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1 COVID-19-related death, 235 new cases, 467 recoveries reported

1 COVID-19-related death, 235 new cases, 467 recoveries reported

Jan. 19, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting one additional COVID-19-related death in Washoe County: A male in his 80s with an underlying health condition. There have been 568 COVID-19-related deaths reported.

Additionally, we’re reporting 467 recoveries from COVID-19 and 235 new cases.

The Washoe County Health District conducted its second vaccine administration event in the last two days, but updated numbers were not available at the time of this report.

Did you know? You can see where you are ranked in the State’s priority order for the COVID-19 vaccine by taking this survey (English and Spanish available) on our new website, www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.com. If you want to find out if your employer is frontline/essential, go to this page and look for “Washoe County Frontline/Essential Business Search”.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 39,914 (+235 from 1/18)
  • Deaths: 568 (+1)
  • Recovered: 24,402 (+467)
  • Active cases: 14,944 (-233)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 175 (+2)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District**: 10,648 (+0)

*Data from Nevada Hospital Association (not updated on weekends or holidays) includes residents from outside of Washoe County.

**This number is approximate and includes only COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Health District, which occur 4-5 days per week.

NOTE: Due to some organizations receiving their vaccine directly from the state, we removed the “Total Vaccines Received in Washoe County” and “Vaccines distributed to community partners (Hospitals, medical providers)” bullet points.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of January 19: 328,836 (+880 since 1/18)

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 as of January 19 (Numbers not updated on weekends/holidays):

  • 74 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (-4% since 1/15)
  • 65 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (-3%)
  • 49 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+3%)
  • 23 percent of all ventilators are in use (-3%)

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

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 vaccines update in Washoe County – Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines update in Washoe County – Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

More COVID-19 vaccine options available for seniors

Jan. 19, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is providing a COVID-19 vaccine update in Washoe County to help educate residents on the mass vaccination effort by the COVID-19 Response Team and community partners.

The Washoe County Health District received 6,025 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

From the shipment, 3,100 doses were Moderna and 2,925 were Pfizer.

Here are three important updates for the COVID-19 vaccine response in Washoe County.

COVID-19 vaccine administration update

Below is a list of some organizations in Northern Nevada that have been administering vaccines and how many they have administered as of January 18:

  • Renown Health, more than 12,000
  • Washoe County Health District, 10,648
  • VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (employees and Veteran patients), 2,040
  • Saint Mary’s, 2,000
  • Northern Nevada Medical Center, 1,100
  • Community Health Alliance, 420
  • City of Reno, 620
  • REMSA, 298
  • Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue, 250 (*Updated after email went out, 4:45 p.m., 1/19/21)
  • Incline Village Community Hospital, 185
  • City of Sparks, 170
  • North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, 110

Opportunities grow for seniors to receive COVID-19 vaccines

The State of Nevada and local pharmacies announced a few more options for seniors 70 years and older to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to Renown Health and Saint Mary’s distributing vaccine, Smith’s and Walgreens have options as well:

The Regional COVID-19 response announced last week a waiting list for seniors to join when more vaccine becomes available. More than 1,800 have been randomly selected from the list so far. More will be selected soon and will be announced on our website.

The waiting list has more than 27,000 submissions as of today.

State of Nevada issues technical bulletin on California issue with Moderna vaccine

The Washoe County Health District received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Nevada that was in the same lot as a shipment in California that reportedly was causing higher than usual allergic reactions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to continue using the vaccine. The State of Nevada issued a technical bulletin that said counties that have vaccines in that same lot should have patients wait 30 minutes after their vaccine to ensure no reactions occur.

The State noted that Nevada, Washington and other cities in California also received vaccine in that lot and no significant issues were reported. Approximately 770 people from the Washoe County Point of Dispensing site received the vaccine yesterday and no allergic reactions were reported.

All individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine are advised to provide updates on reactions and how they’re feeling to the V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker. Since the Health District began administering the vaccine on Dec. 23, no significant or severe reactions to either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine have been reported.

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. 

71 new COVID-19 cases, 420 recoveries reported

71 new COVID-19 cases, 420 recoveries reported

Seniors who signed up for vaccine waiting list asked to check emails for invitation

Jan. 18, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 71 new COVID-19 cases, no COVID-19-related deaths and 420 additional recoveries.

The Washoe County Health District administered approximately 770 COVID-19 vaccines on Monday to educators, childcare personnel and medical professionals, moving past 10,000 total vaccines administered (10,648 total). The Health District expects a new shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday.

