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.
REMINDER The Humboldt County Health Board planned for Thursday, March 4, has been cancelled. The board will meet next beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 18. We will share the agenda, including teleconference and video conference information, once it is available.
UPDATE Humboldt County is no longer flagged for elevated disease transmission. Clark, Elko, Eureka, Mineral, Nye, and Pershing are currently flagged for elevated disease transmission. Other, non-flagged counties include Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine. See the updated "County Tracker" below.
The Humboldt County Health Board has voted to disband the "Business Educator Program" as a show of confidence in business owners and their abilities to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
Dr. Chet Stringham's "Ask My Anything About COVID" presentation from Monday, December 14, is available on the Humboldt County YouTube channel here.
Thursday, November 19, Humboldt County presented its updated jurisdictional assessment and action plan to the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force. The task force specifically asked the county to elaborate on enforcement efforts, which the county included for this week's review; the task force unanimously agreed to accept the plan as presented. To read the plan, go here.
Thursday, November 12, Humboldt County presented its updated jurisdictional assessment and action plan to the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force. The task force agreed to accept the plan as presented but asked that Humboldt return next week, on Thursday, November 19, to elaborate on COVID-19 enforcement. To read the November 12 plan, go here; to read the task force's press release, go here.
The COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force has adjusted the thresholds used to identify counties having an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Humboldt County, which was flagged Monday, October 5, is still flagged under the new criteria. If the county is flagged again on Monday, October 12, county officials will need to provide an updated assessment for the Task Force. 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.
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!
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 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. 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 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.
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
Friday, February 12, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 106, which provides an additional $50 million for small businesses through the Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant Program. Read more here.
Sunday, February 14, Governor Steve Sisolak signed Emergency Directive 037, adjusting statewide standards on gatherings and other areas, which will go into effect on February 15. The directive also provides for places of worship to conduct services and gatherings so that occupancy may include up to 50 percent of listed fire code capacity. Read more here.
Friday, February 5, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak released a video message announcing a new Equity and Fairness Initiative aimed at ensuring that equity is a cornerstone of all vaccination efforts. Read more here.
Tuesday, February 2, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak highlighted Nevada's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, based on the latest federal and local data. Based on federal data from February 1, Nevada has received 324,275 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and has administered 248,748 doses – or 76.7 percent of doses received in the State. Nevada is currently leading all states and territories in FEMA Region 9 when it comes to percent of doses administered. Read more here.
Monday, January 25, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak wrote a letter to acting Health and Human Services Secretary Norris Cochran regarding the State’s federal allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to publicly available federal data, Nevada has received the second-lowest number of vaccine doses per capita among all U.S. states so far. Read more here and here.
Monday, January 11, the Governor’s Office for New Americans addressed concerns with data privacy protections for undocumented immigrants during the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Read more here.
Nevada Health Response has announced the launch of an updated COVID-19 Dashboard to better serve Nevadans through the State’s COVID-19 response. Furthermore, a new COVID-19 vaccination website has been added and will help direct Nevadans to the most up-to-date information on the status of the vaccine campaign.
Nevada officials have announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available free of charge to all state residents. Read more here.
The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has completed its review of the federal process and has concluded the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is safe and efficacious for use in the Western States. Read more here.
The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed a concurrent and thorough review of the Pfizer Vaccine and has confirmed it is safe and efficacious for public use. The Workgroup provided their confirmation to the governors of Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington Monday, December 14. Read more here. Read the group's findings 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Great Basin College's spring semester is ready to begin. The physical campus is largely closed to the public, but is still 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 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.