COVID-19 WASHOE PREPARING FOR WORSE CASE
Using COVID-19 projections from multiple forecasts models, our community is prepared for a surge of COVID-19 infected patients.
Two housing options for isolation have been identified:
A contract has been secured with WellCare to house up to 43 people in 20 units. The contract includes three meals per day and support from a case manager and advanced practice registered nurse for individuals who need support to safely isolate.
Edison (Quaratine) Housing
Temporary housing has been established at the corner of Mill Street and Edison Way to serve the needs of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need alternative housing for isolation purposes. Each trailer consists of five rooms, each with their own private bathroom / shower / sink, queen size bed, closet and storage space.
These units will serve as a resource for people that may not be able to isolate in a home of their own for a variety of purposes. The housing project will offer up to 300 beds (rooms), providing a temporary solution for a potential oncoming surge.
Alternative Care Site (ACS)
The ACS project has been put on hold. We are monitoring the current local trends with regards to COVID-19 forecasts and models.
We have been working in close coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers to design and convert 381,000 square feet of space at the Reno Sparks Convention Center into a care site, for up to 700 beds that would serve to treat patients with a broad spectrum of conditions from non-acute to critical care.
Trigger points have been established should there be a need to move forward on the ACS plan. If needed, the project will be implemented with a two-day mobilization, and seven-day build.
Current hospital capacity in Washoe County is around 54 percent. Renown Health has setup its own care facility in its parking structure with 700 beds, with the ability to set up an additional 700 if needed.
Updated: April 18, 2020