March 13, 2020 update regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Reno Mayor declares State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
The City of Reno has declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), as part of efforts already underway to protect residents in our community. Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve made the announcement during a press conference held earlier today at Reno City Hall.
The declaration will be submitted to the State of Nevada and will allow the City of Reno to speed up the delivery of resources required to more effectively respond to an emergency and meet the needs of the community during a time of crisis. The announcement comes on the heels of the State of Nevada declaration.
“Yesterday, Governor Sisolak issued a Declaration of Emergency in the State of Nevada,” Schieve said. “I echo Governor Sisolak in thanking all our local, state, federal and tribal partners for diligently working around the clock to monitor, inform and take preventative steps to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in our State. The City of Reno is in close communication with the Governor on this issue.”
On March 12, the City of Reno established a dedicated webpage that will provide daily updates and developments regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The webpage can be found at Reno.gov/COVID19.
More City of Reno updates for Friday, March 13, 2020 are as follows:
In support of the CDC recommendations regarding non-essential meetings, the City of Reno is expanding efforts already underway to protect residents in our community from COVID-19. This includes the cancellation or postponement of advisory or non-essential Boards and Commissions meetings until the end of April 2020.
Reno City Council meetings will still be held at their normal days and times. However, citizens are strongly advised to use the online City of Reno Public Comment Form, in lieu of making in-person Public Comment.
Due to extenuating circumstances, caused by COVID-19 precautionary measures being taken throughout the community, City of Reno Parks and Recreation facilities may experience intermittent closings because of staffing shortages. The public is advised to contact the facility prior to visiting to confirm if the facility is open or closed. Staff will endeavor to minimize any closures. In the event of closures, participants will receive refunds.
As of Friday, March 13, all Spring Break Vacation Station Camps will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Vacation Station Camps are scheduled from March 16 - March 27. Please understand that monitoring of COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation; therefore, modifications or cancellations to programs could occur at anytime. If cancellations are necessary, parents and guardians will need to make alternative arrangements for the care of their children. Please pay attention to our social media, emails, website and other credible sources of news for the most recent updates of information.
The Parks and Recreation Inclusion Division has canceled the Dance for All, previously scheduled for tonight, March 13, at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center.
The Shamrock Shave event, originally scheduled for March 14, is canceled.
Parks and Recreation has cancelled the Sunday senior dances at Neil Road Recreation Center until further notice.
Parks and Recreation has cancelled the Military to the Mountain 2020 program, originally scheduled to begin on March 15.
The Parks and Recreation Youth Division has canceled the Youth City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16.
Parks and Recreation has cancelled the “Singers of the Sage” performance, previously scheduled at Neil Road Recreation Center on March 17.
Parks and Recreation has cancelled the Spinal Cord Injury Lunch and Learn, which was scheduled for March 18.
Parks and Recreation has officially cancelled the 2020 Corporate Challenge. The City of Reno is planning to bring the event back in spring 2021.
Parks and Recreation has cancelled the Shape Up Reno program for 2020 and will look to bring it back in 2021.
City of Reno parks remain open. Staff has increased disinfecting efforts at all park restrooms and drinking fountains. Residents are asked to follow appropriate CDC recommendations on social distancing.
City of Reno Parks and Recreation has cancelled the Military to the Mountain 2020 program.
The weekly Monday morning Drop in with CD sessions have been cancelled through at least April 2020. If customers have questions or need assistance with their applications, permits, or plans during this time, please contact the Planner of the Day at POD@Reno.Gov or 775-321-8309 or the Building and Safety Division at Permits@Reno.Gov or 775-334-2063.
Development pre-application meetings will be held virtually through at least April 2020. Customers may continue to request the pre-app meetings through the online form. Staff will follow up to confirm the meeting schedule and provide login details.
City of Reno staff met with staff at the Community Assistance Center (CAC) regarding COVID-19 concerns on the CAC campus. Staff is taking measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. Shelter guests are still able to access the nightly shelter, but measures are being taken to reduce the number of people on campus during the day.
Reno Municipal Court (RMC) is requesting that its customers who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please refrain from visiting the courthouse at the Mills Lane Justice Center, located at 1 South Sierra Street. Instead, please call the Court at 775-334-2290 to make alternate arrangements. RMC has a variety of options to handle or postpone pending legal matters, which could eliminate the need for a personal appearance. Customers may call the Court directly at the number listed above, click the Chat feature listed on Reno.gov or email RMC@reno.gov to discuss their options. In addition, payments of fines and fees may be made by phone, mail, online or placed in the Court’s payment drop box located on Court Street, thus eliminating the need to enter the building.
