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Humboldt county report | SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Congratulations to Sid's Restaurant

NEW Sid's Restaurant in Winnemucca was chosen as the state's latest "Battle Born Business" for their preventative measures. Check out the posting below.

CARES Housing Assistance Program

REMINDER The Nevada Rural Housing Authority has shared important information about applying for the CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP). The program is looking for residents who have experienced a reduction in or loss of income due to COVID-19 (for income limits visit nvrural.org/covid); are currently delinquent on rent payments or anticipate falling behind on rent payments in the future; and are a resident of one of the 15 counties in the CHAP service area, including Humboldt. To apply, please visit nvrural.org/covid. Read more in English here and in Spanish here.

Coronavirus Relief Funds - Small Business Assistance Program

REMINDER Humboldt County and the City of Winnemucca have been allocated $3,073,687 in CARES Act funding to reimburse small businesses, medical and public health facilities, nonprofit organizations, and education facilities for COVID-related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. For more information, including application details, please go here.

Humboldt County 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.

Need a Mask?

Free cloth masks from the Mucca Mask Makers are in stock at the Ridley's and Olsen's pharmacies, or by messaging @MuccaMaskMakers. To date, the Mask Makers have sewn 6,897 masks. The group is also donating 440 masks to the Humboldt County School District, with more to come. We are so impressed and thankful for this amazing effort! The Mask Makers need donated supplies. Read more here.

COVID-19 in Humboldt County

UPDATE Humboldt County has 129 cases of COVID-19. Read more about the latest cases in English here and in Spanish here. Please remember to stay at least six feet away from others, wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask in public—at all times.

UPDATE Winnemucca City Manager Alicia Heiser has updated our graphs to reflect our latest case, testing and pending numbers. Alicia added three graphs at the end that correspond with Governor Steve Sisolak's criteria for high transmission. At the top of the slide it states the failure criteria. Each graph has a green and a red area: green area is passing; red area is failing. At the bottom of the slide, there is text stating whether Humboldt County is passing or failing. We will try to keep the graphs up to date as statistics change.

UPDATE The Office of the Humboldt County Community Health Nurse offers testing to asymptomatic persons with no known exposure. For more information or to make an appointment, call the clinic at (775) 623-6575. In all, Community Health Nurse Marsha Foreman, RN, has completed 58 tests; 57 are negative and one result is pending. Any positives through the Community Health Nurse will be reported as part of Humboldt County’s total number of cases.

Humboldt County has joined the COVID-19 Hotline, which is available to direct residents with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough and shortness of breath) and to answer questions. Local residents may call (775) 777-2507 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (please note the change in hours), or text or email questions to COVID19@elkocountynv.net. Se habla español.

COVID-19 at Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation

UPDATE Fort McDermitt has 91 cumulative cases; 75 were confirmed through the Fort McDermitt Wellness Center, seven were confirmed at off-site clinics, while eight were tested through the National Guard community-based testing on July 26. Fort McDermitt has completed 795 tests, 89 people have recovered, one person has died, and the tribe has one active case.

COVID-19 in Nevada

UPDATE The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has launched a data dashboard tool to help Nevadans keep track of statewide COVID-19 numbers. View the latest statewide testing and patient data here.

Humboldt General Hospital

UPDATE As of Wednesday, September 30, Humboldt County has 129 cases of COVID-19. In all, 116 people have recovered, eight are self-isolating, one is hospitalized and four have died; Humboldt County has nine active cases.

The HGH Walk-In Clinic is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To access the clinic, please use the main entrance to Humboldt General Hospital. For more information, please go here.

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

Humboldt General Hospital is offering off-site testing for all patients who need easy access to laboratory services. The EZ Lab is now open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at 915 Harmony Road, the hospital's Wellness Center. On the first and third Fridays of each month, the EZ Lab is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon for the hospital's "Healthy You Fridays" reduced costs blood screenings. Check out the EZ Lab details here, and remember that patients must bring a lab order from their healthcare provider. "Healthy You Fridays" reduced cost blood screenings do not require a lab order.

UPDATE Beginning Monday, September 28, the Humboldt General Hospital Screening Clinic will move to the HGH West Campus, located at 51 E. Haskell Street. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the clinic will offer drive-thru screening for asymptomatic and symptomatic persons with a doctor's order ONLY. Those who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should quarantine at home before and after testing; persons with severe symptoms should go straight to the HGH Emergency Department.

Inpatients at Humboldt General Hospital may now receive one visitor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one visitor from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In the Emergency Department, each patient is allowed one family member visitor. In the Mother and Baby Unit, each patient is allowed one visitor who must stay with the patient until discharge. All visitors must be 18 or older. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Visitors are still restricted from the Harmony Manor and Quail Corner Long Term Care facilities. For complete guidance, please go here.