There are still some appointments available to seniors 70 years and older for this week. About 1,800 were selected to receive the vaccine this week. And those who signed up for the senior waiting list are asked to check their emails and spam filters for an invitation to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about the vaccine on our new COVID-19 vaccine website, www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.com. To receive weekly COVID-19 vaccine emails, sign up here.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 39,679 (+71 from 1/17)
  • Deaths: 567 (+0)
  • Recovered: 23,935 (+420)
  • Active cases: 15,177 (-349)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 173 (+0)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District**: 10,648 (+770)
  • Total Vaccines Received in Washoe County: 22,760 (+0)
  • Vaccines distributed to community partners (Hospitals, medical providers): 11,030 (+0)

*Data from Nevada Hospital Association (not updated on weekends or holidays) includes residents from outside of Washoe County.

**This number is approximate and includes only COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Health District, which occur four days per week.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of January 18: 327,956 (+1,043 since 1/17)

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 as of January 15 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 78 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+0% since 1/14)
  • 68 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 46 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+1%)
  • 26 percent of all ventilators are in use (+1%)

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

COVID-19 vaccine scheduling link leaked on social media, leads to delays in vaccine distribution

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, our COVID-19 vaccine team was made aware of COVID-19 vaccination appointments filling up for the week of Jan. 18 at an unexpectedly high rate. The team sent out a scheduling link that was specifically made for educators. After further investigation, it was learned that the scheduling link was shared on social media and through email.

The vaccine appointment slots intended for educators, who were prioritized as frontline/essential workforce by the State of Nevada, were scheduled by nearly 300 people who were not frontline/essential workers who took advantage of the leaked scheduling link.

To resolve this issue, the COVID-19 response team reached out to all individuals who signed up for the educator-only slots and requested that those who were not educators please cancel their appointments. The email notified those individuals that if they were to show up to the vaccination Point of Dispensing (POD) and were not frontline/essential workers, they would be turned away. Many successfully cancelled their appointments.

The issue, overall, caused a full-day delay in scheduling essential workers and various law enforcement agencies and created delays in other essential duties by our team to help the public through this COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of this breach, the team has implemented additional safeguards to prevent further improprieties. We thank everyone for their understanding.  

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. 

1,800 seniors selected to receive COVID-19 vaccine this week from Health District

1,800 seniors selected to receive COVID-19 vaccine this week from Health District

Those 70 years & older who signed up asked to check their email

Jan. 17, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center sent emails and made phone calls to about 1,800 seniors in Washoe County to receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines specifically for those 70 years and older from the Washoe County Health District.

The selections of those 70 and older were made randomly from those who signed up for the waiting list to receive the vaccine; also, of the 1,800, about 400 are underserved seniors who get assistance from Washoe County Human Services Agency.

Those who signed up are asked to check their email that they provided to be on the waiting list, which will have instructions to schedule a test. It’s recommended that you check your spam folder. If you know of a senior who signed up for the waiting list, we ask that you contact them to check if they received it.

There is no timetable when the next round of COVID-19 vaccines for seniors will be available as it is determined by how much COVID-19 vaccine comes in on a given week.

After those 70 and older are vaccinated, the next group per the State’s COVID-19 prioritization is those who are 65 years of age to 69. It is unknown when the transition to the 65-69 age group will occur. The Health District is also simultaneously providing vaccines to frontline/essential workforce lane, per the state’s guidance.

There are several other ways for seniors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in addition to this process. Contact Renown Health and Saint Mary’s for opportunities to get vaccinated and contact your medical provider.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Washoe County, please visit our new website www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.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, 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. 

3 COVID-19-related deaths, 230 new cases, 356 recoveries

3 COVID-19-related deaths, 230 new cases, 356 recoveries

 Jan. 17, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting three COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County: Two males in their 70s and a female in her 60s; all had an underlying health condition. There have been 567 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County.

 Additionally, we’re reporting 230 new COVID-19 cases and 356 recoveries.  

 The Washoe County Health District is planning to administer approximately 1,800 COVID-19 vaccines to seniors this coming week. Those 70 years and older who signed up for the waiting list were eligible.

 Learn more about the vaccine on our new COVID-19 vaccine website, www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.com. To receive weekly COVID-19 vaccine emails, sign up here.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 39,608 (+230 from 1/16)
  • Deaths: 567 (+3)
  • Recovered: 23,515 (+356)
  • Active cases: 15,526 (-129)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 173 (+0)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District**: 9,878 (+0)
  • Total Vaccines Received in Washoe County: 22,760 (+0)
  • Vaccines distributed to community partners (Hospitals, medical providers): 11,030 (+0)

*Data from Nevada Hospital Association (not updated on weekends or holidays) includes residents from outside of Washoe County.

