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56 more COVID-19 cases in Washoe, no deaths reported for first time in nine days
Friday, 3 p.m.
Washoe County has 56 more new COVID-19 cases, the health district announced on Friday.
The latest figures bring the county’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases up to 3,951 as of July 16. The county also reported 51 more individuals recovering from the disease.
For the first time in nine days, there were no reported deaths from COVID-19 in the county. The Washoe County Health District considers death to be COVID-19-related if a doctor deems the virus as the main cause, underlying cause or contributing cause of death. Total COVID-19 deaths remain at 101.
The latest numbers come out as Nevada posted its highest-ever positivity rate — particularly for its seven-day moving average — at 18.8%. The positivity rate represents the share of results that came back positive out of all tests.
Here are the rest of the COVID-19 numbers for Washoe County:
- Recovered individuals: 2,688, up by 51
- Active cases: 1,162, up by 5
- Currently hospitalized: 75, down by 3
- Discharged from hospital: 306, up by 10
- Total number of tests performed: 68,488, up by 1,581
- Share of staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds that are occupied: 76%, down by 3 percentage points)
- Occupied ICU beds: 66%
- Ventilator capacity in use: 8%, down by 4 percentage points
Nevada reports 13 more deaths from COVID-19
Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Nevada is reporting 13 more deaths from COVID-19 as the state’s seven-day positivity rate for the virus reached an all-time high.
The additional deaths bring Nevada’s COVID-19 death toll up to 637 as of July 17. Confirmed cases, meanwhile, rose to 33,295 statewide, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The 1,380 new daily cases are just shy of the all-time high of 1,440, which was set on July 15.
Clark County continues to account for the bulk of COVID-19 cases in the state as well as the highest incidence rate. Nearly 85% of cases for COVID-19 in Nevada occurred in Clark County, which also has an incidence rate of 1,216 per 100,000 people.
Washoe County, meanwhile, accounts for nearly 12% of all COVID-19 cases in the state and posted an incidence rate of about 815 per 100,000 people.
The daily positivity rate for the virus — which indicates how many results returned positive out of all tests conducted — is at 25.8% while the cumulative rate stands at 8.9%. The seven-day moving average for the positivity rate also hit 18.8%, the highest ever recorded in Nevada since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The World Health Organization recommends a rate of 5% or below for 14 straight days prior to reopening businesses.
The seven-day average positivity rate was showing a decline after initial peaking on June 30 at 16.8%. The rate, however, started trending upward on July 8 just after the Fourth of July weekend — culminating in a steep spike after July 13.
Here are the rest of the numbers from the state:
- Number of hospitalizations: Confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations jumped by 38 people to 823. Hospitalizations from suspected cases of the virus decreased by 71 to 177.
- ICU hospitalizations: Fell to 269, a decrease of 11 people.
- Total number of tests: 472,989, up by 7,307.
- Total people tested: 374,547, up by 5,343
- Testing rate: 12.7 per 1,000 people per week.
Washoe County reports two more deaths from COVID-19; testing no-shows increase
Washoe County has two more deaths from COVID-19, the Regional Information Center announced on Thursday.
The latest deaths involved two women, one in her 80s and another in her 20s. Both were suffering from underlying health conditions.
The county is also reporting that the number of no-shows for COVID-19 tests is increasing.
“Over the past two weeks, there has been a rise in residents who do not arrive to scheduled COVID-19 test appointments at the Livestock Events Center,” the county said. “This reduces efficiency and prevents other Washoe County residents from getting a test that day.”
People who are unable to make their appointments are advised to cancel or reschedule their appointment online or by calling 775-328-2427.
The latest numbers bring the total count for COVID-19 deaths in Washoe County to 101 as of July 15. The county also reported 85 new confirmed cases for the virus. The total number of confirmed cases in Washoe County now stands at 3,895. The latest Washoe numbers coincided with a record number of new infections statewide, with Nevada reporting 1,447 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Washoe County also reported 75 more recoveries from COVID-19. A total of 2,637 people have recovered from the virus to date. Here are the rest of the stats for Washoe County:
- Total number of active cases: 1,157, which is up by eight
- Number of current hospitalizations: 78, which is down by three.
- Number of cases discharged from the hospital: 296, which is up by seven
- Total number of tests performed: 66,907, up by 710
- Share of staffed short-term, acute-care hospital beds occupied: 79%
- ICU beds occupied: 70%
- Ventilator capacity in use: 12%
Nevada reports largest daily spike in COVID-19 cases, six more deaths
Nevada just broke its daily record for the highest number of confirmed cases for COVID-19.
The state announced on Thursday that it confirmed 1,447 daily new cases of COVID-19 infections on July 15. This breaks the previous high of 1,104 that was posted on Monday. The increase brings the total number of confirmed cases up to 31,915.
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is also reporting six more deaths from COVID-19. Nevada’s total death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 626 through July 15.
The deaths coincided with an increase in the rate of COVID-19 infections being seen in the state. The daily positivity rate in Nevada for the disease rose from 21.6% to 24.3%, placing the state further away from a return to business-as-usual should the trend continue. The World Health Organization recommends a positivity rate of 5% prior to reopening businesses.
Hospitalizations for confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by seven to 806 patients statewide. The number of hospitalizations for suspected cases rose by 61 to 245. Intensive care unit hospitalizations increased by four patients to 251.
Here are Nevada’s testing numbers as of July 15:
- Total tests: 465,682, up by 8,161
- Total number of people tested: 369,204, up by 5,951
- Testing rate: 12.8 tests per 1,000 people per week