Humboldt County Emergency Management

REMINDER The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management Division, is in the process of completing the Tri-County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The goal of this plan is to address hazards in our community and maintain eligibility for recovery funding in the event of a disaster. If you are a resident of Humboldt County, please take a few minutes to complete this survey to assist with the completion of the plan. Thank you!

The combined state and local leadership that oversaw last week’s community-based testing at the Winnemucca Event Center included (from l-r): Staff Sergeant Josh Killinger, Second Lieutenant Kim Garback, Captain Patrick Silvaroli, Sheriff Mike Allen, Lieutenant Colonel Karston Hall, Undersheriff Kevin Malone, Captain Sean Wilkin, RN-Community Health Nurse II Marsha Foreman, and AA Susy Esquivel.

Humboldt County Emergency Management has shared results from the May 14-18 community-based testing at the Winnemucca Event Center. Read more here.

Humboldt County Emergency Management has announced that Humboldt General Hospital has demobilized the 40-bed field hospital inside the Winnemucca Event Center. Humboldt County Emergency Manager Captain Sean Wilkin said if Humboldt County experiences a surge in COVID-19 patients, hospitals in Reno are prepared to accept patients.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management Division, has procured 500 rapid test kits for Humboldt General Hospital. Captain Sean Wilkin has delivered a total of 175 of those tests.

Following an Emergency Declaration on March 19 by the Humboldt County Board of Commissioners, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen, along with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Command Staff and Emergency Management Division, have been consistently working with the Nevada Department of Emergency Management, local county government, Humboldt General Hospital, and community partners on the issues surrounding the COVID-19 virus and the impact on our community.

Winnemucca Police Department / Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Mike Allen reported at the Thursday, June 18, meeting of the Humboldt County Health Board that inmates at the Humboldt County Jail have been screened for COVID-19 and all the tests have come back negative. The Sheriff said he was pleased that preventative protocols are working.

The Winnemucca Police Department has resumed fingerprinting services. However, citizens should call ahead at (775) 623-6396 to schedule an appointment. All visitors are required to wear a face mask and to comply with all CDC and Humboldt County Health Board recommendations.

Travelers entering or returning to Nevada are urged to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days (or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter). Travelers should not visit any public places or come into contact with those who are not members of their household. Employees of essential industries--including healthcare, public health, public safety, transportation and food supply--are exempt from this request. Visit nvhealthresponse.nv.gov for more information.

The Winnemucca Police Department front lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only one person is permitted in the front lobby area at one time for the well-being of citizens and employees. The WPD asks that visitors wait outside of the lobby area or in the care until their turn. Face masks are strongly encouraged; the public is also urged to do business by phone whenever possible. Regarding services, please note:

  • The issuance of dog licenses will resume, but only one member of the public should be in the WPD lobby area at one time.
  • Sex offenders who need to re-register should continue to contact the police department ahead of time to schedule an appointment at (775) 623-6396.

The Winnemucca Police Department has advised they have received requests from HGH patients for transportation home following treatment. The WPD (and other law enforcement agencies) will not offer this service.

Humboldt County School District

NEW The Humboldt County School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca have partnered to increase opportunities for students to be on campus throughout the day. If you have a student attending Sonoma Heights Elementary School, Winnemucca Grammar School, Grass Valley Elementary School or French Ford Middle School and are interested in onsite distance learning support from the Boys and Girls Club during the day, please complete this survey.

The Humboldt County School District offers a tech hot line to support distance learning for both parents and students. For more information, go here.

The Humboldt County School District has received a $1.7 million ESSER grant. A total of 69 applications were submitted competing for a pot of $11 million dollars. For the three categories of funds: HCSD was 1 of 12 awards for Professional Development; 1 of 6 awards for Digital Instructional Materials; and 1 of 13 awards for Wraparound Services. As a district that serves 1/2 a percent of Nevada's students, the HCSD was awarded 15 percent of total funds available!

The Humboldt County School District is now able to offer free breakfast and/or lunch for all students and children ages 0-18 through December 31. Please call Nutrition Services at (775) 623-8109 if you have questions about ordering or pick-up times and locations.

The Humboldt County School District Board of Trustees have provided a summary of action items from their September 8 meeting here.

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.

The Humboldt County School District made a video welcoming students back to school. Check it out here.

The Humboldt County School District was recently featured in a Fox News article entitled, "Nevada schools reopen with virtual, in-person classes amid coronavirus pandemic."

The Humboldt County School District has announced that McDermitt will start the school year under a fully distance learning plan. Here's what the HCSD said: "With the continued number of cases within the community of Fort McDermitt, and with an abundance of caution given the active cases, it has been determined to begin the school year under fully distance education learning. Students will be issued a Chromebook and Mobile Hotspot to facilitate instruction. Distance Ed will be in effect for a minimum of three (3) weeks. A review of cases will occur in two (2) weeks with a determination of extending the Distance Learning or to transition to Fully Open. Please share and thank you for your ongoing support!"

