255 additional COVID-19 cases, 5 COVID-19-related deaths reported

255 additional COVID-19 cases, 5 COVID-19-related deaths reported

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Jan. 6, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting five additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County:

  • Male, 70s, underlying health condition
  • Male, 80s, underlying health condition
  • Female, 80s, underlying health condition
  • Female, 80s, underlying health condition
  • Female, 60s, underlying health condition

There have been 518 COVID-19-related deaths reported in Washoe County. Additionally, we’re reporting 255 new COVID-19 cases.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 37,126 (+255 from 1/5)
  • Deaths: 518 (+5)
  • Recovered: 21,658 (+101)
  • Active cases: 14,950 (+149)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 222 (+2)

*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 January 6: 306,565 (+1,415 since 1/5)

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 January 6 (Numbers not updated on weekends):

  • 78 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+2% since 1/5)
  • 66 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+6%)
  • 52 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+1%)
  • 29 percent of all ventilators are in use (+1%)

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

Regional Fire Agencies to help with COVID-19 vaccine administration in Tier 2

The Washoe County Health District will be transitioning to Tier 2 in COVID-19 vaccine administration starting this weekend with educators in Washoe County, per the Tiers identified by the State COVID-19 playbook. Local pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines to the 75 and older category of Tier 2.

The regional fire agencies (Reno Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District) are starting to assist the Health District with Tier 2 administration.

Washoe County needs volunteers for COVID-19 fight

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.

The greatest need is for volunteers with computer skills, people skills, clinical and clerical skills.

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, continued demand for COVID-19 testing, and now dispensing of the COID-19 vaccine, 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.