WINNEMUCCA — All Humboldt County offices will return to full operation beginning Wednesday, July 1.

The Humboldt County Courthouse and auxiliary buildings will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The ramp entrance facing Fifth Street will provide 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 has been open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak; however, physical access to individual departments and the courts has been limited. 

Humboldt County Manager Dave Mendiola said offices will now open to in-person visits. Still, he hopes county residents will continue to do as much business remotely using computer, phone, fax and mail.

“During this unique time we are very cognizant of the importance of social distancing, of limiting groups, of trying to do those things that will keep our public and our staff safe,” he said.

“We’ve got great tools to help us connect and we hope our citizens will take full advantage.”

Information about individual departments, contact information, hours and more is available on the Humboldt County website. 

Mendiola acknowledged that some business must be done in person. He suggested residents call ahead to ensure they have the proper information and documents to complete their transactions.

Some residents may simply wish to conduct their business in person, such as with county tax payments, which begin July 1.

“We are here to serve,” he said. “We simply ask that people do the right things to help themselves and our employees stay safe.”

Mendiola said staff and visitors will be required to wear masks; masks will be provided to those who need them. Departments will find alternative ways to serve those who prefer not to wear a mask for medical or personal reasons.

Staff and visitors also will be required to maintain at least six feet of distance where possible. 

For some county offices, that may mean only one visitor in an office at a time; individual departments will post their respective occupancy rules.

Additionally, departments will have hand sanitizer readily available to maintain appropriate hand hygiene.

Mendiola said the county has taken extra steps to more frequently clean and sanitize high touch areas such as door handles and counter tops. 

“We’re happy to conduct business with our county residents,” said Mendiola. “However we do encourage as much business online, by phone, email or mail. We’re hoping citizens will only visit a county facility if they absolutely have to—and then only with the best precautions in place.”

For more information about Humboldt County’s various departments, please visit the Humboldt County website or call the office of the Humboldt County Manager at 775-623-6300.