COVID19

Flu & Coronavirus Prevention

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For more information, call 702-267-INFO (4636).

 


COVID Update: April 30, 2020

City of Henderson Allows Retail Curbside Delivery, Reopens Pickleball and Tennis Courts

Following the Governor’s Directive 16, the City of Henderson will allow retail establishments previously classified as nonessential, including general retail, liquor retail and cannabis retail, to operate under curbside commerce models beginning on Friday, May 1. Businesses must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only curbside delivery is allowed; the storefront must remain closed to the public.
  • Orders must be placed electronically or by phone prior to the customer’s arrival.
  • Businesses must use parking stalls when possible to maintain traffic flow; vehicles cannot block drive aisles nor queue into the street.
  • Outdoor tables and curbside seating are not allowed.
  • Employees delivering curbside must wear protective face coverings and have hand washing/sanitizing stations for use between deliveries.

Pickleball, tennis and golf activities may resume on May 1 as long as participants practice safe social distancing and do not congregate in groups. Pickleball and tennis court locations can be found in the Henderson Happenings citywide guide to recreation activities. While Henderson parks are open, all other sport courts, as well as playgrounds, pools and splash pads remain closed.

COVID Update: April 8, 2020

City of Henderson Temporarily Allows Package Liquor Delivery

Due to the ongoing closure to the public of package liquor store establishments, the City of Henderson will temporarily allow the delivery of alcohol to residences located in Henderson.

As of 5 p.m. on April 7 until the declared end of the closure of non-essential businesses or for the next 30 days, whichever occurs first, any commercial establishment holding a full liquor off-sale, brew pub, winery or craft distillery license through the City of Henderson may deliver alcoholic beverages to Henderson residences. Curbside pick up is not allowed under this permit.

Delivery orders must be placed by phone or internet and the establishment must remain closed to the public. The business owner or employee delivering the liquor and the person accepting delivery must be at least 21 years old. Delivery by a third-party service is not allowed.

There are no fees for the time limited permit for package liquor delivery. Commercial establishments choosing to deliver alcohol to residences must email the City of Henderson Business Operations Division at FILicensedivision@cityofhenderson.com. The email must include the business name and address, current City of Henderson business license number and the contact phone number for the owner or key employee.

COVID Update: April 1, 2020

City of Henderson Extends Closures and Cancellations, Holds Virtual Public Meetings

In support of Gov. Sisolak’s directive to stay home for Nevada through April 30, the City of Henderson will be closed to visitors until Monday, May 4. Essential city services remain operational and online services continue to be available at cityofhenderson.com

All City of Henderson events, sports and recreation programs are cancelled through the end of May. This includes leagues and tournament play at city facilities, events at the Pavilion and special events on Water Street. For questions about recreation programs, call 702-267-4122.

The City Council Committee, City Council and Redevelopment Agency meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively. The meetings will livestream and the public can participate by teleconference (audio only) and by videoconference (using WebEx Events); no in-person attendance will be allowed. For instructions on how to participate and submit public comments, visit cityofhenderson.com/publicmeetings.

The Planning Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15 and the City Council Committee, City Council and Redevelopment Agency meetings on Tuesday, April 21 using the same virtual format. All other board and commission meetings are cancelled through April.

For current information on City of Henderson closures and cancellations, visit cityofhenderson.com/COVID19 or call the information center at 702-267-INFO (4636).

COVID Update: March 31, 2020

Governor Sisolak Signs Directive Related to Legal Proceedings, Permits and Licenses

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive related to the extension of deadlines that may come due during the state of emergency.

This directive extends the time Nevadans have to file legal complaints for issues where the statute of limitations may come due during the state of emergency, when courts are closed, or less accessible.
“Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Nevada residents are facing restricted travel and should not be penalized for doing the right thing and staying home,” said Governor Sisolak. “With this order, Nevadans don’t have to worry about losing legal rights while they focus on staying healthy.”

All licenses and permits issued by the State of Nevada or by local jurisdictions that are set to expire during this state of emergency have been extended 90 days either from their current expiration date or 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted, whichever is later.

Finally, any person whose annual business license renewal fee is due during the declaration of emergency will have a 60-day grace period after the end of the state of emergency to file, renew, and pay their dues. Penalties on these licenses will not accrue for late payment.