The Humboldt County School District is getting ready to transition back to its normal National School Lunch Program on August 31. Learn more here.

Humboldt County School District Superintendent Dave Jensen has shared a brief update regarding the HCSD's mask-wearing requirement per Governor Steve Sisolak's Directive 028. For more information, go here.

The Humboldt County School District's IDEA staff is receiving and processing all applications and getting organized for the upcoming school year. They will be reaching out to families in the next week to schedule an orientation meeting. Please make sure your email is correct in Infinite Campus.

Lowry High School has posted a welcome letter with details about the upcoming school year.

Humboldt County School District Superintendent Dave Jensen has released a video where he discusses the process of developing the district's reopening plans, the decisions made at the July 28 board meeting, and the district's next steps. To view the video, please go here.

The Humboldt County School District is asking parents of kindergarten - 6th grade students to complete this survey regarding the upcoming school year.

The Humboldt County School District Board of Trustees has approved a "hybrid" plan for Winnemucca schools to begin the 2020-21 year; McDermitt Combined School and the rural schools will maintain their current schedules. For more information, please go here.

Governor Steve Sisolak’s Emergency Directive 028 includes several key aspects for the 2020-2021 school year including:

  • Face coverings are mandatory for all K-12 students and all school staff. Exemptions may be approved by school building leaders if medical conditions are documented by a medical professional.
  • Face coverings are mandatory, without exceptions, for all other adults in school settings, including parents, vendors, volunteers, visitors, and others.
  • Students and staff are required to follow quarantine and isolation protocols and guidelines when a positive COVID-19 case, presumptive case, or contact with a presumptive case occurs.

The Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association has provided an update on sports for the coming year.

The Nevada Department of Education has released guidance for the 2020-21 school year. Read more here.

Humboldt County

NEW This week's Humboldt County Health Board meeting has been moved to 9 a.m. Friday, October 2. To view the agenda, including teleconference and video conference access information, please go here.

Starting Monday, September 28, the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force will release its Weekly County Criteria Tracker each Monday. Previously, the weekly criteria data was pulled every Monday and released every Thursday at the Task Force meetings. This new release date will provide the public with additional real-time updates on data trends within their communities. The Task Force will meet on its next regularly scheduled date of Thursday, October 1. In this week’s county tracker, Elko County and Mineral County are no longer flagged for having an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19. Clark County and Lyon County are the only two counties who meet two of the three criteria.

Following the Thursday, September 17, meeting of the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, Eureka, Churchill and Washoe counties have dropped off the state's list for elevated risk of transmission; Clark and Elko counties remain; and Lyon and Mineral counties have been added to the list for the first time. Read the details here.

Following the Thursday, September 10, meeting of the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, Lander, Lyon and Nye counties have dropped off the state's list for elevated risk of transmission; Churchill, Clark and Elko remain; and Eureka County has been added to the list for the first time. Read the details here.

During the Thursday, September 3, meeting of the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, Humboldt County is no longer meeting two of the three criteria for the second week in a row. Humboldt County was not required to submit an assessment or action plan. Read more about the seven other counties flagged for having an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19 here.

Thursday, August 27, the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force met with seven counties flagged last week for having an elevated risk of transmission of COVID-19. Based on this week’s data, Humboldt County is no longer meeting two of the three criteria. Read more about Humboldt County's effort's to mitigate and manage the virus under the state's new plan here; read the state's press release here.

Nevada OSHA is reporting that for the week beginning August 17, officials conducted 456 initial visits across the state at a wide range of business sectors finding an 88 percent compliance rate statewide: 84 percent in northern Nevada and 93 percent in southern Nevada. OSHA officials reported that Winnemucca's overall compliance rate was 80 percent, the third lowest in the state behind Gardnerville (64%) and Sparks (77%). Read more about OSHA's observations and citations over the past week here.

Thursday, the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, which was created by Governor Steve Sisolak’s Directive 030, reviewed assessment and action plans for Humboldt and five other counties flagged last week for having a sustained elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Thursday, August 20, the Task Force agreed to receive updates from Humboldt County regarding enforcement, public communication and outreach, and ongoing collaboration plans for mitigation efforts. Read more here.

The COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force will meet beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 20, with the six Nevada counties, including Humboldt, that were flagged last week for having an elevated disease transmission risk. Each of the counties will present their final plan for review and potential action by the Task Force. Upon approval of a plan, a date for implementation of any new mitigation measures for each high risk county will be announced.

