When there is heightened concern around an illness, Renown Health closely monitors the situation and implements enhanced infection prevention strategies, working closely with county and state health districts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How does Respiratory Illness and the Flu Spread?

Viruses are spread mainly person-to-person.

  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Between people who are in close contact with each other (within about six feet).


Is Renown Health Prepared?

Renown Health routinely practices for the potential of infectious diseases in our community to ensure we are prepared to treat patients who seek care and are experiencing symptoms of these illnesses. We have also implemented visitor restrictions.

Renown has more than 40 isolation rooms with special equipment and in the event that more resources are needed, we could convert an entire floor at Renown Regional to care for these patients.

How Can I Prevent the Flu or Respiratory Illness?

Please do your part to keep each other, our patients and our community safe by following guidelines from the CDC about prevention.

Hand Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

RELATED: Center for Disease Control and Prevention hand-washing guidelines


Cover Your Cough

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


Take Caution and Stay Home

Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What Should Someone with Symptoms Do?

If you have flu or respiratory illness symptoms call your Primary Care provider or an Urgent Care provider to let them know your symptoms before coming in. You might get asked where you have recently traveled, or if you have come into contact with someone who has recently traveled.

If you visit your Primary Care provider or Urgent Care provider, pick up a mask immediately upon check-in. If you have a family member or friend with you, have the person without symptoms get the mask for you prior to entering the medical facility. Do not seek treatment at an Emergency Room unless it is an emergency.

You’ve probably heard a lot about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the news. You can help protect yourself and others from this illness by following the same prevention techniques as the flu. Additional information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washoe County Health District.