COVID-19 mitigation plans have transitioned from state governance to county health advisory board recommendations as of May 1 in the state of Nevada and Humboldt County. 

On Friday April 30, Humboldt County reported five new cases of COVID-19, raising the overall total to 1178 with 1136 recovered, 24 active cases and two residents locally hospitalized.

Humboldt County Health Officer Charles Stringham, M.D. reported that case trends continue to increase in the county, with 29 in the entire month of March and 76 for April (as of 4/29).

City manager/engineer Alicia Heiser said the city wastewater testing program shows an increase in COVID-19 RNA in the wastewater but nothing like the spike experienced last fall in the county. 

Stringham told the health board that he recommends the board focus on increasing the vaccine numbers in the community rather than continue to emphasize the weaknesses or other recommendations which have hit their saturation point (mask-wearing, social distancing, etc.).

Stringam reported the national average for those vaccinated compared to eligible as 54% who have received at least one dose of the vaccination, with Humboldt County at 34% as of April 29. 

The local plan for COVID-19 governance removes the requirement of social distancing and any required restriction placed upon restaurant maximum capacities, with mask wearing still a recommendation. 

“I respect people’s decisions and their right to make decisions for themselves,” said Stringham. “We are an advisory board and can’t be much more vigorous than that.” 

COVID-19 governance was transitioned from the state to local plans as of May 1, with prior approval of the plan granted by local officials and state representatives in a prior meeting. 

The full COVID-19 local mitigation plan can be found on the Humboldt County website (www.hcnv.us) or by visiting the Humboldt County Administrator’s Office at 50 W. Fifth Street in Winnemucca. 

“For at least two months now we have been moving in a direction of independence for businesses and citizens to make the decisions they want to make, not much really changes,” said Humboldt County Administrator Dae Mendiola in the April 29 health board meeting. “We’re not implementing any new rules or things on anybody; we’re going to provide information on what people should do specifically.” 

Mendiola said that local gaming establishments are exempt from the local plan, as they are mandated by the state gaming commission to follow the current protocol until June 1, 2021. 

Large events are still required to be submitted through the state for approval and include the review of local committee members. 

The mobile vaccination clinic which administered a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to local residents on April 18-19 will return May 9-10 to offer the second dose, also offering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to community residents at 18 and older. 

The clinic times are Sunday May 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday May 10 from 12-8 p.m. at the Winnemucca Detention Center parking lot at 801 Fairgrounds Road in Winnemucca, operated as a walk-up, first-come, first served clinic and no pre-registration required.