Humboldt County remains one of six counties flagged Thursday as continuing to have an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission County officials have submitted an assessment and action plan for review. The plan will undergo a final review and potential action by the Task Force at next Thursday’s meeting. Upon approval of a plan, a date for implementation of any new mitigation measures for each high-risk county, including Humboldt, will be announced. To review the latest COVID-19 County Tracker, please go here.

Last week, Humboldt County was one of eight counties flagged for having an elevated disease transmission risk per the criteria laid out in the State’s Road to Recovery: Moving to a New Normal. The criteria include:

  • An average of fewer than 150 tests per day per 100,000 residents
  • 200 or more active cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 residents
  • A case rate of more than 50 per 100,000 and a two-week positive test rate greater than 7%

Humboldt and Elko counties were the only counties that met all three criteria. Local officials must provide the state with an assessment of local hospital capacity, testing capacity, access to personal protective equipment, case investigation and contact tracing plans, enforcement plans, and plans to protect vulnerable populations.

Bars in Humboldt County have been cleared to reopen following an appeal by local officials. Lander and Lyon counties may also reopen immediately. Clark, Washoe, Nye and Elko counties will remain closed for at least another week. Read more here.

Humboldt County offices are open for business. To ensure the safety of employee and citizens alike, each office will have protocols in place. At the County Courthouse, there is a single point of entry at the Sheriff’s office ramp. Individuals wishing to do business with any county office will be subject to a digital temperature check and will be asked to wear a mask while in the courthouse. The county offices are open from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. daily, except for holidays. For full details, go here.

Humboldt County is encouraging local residents to continue to wear masks in the wake of Governor Steve Sisolak's new face covering policy. Read more here.

Humboldt County is inviting local businesses to demonstrate their "COVID Compliance" by hanging a poster indicating their willingness to adhere to three precautionary measures (as shown above). Read more here.

The next wave of Humboldt County businesses were OK'd to open on Friday, May 29, per Phase 2; casinos began opening Thursday, June 4. Check out the details here.

Nevada Health Response has named Humboldt County Health Officer Charles Stringham, MD, as its "Nevada Hero of the Day." Dr. Stringham has worked as a private practice physician in Winnemucca for more than 25 years. As the head of Humboldt County's COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Stringham has worked to educate the public regarding the importance of social distancing and facial coverings. He also began the county’s contact tracing program and has reached out to Humboldt County citizens with respiratory or underlying health conditions to make sure their needs are met as they isolate at home. Thank you and congratulations to Dr. Stringham!

The Humboldt County Commission met in emergency session Friday, May 8, where they adopted Governor Steve Sisolak’s "Roadmap to Recovery" and discussed how the Governor's recommendations will apply to area business owners and employees. Read more here.

To watch/listen to the Humboldt County Health Board's weekly meetings beginning with Thursday, April 2, 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!

Juvenile Services continue to operate. The front door is now open to the public. Any visitor will be screened and required to wear a mask.

  • All Juvenile Services groups will begin again on July 6, 2020.
  • Multi-Dimensional Family Treatment Services will begin again on June 15, 2020.
  • All individuals, including personnel, who enter the Juvenile Services building are screened for fever and must complete a screening form every time they enter the building. Youth and family members will be required to wear a mask at all times. One will be provided if needed.
  • Only two individuals are allowed in the lobby area at one time and must practice 6 feet of social distancing and wear a mask.
  • Families are asked to call Juvenile Services to address issues over the phone when possible.
  • With regard to adult drug testing, only two individuals may enter the building at one time.
  • Youth drug testing has not changed. However, employees and youth will follow all CDC recommendations.
  • Home visits may occur if deemed appropriate.
  • Family visitations in Leighton Hall are canceled at this time. Youth will be allowed extra phone time, when appropriate, to speak with parent/guardian.
  • Employees, youth, and families who traveled to a known area of high cases or have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will not be allowed to work or visit Juvenile Services for fourteen days of return.

For Humboldt County-maintained wastewater/sewer systems, please note: With the supply of toilet paper being unpredictable at local stores, Humboldt County would like to remind residents in McDermitt and Paradise Valley to “Watch what you flush." The county's wastewater systems are designed for human waste and toilet paper only. Items such as paper towels, tissues, rags and wet wipes/baby wipes -- even if they say “flushable” -- can cause issues in the wastewater system as well as homeowners' portions of the system. These items do not break down like toilet paper and can cause slower flows and backups within the system.

