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Storey County News

Posted on: March 13, 2020

An Important Message from Austin Osborne, Storey County Manager

To our Storey County Residents and Businesses,

We, like you, have been monitoring the news and official sources regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its associated impacts. The county has worked tirelessly as a team to monitor the situation with the goal to be proactive toward what may or may not come. Our overriding goal is to protect the health and safety of our community, while maintaining the quality service that we all provide on a daily basis.

Our Emergency Operations Center team is on partial activation status, and it has engaged proactively throughout the week with county departments and employees, the Quad-County Health Group (Douglas, Carson, Lyon, and Storey County), regional health agencies, and other resources to ensure that we are prepared for all potential situations, but not overreactive.

Yesterday Governor Sisolak declared a state of emergency, and today a national emergency was declared by President Trump. These important declarations are reasons for preparedness and proactivity, but we recognize that they are not reasons for alarm.

The health and welfare of our residents, county employees, local businesses, and visitors is of paramount importance. Therefore, like our neighbors and much of the state and nation, we at this time find it necessary to limit large gatherings and, regretfully, canceled this weekend’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The economic vitality of our local businesses is no less important, and we stress and will heavily advertise in local media, that Storey County and Virginia City remain a welcoming place open for business.

Information about the county’s response to the COVID-19 matter and other considerations is updated periodically on Storey County Facebook page and Twitter account, and at the top of the county’s website at

We are in this together and we will continue to keep you, our residents, wellbeing as our main focus.


Austin Osborne
Storey County Manager

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