UPDATE Here’s the county criteria for this week. All counties except Carson City, Clark, Lincoln, Pershing and White Pine are flagged for elevated disease transmission. Storey is also flagged for low number of tests. 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.
FYI The Humboldt County Health Board will now meet on an as-needed basis. Any future meetings, including agenda information, will be posted here. To watch/listen to the Humboldt County Health Board's previous 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
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..
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.