The Pleasant Senior Center will remain closed until at least Phase 3. The center is working with Nevada's Aging and Disabilities Services Division to ensure seniors get services they need virtually before then. The home delivered meal program continues. Any congregate clients who are sheltering in place and want to be added to the home delivered program may call the center at (775) 623-6211. In addition:

  • SHIP representative, Cookie Richardson is available by telephone Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 623-6211 to make an appointment.
  • CareLaw representative Lora Myles is making appointments for virtual contact. Her Winnemucca appointments are currently July 28-31. Please call 623-6211 to make a virtual appointment, or contact Lora at (775) 687-4680 or at Lora@Carelaw.org.
  • Seniors should contact their group leader for information or other group meetings/events usually held at the Senior Center.
  • Public transportation has re-opened on a very limited medical necessity basis. Please call 623-6211 to request rides.
  • As always, clients are strongly urged to continue to follow social distancing measures. Stay safe! Please stay home! When it is necessary to go out, stay at least 6 feet from other people. Wash your hands often and well. Use soap! Wear a mask when out in public spaces for any reason. Sit in the sun for a few minutes each day.

City of Winnemucca

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

The splash pad is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; maximum capacity is 50 people. People should maintain 6 feet of distance from non-household members.

The Bode Howard Memorial Pool will open on Monday, June 1, and will follow the schedule below. Currently, there is no open swim or swimming lessons. The maximum capacity for the pool is 35 people, and the showers and the sauna remain closed.

All City parks are open. Please maintain 6 feet of distance from non-household members and wear masks as much as practicable.

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.

With the supply of toilet paper being unpredictable at local stores, the City of Winnemucca would like to remind its residents to "Watch what you flush." The city's wastewater system is designed for human waste and toilet paper only. Items such as paper towels, tissues, rags and wet wipes/baby wipes (even if they say “flushable”) can cause issues in the wastewater system as well as the homeowner’s portion of the system. These items do not break down like toilet paper and can cause slower flows and back ups of the system.

State of Nevada

NEW Tuesday, September 29, Governor Steve Sisolak issued Emergency Directive 033, which increases the limit on gatherings from 50 to 250 people or 50 percent of capacity, whichever is less, so long as social distancing can be maintained and all other requirements can be met. Read more more here; review the updated guidance here.

Governor Steve Sisolak will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, to provide an update on Nevada’s COVID-19 response efforts and adjustments to current capacity limits on gatherings. This will be his first in a series of press conferences announcing updates to the current Statewide Mitigation Standards. Other expected updates include lifting certain restrictions on youth sports, and other updates to current Statewide Standards. Read more here.

The State of Nevada is working diligently with the CDC to replace the current COVID test with a combination test for the fall and winter months that will test for both the flu and for COVID-19. The state public health labs intend to make this the primary service test throughout Nevada.

The Silver State is once again on New York's COVID-19 travel advisory list. Nevada and neighboring state Arizona returned to the advisory, which requires people traveling from affected states and territories to quarantine for 14 days. New York had only removed Nevada from its advisory list in mid-September but Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said the coronavirus data once again met the threshold for mandatory quarantines.

Governor Sisolak has asked a group of state government experts representing business, enforcement and public health to conduct a deep dive evaluation of current standards and restrictions in Nevada, including current statewide capacity and gathering limits. Once this is developed, an announcement will be made. State COVID numbers are getting lower, and the state wants to ensure it continues that trend—even while relaxing restrictions.

The Division of Industrial Relations continues to monitor businesses across the state for any violation of workplace health and safety measures. Three northern Nevada businesses were recently fined approximately $2,500 each for noncompliance violations, including a quick mart in Sparks, a tire and service business in Dayton and an automotive business in Reno. During this past week, however, the DIR did not issue any new citations and OSHA officials found that 100 percent of 53 businesses visited were in compliance. Read more here.

Nevada is among six states that were removed from an Eastern states coronavirus travel advisory on Tuesday, September 15, meaning that travelers from the Silver State can travel to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut without quarantining for 14 days.

Wednesday, September 16, Governor Steve Sisolak sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence seeking clarity on the state’s efforts to follow recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force after President Trump held large public gatherings in two locations across Nevada last weekend that violated state emergency directives. Read more here.

Governor Steve Sisolak has signed an emergency regulation to support widespread immunization efforts to help the state prepare for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Read more here.

The Nevada Secretary of State has shared a series of "Facts vs. Myths" for the 2020 Nevada General Election. Check it out here.

The federal government has denied Nevada's request to fully fund the Nevada National Guard's COVID-19 response efforts through the end of the year. Read more Governor Steve Sisolak's response here.

Thursday, September 3, Governor Steve Sisolak held a press conference to update the state on the COVID-19 response efforts. Nevada is one of 11 states showing a positivity rate above 10% and the governor said certain restrictions cannot yet be lifted as cases spiked in the state's prior reopening. Governor Sisolak said his primary focus is on improving numbers and reducing restrictions with a goal of all businesses open - back to normal. Saturday will mark six months since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Nevada and the governor said to remember when lifting restrictions the state must do so responsibly, as the future economic recovery depends on it.

Researchers at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine are investigating a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in June, just 48 days after testing positive for the virus in April—and having two subsequent negative tests in between. Read more here.

