COVID-19 live updates: Washoe County reports 81 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

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Washoe County reports 81 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.

The Regional Information Center reported 81 new cases and no new deaths in Washoe County on Wednesday.

There are currently 1,145 active COVID-19 cases in Washoe County, a 32 case drop since Tuesday. The county also reported 113 recoveries.

According to data released by the county, there have been 16 more cases hospitalized, bringing the total to 68. 

The number of hospital beds in staffed, short term, acute care hospital beds stayed at 61 percent. Occupied beds in the intensive care unit increase one percent, up to 39 percent. Ventilator use decreased one percent, down to 39 percent. 

Tests administered in Washoe County increased by 2,920, bringing the total to 134,342. 

Nevada cases spike at 509

Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 509 new cases on Wednesday, the largest one day increase since nearly a month earlier on August 28, which saw 609 cases. 

The state also reported 10 more deaths. Nevada has reported a total of 1,556 deaths due to COVID-19 since tracking began.

Hospitalizations for confirmed cases dropped by five, down to 355. Hospitalizations for suspected cases of COVID-19 increased by 43, up to 124. The intensive care unit reported a decrease of six cases, down to 134. 

The state reported 4,347 cases administered over the last day. 

The daily positivity rate increased to 8.6 percent and the state’s cumulative positivity rate remained at 10 percent, both above the WHO’s goal of 5 percent. 

State official to WCSD: Limited doses of COVID-19 vaccine ‘hopefully’ in Nevada soon

Tuesday

Julia Peek, Nevada’s deputy administrator of Community Health Services, told the Washoe County School Board on Tuesday that a vaccine for COVID-19 could be available in Nevada in a month to six weeks.

“Hopefully by November we will start seeing the vaccine…in limited doses,” Peek said.

She warned her information is based on word from the CDC and media reports. 

She said her team is working with local health departments to develop a plan to prioritize distribution of the limited doses, but she had no further details on how much of the vaccine would be available. 

Peek said the state is working on putting a plan in place. 

Washoe District Health spokesman Scott Oxarart confirmed “it’s possible” the first vaccine doses could arrive within a month, but said they likely would not be made available to the general public.

“First round would likely be for first responders and medical providers,” he said.

President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly rushing to have a vaccine available by next month, but the Federal Drug Administration is set to announce new standards for an emergency vaccine approval that could make that timeline unfeasible.

Washoe County reports 54 new COVID-19 cases, 98 recoveries

Tuesday

The number of COVID-19 cases in Washoe County increased by 54 cases Tuesday since Money Sept. 21, bringing the total to 8,798. Also, 684 new tests were also reported Tuesday.

There are zero new deaths and zero additional hospitalizations.

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An additional 98 people have recovered, with one who has been discharged from the hospital.

According to the Nevada Hospital Association, the number of ventilators in use has decreased by 1%, and the number of occupied ICU beds has increased by 1%.

Nevada reports 15 more deaths, 262 new cases

Tuesday

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, the largest one day increase since 19 deaths were reported on Sept. 4.

The department reported 262 new cases and 3,941 tests, a rise of 589 tests from 3,352 Monday. The state has tested a total of 991,960 people.

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Hospitalizations of patients confirmed to have COVID-19 increased by five, raising the total to 360. The number of suspected hospitalizations of COVID-19 cases has dropped by 13 down to 81 patients.

Ten more Intensive Care Unit patients were reported, up to 140. The daily positivity rate has increased to 6.7%.

Nevada’s cumulative positivity rate has remained steady at 10% since Sept. 15. At 10%, this week has seen the state’s lowest cumulative positive rate since a two-day stretch back on July 25 and 26.