Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick reflects on the COVID pandemic
Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick spoke with the RGJ in a socially-distanced interview Feb. 12 about what he has learned in the last year.
Andy Barron, Reno Gazette Journal
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Casino, hotel, resort, bar and brewery employees are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to local health officials in a press briefing Thursday morning.
Employees should receive an email invitation through their employers.
James English, regional operations chief for Washoe County’s COVID response, said that more than 2,000 email invitations were sent to businesses over the last week.
Business owners who did not receive an invitation can request to participate in vaccinations on the Regional Information Center website at www.Covid19WashoeVaccine.com.
Service industry employees can begin to schedule their vaccinations with the Washoe County Health District at the point of dispensing (POD) at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center.
English added that the POD will continue to focus on essential workers, seniors and individuals from underserved communities. However, regional medical partners and pharmacies will focus on vaccinating the general public.
Where to get the vaccine
Washoe County residents 65 and older can sign up for the Washoe County Health District’s waitlist by visiting www.Covid19WashoeVaccine.com or by calling 775-328-2427.
Additional information about school and business resources, locations of vaccine providers and county-specific vaccine plans can be found at www.ImmunizeNevada.org. The website now serves Nevadans in Spanish, simplified Chinese and Filipino languages.
A vaccine call center is also available to answer any questions or assist with scheduling appointments. The call center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and can be reached at 1-800-401-0946. The call center can serve residents in Spanish.
The latest statistics
There is a total of 42,584 COVID-19 cases and 657 deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Washoe County as of Wednesday afternoon.
A total of 160,282 COVID-219 vaccines have been administered in Washoe County as of Wednesday.
The county’s 14-day test positivity rate has hovered near 5% for most of the month; Wednesday’s figures showed Washoe County at 5.1%.
To date, 300,118 cases of the coronavirus and 5,157 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported across the state since the pandemic began, according to data from Nevada Health Response.
Approximately 11% of all Nevadans have been fully vaccinated.
Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 775-420-1285. Please help support her work by subscribing.