August 31, Governor Steve Sisolak's Emergency Directive 031 extended the moratorium on certain residential evictions for 45 days, through October 14, 2020. Read more here.

State of Nevada health officials say they will bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's newly updated guidance to not test asymptomatic individuals. Instead, the state will continue to strongly recommend that all individuals – symptomatic or asymptomatic – who have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 be tested. Read more here.

August 20, the Southern Nevada Health District reported more than 1,006 people in Clark County who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

August 7, Governor Steve Sisolak signed Directive 030 formally adopting the Road to Recovery: Moving to A New Normal plan, which was announced publicly on August 3, and outlining the state's transition to a long-term, focused mitigation strategy moving forward. Directive 030 also formally creates the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force, and gives them the authority to work with local governments and take action on county-specific plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here is a quick breakdown of how the state's "Road to Recovery: Moving to a New Normal" works:

  • Every week, the state will update the Elevated Disease Transmission Criteria for each county. That includes testing, case rates and positivity rates.
  • Counties at high risk will need to create and implement an action plan that targets sources of infection and community spread.

During a press conference July 27, Governor Sisolak announced the state would be moving away from the phrased reopening approach, saying that enforcement needs to be more targeted.

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced a new rapid response effort to address the backlogs within Nevada's unemployment insurance systems. Read more here.

Monday, August 3, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Health Response team unveiled a new long-term mitigation strategy for the State of Nevada to help provide predictability and stability moving forward. Read more here.

The State of Nevada has re-released guidance on Directive 024 - Face Coverings. Pages 4-5 have information that is specific to business owners and enforcement. Read more here.

During a press conference Monday evening, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Sisolak said he plans to adopt an increasingly detailed approach to containing the virus — starting with next week’s rollout of a new “long-term mitigation strategy” that will examine ZIP code-level data on COVID cases. The updated plan will do away with the "phase" framework built into the state's earlier reopening blueprint. It also will allow for more rigorous enforcement of the state’s earlier virus-prevention orders.

Nevada has been invited to participate in the Vaccine Administration Management (VAMS) Pilot testing. Nevada was one of four states accepted to participate in this program. This project is designed to develop a COVID-19 vaccination registry that allows for timely and accurate collection of data from Nevada's provider community for reporting and analysis purposes.

The Nevada Treasurer’s Office has launched a rental assistance program for eligible Nevadans who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. This program is federally funded through the CARES Act. Nevadans can learn more about the program, if they’re eligible, and how to apply here or in Spanish here.

Governor Steve Sisolak and his COVID-19 team are actively reviewing reports submitted from our partners in local government in response to the White House document regarding ‘red zone’ and ‘yellow’ zone designations. The responses from the local counties highlight additional mitigation measures that have been taken in response to COVID-19 and the federal policy recommendations. Read more here.

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange has announced an extended open enrollment period for Plan Year 2021. Read more here or in Spanish here.

Per Governor Steve Sisolak’s Directive 027, bars, pubs, taverns, distilleries, breweries, and wineries in Humboldt County, which do not serve food, closed to the public as of 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 10. Additionally, restaurants cannot seat parties greater than six. Read more here. Information about the state's disease transmission criteria is available here.

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that most uninsured Nevadans now qualify for Medicaid coverage for COVID-19 testing at no cost. Read more here.

The State of Nevada has announced the Early Alert program, a user-friendly, responsive program for First Responders and governmental personnel who are struggling with physical, mental, social and financial wellness; burnout; and sleep issues. Read more here.

Nevada Health Response, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Business and Industry, released the latest Nevada COVID-19 Re-Opening Response Plan. The State anticipated an increase in positive COVID-19 cases as businesses re-opened, and this plan is a targeted response to review data and focus on affected communities to protect public health. Read more here.

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced that Nevada will remain in Phase 2 of the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan until at least the end of July, due to the trends in COVID-19 infection rates, the time needed for expanded contact tracing to identify trends, and to see the impacts of the Governor’s new face covering directive. Read more here.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has announced a mandatory face covering policy for all Nevada residents and visitors. Read more here.

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced the Battle Born Business campaign, designed to recognize Nevada businesses that are following directive guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please send nominations with a photo and brief explanation for the nomination to BattleBornBizNV@gmail.com.

Amid an uptick in people testing positive for COVID-19 nearly two weeks after Nevada reopened casinos, Governor Steve Sisolak said the state is not yet ready to enter into “Phase 3” of business reopenings. Read more here.

REMINDER The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles announced an additional extension for expired or soon-to-be expired driver’s licenses and ID cards and new, limited Saturday hours for new Nevada residents. Read more here. Also, remember that most Nevadans will be able to renew their driver's license or ID card online or by mail beginning this fall. Additionally, seniors 65 and older will receive an automatic driver's license extension per emergency regulations enacted by Governor Steve Sisolak July 27. Read more here.

