March 26, 2020 update regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Why we can’t test every Washoe County resident for COVID-19
The Washoe County Health District understands that residents are concerned about the lack of COVID-19 testing in our community. The Health District, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Nevada, is only testing those who are the highest risk of having COVID-19 and spreading COVID-19.
Widespread community testing is not realistic because we currently do not have the capacity or supplies to collect samples from, or perform a COVID-19 test on, everyone in Washoe County. In addition, a negative COVID-19 test result does not prevent you from contracting the disease later on. Taking extreme safety precautions to prevent contracting COVID-19 is much more effective than outright community testing at this time.
We ask that people “Stay Home For Nevada,” wash hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your face, avoid contact with people who are sick and cough or sneeze into your sleeve. We will continue to conduct drive-through testing for high-risk residents and work with our local hospitals to conduct as many sample collections as possible.
More Regional Information Center updates:Health District confirms 10 New Cases of COVID-19
Updated case count in Washoe County 67