In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Clark County government will be limiting operations to essential services beginning Thursday, March 19, until further notice.
Generally speaking, public safety, public health and critical infrastructure services will continue, while some services that can be delayed will not be provided at this time or will be provided on a limited basis.
For example, the Fire Department, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and McCarran International Airport will remain open and operational.
At this time, outdoor park spaces remain open to the public, although any visitors are strongly encouraged to follow health officials’ recommendations regarding social distancing (a 6-foot separation between people) and other precautions www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.
“With this action the County will greatly reduce the number of employees who will be coming into office settings. This will reduce person-to-person contact in our community, which should limit the spread of the virus and help us recover faster,” County Manager Yolanda King said. “We have been through challenging times before and we will get through this too. Please take care of yourselves, your family and your neighbors.”
“This action highlights the seriousness of this situation,” Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. “We have some difficult times ahead of us but we know what will help contain this virus and what won’t. Please follow the guidance of health officials and remember, wash your hands often, cover sneezes and coughs, and if you feel sick call your doctor.”
Additional information about County closures and operations is available through the County website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
County officials are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation in coordination with state, local and federal health officials and will keep the public advised of any updates. As this continues to be a rapidly changing situation, additional measures are possible.
For additional information, visit the Southern Nevada Health District’s website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus, or the State of Nevada COVID-19 website page at nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/faqs/. Residents also can call the Health District’s Information Phone Line: (702) 759-INFO (4636), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday.
General coronavirus tips and precautions:
- 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. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor.
- Practice everyday preventative 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.
- Social Distancing: Try to put distance between yourself and others. The CDC recommends at least 6 feet to limit person-to-person spread in public gatherings. Limit your interactions with others if you are over the age of 65 or have a serious medical condition.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops and your cell phone.
- Get a flu shot.
Remember the three steps for basic emergency preparedness:
1. Get a disaster supply kit. The kit should contain items for you and your family’s basic needs for two weeks including food and water, and provisions for infants, medically fragile family members and pets. Residents are asked to shop strategically with a list to build your supplies over time, be flexible, and refrain from panic buying. Our local supply chain is robust and shipments to stores are arriving regularly. Many people live on fixed incomes and need to be able to buy supplies when they shop.
2. Create an emergency plan. Family members may not be together when an emergency occurs, so it’s important to plan in advance how you will connect with one another.
3. Be informed. Visit the Health District and CDC’s website pages. Stay tuned for updates. Emergency preparedness information is available on the County’s Office of Emergency Management website pages: http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/fire/oem/Pages/General-Preparedness–Safety-Tips.aspx