On Friday Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a directive requiring that face masks be worn at all times in the public and in private businesses throughout the state. Humboldt county reached a total of 83 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday night. 

Five new cases have been reported in the last week. In total, 72 people have recovered, seven active cases are self-isolating at home and four died.

Humboldt County offices will fully open Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

 The courthouse and auxiliary buildings will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with a single point of entry to the courthouse, where all visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Visitors who are ill or who have been exposed to the virus will need to do their business remotely. 

Humboldt County Health Officer Charles Stringham advises citizens to wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose in public and practice social distancing measures and stay six feet away from one another, as well as continuing to frequently wash hands and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.  

Nevada is still in phase two of the COVID-19 reopening plan. Stringham reported that California has had 190,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and in a 48-hour time period last week they had almost 10% of that number in new cases, “an acceleration of an alarming rate,” said Stringham. 

Stringham said that the biggest threat facing the community is the Silver State International Rodeo expected to bring upwards of 1,500 people into town. 

The antibody testing rollout has been pushed back 2-3 weeks until there is more of an idea of whether the current new acceleration in cases will continue, which will give officials a better understanding of the virus saturation in the community. Antibody testing is expected to test 84 people randomly chosen to voluntarily participate. 

The Humboldt Health Board weekly meeting frequency has been changed to every two weeks until further notice. 

Stringham said that the team of volunteer health educators will also be reassembled in the community to help guide protocols and safety measures in the small business and public community of Winnemucca.

Screening for COVID-19 is provided at Humboldt General Hospital’s Suite C Clinic, which may be accessed from the ramp entrance on Mizpah Street in Winnemucca. Residents should call 775-623-5222, ext. 1379, to alert staff and then wait for assistance.

The screening clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Anyone who is experiencing severe respiratory distress is advised to proceed immediately to the HGH Emergency Department.