2 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Washoe County

2 additional COVID-19-related deaths reported in Washoe County

May 6, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center is reporting two additional COVID-19-related deaths in Washoe County, pushing the total to 671 since March 2020. The deceased are a female in her 60s and a male in his 50s, both had an underlying health condition.

In addition, we’re reporting 39 new COVID-19 cases in Washoe County with 126 recoveries.

Appointments not required to receive COVID-19 vaccine at Livestock Events Center

The COVID-19 vaccine site at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is now offering walk/drive-up opportunities for residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are not required.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are still encouraged as that will allow you to choose the vaccine you want and will make the process go faster. Those who walk up will be offered the vaccine that is available that day.

To schedule an appointment, click on this link. Find other providers in Washoe County here. If you are bedridden or unable to leave your house for an appointment, please call 775-328-2427 to see if you’re eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at your home.

Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue is hosting a Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine event on Saturday – Sign up here. A few local retailers announced they’re offering walk-up vaccines without an appointment; those vaccine providers are CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 45,479 (+39 from 5/5)
  • Deaths: 671 (+2)
  • Recovered: 43,052 (+126)
  • Active cases: 1,756 (-30)
  • Hospitalized with COVID-19: 37 (-1)
  • Positivity rate: 5.5%
  • Vaccines administered in Washoe County: 343,305 (+3,767 from 5/5; 54.25% of Washoe County population 16+ have had vaccination initiated)
  • Washoe County residents fully vaccinated: 145,383 (+2,722 from 5/5; 37.97% of Washoe County population 16+)
  • Vaccines administered by Washoe County Health District: 148,293 (+743 from 5/5; 67,072 fully vaccinated)

Please note that COVID-19 case count, recovery and death information can change retroactively based on updated information that the Washoe County Health District receives. For example, if the Health District receives new positive test results or discovers that a case did not live in Washoe County, the number of cases, recoveries or deaths reported on a previous day can go up or down based on what was previously reported. See the COVID-19 Dashboard here.

*Hospitalization data is from Nevada Hospital Association.

*Washoe County COVID-19 Vaccine Data can be found on the State of Nevada dashboard, here.

*Vaccine data from the Washoe County Health District can be found here.

COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County

  • Total number of COVID-19 tests performed in Washoe County: 439,446 (+985 since 5/5)

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:

  • 67 percent of all licensed hospital beds are occupied (+2% since 5/5)
  • 70 percent staffed hospital beds are occupied (+2%)
  • 49 percent of all Intensive Care Unit beds are occupied (+7%)

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

How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family

It’s normal to for people to have questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Friends and family members can help make sure they have accurate information to make an informed decision. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has some tips on how to talk to friends and family about COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more here.

Study: Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine is critical in preventing hospitalization for COVID-19

For residents who receive the Pfizer or Modern two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, it’s extremely important that you get the second dose. There are reports nationwide of people in the United States refusing to get the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. A recent CDC report showed that the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine prevented 94% of hospitalizations for COVID-19 whereas one dose only prevented 64 percent of hospitalizations. Read more.

Residents 16+ eligible for Free COVID-19 vaccine

Washoe County residents 16 years and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and the Washoe County COVID-19 response team has launched a new scheduling platform that will allow residents to choose the brand of COVID-19 vaccine they want. Read more. Watch a tutorial video on how to schedule an appointment here.

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, 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.