The Nevada Response Center released guidelines on Wednesday for outdoor youth sports practices this summer, including specific guidance for baseball, softball and soccer. Only spectator-less outdoor practice sessions are allowed, for now. Read more here.

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced the approval of a comprehensive community-based testing, laboratory analysis, and contact tracing plan to support local, statewide, and tribal efforts to reopen and keep open the Nevada economy. To view details, go here.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued remarks discussing the Phase 2 of Nevada’s reopening plan, as outlined in Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery. You can read his full remarks here.

Friday, May 15, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak held a press conference to provide an update on Phase One of the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery Plan. To view revised industry-specific guidance, go here.

Governor Steve Sisolak shared Phase One of the Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada. To view details, go here.

Governor Steve Sisolak has unveiled the Nevada United Roadmap to Recovery. To view details, go here.

Governor Steve Sisolak announced the framework Nevada will use as it begins to roll back restrictions and re-open. To read more, including the full text of Governor Sisolak's remarks, please go here.

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

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced an expansion of social distancing emergency directives. To read more about this, including the full text of the Governor's speech and guidance on what Directive 013 means, please go here.

Governor Steve Sisolak has issued a "Stay at Home" directive for Nevadans amid the coronavirus outbreak. The directive also extends closure of non-essential businesses, gaming and schools through April 30, 2020. The Governor said his "Stay at Home" directive strengthens the imperative that Nevadans must not leave their homes for nonessential activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “This directive builds on previous directives around school closures, social distancing, closure of non-essential businesses, and bans on public gatherings of 10 or more people by requiring you stay at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary." The governor's office said essential employees should continue their work activities, making sure to take proper precautions, like frequent handwashing, staying home if they are sick and abiding by aggressive social distancing protocols.

Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the Nevada Office of the Military will coordinate activities between the Nevada Division of Emergency Management, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, and other state agencies. According to the statement, the Office of the Military will help ensure the efficient use of government resources.

March 24, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive related to public gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. Nevadans who are not living within the same household, working at or patronizing an essential business or providing essential services may not gather in groups of 10 or more in any indoor or outdoor public area. Read more here.

Governor Steve Sisolak has issued a Declaration of Emergency directing law enforcement agencies to implement the measures he outlined on March 17, 2020, in his Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative. Beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Sisolak has ordered that "non-essential businesses [that] continue to operate and avail themselves to the general public, further exacerbating the public health emergency" close to the public until April 16, 2020, unless renewed by a subsequent directive. Read the Declaration of Emergency Directive here.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada and the FBI are warning of several new fraud schemes looking to exploit people during the coronavirus pandemic. Scammers are setting up websites, contacting people by phone and email, posting disinformation on social media and even going door-to-door in some instances, according to a release from both agencies. Nevadans are being urged to independently verify those who are reaching out to them, be it a company, charity or individual. They’re also being told to be wary of unsolicited emails and offers, especially those requesting cash payments or wire transfers.

National Government

The Winnemucca Sand Dunes Recreation Area reopened May 23. View more information here.

The Humboldt River Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management announced the opening of the Water Canyon Recreation Area, located approximately 3.5 miles southeast of Winnemucca. Read more here.

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.

Due to the increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Humboldt and Lander counties, Nevada Gold Mines has implemented temperature screening of employees and business partners at the Turquoise Ridge and Phoenix mines. Screening stations will be set up in parking lots and at facility entrances. Individuals with a positive screen will not be allowed to proceed on site.

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.

Park Cinemas is now open with some new releases. Private showings are also still available. Please visit the Park Cinemas Facebook for more information.

Walmart is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store and Pharmacy is open exclusively to residents age 60 and older from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesdays.

Bengoa Eye Care has resumed routine and annual eye exams, in addition to providing local emergency/urgent eye and vision care, as the CDC’s recommendation to postpone routine eye care is no longer in effect. For further information, please call (775) 625-3937 or email at info@bengoaeyecare.com.

Dr. Kevin Andrews, a Reno-area orthodontist who provides local treatment, will postpone all non-emergency appointments until further notice. This decision was made per guidelines from the Nevada Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Organizations / Other

NEW Wednesday, September 30, the Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate's Night beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the East Hall Winnemucca Convention Center (30 W. Winnemucca Boulevard). The event will include a short meet and greet for City Council and hospital board candidates followed by a question and answer forum. Only 50 people are allowed at indoor events, so please come early with questions and wear a mask. Because of the limited audience, the Chamber will be Facebooking Live.

HELP Would you be willing to write a letter of hope and encouragement to a Long Term Care resident in Harmony Manor or Quail Corner? Seventeen-year-old Lowry High School graduate Aidan Maher is asking for the community's help as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Check out the details here.

