COVID-19 cases surpass 43,000 in Washoe County; active cases drop below 4,000

COVID-19 cases surpass 43,000 in Washoe County; active cases drop below 4,000

1 COVID-19-related death, 34 new cases reported; Health District administers 50,000th vaccine

March 3, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting one additional COVID-19-related death in Washoe County with 34 new cases and 242 recoveries. The deceased is a female in her 80s who had an underlying health condition.

We’re reporting the 43,000th COVID-19 case in Washoe County with 43,004 total. Additionally, active COVID-19 cases in the community dropped below 4,000 for the first time since Nov. 10, 2020 (3,844).

While some states are reopening businesses to full capacity, the Health District is urging residents to continue to follow the governor’s mandate on wearing masks in public and limiting small gatherings. We are reminded from our last COVID-19 surge that Washoe County went from about 80 cases per day in early October to more than 500 cases per day in late November, which shows how quick this virus can wreak havoc. More information on COVID-19 in Washoe County can be found on our dashboard.

Additionally, the Washoe County Health District surpassed 50,000 total vaccines administered (both first and second doses) on Tuesday when it vaccinated 1,267 people.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 43,004 (+34 from 3/2)
  • Deaths: 646 (+1)
  • Recovered: 38,564 (+242)
  • Active cases: 3,794 (-209)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19*: 27 (-8 from 3/2)
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County total**: 122,730 (+3,727 from 3/1)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District***: 50,509 (+1,267 from 3/2)

*Data from Nevada Hospital Association includes residents from outside of Washoe County.

**This number includes first and second doses and is updated by the state of Nevada every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can be found here under “Vaccinations” tab.

***This number is approximate and is only COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Health District. It includes first and second doses.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County as of March 3: 378,937 (+1,432 since 3/2)

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 March 3:

  • 63 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+1% since 3/2)
  • 60 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+1%)
  • 37 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+0%)
  • 21 percent of all ventilators are in use (+1%)

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

The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Washoe County

The Washoe County Regional COVID-19 Response Team received the first shipment of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. It’s being referred to as the Janssen (pronounced JAN-SEN) vaccine because the vaccine card residents receive if they get this vaccine will read “Janssen” and not “Johnson & Johnson.” Janssen is the pharmaceutical company owned by Johnson  Read more.

Frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine

Frequently asked COVID-19 questions can be found on the regional website,, including information on priority lanes and for COVID-19 vaccine for seniors.

Need a COVID-19 test? It’s easy to sign up and it’s free

COVID-19 testing is still available at the Livestock Events Center and can be scheduled online here (en español aqui) or by calling 775-328-2427. It’s free and it does not matter if you have symptoms or not.

Sign up for the COVID Trace App

COVID Trace is a contact tracing mobile app developed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services that uses a technology called the Exposure Notifications System from Google and Apple. The app exchanges anonymous information with other phones in your vicinity and can notify you if you’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.See 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,, 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.