General Information & Resources
As federal, state, and local officials continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus Disease 2019, I’d like to provide you with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and other helpful resources.
SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES
CLICK HERE for daily updates on COVID-19 cases in the United States and response efforts.
NEVADA’S RESPONSE & GUIDANCE
IMPORTANT CD-2 UPDATE: Northern Nevada has identified positive cases of COVID-19. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) is continuing to work closely with the CDC to monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19.
Due to the rapidly-evolving nature of the situation, information is subject to change. The Nevada DPBH will be updating information as frequently as possible. CLICK HERE to receive updates and technical bulletins.
If you or someone you know is believed to be symptomatic, the CDC advises you to call your healthcare provider PRIOR to arriving at the facility to discuss symptoms. CLICK HERE for an infographic detailing the process for assessing, testing, and reporting of coronavirus cases for residents living in Northern and Rural Nevada, courtesy of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
Local health authorities are also monitoring and providing information related to COVID-19. Please click through the links below for additional information from your local health authorities:
- CLICK HERE for the latest information from the Washoe County Health District
- The Washoe County Health District is reminding the community not to go to the ER or into a facility if symptomatic. If you’re experiencing symptoms, please call: 775-328-2427 so county officials can analyze your symptoms and work to get you in contact with your health care provider before coming to a facility and potentially infecting others. This local line is open from 8AM-5PM PT. After-hours please dial 311 for assistance. The county is currently working to expand hours of operation for this hotline.
- CLICK HERE for the latest information from Carson City Health and Human Services which also handles public health issues for Storey County, Lyon County, and Douglas County.
- CLICK HERE for a comprehensive list of CD-2’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), providing care to constituents throughout Northern Nevada in: Reno, Carson City, Virginia City, Austin, Carlin, Crescent Valley, Elko, Eureka, Jackpot, and Wendover. Use the interactive map of our district to find the community health center location nearest you.
- For constituents living in Pershing, Churchill, or Humboldt Counties, please see below for additional information:
- Pershing County: Pershing General Hospital, (775) 273-2621
- Churchill County: Banner Churchill Community Hospital, (775) 423-3151
- Humboldt County: Humboldt General Hospital, (775) 623-5222
For more information, please visit the “Nevada Health Response” website specifically dedicated to Nevada’s COVID-19 response efforts. The COVID-19 dashboard feature gives Nevadans valuable information in one centralized location.
WHERE CAN I GO FOR CARE?
For constituents exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), please seek immediate medical attention from your primary care physician. Again, symptomatic individuals are advised by the CDC to call their health care provider prior to arriving at a facility for treatment to avoid infecting others.
If you do not have a primary care physician, please CLICK HERE for a comprehensive list of CD-2’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) providing care to constituents throughout Northern Nevada in Reno, Carson City, Virginia City, Austin, Carlin, Crescent Valley, Elko, Eureka, Jackpot, and Wendover. Use the interactive map of our district to find the community health center location nearest you.
*Please note testing is covered by private Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
- CDC travel health notices can be found here.
- International travel guidance issued by the Department of State is available here.
- State Department and specific country advisories are listed here.
PRACTICAL PREVENTION TECHNIQUES
There are several steps you should take to prevent the spread of germs. The CDC provides the following guidance on best practices to take to minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as the COVID-19 virus:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Vaccinations - Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain at least six feet of distance from anyone exhibiting obvious symptoms.
- Stay home when you are sick.
WHO CAN I TALK TO IF I NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT?
If you have questions regarding the coronavirus and prevention, please contact your primary care physician or CLICK HERE for additional information from the CDC.