This is the ninth emergency directive signed by Governor Sisolak since a state of emergency was declared on March 12, 2020.
                                                                                          -Source: Governor Steve Sisolak 

COVID Update: March 31, 2020

Health District implements text and email-based COVID-19 notification system

The Southern Nevada Health District is implementing a text and email-based notification system to assist in notifying individuals who have traveled to areas where transmission of COVID-19 is widespread, or who are contacts of a confirmed case. Some individuals may also be contacted by telephone in addition to receiving a text or e-mail notification.

As of March 30, 2020, the Health District is reporting 869 cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths. The Health District has reassigned resources from within the agency to assist with contact investigations, to provide information and instructions to individuals who have COVID-19 and who are high-risk contacts, and to assist facilities with investigations and screenings.

This new system allows people who have a known exposure but are at lower risk to receive an important notification so they can take steps to monitor their health and contact the Health District if they have questions or concerns.

When a person receives an alert, they are advised based on their specific circumstances to monitor their symptoms and, if applicable, self-quarantine for 14 days. The system provides links to instructions, the declaration of quarantine, and resources for individuals.

As more testing occurs in Southern Nevada and the state, more cases of COVID-19 will be identified and reported. While many people do require hospitalization and supportive care, many more people will experience mild symptoms and will be isolating at home during the course of their illness. Health District staff is continuing to look for resources and solutions to manage the outbreak and provide the community with information. This notification system will allow people who are not sick but may be at risk for becoming ill to take additional precautions to help keep themselves and others healthy.
The Health District continues to remind people to:

  • Avoid all non-essential travel and social interactions.
  • Work from home, when possible, and do not gather in groups.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Persons 50+ years old and those who have chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system are most at risk.
  • Stay home, local community transmission is common, and if you are sick, you must stay home.
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  • Staying home can save the life of another Nevadan.
  • If your symptoms get worse, consult with your doctor by phone.
  • Stay home for at least seven days after your symptoms started and be fever-free/without cough or sore throat for three days without the assistance of medicine before returning to your routine.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

COVID Update: March 30, 2020

Henderson City Hall closed to visitors through May 3. 

COVID Update: March 26, 2020

City of Henderson Temporarily Allows Curbside Alcohol Service and Cannabis Delivery

Due to the ongoing closure to the public of dine-in options at restaurants and other food service establishments, the City of Henderson will temporarily allow curbside alcohol service for certain business license classifications.

As of 5 p.m. on March 26 until the declared end of the closure of non-essential businesses or for the next 30 days, whichever occurs first, any establishment holding a restaurant with bar, tavern, beer/wine on-sale, full-liquor on-sale or brewery license may serve beer/wine/spirits/liquor in conjunction with meals being picked up curbside at the establishment.

There are no fees for the time limited liquor permit. Establishments choosing to serve alcoholic beverages with a take-out meal must email the City of Henderson Business Operations Division at FILicensedivision@cityofhenderson.com. The email must include the business name and address, current City of Henderson business license number and the contact phone number for the owner or key employee.

Cannabis retail stores and medical dispensaries that were required to shut down public store fronts due to the Declaration of Emergency, Directive 3 issued by Governor Sisolak are permitted to continue cannabis sales by direct delivery to the customer until further notice.

COVID Update: March 26, 2020

Henderson City Hall will open to visitors on April 20. 
All recreation and sports programming will resume May 1.
Recreation centers and indoor pools will resume operation on May 1.
All special events will resume May 1.

COVID Update: March 25, 2020

Attorney General Ford Warns of Scams Related to Stimulus Checks

Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford warns Nevadans to be alert of scams related to the pending federal stimulus package. While a deal has been negotiated and the bill awaits final votes and the president’s signature, Congress’ economic relief package, in part, proposes to send money directly to individual Americans in response to the financial distress caused by COVID-19. These one-time payments could range from $1,200 per individual and up to $2,400 for joint taxpayers, depending on income. 

At this time, there are still questions about how funding will be dispersed. Some Americans may receive physical checks in the mailbox rather than by direct deposit. However, scammers are already using the proposed federal stimulus package as an opportunity to prey on Nevadans. Fraudsters may leave messages by telephone or social media requesting personal or financial information in exchange for so-called immediate stimulus money through a “grant.” Scammers may ask for other information, including Social Security numbers and confirming of identity to receive their funding. In different variations,
scammers promise additional financing beyond the designated stimulus amount in exchange for a small payment or personal information.

The Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has the following tips and
suggestions about government scams:
• Avoid giving access to your bank account other than those whom you have authorized. Only scammers will demand that you provide them with your personal Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Watch on YouTube information, such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, debit and credit cards, or PINs in order to receive stimulus funding;

• Avoid suggestions of paying any amount of money to receive stimulus. There is no "grant" money. You will not be asked to pay any money, including a "processing fee," to receive a stimulus check;

• Check your mailbox frequently to ward off theft. If your mailbox has a lock, make it accessible to you in the event you receive stimulus funding by a physical check in your mailbox;

• Beware of entering your personal or financial information into phishing websites that appear to look like legitimate government websites; and
• Do not share personal information with any person or website that asks for it related to the federal stimulus package.

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, you may file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General here or with the Federal Trade Commission here. You may also call our hotline toll free at (888) 434-9989.

COVID Update: March 24, 2020

Message from Police Chief Thedrick Andres and Fire Chief Shawn White

COVID Update: March 23, 2020

Gov. Sisolak Announces Distance Education Plan Approvals for 16 of 17 School Districts and All Charter Schools

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that sixteen of Nevada’s seventeen school districts and all of Nevada’s charter schools submitted plans to the Nevada Department of Education and are approved to continue or start distance education as of Monday, March 23.

The plans stem from an emergency directive signed by Gov. Sisolak on Friday, March 20. Many districts had proactively created plans and were able to submit them over the weekend to Nevada State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert.

By having plans approved, schools will continue to receive payments from the State Distributive School Account and will not have to adjust the school calendar to make up for the missed time.

“I want to express my strong appreciation for the leadership and hard work of the sixteen county school districts and the charter schools who stepped up in good faith under the authority of the directive to continue supporting and providing education to Nevada’s students, in coordination with the Nevada State Superintendent Jhone Ebert,” said Gov. Sisolak. “We are all operating under challenging circumstances, and I am proud of our educators for coming together to find creative solutions to ensure students can continue learning despite school closures.”

The emergency directive provided that schools will reopen no earlier than April 16 as a necessary step to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It also suspended state testing requirements, consistent with the U.S. Department of Education approval on Friday of the request submitted by State Superintendent Ebert for a waiver of federal assessments, accountability, school identification, and reporting requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.

Notably, the directive supports the continuity of education during the COVID-19 crisis by suspending all statutory and regulatory requirements related to applications for programs of distance education and expands the definition of distance education to include paper correspondence to ensure students have access to educational opportunities regardless of their means, access to technology, or at-home support.

The emergency directive provides that districts and charter schools must begin offering distance learning to all pupils no later than March 23, or the next regularly scheduled school session day. In response, Superintendent Ebert provided school districts and charter schools with the process for requesting approval Friday evening.

As of Sunday evening, the Clark County School District had not yet submitted a proposal for distance education, or alternatively, an extended school year. While the Governor worked with the Office of the Attorney General to ensure that emergency plans could be approved by the board chair and superintendent, CCSD elected to consult its Board.

COVID Update: March 23, 2020

The Southern Nevada Health District is announcing two more patients with 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have died in Clark County. The individuals include a woman in her 70s who had underlying medical conditions and a man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions. Currently, there have been four reported deaths from COVID-19 in Clark County.

As of Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Health District is reporting 151 cases of COVID-19 cases in Clark County. A case update will be provided later today.

The Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory continues to receive additional but limited testing resources and is providing testing primarily in support of Health District contact investigations. The Health District reports positive cases from the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory and private laboratories, as more tests are done, more positive results will be reported.

While the increase in positive case reports may cause concern for the public, it allows the Health District to better investigate cases, advise patient contacts, and serves as reinforcement for the public about the importance of “staying home for Nevada.” 

                                                                                                -Source: Southern Nevada Health District

COVID Update: March 20, 2020

Message from Division Chief Ryan Turner

COVID Update: March 20, 2020

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a second COVID-19-related death in a Clark County resident. The individual was a woman in 60s with underlying medical conditions.

It is important for the public to follow the public health measures enacted by Governor Steve Sisolak. Everyone is urged to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community by avoiding all non-essential travel, social interactions, and staying at least at least 6 feet away from others.

The Health District will provide updated case numbers Monday through Friday. The Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory continues to receive a limited supply of testing resources. The resources on-hand are dynamic as supplies are used. The number of patients tested by the laboratory is now available on the COVID-19 Dashboard. The SNPHL continues to focus its resources on testing close contacts of confirmed patients. Health care providers are being advised to send their specimens to the available private laboratories for testing.  Health care providers are urged to work with patients to review their symptoms so that those at highest risk are able to be tested.

