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Posted on: March 20, 2020

MARCH 20, 2020 Storey County COVID-19 Update

Storey County Residents and Businesses:

We provide this summary of facts, services, and impacts related to the COVID-19 matter in Storey County.

  • Alerts. Storey County COVID-19 alerts and info at www.storeycounty.org/607/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Updates You can sign up for auto-alerts on the website too.
  • Cases. There are no known COVID-19 cases in Storey County.
  • Private Businesses.
    • VCTC is working with event managers to reschedule and avoid canceling VC events. Our team is developing marketing and event strategies to cause fast recovery of the local economy following the COVID-19 matter.
    • The Governor in his proclamation ordered the closure of non-essential businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. We encourage creative ways to remain open such as curbside pickup, take-out, online services, and other means which maintain social distancing. On Friday, March 20 the Governor signed Directive 003 to close non-essential businesses by 11:59 p.m. This is a new order.
    • TRIC business which generate our electricity, manufacture our gasoline and diesel, distribute our food and sundries, provided internet connectivity, and manufacture components for countless products are “essential” in the Governor’s proclamation.
  • Emergency Operations. The Storey County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) joined the Quad-County Public Health Preparedness and in cooperation with the Quad-County Regional Emergency Operations Center which includes Storey, Lyon, Douglas, and Carson City counties. The regional EOC is in Carson City. The regional EOC is in Carson City. The EOC team is working 24-hours on:
    • Monitoring COVID-19 cases and reports.
    • Preparing for what may and may not come.
    • Communicating with state and federal agencies, local EOC teams, and the public.
    • Coordinating with health agencies and providers to manage planning and response.
    • Managing emergency declaration FEMA and other funding opportunities.
    • Storey County has declared an emergency related to COVID-19, thus making it eligible for FEMA and other federal financial reimbursement and assistance.
  • Small Business Disaster Assistance. Loan assistance was just created to help recovery from this incident. Resources at: http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
  • County Services. County services remain open but under the following limitations:
    • Walk-in restrictions apply, hours are modified, and appointments are encouraged.
    • Online, phone, and mail-in services are provided. Call each office for details.
    • Online credit card processing fees are waived for water, sewer, taxes, etc.
    • Some offices have drop-boxes available. Call for availability.
    • DMV is closed. Waivers for registration and renewals statewide are expected.
    • Water/sewer non-payment disconnects are halted for VC, Gold Hill, and Silver City.
    • Certain court cases are postponed. Call Justice Court at 775.847.0962 for info.
    • County is planning and practicing social distancing, alternative work arrangements, increased sanitation, and service with separation to protect employees and the public.
    • Call the County Manager’s Office at 775.847.0968 with questions or concerns.
  • Senior and Social Services. 
    • Senior Centers are closed but offering drive-thru meal services, Meals-on-Wheels has ramped up services, and transportation for doctor visits, Rx, and errands is available upon appointment.
    • Community Chest closed all youth programs, library, and COW bus; case management and counseling offered through tele-health; Healthcare Clinic is open Monday afternoon and all-day Wednesday; attendees asked to call first if they feel ill; still providing food boxes through Food Pantry at the Community Center; call 775.297.1267 for assistance.
  • Trash Services. Virginia City’s solid waste transfer station is closed for 2 weeks due to WM staffing shortages. Regular curbside pickup will continue. The Lockwood Landfill is open.
  • Report Incidents. All reports including from residents, businesses, employees, and employers should report COVID-19 concerns to Carson City Health and Human Services hotline at 775.283.4789 or www.gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/.
  • Storey County schools are of Nevada’s top e-learning programs. Home education running now. See school district for food and other community services during closure time.
  • Governor’s Office Resources: The guidelines released by the Governor are available here (https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NV-Health-Reponse-COVID19-Risk-Management-Initiative-2.pdf). For the latest information from the Governor’s Office, visit the state website at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/.

We strive to provide quality services to our residents and businesses while protecting the health and safety of our communities. Please call the County Manager at 775.847.0968 with questions or concerns.

Very sincerely,
Storey County Team


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