID19Washoe.com and find the “Schedule a Test” tab, or click here. Alternative testing can be found here. Residents can also call 775-328-2427, Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment or get other COVID-19 questions answered.

If you get COVID-19, expect a text from Washoe County Health District

The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) added a self-survey feature to COVID-19 case investigations for residents and are reminding people 18 years and older that you might be contacted via text message.

If you receive a text message from the Health District directing you to fill out the secure form by clicking on the unique link in the text message, please do not ignore the message. Residents will be asked to verify basic information and then follow instructions to fill out the form and include requested contact information on those you may have exposed. The form will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you’re concerned about the validity of the text, please call 775-328-2427.

Text messages also will be sent to known close contacts to COVID-19 positive cases. The notifications will include instructions on what to do if you are a close contact, which includes a direct link to the covid19washoe.com website self-isolation and quarantine page. This is not an opt-in process; contacts will be texted/emailed based off information gathered from investigations.

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 Health, 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 Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.

COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter – May 2022

Additional COVID-19 testing now available at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center

Reno, Sparks. Nev. Jan. 26, 2022. More COVID-19 testing availability is coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center starting Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, as the Nevada National Guard has been re-deployed to assist with operations.

To schedule a COVID-19 test appointment at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, follow this link. Residents can also call 775-328-2427, Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The testing times will be expanded to include afternoons and Saturdays. As many as 800 appointments will be available on a given day when staffing levels are sufficient, up from 250 previously.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the Nevada National Guard and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office approved the Guard redeployment, which will allow the Health District to offer more appointments in a critical time of need.

“I am grateful to the men and women of the Nevada National Guard for taking on this additional assignment to help with COVID-19 testing at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center and I thank all those involved with the Washoe County Health District for their continued work,” Sisolak said. “COVID-19 cases are still very high in Washoe County and this increase in testing availability comes at a crucial time. This federal, State and local partnership is a truly great example of what we can accomplish when we’re working together to aid in the COVID-19 response.”

Testing will be offered Monday-Saturday. Weekday testing is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours and appointments may vary based on staffing levels. A small number of walk-ups will be permitted.

With the spread of the Omicron variant and COVID-19 cases increasing in Washoe County, it’s recommended that you receive a COVID-19 test if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or were in close contact (6 feet or less for 15 minutes) to a positive case. A record 1,694 cases were reported on Jan. 20 and the 7-day moving average for new cases is currently at 1,052.4. See more COVID-19 data in Washoe County here.

Find other COVID-19 testing sites in Washoe County here.

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect you and your loved ones from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Those aged 5 and older are eligible to receive the free vaccine. To get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit http://www.vaccines.gov. You can also find a community vaccine event 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 Health, 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 Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s.