For the foreseeable future, there will be a delay in abandoned vehicle responses. Usually, our SAVE officers post the initial 48 hour notice on the vehicles. SAVE is made up of volunteer seniors which have been identified as a population that have a higher risk of severe illnesses if they come in contact with COVID-19. Therefore, the SAVE program has been temporarily suspended. In the meantime, abandoned vehicle requests are being submitted to our three Parking Enforcement Officers. We ask for your patience during this time as our officers will be addressing all issues based on priority with limited resources. The top priority will be situations that present life and health safety issues requiring immediate response.
The City of Reno is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and impacts it could have on City business functions, which include the budget. It is too early to tell at this time what impacts there may be, particularly as it relates to the Consolidated Tax (CTAX) revenues. Staff will likely not have data regarding those impacts until receipt of our June revenue payments, which is after budget adoption. Due to that, staff is not changing projections for the budget at this time. However, we are identifying options if revenues begin to drop.
As a reminder, the City of Reno is asking customers to conduct business online or over the phone, if possible, rather than making an in-person visit to City Hall, the Reno Police Department or other City of Reno facilities.
As with all important and timely public information, the City of Reno is also offering COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates in Spanish. Translations are available at Reno.gov/News.
The City of Sparks has put together a webpage, cityofsparks.us/Covid-19, to provide consistent information and to keep residents and visitors up to date on the rapidly evolving situation, including any future event cancellations.
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) has received a third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The test has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.
Washoe County now has three cases of COVID-19 total; two are presumpitve positives and one is confirmed by the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). We strongly believe the two presumptive positive cases will be confirmed by the CDC. More information.
The best ways for people to reduce their risk of getting sick, and preventing COVID-19 are:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or tissue
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home if you are sick
- Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump
- There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick
- If possible, work from home
More information on COVID-19 can be found at washoecounty.us/covid19 or by calling Washoe 311 (Dial 3-1-1). Residents concerned they might have COVID-19 can contact their healthcare provider or telemedicine provider, or call the Health District at 775-328-2427 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday) or 3-1-1 after hours.
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) has not ordered any large public events or gatherings to be canceled due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), but does support efforts to decrease the opportunity for disease transmission.
At this time, all Washoe County Libraries will remain open to the public and provide full service. However, certain library programs have been suspended until April. These programs will continue to be reviewed as to their status. More information.
Other COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) resources:
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- healthmap.org/covid-19 (update on confirmed cases worldwide)
- Nevada Health Response. Governor Sisolak also ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center and a Nevada Health Response team. The State of Nevada has established a new Nevada Health Response website, which was created in close coordination with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, to provide up-to-date information, guidance and news pertaining to COVID-19.
La Alcaldesa Schieve declara el estado de emergencia en respuesta a COVID-19 (coronavirus)
La Ciudad de Reno ha declarado un Estado de Emergencia en respuesta al COVID-19 (coronavirus), como parte de los esfuerzos ya en curso para proteger a los residentes de nuestra comunidad. La Alcaldesa de Reno, Hillary Schieve, hizo el anuncio durante una conferencia de prensa celebrada hoy en el ayuntamiento de Reno.
La declaración se presentará al Estado de Nevada con la intención de permitir que la Ciudad de Reno acelere la entrega de los recursos necesarios para responder de manera más efectiva a una emergencia y satisfacer las necesidades de la comunidad durante un momento de crisis. El anuncio se produce inmediatamente después de la declaración del Estado de Nevada.
"Ayer, el Gobernador Sisolak emitió una declaración de emergencia en el estado de Nevada", dijo Schieve. “Doy gracias a Gobernador Sisolak al agradecer a todos nuestros socios locales, estatales, federales y tribales por trabajar diligentemente durante todo el día para monitorear, informar y tomar medidas preventivas para mitigar los impactos de COVID-19 en nuestro estado. La Ciudad de Reno está en estrecha comunicación con el gobernador sobre este tema".
Se pueden encontrar más actualizaciones de la Ciudad de Reno para el viernes 13 de marzo de 2020, que también se anunciaron en la conferencia de prensa, en Reno.gov/News.
El 12 de marzo, la Ciudad de Reno estableció una página web dedicada que proporcionará actualizaciones y desarrollos diarios con respecto al COVID-19 (nuevo coronavirus). La página web se puede encontrar en Reno.gov/COVID19.