UPDATE Humboldt County offices are open for business. To insure 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; Friday, July 3, is a holiday. For full details, read 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.
Pleasant Senior Center will remain closed until July 6, 2020. The Board of Trustees will meet on June 16 to discuss any changes to this plan. 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. CareLaw appointments are cancelled. The Care-Law representative, Lora Myles, will be assisting clients over the telephone and/or email. In addition:
- The public transportation programs remains closed while we equip buses with now necessary safety equipment.
- Our SHIP volunteer is available to assist clients by telephone. Please call (916) 796-2100 and leave a message.
- Seniors should contact their group leader for information or other group meetings/events usually held at the Senior Center.
- 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.
- We are working with ADSD on the best way to re-open and continue services when we are permitted.
City of Winnemucca
The Fourth of July Fireworks Display will be conducted at the Ralph Whitworth Recreation Complex at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2020. The City encourages all spectators to comply with all directives issued by Governor Steve Sisolak as well as all guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
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 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.
DMV offices are now open; however, per Governor Steve Sisolak's Emergency Directive 026, DMV documents that expired between March 12 and July 15 will be valid through September 13, 2020. The DMV is looking to reserve in-person services for those who need it most; others are encouraged to used online or kiosk services.
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 Sisolak has signed a directive allowing K-12 schools facilities to re-open for summer learning and activities. Read more here.
Starting Monday, June 15, 2020, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen all branch offices, including Winnemucca. Read more here.
Governor Steve Sisolak has issued a press release highlighting Nevada' COVID-19 progress. View it 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.
The Winnemucca Sand Dunes Recreation Area reopened May 23. View more information here.
UPDATE The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has provided updated guidance for the Fourth of July weekend. For details, please go here.
UPDATE 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.
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 opened Friday, May 29, per Governor Sisolak's Phase 2 directive. For more information, please visit the Park Cinemas Facebook.
Walmart is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 8:30 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 is gradually resuming 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 2 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 5 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. Masks are preferred upon entry and no children will be allowed at this time. The store will accept donations 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 has secured a drop box for application and document drop-off. It is located outside the FCAA office on 667 Anderson Street. The FCAA will be receiving all documents through the drop box until further notice; the waiting room is closed. As of Monday, March 30, all assistance will be provided via phone appointment or Facebook messenger in conjunction with the drop box. For assistance, please call the FCAA at 623-9003 and leave a message with a good contact number or message on Facebook. 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!
UPDATE Nevada has now achieved a 61.1% response rate. The next milestone is breaking our 2010 Census statewide self-response rate of 61.4%. Humboldt County is currently at 54.80%; 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.
REMINDER Now through Friday, August 28, the Boys and Girls Club of Winnemucca is serving daily lunches for all youth ages 0-18 at Grass Valley Elementary School and Vesco City Park. Serve times are 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please see the flyer above for more information.
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.