A record 610 new COVID-19 cases reported in Washoe County

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Nov. 18, 2020. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting a record 610 COVID-19 cases in Washoe County, breaking the previous record by 49 cases (561 on Nov. 15,2020).

Today is the fourth time the record has been broken in the last 11 days. The seven-day moving average for new cases per day also set a record with 408.7.

Hospitalizations in the state of Nevada have reached an all-time high, according to the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA). According to today’s NHA PDF, there are 230 confirmed COVID-19 cases who are hospitalized, and 46 suspected COVID-19 cases are hospitalized (276 total).

Last week, the data widget “Currently Hospitalized” was removed from the dashboard due to confusion in the community because it only contained Washoe County residents. The confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases who are hospitalized is for all counties of residence and is far more important as the availability of hospital beds during this pandemic is critical.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 19,742 (+610 from 11/17)
  • Deaths: 222 (+0)
  • Recovered: 13,642 (+441)
  • Active cases: 5,878 (+169)

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of November 18: 212,597 (+1,774 since 11/17)

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 November 18 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 84 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+5% since 11/17)
  • 72 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+6%)
  • 38 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (-13%)
  • 31 percent of all ventilators are in use (+4%)

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

Volunteer to help fight COVID-19 in Washoe County

The Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for medical professionals or those without medical experience to volunteer to help fight COVID-19 in Washoe County.

MRC was created to support public health and emergency response efforts during natural disasters and other emergencies by providing trained volunteers to help staff shelters, alternate care sites, and points of dispensing. Given the rise in hospitalizations and increased demand in COVID-19 testing, volunteers are needed to support the region. Learn how to volunteer by going to this website, or email wchdvolunteers@washoecounty.us.

Download the COVID Trace app, and help stop COVID-19

Washoe County health officials are strongly recommending that residents download the COVID Trace, an easy-to-use app that helps fight COVID-19 in Washoe County and Nevada, without compromising your privacy. Learn more 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, 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.