                                                                                                -Source: Southern Nevada Health District

COVID Update: March 19, 2020

Nevada Health Response Adds Data Dashboard Feature to Website

The Nevada Health Response Center (NHRC) announced a new feature launched today on NVHealthResponse.nv.gov.

The COVID-19 Dashboard, developed by Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services Office of Analytics, includes valuable information on testing and COVID-19 cases in Nevada which can be assessed from one central location.

“I am proud of our state’s strong partnerships which allowed us to gather the data that the Office of Analytics has used to create this comprehensive tool,” said State Epidemiologist Melissa Peek-Bullock.

“The COVID-19 dashboard will provide much-needed updates and information on individuals who have been tested which benefits all Nevada communities as we strive to mitigate the spread of this illness.”
The page will be updated with new numbers daily, Tuesday through Saturday, which aligns with nationwide updates posted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.

The dashboard can be found here along with updates and information on Nevada’s response to COVID-19.

Note on test results: This data changes rapidly as labs conduct tests and discover new cases. The numbers may not always match the most recent reports released by local health jurisdictions since statewide cases will be updated once daily Tuesday through Saturday. Additionally, these are laboratory-based data which may reflect some results on patients that live outside of Nevada. Those cases will be removed once the epidemiological investigation is performed. 
                                                                                                -Source:Nevada Health Response Center

COVID Update: March 19, 2020

Gov. Sisolak Waives Work Search Requirement and Wait Period for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak instructed the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Employment Security Division to waive the work search requirement and the 7-day wait period for approved unemployment insurance benefits. The Governor made the announcement on Facebook this evening.
 
Specifically, Gov. Sisolak waived the following:
 
Unemployment Insurance Work Search Requirement: Given the unprecedented public health crisis and the temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses across our state, Gov. Sisolak instructed the Administrator of DETR’s Employment Security Division, that suitable work is not currently available for unemployment insurance claimants, thereby suspending the work search requirement.
 
Unemployment Insurance 7-Day Wait Period: Effective immediately, Gov. Sisolak has instructed DETR to waive the 7-day wait period between applying for and receiving unemployment insurance benefits. This important step ensures that thousands of Nevadans will receive their benefits as quickly as possible.
 
“Both of these instructions are practical, common-sense measures to help Nevadans obtain unemployment insurance benefits, while helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Sisolak. “My administration will continue to work with our federal delegation to identify additional steps that can be taken to ease the economic pain of families across our State.”
 
“We are thankful to have Governor’s Sisolak support and appreciate his commitment to finding pragmatic solutions to the challenges we face with unemployment claims processing,” said Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner, Director at DETR. “His action today will provide greater flexibility in the processing of claims and facilitate a timelier and more streamlined process. DETR is committed to providing ongoing services to our constituency, and today’s order empowers us to respond expeditiously to the needs of Nevadans.”
 
“After reviewing guidance from the Department of Labor, I have recommended to the Director and Governor Sisolak that these actions should result in unemployment filers not having to risk their health during this State of Emergency,” said Kimberly Gaa, Administrator for the Employment Security Division. “Moving forward, filers will receive any approved benefits a week earlier then they previously would have.”
 
Both instructions are effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
 
Nevadans seeking Unemployment Insurance Benefits are highly encouraged to file online at http://ui.nv.gov/css.html.
                                                                                                -Source: Office of Governor Steve Sisolak

COVID Update: March 18, 2020

Message from Fire Chief Shawn White

COVID Update: March 17, 2020

Message from City Manager Richard Derrick

COVID Update: March 16, 2020

Message from Mayor March

COVID Update: March 16, 2020

City of Henderson Temporarily Suspending Water Service Shutoffs

Henderson, Nev. – The City of Henderson Department of Utility Services is temporarily suspending water service shutoffs for Henderson customers that are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Henderson water service customers should contact the Department of Utility Services’ Customer Care Center at 702-267-5900 from Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to make a payment arrangement if they are unable to pay their utility bill by the due date. Customers may also submit requests online through Contact Henderson and can view their utility bill and make a payment by credit or debit card using the secure online payment system while Henderson City Hall is closed to visitors until Monday, March 23.
 
The City of Henderson's Water Treatment Plant provides approximately 15% of the community's annual drinking water, with the remainder supplied by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Both agencies use cutting-edge technology and conduct thousands of tests to ensure the water is safe to drink. The Department of Utility Services does not anticipate any current scenario that would interrupt water availability to the community.
 
