One additional COVID-19-related death, 42 new cases

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Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting one additional COVID-19-related death: a male in his 70s with no underlying health conditions.

There were 42 new COVID-19 cases reported in Washoe County with 41 recoveries.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 7,787 (+42 from 9/7)
  • Deaths: 147 (+1)
  • Recovered: 6,476 (+41)
  • Active cases: 1,164 (+0)
  • Currently hospitalized: 43 (-1)
  • Cases who have discharged from hospital: 591 (+1)

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of September 8: 118,060 (+695 since 9/7)

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 September 8:

  • 61 percent of all staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds are occupied (-2% since 9/5)
  • 39 percent of the all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-1%)
  • 19 percent of all ventilators are in use (-6%)

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

Masks with exhalation valves or vents not recommended

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing masks or facial coverings as a critical preventive measure for COVID-19 and are most essential in times when social distancing is difficult.

From the CDC: The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Free COVID-19 testing available; no-show rate increases

COVID-19 testing is available in Washoe County. Sign up online here. The Spanish version can be found here:

For those who make an appointment and cannot make it, please remember to cancel the appointment beforehand. We’ve seen a rise in no-shows at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

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,, 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.