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Humboldt county report | NOvember 26, 2021

Immunize Nevada COVID and Influenza Vaccine Clinic

NEW Immunize Nevada will be at the Pleasant Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, November 29, for a COVID-19 and Influenza vaccination clinic. All three approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J) will be available as well as the senior flu shot and the regular seasonal flu shot. The group’s counselors have advised that those who wish to receive a COVID vaccine and the flu shot can do so on the same day. No registration is needed and there is no cost to participate.

Vaccination Now Open for 5- to 11-Year-Old Children

NEW Children ages 5 to 11 can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Winnemucca. Read more here.

Humboldt County Vaccination Update

UPDATE As of Wednesday, November 24, 14,271 (+317) total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered including 7,320 (+68) initiated doses and 6,484 (+29) second doses. Currently, 43 percent of our population has initiated vaccination and 38 percent has completed vaccination. In all, 46 percent of our population over age 5 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, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Humboldt County residents. Vaccine type depends on age and availability. No appointment is necessary; drop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, not including holidays.
  • The Walmart Pharmacy in Winnemucca is offering COVID-19 vaccines to all individuals age 5 and older, including booster shots for all populations. Vaccine type depends on age and availability. No appointment is necessary; go to the pharmacy drop-off window to ask for assistance.
  • The Community Health Nurse is offering vaccination appointments to all individuals age 5 and older, including booster shots for all populations. Please call (775) 623-6575 to schedule.
  • 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. All residents should bring their vaccination cards to their second and third 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.

COVID-19 Cases in Humboldt County

COUNTY CASES  As of Tuesday, November 23, Humboldt County has been notified of 29 more positive cases of COVID-19, raising the overall cumulative total to 2590. In all, the county has 2494 recovered and 57 active cases. Five local people are hospitalized and 39 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 four 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 and 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 PCR send-out testing with a 3- to 5-day turnaround. Rapid testing is not currently available.
  • 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.

Humboldt County School District

REMINDER Lowry High and Winnemucca Junior High School have been elevated to “Outbreak Status” by the Department of Health and Human Services. Students and staff at both schools are now required to wear masks for 28 days.

REMINDER September 30, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Department of Education, announced an update to the state’s COVID-19 School Dashboard with information on cases in Nevada’s K-12 schools. Read more here.

UPDATE The Humboldt County School District has provided a COVID-19 report for the week of November 15 - November 19. This week saw increases in cases for both students and staff. The district reported one new staff case, as well as 10 new student cases. Please see the latest graph below.

The Humboldt County School District has provided an update regarding COVID-19 mitigation practices for the 2021-2022 school year. 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

County Tracker

UPDATE Here’s the county criteria for this week. See the county tracker below. Read more here.

PPE Available to Local Businesses

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.

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 November 22, Nevada’s COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated to include COVID-19 vaccination for those ages 5 to 11 years and additional doses for all eligible groups. Read more here.

NEW November 18, Nevada Health Response issued recommendations and guidance for celebrating the holidays. Celebrating the holidays is a tradition many Nevadans look forward to each year. With COVID-19 present in our state, it is important Nevadans do all we can to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the COVID-19 while having fun on these special days. Read more here and here.

November 3, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed its review of the federal process and has unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective for youth 5 to 11 years of age. The Workgroup has provided its confirmation to the Governors of Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington. Read more here.

October 22, Nevada Health Response issued recommendations and guidance for celebrating Halloween. Celebrating Halloween is a tradition many Nevadans look forward to each year. In light of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease, it is important Nevadans do all they can to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the COVID-19 virus while having fun on these special days. Read more here.

October 22, the The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed its review of the federal process and has recommended a booster dose for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Recipients of the Moderna vaccine may receive a booster shot six months after completing their primary vaccination series, and recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may receive a booster shot two months after receiving their first dose. Read more here.

Beginning Monday, October 4, Nevada’s COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated to include COVID-19 antigen test results and probable cases. A COVID-19 case is considered “confirmed” with a positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) molecular test. A case is considered “probable” when a person has a positive antigen test result. Read more here.

September 24, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed its review of the federal process and recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people age 65+ and people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Read more here.

On September 14, following a 4-0 vote from the Nevada State Board of Health (BOH), Governor Steve Sisolak signed emergency regulations that require State of Nevada employees who work with vulnerable populations in state-operated, licensed health care settings or state-operated detention facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required by November 1. Read more here.

State of Nevada staff who work with vulnerable populations in state-operated, licensed health care settings or state-operated detention facilities will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under emergency regulations approved in a 4-0 vote today by the Nevada State Board of Health. Read more here.

Thursday, September 2, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Emergency Directive 050, which expands the mask exception for large indoor events to now include conventions within counties that have “substantial” or “high” COVID-19 transmission if all attendees are vaccinated. Read more here.

Good news! As of Thursday, August 19, the State of Nevada has announced that 50 percent of eligible Nevadans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more here.

Following a unanimous vote from the Nevada State Board of Health, Governor Steve Sisolak signed emergency regulations that require state universities, colleges and community colleges to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for enrollment after November 1, 2021. Read more here.

The administration of a third dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised has been authorized. Read more here.

Monday, August 16, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Emergency Directive 049, which creates a process for a mask exception for large indoor large events within counties that have “substantial” or “high” COVID-19 transmission. Read more here.

Monday, August 9, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak released a statement after the state surpassed 6,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Read more here.

Thursday, August 5, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak provided an update on the state’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada and outlined three requests he has sent to his Medical Advisory Team. Read more here.

Wednesday, August 4, Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Emergency Directive 048 related to face coverings and other mitigation strategies for K-12 county school district, charter school and private school settings within Nevada. Read more here. Additionally, Nevada Health Response released accompanying guidance for the directive that summarizes requirements and recommendations for masking and testing within K-12 school settings.

Nevada has announced a new COVID-19 testing policy for all state employees who are not fully vaccinated. Read more here.

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.

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 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.