The City of Henderson is the sole provider for sewer service and advises customers that only toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Items such as wet wipes, diapers and facial tissue could potentially harm your pipes and cause a wastewater backup or overflow into your home if flushed.
 

COVID Update: March 16, 2020

Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a total of 35 cases in Clark County including one death

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 35 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, including one person who has died. The death occurred in a male Clark County resident who was in his 60s. He had been hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

“This loss of life is a tragedy, and we want to express our condolences to the family,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “We must continue to emphasize how important it is to protect those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of the virus and urge our community to support the public health measures and recommendations that are in place,” said Dr. Leguen.

Current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available on its website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Updates and information are available on the Southern Nevada Health District website at: www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus

Southern Nevada Health District Operations

The Southern Nevada Health District continues to offer clinical services to the community. Steps are being taken to ensure clients, patients, and staff are protected during service delivery. Additional services are suspended or available online. Check the Health District website for updated information:  

  • Effective Tuesday, March 17:
    • Food Handler Card Services are being suspended until May 1, 2020. Late fees for cards will be waived and Enviromental Health specialists will waive demerits for employees with cards that expired during the applicable time frame.
    • Birth and Death records will be available online only.
                                                                                  -Source: Southern Nevada Health District

         


COVID Update: March 15, 2020

City of Henderson announces temporary closures and cancellations

Following the recommendation of Governor Steve Sisolak regarding social distancing, the following closures will go into effect immediately:

  • Henderson City Hall will be closed to all visitors until Monday, March 23. 2020. All essential city services will remain operational and online services will continue to be available. Police and Fire will work normal shifts.
  • All City Council and board and commission meetings are cancelled through the end of March.
  • Downtown Senior Center and Heritage Senior Center will be closed until April 13.
  • All City of Henderson recreation centers and pools will be closed until April 13.
  • All recreation center and pool programs and events are cancelled until April 13.
  • All sports leagues, programs and tournaments are cancelled until April 13.
  • Safekey and Teen Scene are cancelled until April 13.
  • ABC ETC. and Little Learners preschool will remain open.
  • Spring/summer registration will begin at 6am on March 24 – online and mail in registration only.
  • Kids Zone for the week of April 6-10 is cancelled.

All of these measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution. Governor Sisolak is reminding Nevadans, "If we wait one more day to take action, this will not go away."

We've made the decision to take immediate action to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


COVID Update: March 15, 2020

Governor Sisolak Announces Statewide School Closure

Today, in coordination with the Nevada Department of Education and district superintendents around Nevada, I have ordered all of the State's K-12 schools to close for students starting tomorrow and will remain closed, at a minimum, until April 6, 2020.

Nevada schools may not reopen until the State Chief Medical Officer evaluates the public health risk and determines when it is safe for each district to open.

We will continue to be in contact with districts, teachers, and parents and provide updated timeline info as it becomes available.

                                                                                                                       -Governor Steve Sisolak


Precautions and Preparations You Can Make Now

According to the Southern Nevada Health District, the single best way to prevent Coronavirus and seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. But good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

Visit the SNHD website and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html for more information to keep you and your family safe this flu season.

Learn more about the COVID-19.

This video contains excellent information about the coronavirus.

Southern Nevada Health District's Information Line is now open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

702-759-INFO (4636)

Additional information and updates are available on the Health District website at southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus.


COVID-19: Update March 13, 2020

Southern Nevada Health District announces eight new positive cases of COVID-19

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting eight new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 16 cases in Clark County. All investigations are ongoing, and additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Based on current information, close contacts of these individuals are being identified or have been notified and are following self-quarantine procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as someone who was within approximately 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time. Close contact can occur while caring for or living with someone. Health care workers who care for patients are also at higher risk. 

Community Guidance

Today, the Health District issued public health recommendations and guidance for high-risk populations, workplaces and businesses, large gatherings, and schools. The guidance includes advice to high risk populations to limit their interactions, workplace and businesses to minimize exposure by providing education to employees, and to consider implementing policies and limiting travel to decrease exposures; postponing large community gatherings and non-essential events; and additional recommendations for schools to protect students, faculty and staff.

New Case Updates

  • A male in his 20s who is isolating at home and is a close contact of a confirmed case.
  • A female in her 40s who is hospitalized in good condition.
  • A female in her 50s who is hospitalized in stable condition.
  • A male in his 30s who is isolated at home.
  • A female in her 30s. No additional details are available at this time.
  • A female in her 70s. No additional details are available at this time
  • A male in his 50s. No additional details are available at this time.
  • A male in his 30s who is isolating at home.

