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Humboldt county report | july 30, 2021

Updated Nevada Mask Mandate

NEW The State of Nevada has once again implemented a directive requiring people to wear masks in indoor settings, although Humboldt County residents are not currently affected. Read more here.

Back-to-School Immunization Clinic

REMINDER Humboldt County Community Health will host a Back-to-School Immunization Clinic on Thursday, August 12, at 50 E. Haskell Street, Suite B. The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine will be available for youth ages 12 to 18; other childhood vaccines will also be available for children age preschool through 12th grade. Read more here.

Humboldt County Vaccination Update

UPDATE As of Friday, July 30, 10,666 (+33) total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered including 5,844 (+32) initiated doses and 5,271 (+14) second doses. Currently, 34 percent of our population has initiated vaccination and 30 percent has completed vaccination. In all, 41 percent of our population over age 12 has initiated vaccination.

Current Vaccination Opportunities

UPDATE The following vaccination opportunities are available in Humboldt County:

  • Ridley’s Pharmacy in Winnemucca is offering the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Humboldt County residents age 18 and older. Click on this link and follow the prompts to schedule the vaccine at the Winnemucca store.
  • The Walmart Pharmacy in Winnemucca is offering COVID-19 vaccines to all persons age 12 and older. Vaccine type depends on age and availability. Visit Walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and follow the prompts to view available appointments.
  • The Community Health Nurse is offering vaccination appointments for Humboldt County residents age 12 and older. Vaccine type depends on age and availability. Please call (775) 623-6575 to schedule.
  • Humboldt County Community Health will host a Back-to-School Immunization Clinic on Thursday, August 12, at 50 E. Haskell Street, Suite B. The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine will be available for youth ages 12 to 18; other childhood vaccines will also be available for children age preschool through 12th grade. Read more here.
  • Please remember the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines require two shots to be fully effective. It is very important to receive the second dose of the vaccine at the same location where the first dose was administered. Extra doses are not available to cover missed appointments. Those who need to cancel their first or second dose appointment should call the location where they scheduled their first dose. Information is also available by emailing vaccine@humboldtcountynv.gov. All residents should bring their vaccination cards to their second dose appointments.

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs

REMINDER We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. We will try to update periodically as we receive more questions and/or information. Review the FAQs here.

REMINDER Humboldt County has established a COVID-19 vaccine recorded information line in both English and Spanish. Call (775) 375-3200 to hear the latest about vaccine allocations, local distribution opportunities and changes as they occur. The line is updated with new information every Friday, or as needed, so call frequently to stay up to date.

PPE Available to Local Businesses

COVID-19 in Humboldt County

COUNTY CASES  As of Friday, July 30, Humboldt County has 1255 cumulative COVID-19 cases. In all, the county has 1230 recovered and 11 active cases. One COVID-19 patient is currently hospitalized, and 14 county residents have died. Read the latest press release here.

COVID-19 GRAPHS Winnemucca City Manager Alicia Heiser has updated our graphs to reflect our latest case, testing and demographic information. Our last two slides show the incidence of viral RNA in the city's wastewater system.

COVID-19 TESTING COVID-19 testing locations in Humboldt County include:

  • Humboldt General Hospital Screening Clinic - Humboldt General Hospital Screening Clinic - Offers drive-thru screening for asymptomatic persons from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch), and by-appointment screening with a provider for symptomatic persons from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch; call 775-623-5222, ext. 1379 to schedule an appointment). Located at 51 E. Haskell Street, across from Humboldt General Hospital.
  • Golden Valley Medical Center - Private clinic owned by Nevada Gold offers screening for asymptomatic and symptomatic persons. Call (775) 625-4653 for an appointment.
  • Ridley's Pharmacy - Offers in-vehicle, self-administered asymptomatic and symptomatic testing. Go here and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment.
  • HGH Emergency Department - Those who experience severe COVID-like symptoms should go directly to the HGH Emergency Department, which is open 24 hours a day, or call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.

COVID-19 FAQs Humboldt County has created a list of frequently asked questions about COVID-19. If you have a question that you would like added to the list, please email COVID19@humboldtcountynv.gov.

