Coronavirus updates: What we know Saturday in Reno, Northern Nevada

This is a breaking news story and will be updated throughout the day Saturday, Sept. 26. This story is part of the Reno Gazette Journal’s essential COVID-19 coverage and is being provided for free. Please consider subscribing to the RGJ to support our work.

Washoe County reports third highest one day spike in cases


The Regional Information Center reported 162 new cases on Friday, the third-highest one day increase in cases since tracking began. There were no deaths reported.

The county reported 117 active cases, bringing the county’s total to 1,278. There were 45 recoveries reported. 

There were 1,700 tests administered since data was last reported on Thursday. 

There was a 1 percent decrease in occupied beds at staffed short-term, acute care hospitals, down to 65 percent. Beds in the intensive care unit were 45 percent occupied, a four percent decrease. There are currently 70 cases hospitalized, down four since last reported data. 

Nevada spikes at 556 new cases


COVID-19 cases in Nevada spiked to their greatest one day increase since Aug. 28, according to data released on Friday by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. 

The state reported 556 new cases and nine deaths. Nevada has reported 77,753 cases of COVID-19 since tracking began. 

Testing also spiked, with 13,118 tests administered, the greatest one day increase in tests since August 19. Nevada has reported 1,017,333 tests administered since tracking began.

The state reported a 5 case decrease in confirmed hospitalizations, bringing the total to 357. Occupied beds in the Intensive Care Unit dropped seven cases, down to 130.

Nevada is reporting a 9.4 percent daily positivity rate and a 9.9 percent cumulative positivity rate, both higher than the WHO goal of 5 percent.