Two Reno Walmart locations to expand COVID-19 testing

Aug. 31, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – Two area Walmart stores are increasing access to COVID-19 testing through late September with appointments now available weekdays and weekends.

Demand for COVID-19 testing in Washoe County has increased and the additional availability will help residents get appointments sooner. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is free to residents.



  • Weekdays: 4-9 p.m.
  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Additional COVID-19 testing is available at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center on Monday-Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. To schedule an appointment, go here.

Walk-ins are welcome but only when space allows. Residents are asked to come at the time of their appointment. Long lines for testing have been reported; however, lines for the vaccine are much shorter. To schedule a vaccine, go here.

Other COVID-19 testing opportunities can be found here.

COVID-19 vaccine third dose still available for immunocompromised residents

Washoe County residents who are immunocompromised can receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (RSLEC) drive-through clinic or Health District Community Vaccine Events if they meet certain criteria outlined by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  At this time, only those immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and residents don’t need an appointment when coming to the RSLEC on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine are not eligible for the third dose, per the FDA.

Click this link for more information about eligibility.

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.