Previously Reported Case Updates

  • A male in his 40s who is isolating at home.
  • A male in his 60s who is isolating at home.
  • A male in his 60s who is in serious condition.
  • A female in her 70s who is isolating at home and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
  • A male in his 60s who is isolating at home and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
  • A female in her 40s who was hospitalized on March 8. She is isolated and in stable condition. This individual is a visitor from New York. She arrived in Las Vegas on March 5, and attended the Women of Power Summit at The Mirage.
  • A female in her 70s with underlying medical conditions with in-state travel history to Reno, Nev., and no out-of-state or international travel history. The patient was asymptomatic while traveling. The patient remains hospitalized in serious condition.
  • A male in his 50s with a travel history to Washington state. The patient remains hospitalized in serious condition.

If a patient’s travel history dictates a notification to passengers that are not Clark County residents, this is determined and coordinated through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Health District continues to remind the public that flu and other respiratory illnesses are circulating in Clark County. Not everyone who feels ill will need to be tested for COVID-19. Health care providers determine who should be tested based on an individual’s specific symptoms and circumstances. People who have mild symptoms such as a cough or fever should stay home and away from other people.

The Health District is working with its health care and community partners to ensure there are strong public health measures in place to respond to COVID-19 in the community. Updates about COVID-19 are also available by calling the Health District’s Information Line at 702-759-INFO (4636) or 1-866-767-5038.

The public can help the response:  

  • Do not go to the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
    • If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
  • Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. Up to date information is available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
                                                                                          Source: Southern Nevada Health District

COVID-19: Update March 12, 2020

Henderson Cancels Large Public Events Through April

Following the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the City of Henderson is cancelling large community events currently scheduled through the end of April. While health professionals continue to advise that the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low in Southern Nevada, the City is taking a proactive approach to protect the health and safety of the Henderson Community.
 
The cancellation includes all public events that are scheduled to take place at the Henderson Pavilion, on Water Street and at the Henderson Events Plaza. Pavilion event ticket holders and program registrants will receive refunds and will not incur cancellation fees. Below is a list of cancelled events, but as this list may expand, please check back for updates.
 
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival, March 13-15
Dana Point Festival of Whales, March 14
Vintage Market and Craft Sale, March 14
March On, March 24
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, March 26-April 4
Henderson Games, April 3-26
Blue Ribbon Commission Leadership Day, April 1
Henderson BluesFest, April 11
Vintage Market and Craft Sale, April 11
Industrial Days, April 17-18
 

“Community safety is our highest priority, and this includes protecting the health and well-being of our residents,” said Mayor Debra March. “Out of an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are cancelling activities where large numbers of people would need to be in close proximity. The City is working closely with the Southern Nevada Health District and our community partners to monitor the situation and take action as necessary.”

The City of Henderson parks and sports fields will remain open and recreation centers will continue to offer classes and activities and provide information on COVID-19 preventative measures. The City’s Safekey program, which provides before- and after-school activities at all Henderson elementary schools, will continue to operate.

Health professionals emphasize that COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread through contact with a sick person. The City encourages residents to take preventative measures which include frequent hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoiding contact with people who are sick.

COVID-19: Update March 12, 2020

The Southern Nevada Health District has received reports of three new presumptive positive cases in Clark County. These investigations are in the preliminary phase, and the Health District will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Currently, the Health District is reporting eight cases in Clark County – seven presumptive positives and one that has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


COVID-19: Update March 11, 2020

Southern Nevada Health District announces three new positive cases of COVID-19

A total of five presumptive positive cases reported in Clark County

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting three new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to five cases in Clark County. All investigations are ongoing and additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Based on current information, close contacts of these individuals are being identified or have been notified and are following self-quarantine procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as someone who was within approximately 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time. Close contact can occur while caring for or living with someone. Health care workers who care for patients are also at higher risk. 

