10 COVID-19-related deaths, 284 cases reported

10 COVID-19-related deaths, 284 cases reported

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Dec. 9, 2020. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting 10 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County. The deceased include seven males (ages 50s, 2-60s, 2-70s, 80s, 90s) and three females (40s, 60s, 70s) and all but one had an underlying health condition (male, 60s undetermined if there was an underlying health condition).

There have been 338 COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County with 60 reported in December. The 10 reported ties the record for most reported in one day (Dec. 2).

Additionally, we’re reporting 284 new COVID-19 cases and 732 recoveries. The increase in recoveries was due to a data audit. Recoveries reported, as noted in Tuesday’s update, have been lower recently due to the influx in new COVID-19 cases.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 28,927 (+284 from 12/8)
  • Deaths: 338 (+10)
  • Recovered: 16,802 (+732)
  • Active cases: 11,787 (-458)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 266 (-19)

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

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of December 9: 260,327 (+1,789 since 12/8)

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 December 9 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 88 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (-1% since 12/8)
  • 75 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (-1%)
  • 59 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+1%)
  • 35 percent of all ventilators are in use (+0%)

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

Health District suspending return-to-work letters

The Health District is suspending its efforts to provide letters to employers stating that an employee is cleared from isolation and can return to work due to the influx of new COVID-19 cases. We’re encouraging employers to work with employees to understand the recovery criteria listed here, which is:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
  3. Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.

More information on COVID-19 can be found here.

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.