Nevada’s Response to COVID-19:
Updated April 2, 2020
The State of Nevada has been coordinating with local public health authorities to prepare and respond to COVID-19:
Additionally, gaming properties are strongly encouraged to consider closing to the public if they determine that this is the best way to protect the safety and well-being of Nevadans and visitors.
LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES
Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS): Carson City Health and Human Services is a local health department housed within the City of Carson City, a consolidated municipality. The CCHS Public Health Preparedness (PHP) team serves Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey counties.
Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD): Southern Nevada Health District is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. The health district serves more than 2.2 million residents in Southern Nevada and more than 42 million visitors to Las Vegas each year.
Washoe County Health District (WCHD): The Washoe County Health District has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. WCHD is charged with coordinating activities relating to public health emergency preparedness and response.
What if I don’t live in a county with a local health authority?
The Division of Public and Behavioral Health at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services acts as the health authority for all regions in Nevada without a local health authority.
TESTING LABS IN NEVADA
Nevada has two designated public laboratories for COVID-19 testing, the State Public Health Laboratory located In Northern Nevada and the Southern Nevada Health District Public Health Laboratory located in Las Vegas.
Recently, the CDC confirmed that commercial labs have been provisionally approved to begin testing for COVID-19 in Nevada:
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The news of this disease outbreak is concerning to all of us, but especially impacts communities who have family or other close connections in China or the greater Asian continent. We should all do our part not to make assumptions by discriminating, spreading misinformation, or harassing individuals, families and communities that have made Nevada their home. Just because a disease originates within a certain area of the world does not mean that every person who has an association with that country is ill or has the potential to contract the virus.
It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and health officials recommend getting a flu vaccine if you haven’t done so yet; taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs (staying away from others when sick; washing hands frequently; avoiding touching your face, mouth or eyes); and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
If you are a health care provider caring for a novel coronavirus patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
How Can People Protect Themselves:
Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department FIRST before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.