New Case Updates

  • A female in her 40s who was hospitalized on March 8. She is isolated and in stable condition. This individual is a visitor from New York. She arrived in Las Vegas on March 5, and attended the Women of Power Summit at The Mirage. The Health District is working with the facility and conference organizers to inform attendees and to identify close contacts of this individual.
  • A male in his 60s who is isolating at home and is a close contact of a previously reported case.
  • A female in her 70s who is isolating at home and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Previously Reported Case Updates

  • A male in his 50s with a travel history to Washington state. The patient remains hospitalized in serious condition.
  • A female in her 70s with underlying medical conditions with in-state travel history to Reno, Nev., and no out-of-state or international travel history. The patient was asymptomatic while traveling. The patient remains hospitalized in serious condition.

If a patient’s travel history dictates a notification to passengers that are not Clark County residents, this is determined and coordinated through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Health District is reminding the public that flu and other respiratory illnesses are circulating in Clark County. It is understandable that people who are sick may want to be tested for COVID-19. However, not everyone who feels ill needs to be tested. Health care providers or the Health

District determine who should be tested based on an individuals specific symptoms and circumstances. People who have mild symptoms such as a cough or fever should stay home and away from other people.

The Health District is working with its health care and community partners to ensure there are strong public health measures in place to respond to COVID-19 in the community. Updates about COVID-19 are also available by calling the Health District’s Information Line at 702-759-INFO(4636) or 1-866-767-5038.

The public can help the response:  

  • Do not go to the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
    • If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
  • Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. Up to date information is available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
                                                                                                Source: Southern Nevada Health District

COVID-19: Update March 11, 2020

Attorney General Ford Warns Nevadans of Coronavirus Scams

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford is warning consumers to be alert of scammers looking to take advantage of fear surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) to sell fake products or steal your money or personal information. Fraudsters may use text messages, social media and emails to promote these scams.

Consumers should be cautious of fraudsters using these platforms as a means to raise awareness, asking for victim donations, offering advice on unproven treatments, or sending harmful attachments and links. Scammers may also use crowdfunding websites to promote their false information in an effort to look more legitimate. Consumers should also be on the lookout for bogus products claiming to cure or prevent the virus.

“Nevadans should be assured that your leaders and healthcare providers are working hard every day to keep you safe and healthy,” said AG Ford. “In addition to the hygiene precautions Nevadans are encouraged to take, my office reminds you to be cautious of scammers trying to capitalize on your uncertainty. Learn how to protect yourself with these tips and look to my office as a resource.”
As with other phishing scams, AG Ford and his Bureau of Consumer Protection offer the following tips to protect your personal information and pockets:
▪ Avoid clicking on links in emails or messages from people you don’t know. These links might download a virus, or redirect to a site that was created to steal your personal information. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date;

▪ Be wary of emails and posts claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other experts. Up to date information will be provided on the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) websites;

▪ Be cautious of online promotions for vaccines, treatments, or cures for coronavirus. If there were a medical breakthrough, it would not be advertised for the first time through a sales pitch; and

▪ Conduct research before donating to charities or crowdfunding websites. Do not be rushed into making a donation. Be particularly on guard for those asking for donations through wire transfer, gift card or exclusively cash.

Relatedly, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned investors to be aware of fraudsters offering an investment opportunity with alleged publicly traded companies that promote services or products claiming to prevent, detect or cure coronavirus. The promotions may take the form of a “research report” and make predictions that the stocks will increase in value as a result. These stocks may take the form of microcap stocks, which are typically only used by small companies. Before investing in any company or sending money, the SEC cautions you to do your research.

For information on the status of coronavirus as well as resources, visit the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services website and the Federal Trade Commission website. If you believe you have been a victim related to these or any other scams, you may file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General here, or with the Federal Trade Commission on its website. Nevada consumers are also encouraged to call the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection hotline toll free at (888) 434-9989 for assistance and information.


COVID-19: Update March 10, 2020

On Sunday, March 8th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contacted states, including Nevada, with notification that 21 passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  This ship had been floating off the California coast since Thursday when those 21 passengers tested positive. We have received confirmation from federal authorities that the 49 passengers from Nevada are asymptomatic.

Since Sunday evening, state officials across the country have been working with federal agencies to coordinate the transportation of residents back to their respective home states for the required 14-day quarantine in lieu of sending them to military bases around the country, including Texas and Georgia.  In an effort to identify an equivalent option in Nevada, Governor Sisolak directly contacted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense to ask if any military facilities in Nevada could be made available to isolate and monitor the returning passengers in a manner that also protects the health and safety of personnel at the bases. The federal government informed us that this was not feasible.

Over the last 36 hours, the Governor’s Office and Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have worked on contingency plans with local health authorities across the state to determine the safest and most secure plan to allow passengers from Nevada to return under conditions that could best safeguard not only their health and safety, but the health and safety of other Nevadans.

