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April 7, 2020 Regional Information Update

 

REGIONAL INFORMATION CENTER UPDATE FOR APRIL 7
Health Hotline: 775-328-2427

Reno/Sparks, NV – The Regional Information Center today is reporting the following messages for public awareness and education.

The Regional Information Center is reporting the 5th COVID-19-related death in Washoe County.  The deceased was a woman in her 50s. The Washoe County Health District is working to determine if there were underlying health conditions. No further details will be released at this time.

  • Total COVID-19 cases in Washoe County: 309
  • Deaths: 5
  • Recoveries: 31
  • Active cases: 274
  • Current hospitalizations: 28

 Virtual Town Hall Series Begins April 10
The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is busy assembling a panel of experts to take your top COVID-19 questions in our first Virtual Town Hall series on Friday, April 10 at 1 p.m. With guests from our local hospitals, REMSA and the Washoe County Medical Society, plus local elected official, you do not want to miss this series, kicking off live this Friday on YouTube. To submit a question for our healthcare experts, please click here.

 Nw FAQ Page for COVID

Our www.covid19washoe.com website has an added feature – a new FAQ page. We have taken your frequent questions and have researched and compiled the answers in one place, to ensure our community has the most accurate and up-to-date information available. To view the page, visit https://covid19washoe.com/faq/.  

 How Do I Get Tested for COVID-19 – Video Resource

Residents can learn more about whether they should request a COVID-19 test by viewing the following video resource. The Washoe County Health Department will work with patients to identify next steps if you test positive for COVID-19, as well as those that test negative. Watch this video to learn about when you should be tested for COVID-19. If you need a risk assessment, call 775-328-2427 or fill one out online here.

Helping to Prevent Suicide

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, suicides across the nation are on the rise. Additionally, crisis lines are seeing a large increase in call volume. The Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the PSYCHARMOR Institute have put together a 25-minute training called S.A.V.E.

Nevada Mayors are challenging all community members, city and county leaders, organizations, businesses and agencies to be a part of the solution to prevent suicide by taking this important training. https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/.

More Information can be found here: https://veterans.nv.gov/suicide-prevention-awareness-mayors-challenge/.

Please watch this short message from Sparks Mayor Ron Smith.  https://youtu.be/uCGeq0M2rFg.

Virtual Celebration for Health Care and First Responders

Let’s all join together – virtually – to celebrate our health care workers and first responders who are fighting to save lives! This Friday, April 10, at noon, go outside of your office or home, take your phone, and join your fellow Nevadans in clapping and thanking those on the front lines. You can video and post it later for all to see, or go live on Facebook if you are tech-savvy. Remember to stay 6 feet away if you are with others! And let’s sing – to the tune of “We will Rock” you from Queen, let’s sing “We All We All Thank you” again and again! Raise your hands, your heart and your voice to thank all of those working so hard during such a stressful time! Use hashtags: #LetsGiveThemAHandNV #GiveThemAHandNV. Media contact: Randi Thompson at 775-830-8407.

The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. Follow 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.