REGIONAL INFORMATION CENTER UPDATE – MAY 2
28 additional COVID-19 cases, 20 recoveries reported in Washoe County
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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 28 additional COVID-19 cases in Washoe County and 20 additional recoveries.
- Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 949 (+28 from 5/1)
- Deaths: 33 (+0)
- Recoveries: 363 (+20)
- Active cases: 553 (+7)
- Currently hospitalized: 48 (+5)
- Cases who have discharged from hospital: 69 (+3)
Hospital bed and ventilator information
In Washoe County as of April 30, 2020:
- 57 percent of short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (-3% since April 29)
- 49 percent of the Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+0%)
- 21 percent of ventilators are in use (+0%)
Total number of COVID-19 tests in Washoe County: 9,885 (-25 from April 29)
As of April 30, 2020, a total of 9,885 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Washoe County. The tests may include non-Washoe County residents who were tested in Washoe County. Note: The number will sometimes decrease based on the removal of cases who were tested in Washoe County but live outside Washoe County.
Guidance for employers for COVID-19 in the workplace
With Governor Sisolak gradually opening non-essential businesses, the Washoe County Health District is providing guidance for employers when dealing with COVID-19.
This helpful tool answers general COVID-19 questions like preventive measures businesses can take and what to do if an employee tests positive or if an employee has been exposed to a confirmed case.
Health District will not be opening pools until Governor’s directive lifted
Per Governor Sisolak’s directive regarding COVID-19, the Washoe County Health District will not be opening pools and spas until further notice or scheduling opening inspections. Once the Governor lifts the ban, the Health District will work with operators to get pools opened as quickly as possible. The Health District will provide guidance on opening as well as good social distancing operational practices at that time. The hope is that pools will be able to open in 2020 but it will depend on the directive being lifted.
Deferment of fees as approved by the Board of Health is available, up to 60 days after the directive that non-essential business is lifted. The application of a fee deferral can be found here. The Board of Health has not decided to waive permit fees for 2020 at this time. Pools and spas are required to have a permit regardless of whether they are in use as they can pose a threat to the public even without operation. Pools that are not in use still receive inspection by the Health District to ensure that gates are secured to prevent public access and there is no stagnant water creating vector issues.
Testing spots open for those with COVID-19 symptoms
Residents who have symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, shortness of breath and others are encouraged to get tested. To complete a risk assessment and potentially get tested for COVID-19, call 775-328-2427, or fill out a risk assessment form online (Complete el formulario de evaluación COVID-19).
See more about COVID-19 testing on the COVID-19 Washoe website.
The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. Follow 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.