COVID-19 in Nevada

NEVADA RESPONSE DASHBOARD The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has updated its data dashboard tool to help Nevadans keep track of statewide COVID-19 numbers. The dashboard also includes vaccine information for each county. View the latest statewide testing and patient data here.

VACCINATION DASHBOARD The State of Nevada has debuted an influenza (flu) vaccination data dashboard designed to provide updates weekly on influenza vaccination coverage rates by county, age and gender across the state throughout the 2020-2021 influenza season; the dashboard also compares rates to the two previous flu seasons. The new tool will help Nevada’s fight against influenza, a critical step in the fight against COVID-19. For more information about the dashboard, go here. To view the dashboard, go here.

Humboldt General Hospital

The HGH Walk-In Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointments are necessary. To access the clinic, please use the main entrance to Humboldt General Hospital.

The main entrance to the hospital is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and the garage entrance is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, all persons entering the hospital should use the Emergency Department entrance. Regardless of entry point, all persons will continue to be screened for fever, respiratory or influenza-like illness, and COVID-19 exposure.

New visitation policies are in place at Humboldt General Hospital. For more information, please go here. Visitation is now allowed at Harmony Manor and Quail Corner. For more information, please go here.

Humboldt County School District

UPDATE The Humboldt County School District said that in light of the State of Nevada's updated mask mandate, it intends to continue to plans to consider student masks optional for the 2021-2022 school year. The district said that plan was approved by the board at the June 22 meeting and they are continuing to ask for local control on the issue. Students ages 12-18 who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine following an exposure. Humboldt County Community Health will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for youth ages 12-18 on August 12; the second dose is scheduled for September 2. Read more here.

The Humboldt County School District is seeking community feedback regarding the American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds being provided to the district. Please follow this link for dates for community forums, as well as a a link to submit your thoughts if you are unable to attend one of the upcoming meetings. Please share and we look forward to our communities insight!

The Humboldt County School District has provided a screening tool for families and staff to use in determining if there are any COVID-related concerns. View the tool here.

Humboldt County

REMINDER Disposable facial masks and hand sanitizer are available to small businesses in Humboldt County for use by both employees and patrons . Please contact the Humboldt County Comptroller's Office at (775) 623-6467 to request PPE supplies. Local businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this offer to continue to stay safe and to stay open.

FYI The Humboldt County Health Board will now meet on an as-needed basis. Any future meetings, including agenda information, will be posted here.

UPDATE This week, Here’s the county criteria for today. All counties except Humboldt, Eureka, Mineral, Pershing, Story and White Pine are flagged for elevated disease transmission. Of those counties flagged:

  • All except Douglas were flagged with a high case rate (>200).
  • All except Lincoln were flagged with a high test positivity (>8%).
  • All except Clark and Washoe were flagged with a low average number of tests per day per 100,000 (<100).

See the updated "County Tracker" below.

To watch/listen to the Humboldt County Health Board's weekly meetings, please visit here.

Humboldt County Health Officer Charles Stringham, MD, has launched a COVID-19 Facebook page @StopHumboldtCoronavirus. Local information also is available on the Humboldt County Facebook page @HumboldtCountyNV.

The Humboldt County Health Board has launched a Humboldt COVID-19 information page in Spanish: Humboldt Covid-19 Espanol. If you have friends, family or associates who would feel more comfortable receiving virus-related information in Spanish, please share this Facebook link with them or go to @CovidEspanol. Thank you.

All press releases, documents and videos related to COVID-19 are available on the Humboldt County website. The county also has been translating COVID-19 press releases and other important information into Spanish. All press releases confirming COVID-19 cases in Winnemucca since April 1 are available in Spanish. We want to send a big thank you to Assistant County Manager Abel del Real-Nava for his help in making this happen!

City of Winnemucca

The Bode Howard Memorial Pool is open with the following schedule:

The City of Winnemucca has launched an early detection system for COVID-19 that relies on wastewater from homes and businesses to help identify disease clusters before they spread. Over the course of the coming weeks, residents may receive a notification—either by mail or as a hand bill on their door—that notifies them of a possible upward trend in their vicinity and encourages them to be tested at the first sign of symptoms. Read more here.

The City of Winnemucca has implemented a wastewater tracking program to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. Read more here.