After extensive review and with the consensus of local health authorities, the Governor sent a letter last night to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response confirming the state’s decision to bring Nevada’s residents home, under specific conditions meant to protect both the possibly exposed passengers and other Nevadans. The conditions imposed include:

  • The passengers must be asymptomatic;
  • The passengers must be tested for COVID-19 prior to boarding the secure flight back to Nevada so the presumptive test results will be available for local health authorities;
  • Any passenger that refuses testing will remain under the supervision of the appropriate federal agency;
  • The passengers must be returned to the state in an isolated manner that limits exposure to the general public; and
  • These passengers will remain under the supervision of their respective local health authority for the 14-day isolation period immediately upon their return to Nevada

We have received confirmation from the federal government accepting all the conditions outlined above. Once testing samples have been collected, the 49 asymptomatic Nevadans will return home via secure air transportation provided by the federal government and will not enter any buildings of any commercial airport in the state. Local health authorities will arrange secure transportation from the airports to the passengers’ homes. In coordination with local health districts, each passenger will be required to sign a Declaration of Self Quarantine upon arrival, confirming they will physically separate and confine themselves from other people for a period of 14 days. The respective local health authorities will implement secure and isolated ground transportation for passengers that will ensure no exposure to surrounding communities. They will be securely returned to their homes for the mandatory 14-day isolation and monitoring period, under supervision of their local health districts.

Travel from California to Nevada is being managed by the federal government, and is subject to change on short notice. We will continue to keep Nevadans updated as we become aware of any significant changes to this plan.

No additional information will be provided that could result in the identification these passengers.

                                                                         -Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


COVID-19: Update March 9, 2020

The Southern Nevada Health District received a report of a second presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident on March 8. The patient is a woman in her 70s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation. Two adults have been identified as close contacts of this individual and are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The patient is reporting in-state travel prior to developing symptoms. The Health District is working with its health care partners on this ongoing investigation.

The first individual, a male in his 50s, who was reported as a presumptive positive by the Health District, remains hospitalized in serious condition.

COVID-19 Testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that commercial laboratories will soon be performing testing for COVID-19. Positive test results do get reported to the Health District; once a report is received, the agency’s investigation process begins. The CDC has issued updated guidance for evaluating and testing people for COVID-19. The updated guidance allows health care providers to consider testing for a wider group of patients, while still prioritizing patients with compatible symptoms and risk factors.

The Health District will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.

The public can help the response:  

  • Do not go the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
    • If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
  • Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently.
                                                                                         -Source: Southern Nevada Health District

COVID-19: Update March 6, 2020

The Southern Nevada Health District announced the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident on March 5, 2020. Test results are considered “presumptive positive” until the result is confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, presumptive positives are included in the case counts reported by CDC. The patient is a male in his 50s who is hospitalized and currently in airborne isolation and does have underlying medical conditions. The patient remains in serious condition.

The patient reported a recent travel history to Washington state, where community spread of the virus is being reported, and Texas, which recently reported its first travel-associated case. The Health District is working with its health care partners and leading the effort to quickly identify close contacts of the patient.

While the COVID-19 outbreak is a serious public health threat, the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Clark County and the United States remains low at this time.

Toronto Case Report
The Health District is aware of a recent report of a COVID-19 case in a Toronto resident with a recent travel history that includes Las Vegas. There are no reports that this individual developed his infection during his travels. Public health officials in Nevada are gathering more information about this case. As of March 6, Toronto Public Health is reporting 14 positive cases of COVID-19 in Toronto.

Close Contacts
People identified as close contacts of the case reported in a Clark County resident are being identified as part of the Health District investigation. These people are asked to “self-quarantine” for a 14-day period. Potential close contacts include people who share a household, health care providers, or people who were within 6 feet of the individual for a prolonged period of time. The individual was not experiencing symptoms while they were traveling, and people in airports or who had limited interactions are not considered close contacts or at high risk. People who had contact with an asymptomatic close contact of a case are not considered at high risk for COVID-19.

Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory

The Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory now has a total of three kits and can process approximately 800 specimens. The laboratory receives specimens from health care providers. Patient testing is done following an evaluation by a medical provider. CDC guidance advises local health care providers to assess their patients based on what is happening in their communities and on patients’ symptoms. Additional resources can be requested from the CDC as needed.

                                                                                             -Source: Southern Nevada Health District