**This number is approximate and includes only COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Health District, which occur four days per week.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of January 16: 326,913 (+1,584 since 1/16)

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 as of January 15 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 78 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+0% since 1/14)
  • 68 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 46 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+1%)
  • 26 percent of all ventilators are in use (+1%)

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

COVID-19 vaccine scheduling link leaked on social media, leads to delays in vaccine distribution

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, our COVID-19 vaccine team was made aware of COVID-19 vaccination appointments filling up for the week of Jan. 18 at an unexpectedly high rate. The team sent out a scheduling link that was specifically made for educators. After further investigation, it was learned that the scheduling link was shared on social media and through email.

The vaccine appointment slots intended for educators, who were prioritized as frontline/essential workforce by the State of Nevada, were scheduled by nearly 300 people who were not frontline/essential workers who took advantage of the leaked scheduling link.

To resolve this issue, the COVID-19 response team reached out to all individuals who signed up for the educator-only slots and requested that those who were not educators please cancel their appointments. The email notified those individuals that if they were to show up to the vaccination Point of Dispensing (POD) and were not frontline/essential workers, they would be turned away. Many successfully cancelled their appointments.

The issue, overall, caused a full-day delay in scheduling essential workers and various law enforcement agencies and created delays in other essential duties by our team to help the public through this COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of this breach, the team has implemented additional safeguards to prevent further improprieties. We thank everyone for their understanding.  

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. 

2 COVID-19-related deaths, 84 new cases and 549 recoveries reported

2 COVID-19-related deaths, 84 new cases and 549 recoveries reported

Jan. 16, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting two COVID-19-related deaths, 84 new COVID-19 cases and 549 additional recoveries. The large number of recoveries stem from a data cleaning effort.

The deceased are a male in his 60s and a female in her 70s; both had an underlying health condition. There have been 564 COVID-19-related deaths since March.

The Washoe County Health District will continue administering COVID-19 vaccines on Monday. The Health District plans to administer over 1,800 vaccines to seniors this coming week including 400 for low-income seniors, after it was announced seniors 65 and older asked to sign up for waiting list to receive the vaccine. Over 12,000 seniors signed up for the waiting list as of Friday.

Learn more about the vaccine on our new COVID-19 vaccine website, www.COVID19WashoeVaccine.com. To receive weekly COVID-19 vaccine emails, sign up here.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 39,378 (+84 from 1/15)
  • Deaths: 564 (+2)
  • Recovered: 23,159 (+549)
  • Active cases: 15,655 (-467)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 173 (+0)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District**: 9,878 (+0)
  • Total Vaccines Received in Washoe County: 22,760 (+0)
  • Vaccines distributed to community partners (Hospitals, medical providers): 11,030 (+0)

*Data from Nevada Hospital Association (not updated on weekends or holidays) includes residents from outside of Washoe County.

**This number is approximate and includes only COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Health District, which occur four days per week.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of January 16: 325,329 (+1,841 since 1/15)

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 as of January 15 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 78 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+0% since 1/14)
  • 68 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 46 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+1%)
  • 26 percent of all ventilators are in use (+1%)

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

COVID-19 vaccine scheduling link leaked on social media, leads to delays in vaccine distribution

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, our COVID-19 vaccine team was made aware of COVID-19 vaccination appointments filling up for the week of Jan. 18 at an unexpectedly high rate. The team sent out a scheduling link that was specifically made for educators. After further investigation, it was learned that the scheduling link was shared on social media and through email.

The vaccine appointment slots intended for educators, who were prioritized as frontline/essential workforce by the State of Nevada, were scheduled by nearly 300 people who were not frontline/essential workers who took advantage of the leaked scheduling link.

To resolve this issue, the COVID-19 response team reached out to all individuals who signed up for the educator-only slots and requested that those who were not educators please cancel their appointments. The email notified those individuals that if they were to show up to the vaccination Point of Dispensing (POD) and were not frontline/essential workers, they would be turned away. Many successfully cancelled their appointments.

The issue, overall, caused a full-day delay in scheduling essential workers and various law enforcement agencies and created delays in other essential duties by our team to help the public through this COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of this breach, the team has implemented additional safeguards to prevent further improprieties. We thank everyone for their understanding.  

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.