In a unanimous decision, the Humboldt County Commissioners voted to approve a resolution declaring a state of emergency in the county. The resolutions allows the county to apply for state and federal funding should the need arise in the future. The measure is in response to any potential situation with future outbreaks of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The resolution was passed during an emergency special meeting late Thursday afternoon.

Humboldt County Manager Dave Mendiola emphasized that there is no emergency at this time and that there are no known cases as of 6:30 pm March 19. The resolution is an attempt to follow and implement the President of the United States and the Nevada Governor’s recommendations and mandates, and to facilitate in obtaining federal, state, and local funding and supplies.

A press release issued shortly after the declaration stated, “It is important to understand that this declaration is being done to insure that the county is prepared for an outbreak of the virus in Humboldt County, including having access to state and federal funding to support any efforts that may be required to protect our citizens. Currently, there is not a confirmed case in the county.”

While the county continues to be open for business, Mendiola urged residents who need to conduct business with any county office to call to set an appointment or to determine if business can be conducted by phone, fax or email. This is to minimize risking potential exposure to both county employees as well as county citizens. Again, Mendiola emphasized that as of March 19, there are no known cases in Humboldt County.

Mendiola also said that all nonessential meetings and group gatherings of ten or more for the next 30 days.

Effective immediately, the Humboldt County Recorder’s Office will be by appointment only. The office will continue to record electronically or by mail. Requests for copies, marriage certificates and small research projects will be fulfilled by phone or email. Please direct all questions and request to 775- 623-6412.

The Humboldt County Clerk’s Office is currently open regular business hours; staff are conducting all duties as required. Customers who require service should contact the office first at 775- 623-6343 to determine if the request is something that can be addressed over the phone, by e-mail or fax. Public notary services may be restricted, so please contact the office to determine availability. Staff are aware that county business licenses and fictitious firm name renewals are currently due. Those with concerns regarding their ability to submit the necessary paperwork in a timely matter should call the office for assistance. Questions and concerns also may be addressed via email at County.Clerk@hcnv.us.

The Board of Humboldt County Commissioners will continue to meet at its regularly scheduled times to conduct essential business only. But meetings will be limited to ten people only in the County Courthouse Meeting Room and will be available to the public by telephone conferencing by dialing 1-669-244-0036 followed by the PIN 557667237 when prompted. Audio recording are also available and may be requested by contacting the Humboldt County Clerk’s office at 775- 623-6343.

For additional updates about county offices, contact the individual office for more information or visit the Humboldt County website for updates at https://www.hcnv.us/ or by phone at 775-623-6300.