John Locher / AP
Wednesday 6 October 2021 | 3:46 p.m.
September was the third deadliest COVID-19 month in Washoe County since the start of the pandemic.
But coronavirus trends continue to improve in Reno-Sparks, Las Vegas and much of the state after a summer spike in cases and hospitalizations started to level off late last month, said health officials Wednesday.
The 14-day average statewide positivity rate fell to 8.5% on Tuesday. It was almost double for much of August and hovered above 10% for most of September.
It is 6.7% in Las Vegas and Clark County, 13.5% in Washoe County and 15.7% in the rest of Nevada outside of Reno-Sparks, Las Vegas and Carson City.
The 14-day average for daily new cases statewide fell to 620 on Wednesday, the lowest since mid-July. This includes 373 in Clark County, 129 in Washoe County, and 104 in rural Nevada.
“We are moving in the right direction,” Washoe County health district manager Kevin Dick said on Wednesday.
Washoe County reported 20 coronavirus-related deaths in the first five days of September and ended the month with a total of 98, Dick said. The county’s deadliest COVID-19 months were 208 in December 2020 and 108 in January 2021.
“There have been a lot of improvements there and I hope that pace continues,” said Dick.