REMINDER The Humboldt Connection Suicide Prevention group is inviting the community to "Chalk About Mental Health" from September 1 to September 14, 2020. To kick start Suicide Awareness Month, the group is asking EVERYONE to chalk their driveways with positive messages to help anyone who may be struggling. Please send pictures of your messages of hope and inspiration to pauline.salla@humboldtcountynv.gov to share on the group's Facebook page.

In response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic situation, in late March veterans groups in Humboldt and Pershing Counties (American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the American Legion Auxiliary) announced the suspension of all in-person meetings and public ceremonies for the indefinite future (conference call technology will be used in place of regular in-person meetings). Included are previously planned, monthly flag retirement ceremonies held at the Grass Valley Volunteer Fire Department fire station.  Each of the veterans groups strongly urges residents of both counties to follow social distancing guidelines and to wear face masks/coverings when in public.

NeuDay Farm and rLm Ranch will be opening their farm stand located at 4430 West Commander in mid-May. They will be serving customers with a drive-thru operation. Order your produce in advance and they will have it ready for you or they can take your order from your car when you arrive. Pre-orders and home delivery orders can be made through www.gleanwinnemucca.com.

HELP The Humboldt Connection Suicide Prevention Task Force is asking for the community's help to create "Hope Bags" for COVID-19 patients who are either in the hospital receiving care or are self-isolating at home. These bags will contain activities to address fear, anxiety, isolation, and hope so that individuals can feel supported during this critical time. The group is looking for donations to include within the Hope Bags such as adult coloring books, colored pencils and pens, calming activities, essential oils, word searches, Sudoku, craft projects, kindness rocks or anything that may increase hope and help patients recover. Items may be dropped off at Juvenile Services, 737 Fairgrounds Road; personnel there will put the bags together and then share them with HGH Social Worker Jennifer Slovernick for distribution. Already-assembled bags also are welcome. For questions, please contact Pauline Salla at (775) 623-6382 or email at P.Salla@hcjsnv.com. To date, the group has given away 82 bags; another 20 youth bags are ready to go.

HELP The Humboldt Connections Suicide Prevention group is looking for volunteers who are trained in ASIST and would be willing to be placed on a rotating on-call schedule to receive calls from individuals within the community who are at increased risk for suicidal ideation, anxiety surrounding COVID-19, and overwhelming feelings of isolation. The group believes a local response to individuals at risk will be more beneficial than sharing a national hotline. If you are willing to take part in this project, please contact Pauline Salla immediately at (775) 623-6382 or email at P.Salla@hcjsnv.com.

The Poke 'N' Peek has re-opened with safety measures in place. Wearing face masks is a requirement to enter the store. The Poke will provide a kerchief for face covering if a customer has no mask. Only 15 customers may be in the store at any time; only two customers may be in the Book Room, the Plus Size Room and the Kid’s Room at any one time. Social distancing must be practiced as much as possible; there will be markings on the floor (with masking tape) where customers wait in line to check out at the cashier station. Only five people will be permitted in the yard at any one time. The Poke is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Frugal Flamingo has re-opened to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; a limited number of customers are allowed at one time. No children will be allowed at this time. The store will accept donations during business hours ONLY.

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 Winnemucca Food Bank is resuming normal business hours, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Only 2-3 clients are allowed into the building at one time to maintain social distancing, while allowing for more choice of the fresh produce available.

The Soup Kitchen is continuing to serve meals Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 138 W. Winnemucca Boulevard. Meals are provided in a take-out or sack lunch format at the top of the steps by the building to comply with health and safety precautions currently in place.

The Nevada Outdoor School is back in the office. Be sure to check out the free classroom lessons on their website for teachers and parents; NOS staff also will be posting video "nature lessons" to YouTube and its Facebook as a free resource.

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!

Nevada is one of three states that has surpassed its 2010 census self-response rate! Nevada has achieved a 61.8% response rate; our 2010 Census statewide self-response rate was 61.4%. Humboldt County is currently at 55.6%; in 2010, our rate was 58%. Complete that census! It helps determine how much federal funding our state and local community receive for ten years. Go here or call (844) 330-2020 or (844) 468-2020 (Spanish) — you DO NOT need a census ID to complete the census. Let’s continue to work together to ensure everyone is counted!

Great Basin College has moved to all online courses. CTE and nursing programs will follow schedules provided by the faculty. The campus is closed to the public, but is still open and providing services to the community. Please call (775) 623-4824 or email. Directory information is available online and many services can be completed through the college's website.

The Boys and Girls Club of Winnemucca facility is now open. Please visit www.bgcwin.org for updated information.

The Family Support Center has moved to its former location at 35 West 1st Street (across from Tallman Lumber and the Winnemucca Pizzeria). For questions, please call (775) 623-1888.