Washoe County on state COVID-19 watchlist for third straight week

Nevada News

Washoe County was flagged by the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force for elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission for the third consecutive week, according to officials.

Washoe County is reporting 463 new cases per 100,000 in the last 30 days, a test positivity rate of 8.2 percent and an average of 237.4 tests per 100,000 per day. 

The task force adjusted the thresholds for counties to be put on the watchlist with recommendations from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services last week. 

In order for a county to be put on the state watchlist, the county must meet two of the three following criteria: a test positivity rate of eight percent or higher, a case rate of 200 cases per 100,000 residents or more or an average of more than 100 tests administered per day. 

The county has reported 10,706 cases and 176 deaths since tracking began. As of data released on Monday, there are currently 1,274 active cases and 79 hospitalizations. 

Taylor Avery is a student at the Reynolds School of Journalism and is a Fall 2020 intern reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. You can support her work by contributing to the journalism school’s Dean’s Advisory Council fund.  

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