The City of Winnemucca continues to operate as usual. City offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For residents' convenience, water and sewer payments may be completed by phone (775-623-6340; 775-623-6338); online at xpressbillpay.com; or by dropping payment in the dropbox at the front door to City Hall, 90 W. 4th Street.

State of Nevada

NEW Twelve of Nevada's 17 counties with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19 will now require all individuals (including vaccinated) to wear a mask in public indoor settings. Read more here.

NEW The Nevada System of Higher Education has updated its mask requirements for all students, employees and members of the public inside any NSHE building or structure. Read more here.

July 1, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the State of Nevada will be seeking assistance from the federal government in response to the increasing trend in COVID-19 cases, the emergence and increase in the Delta variant, and the stagnation in vaccination rates in Clark County. Read more here.

With the start of an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases in Clark County and the emergence and increase in the delta variant, state and local leaders and health officials are redoubling their Get Out The Vaccine (GOTV) efforts in Southern Nevada. Read more here.

The Nevada Governor's Office and the Department of Health and Human Services have announced a partnership with Immunize Nevada and IGT Global Solutions Corporation (IGT) to launch a new incentive program--“Vax Nevada Days”--to encourage Nevadans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All Nevada residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine will be entered to win. Read more here.

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several COVID-19 at-home test kits. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) updated public guidance for the use of FDA-approved at-home COVID-19 test kits on May 14, 2021. The State of Nevada recognizes that at-home COVID-19 test kits are a positive step to helping individuals take control of their own health. These tests allow individuals to purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 test, perform the test in the comfort of their home, and then learn their COVID-19 test result. While this is a powerful tool for individual use, the State of Nevada will not systematically collect or report at-home COVID-19 test results or recognize the results of these tests for public health purposes.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is now recommending that COVID-19 and other vaccines may be administered without regard to timing. Read more here.

Nevada COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard has been updated to include vaccination statistics for youth ages 12 to 15. Read more here.

May 3, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Emergency Directive 045, which aligns Nevada’s face covering mandate with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more here.

Nevada officials have announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available free of charge to all state residents. Read more here.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford is cautioning Nevadans about scams targeting individuals looking for jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Nevada U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has shared COVID-19 resource guides for Nevada residents in English and in Spanish..

Business/Industry

Uptown Market is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The store does offer delivery service based on availability. Call 623-2405 for more information.

Ridley's Family Market in Winnemucca offers special shopping hours for seniors from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. In-store pickup is also available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Saturday. Visit Ridley's online for more information.

Khoury's Market Place in Winnemucca will offer special shopping hours for seniors every day from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. The store will close at 9 p.m. each evening for cleaning and re-stocking.

Walmart is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The store and Pharmacy is open exclusively to residents age 60 and older from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesdays.

Organizations / Other

The Frontier Community Coalition has shared the flyer below. Special thanks to Rural Regional Behavioral Health Coordinator Valerie Cauhape Haskin for sharing this important information for residents in crisis.

Age- and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and Humboldt County Coordinator Gini Cunningham has shared a wonderful list of COVID-related resources for elderly and cognitively impaired residents: The Sanford Center for Aging (University of Nevada Reno) compiled a list of COVID-19 resources: Sanford Center for Aging; Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD); CDC video (What older adults need to know); CDC information for professionals coordinating home care and isolation of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19; The Gerontological Society of America; AARP; Alzheimer's Disease Research Center video for older adults; Alzheimer’s Disease International: Dementia Care during COVID-19; Alzheimer’s Association: COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers; American Geriatrics Society; National Council on Aging; National Association for Area Agencies on Aging.

The Frontier Community Action Agency is open by appointment only. Applications are available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A drop-off box is outside the office. The Temporary Food Assistance Program distribution takes place the third Friday of the month via drive-thru. The SNAP Rural Outreach Representative in the office every Tuesday. The Virtual Welfare Family Services Specialist II is available via SKYPE every Thursday. Please call the office at (775) 623-9003 to schedule an appointment. The FCAA still encourages all applicants to apply online; paper applications will be available from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday outside the FCAA office for pickup; they also can printed using this link. Thank you to the Winnemucca Post Office for lending the FCAA the use of a drop box!

The Family Support Center has moved to 1200 East Winnemucca Boulevard. The building is located directly across from Bosch Motors. For questions, please call (775) 623-1888.